Hospice Massage Therapy
Posted on: November 27, 2017
Hospice care is designed to make people who are terminally ill as comfortable as possible. People who are in hospice care will typically stay there until they pass away. Massage therapy is one of the things that is recommended to keep patients comfortable.
Hospice also offers Palliative Care which is a specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Ease Muscle Tension
Muscle tension is common in people who suffer from a terminal illness. A massage can help alleviate tension. It can also improve blood circulation to stiff joints and muscles. Furthermore, a massage can improve mobility. Sitting or laying in one place for a long time can decrease mobility.
It is also common for terminally ill patients to swell. This is often caused by the build-up of excess fluid. A massage can drain excess fluid, which can alleviate swelling.
Chronic pain is one of the most common complaints among terminally ill patients. Medication can be used to alleviate pain. However, it may become ineffective if it is used for a long period of time.
Alleviate Mood Disorders
Many terminally ill patients suffer from anxiety and depression. A massage can stimulate the release of the feel-good chemicals. These hormones can induce feelings of relaxation and calmness. Additionally, these hormones can help people take their minds off of the pain.
Challenges a Massage Therapist may Face if They Work With Terminally Ill Patients
Working with a terminally ill patient can be rewarding. However, it can also be difficult. Many patients who are hospice die shortly after they are placed there. It can be difficult for a massage therapist to see one of their clients die. Seeing patients suffer can also make a massage therapist's job difficult.