Falls occur in approximately one-third of adults over the age of 65, and can often lead to decreased independence and mobility, and consequently decreased quality of life.
This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of massage therapy in addressing some causative factors of falls such as postural stability and blood-pressure.
Thirty-five participants, who were randomly assigned to either the relaxation control group of the massage therapy group, took part in six weekly 60 minute sessions.
When compared to the control, results indicated that six weeks of massage therapy provided immediate and long-term improvements in postural stability and blood pressure, and therefore a reduction in fall risk.
Sefton, J. E., Yarar, C., & Berry, J. W. (2012) Six weeks of massage therapy produces changes in balance, neurological and cardiovascular measures in older persons. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 5, 28-40.