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As the population ages, the venue for geriatric massage will increase—and for older adults, massage therapy improves balance and agility, effects relaxation and addresses pain.
New research shows older adults who reported chronic musculoskeletal pain in two or more locations, higher levels of severe pain, or pain that interfered with daily activities were more likely to experience a fall than adults who did not reports these types of pain.
"Falls rank among the 10 leading causes of death in older adults in the United States, resulting in more than $19 billion in health care costs annually," the study's authors noted. "Pain contributes to functional decline and muscle weakness and is associated with mobility limitations that could predispose to falls."
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts-Boston set out to see whether chronic musculoskeletal pain is associated with an increased occurrence of falls in older adults.
The study included 749 adults, age 70 years and older. At the beginning of the