Reflexology is a non invasive treatment beneficial to the elderly. It is a preventive, pain management and maintenance therapy with the added bonus of human connection through touch which in later years becomes a scarcity. Because Reflexology engages only the feet, the elderly can sit in comfort or lie down as the session takes place. It is a way to relax both mind and body.
Reflexology for the elderly is preventive maintenance and pain management care for disorders associated with aging such as arthritis, disturbed sleep patterns, constipation, fatigue, cognitive disorders, improve footwork and mobility, leg circulation and relaxation. It is an alternative therapy for pain management with elderly people suffering from joint and leg muscle pains. For the elderly who have undergone hip replacement or knee replacement surgeries, reflexology helps in recovering their foot mobility. The therapy not only improves circulation in the lower extremities but also stimulates the nerve endings of the organs and feet. Elderly patients find the sessions helpful in maintaining their leg and foot mobility as well as the gait and range of motion of the legs and feet.
Human connection through touch is as important for the elderly as for infants, children and even adults. The caring and respectful touch of the reflexology therapist is beneficial to the mental and emotional well-being of the elderly. Elderly patients who go through therapy sessions on a regular basis are more affable and relaxed in their social dealings with others. They are inclined to participate in social and physical activities. Deep relaxation during and after sessions is helpful in easing fears, anxieties and the deep depression that older people experience as they go through life changes. The human touch the therapist provides helps them ease their loneliness and anxieties. The deep seated positive effects of a caring and respectful touch are invaluable. The undivided attention given during sessions helps the elderly cope with the emotional turmoil that can build up as life changes occur such as moving into home for the aged and less time with family and friends.
Reflexology has a profound effect on the elderly from physical to mental and emotional healing as well as maintenance. It is not to say the therapy works to cure all ailments, rather it is an alternative that works well with existing medications and medical treatments with the added bonus of mental and emotional stability. The elderly deserve the best care possible and Reflexology helps in ensuring they get this.