Dementia is a very difficult disease to deal with. Symptoms of dementia usually develop slowly and worsen over time. The disease can affect both the quality and longevity of life. It also deeply affects the lives of the patient’s loved ones.
Massage therapy has been shown to, at the very least, improve the quality of a night’s rest in Alzheimer patients. A recent study, discussed by toyourhealth.com, found that a three minute slow-stroke back massage increase the number of total minutes slept in people suffering from dementia. It also reduced the occurrence of sleep disturbances in a disease characterized by disturbed sleeping habits.
The 48 hours of data recorded showed the patients who received massages had an extra 36 minutes of sleep a night, as compared to the control group.
Due to the nature of the disease, any increase of comfort or quality of life is of benefit, both to the patient and to their families. This is just another way massage therapists are changing lives.