Hospice & Palliative Care patients can benefit immensely from touch. Massage Therapy has been proven to provide improvement for pain, anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and other common end-of-life symptoms.
Compassionate touch can be a nurturing part of the dying experience. Fighting for your life is never easy. Treatments and medications can place the body under strain. Massage can help patients to feel more at peace within their bodies. While traditional style massage techniques may no longer be possible at the very end of life, attentive touch can ease discomfort, reducing stress and anxiety, allowing the patient to relax fully.
LiElla Kelly is a Licensed Massage Therapist, practicing massage therapy in Helena, MT since 2000.