What about massage therapy for a healthy heart? We know that Massage feels amazing and can greatly improve joint & muscle pain and mobility. What is less know is that massage can have an impact on your blood pressure as well!
“You’re probably already familiar with some of the widely known benefits of massage, like relieving muscle pain and promoting relaxation. However, working with a qualified massage therapist can also play a significant role in improving your cardiovascular health.
The American Heart Association warns against the risks of high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. Proactive management of high blood pressure can lower your chance of developing these conditions. Recent research shows a direct correlation between massage therapy and improved cardiovascular health.” according to an April 15 article in the American Massage Therapy Association’s e-news publication. Read the rest of the article here.
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Researchers from the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, have determined that regular massage can decrease blood pressure for as much as 72 hours post procedure. Today, in developed countries, one in every three adults has hypertension, while approximately, 50 million of the adults (18 years old or more) in the United States are suffering from hypertension. Full text of the study may be found here.
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death with over 600K cases per year. High blood pressure has been linked to heart disease for some time so it stands to reason that researchers would look into massage and life-style changes as an aid to care before prescribing medication for blood pressure management.