It’s a widely-known fact that massage therapy is a great way to relieve stress, reduce tension and relax one’s muscles.
But a growing amount of research is showing that there are more health benefits to massage therapy than previously thought.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, these studies are showing that regular massage therapy can help improve cardiovascular health and prevent conditions like stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.
This is because regular massages reduce stress, one of the major contributing factors to heart problems, News Medical reports, in addition to lowering blood pressure. Seeing a massage therapist after a cardiovascular surgery or procedure can even help reduce one’s recovery time.
“I couldn’t agree more. Most people know regular chiropractic and massage care helps people recover from car accidents and other injuries, neck pain, back pain, radiating pain in limbs and headaches but people don’t realize the impact these approaches can offer upon cardiovascular health,” says Dr. Skylar Gemmer, Life Force Chiropractic.
In particular, one 2013 study, published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that the blood pressure of pre-hypertensive women was lowered for as many as 72 hours after seeing a massage therapist, according to News Medical. Another study in the same journal found that individuals who received regular massages over a four-week period had noticeably lower blood pressure than those who didn’t.
Studies have also reinforced the benefits of chiropractic care on heart health. In one 2013 study, it was found that chiropractic adjustments helped lower heart rates among patients with above-average heart rates, the Guardian Liberty Voice reported.
Dr. Gemmer (Life Force Chiropractic) also commented, “I have seen other studies on high blood pressure, tachycardia (irregularly high resting heart rate), Myocardial ischemia, ischemic heart disease and cardiac asthma. We have research showing adjustments affect other systems as well. The bottom line is we work with the nervous system which controls everything and if there are problems in your spine, sooner or later, it’s going to affect your overall health.”
It’s safe to conclude that when an individual regularly sees a qualified massage therapist or chiropractor in conjunction with a doctor or medical professional’s care, it’s possible to help reduce one’s risk for serious health conditions associated with poor cardiovascular health.
Think about that the next time you lay down on the massage table or see your chiropractor!