Massage Traverse City: Massage & Blood Pressure

traverse city massageIf you feel your blood pressure creeping up, have a diagnosis of hypertension or just want to take preventative measures against high blood pressure, regular massage could be very good for your health. Studies show that regular massage can reduce blood pressure, stress, PMS symptoms in women and more. You can consult a Traverse City massage clinic like Discover Massage to set up a series of regular visits to obtain optimal benefits.

High blood pressure, which is called hypertension in medical terms, is a serious condition. If untreated, blood pressure that is too high above the normal range can cause damage to your heart, blood vessels and other organs. If you have unregulated high blood pressure the stress on blood vessels also encourages the accumulation of bad cholesterol particles, which greatly increases your risk for heart attack or stroke.

Factors that can contribute to high blood pressure include smoking, drinking too much alcohol, stress, eating a poor diet high in sodium (salt) and hydrogenated fats, being overweight and a sedentary lifestyle. Often people do not notice any symptoms right away, so high blood may cause damage long before a medical diagnosis is made.

Cardiovascular disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the United States and most developed countries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in every three Americans suffers from high blood pressure.

To manage your blood pressure naturally you need to strive for a healthy lifestyle. Keeping a heart-healthy diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress are important ways to help lower blood pressure. Getting regular checkups with your doctor and following recommendations is always a good practice. Recent research also shows massage therapy, particularly regular professional massage, reduces blood pressure.

What Science Says About Massage

In 2005 University of Florida researchers conducted a study that compared two groups of hypertensive people. One group got to have 10-minute massages 10 times during three weeks while the other group simply rested. Both groups were in the same environment. The results were very interesting: Those who had the massage treatments had significantly better blood pressure than the others.

In 2011 the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran did a similar study that focused on 50 pre-hypertensive women; half the group received Swedish massage therapy on their faces, necks, shoulders and chests while 25 just rested. The results showed the women who had massages had demonstrably lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure than the control group. The Iranian researchers concluded that massage therapy is, “a safe, effective, applicable and cost-effective intervention in controlling [blood pressure] of the prehypertension women.” They noted that it can be used in health care centers and even at home.

At DISCOVER Massage in Traverse City, we employ these same practices while incorporating other massage therapies that our experienced massage therapists have perfected over years of  study and practice.

Why Massage is Effective Against Hypertension

Massage therapy helps relax people, gently stimulating the production of oxytocin in the brain. Oxytocin is a hormone that, among other functions, helps to reduce heart rate.

Post-massage benefits include relaxed muscles and better circulation, both of which contribute to a feeling of wellbeing and reduced anxiety. When people have massage treatments at regular intervals, the benefits are cumulative when it comes to controlling stress and lowering blood pressure.

As with any treatment, it is always wise to consult with a doctor to ensure that it is right for you. How often you go for massage depends on your personal situation; some people book monthly massages while others with more serious issues may schedule weekly massages.

To reduce your stress and potentially your blood pressure, book a massage with the Traverse City, MI massage specialists at Discover Massage. Their fully accredited and certified massage therapists use their own organic, all-natural line of products that have never been tested on animals, and made from sustainable sources. Call (231) 922-8100 to schedule your massage today.