The importance of holistic health treatments will never go amiss. In fact, holistic health care alone is a vital part of good care at care homes in Suffolk and across the rest of the UK. From the classic full body massage to reflexology and acupressure, a selection of holistic treatments are becoming increasingly available in care homes, and are being used to help ensure good physical and mental health. Take a look at some of the top treatments below.
Full Body Massage
There are numerous reasons why full body massage therapy is conducted at care homes across the UK. Those that have a full body massage on a regular basis will significantly benefit from reduced muscular pain and spasms, including relief from chronic pain of injuries, and could even experience increased flexibility and an improved posture and immune system function which is paramount to protect the body from environmental assaults – well, alongside eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables!
Foot health is paramount in care homes as foot care problems tend to arise when you are less mobile than you used to be. When it comes to podiatric health, abnormally high blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage and incredibly dangerous circulation problems that can contribute to more serious problems in the feet further down the line. To prevent these foot issues occurring, massages can significantly improve circulation. These gentle massages can considerably help relieve stress, lower blood pressure and enhance sleep, too.
Acupressure, not to be confused with acupuncture, uses gentle to firm finger pressure at the pressure points of the body, such as the base of the skull. Acupressure has several health benefits. Not only does the relaxing treatment help release back pain and tension built up over a long period of time but acupressure also helps increase circulation, reduces pain and considerably contributes towards good health – without the use of a needle. Further to this, acupressure is long known for its ability to heal trauma and alleviate emotional pain, which may cause the body to shut down.
Alongside acupressure, another popular holistic treatment in care homes in aromatherapy. For those that don’t know what aromatherapy is, aromatherapy is a type of therapy that utilises fragrant oils that have been extracted from various plants. Typically, aromatherapy is used as a form of relaxation, but there have been claims that it can significantly help ease illness, if not prevent it. Commonly, people use aromatherapy for long-lasting pain, stress, depression, skin infections and indigestion. Before an individual is able to undergo aromatherapy, they are advised to speak to their doctor as some aromatherapy treatments can cause serious side-effects for specific people.
Osteopathy & Chiropractic
Both osteopathy and chiropractic are manual therapies where a practitioner is required to use their hands to work in hand with muscles, joints and tissues in the body, which is why this type of therapy is commonly used to treat conditions relating to the muscles, bones and joints. Despite this, many people undergo either osteopathy or chiropractic for other health-related conditions, such as lower back pain and osteoarthritis.