As if you don’t already have enough reasons to get a stress-busting, mood-lifting, pain-relieving massage, here’s another point to consider. Promising research suggests that massage therapy can actually lower blood pressure.
Is massage as effective as medications to lower blood pressure? Does adding massage to medication treatment help to lower blood pressure further? The answer to these questions may be yes.
Many lifestyle factors contribute to hypertension, including smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of regular exercise, an unhealthy diet, and being overweight. Antihypertensive drugs are the primary treatment for hypertension and often multiple drugs are used to attain a satisfactory blood pressure reading.
Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, regular exercise, changing unhealthy diets, and weight loss may help reduce hypertension that is caused by lifestyle factors. Adults with hypertension should also aim to reduce their stress levels in order to prevent rises or spikes in blood pressure. For this reason, massage can be very beneficial in managing hypertension, especially when caused by stress.
A rigorous analysis of research articles published on the topic of massage and hypertension was published in the Journal of Human Hypertension during 2014. Hypertension is the leading risk factor for mortality worldwide. Preliminary research has shown that complementary medicine approaches such as yoga, Tai Chi, acupuncture, and massage therapy can help to lower blood pressure.
Research has indicated that massage is able to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure better than antihypertensive drugs alone. The good news is that massage may provide an effective alternative for those who suffer serious side effects from antihypertensive drugs as part of a blood pressure treatment plan. Combining massage with antihypertensive drugs may be more effective than using just antihypertensive drugs to lower blood pressure.
Massage is a safe, non-invasive, and soothing treatment for hypertension, especially for individuals that frequently experience stress. If treated regularly, massage clients demonstrate long term improvement in both stress levels and heart rate. What are you waiting for? Schedule a massage!