Chairs That Rock! Health Benefits of Rocking Chairs on the Elderly

What comes to mind when you hear the word rocking chair? Porches in the southern States? Vintage furniture in your granny's house? Well, now you can picture the health and healing benefits that they bring!


Brief History of the Rocking Chair


According to historians, they trace the rocking chair's origins to North America during the early 18th century. Originally used in gardens, they were simply ordinary chairs with rockers attached. Traditional rocking chairs were often used by seniors and mothers as a way to help babies fall asleep.



Benefits of Rocking Chairs


Many elders like rocking on a chair, they may not be aware of the benefits, but they are actually improving their health. Rocking reduces anxiety in seniors; it has been seen that those who rock regularly need less or no medication to deal with depression related issues. {1}

For seniors with Alzheimer's or Dementia, rocking releases endorphins in the brain which can improve mood and reduce stress, anxiety and even pain. Rocking also has a therapeutic effect on their emotional well being. It can bring up feelings of nostalgia, a sense of calm, and help relieve symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and depression.


Rocking also improves balancing skills in the elderly and prevents accidents due to falling. It is also a great exercise for those who are inactive. For those who suffer from arthritis, rocking can also improve flexibility in the knees and strengthening muscles around the knees.


So whether its to reduce the effects of Dementia by reducing anxiety and tension, improve sleep by providing a sense of calm, or improve health by lowering blood pressure and improving circulation, a rocking chair is more than just furniture.


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