Treating the Caregiver
Posted on: June 29, 2015
The primary caregiver for an elderly or ailing individual has a number of responsibilities throughout the course of every day. It's not just about companionship and keeping the person in their care from wandering off; it's about juggling medications, therapies, and appointments along with providing for all the needs of a given individual. It's an exhausting task. Given this, it's not surprising that many caregivers experience depression, fatigue, fear, anger, anxiety, and a host of other symptoms that can lead to a decline in the caregiver's quality of health. For these reasons, treatment of a caregiver should be considered every bit as important as treatment of the individual. Caregivers who are stressed, anxious, and unhealthy are unable to provide the high quality of care that their patient need. Everyone benefits when the caregiver is taken care of--and one of the most effective ways to accomplish that goal is through massage therapy. A qualified massage therapist can provide a much-needed hour of relaxation and relief for caregivers of the elderly, injured, or very young. Massage eases muscle pain and tension, making it easier for caregivers to take care of many of the very physical tasks that are a daily part of their job; but that's not all it accomplishes. Human touch that is intended to be therapeutic reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, soothing and relaxing even the most stressed-out caregiver. IT's hard to feel fearful or anxious on the massage table, and that feeling carries over to the daily grind of a regular job. Regular massage can also reduce anger and frustration throughout the regular work week, leading to a more caring, compassionate caregiver who is more engaged with their patient and more involved in the necessary daily tasks. If there's an important caregiver in your life, give them the gift of massage to help improve not only their energy level, outlook, and performance on the job, but also their levels of depression and anxiety off the job, as well.