Pain Points & Pressure Points - Acupressure for Dementia

While most people associate dementia with memory loss, there are many other ways it can affect a person. Senses like touch and hearing can weaken and they may experience feelings of agitation or other behavioral issues. Creating a treatment plan and routine takes careful analysis of the person’s individual needs and some trial and error to learn what works and what can be improved. One possible treatment that may help is acupressure.

“Acupressure is taking the basics of acupuncture and removing the needles. The practitioner applies pressure in certain areas on the person’s body. It’s a soothing experience,” says Andrea Shapiro, Community Outreach Director of YourLife™ of Coconut Creek. “Incorporating this regularly into a person with dementia’s life can have positive results that improve their quality of life.” 

In this blog, we’ll go over how acupressure can be beneficial to someone living with dementia and how their loved ones, too. When they see how their loved one’s care can help with certain symptoms of dementia, it can provide the families with peace of mind. 

How Does Acupressure Alleviate Symptoms for Dementia Patients?

Acupressure is a treatment that originated in China. The focus is to promote healing and wellness by applying pressure to specific points on the body that allow energy to flow through the body. The process of acupressure can do the following: 

  • Improve Circulation
  • Ease Muscle Tension 
  • Promotes Release of Endorphins

Seniors may have problems with circulation or weaker muscles that cause pain or stiffness. Acupressure can do more than prevent these kinds of symptoms – it can help seniors feel healthy and strong. Improved circulation helps vital organs to function and strengthen the immune system. Less muscle tension can help with mobility and endorphins are natural painkillers. 

While it seems that acupressure would benefit anybody, it can have a unique effect on seniors who have dementia. A recent study looked into how dementia patients responded to having regular, 15-minute acupressure treatments twice a day for five days a week. They found that the treatments helped reduce the following worrisome symptoms of dementia: 

  • Wandering
  • Physical Attacks
  • Verbal Attacks

The treatments continued for four weeks, however, there was a rise of the behaviors above once the treatment stopped. This indicates that those with dementia would likely need to continue these treatments to continue receiving the benefits. 

When seniors are less likely to wander on their own, or act out physically or mentally, it can also improve the lives of their caregivers. They may have less stress in their everyday routines because their loved one is feeling healthier and they may have more positive interactions than the ones listed above. 

Review Quality Memory Care Options at YourLife™ of Coconut Creek 

Do you have a loved one with dementia who needs a safe, caring community? YourLife™ of Coconut Creek specializes in memory care. We understand the unique needs that your loved one needs and will work diligently to create a plan that promotes their health and happiness. Contact us today to learn more about what we do and how we can help your loved one.