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Massage therapy is good for your heart

Do you take care of your heart?

A healthy heart helps to keep your entire body functioning at its best. By caring for your heart before you show signs of heart disease, you can help avoid cardiovascular problems like stroke, heart disease and even kidney failure. Your heart responds positively to a healthy diet and routine exercise, but it also benefits from massage therapy. It’s been well documented that therapeutic massage has a calming effect on people of all ages, but recent studies suggest that massage therapy also aids in controlling blood pressure.

Studies show that therapeutic massage creates physical changes in your body like lowering your blood pressure. According to a 2013 study in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, scientists determined that massage therapy acted as a non-medical yet highly effective method for controlling blood pressure. Research showed that the healthy cardiac effects of the therapeutic massage were not temporary. Even after 72 hours, the lowered blood pressure readings were maintained.

Do you check your blood pressure?

According to a recent article on the National Institutes of Health website, “Prehypertension is considered as a cardiovascular disease predictor.” Prehypertension is described as having a systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 and a diastolic blood pressure of 80 to 89. In one test, prehypertensive women were separated into two groups. One group received massage therapy and the other group did not. The group experiencing massage therapy had a significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure reducing their risk of acquiring heart disease.

Another randomized study mentioned in the National Institutes of Health website showed that therapeutic massage had benefits forpost cardiac surgical patients. Patients who had undergone heart surgery had a quicker and easier recuperation when massage therapy was included as one of their healing therapies. According to the study, “Massage therapy significantly reduced pain, anxiety, and muscular tension and improves relaxation and satisfaction after cardiac surgery.” Medical scientists were surprised to see the vast benefits massage therapy had on patients with heart disease.

Why In-Home Massage can help you

Numerous studies affirm the fact that massage therapy helps to keep heart rates down along with stabilizing and lowering blood pressure. Research also shows that massage therapy aids in blood circulation and reduces stress and anxiety. Massage therapy is credited with increasing endorphins or “feel good” hormones and decreasing “stress hormones” like cortisol and adrenaline.


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