Hypertension refers to constant high blood pressure. Approximately 1 in every 3 adults suffers from high blood pressure. Accompanying high blood pressure are higher risks of stroke and heart disease, which are the two leading causes of death in the United States. Typically people turn to medication to treat high blood pressure; however, there is a safe and non-invasive solution: massage.
Many things can contribute to high blood pressure. Contributors include smoking, excessive drinking, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and being overweight. However, a major contributor is stress. Massage can help lower stress and in turn have long lasting results of lower blood pressure. Many people respond well to trigger point massage. After receiving massage treatment significant decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures have been seen. Other decreases include muscle tension, heart rate, depression, hostile behavior, and the stress hormone cortisol. Massage has multiple benefits for those suffering from high blood pressure.
A trained massage therapist at Scott Family Health could be the solution to stress related hypertension. Massage could be the extra help that you need to lower blood pressure and live a health life.