Improve Cardiovascular Health with Massage Therapy
It’s a ‘no-brainer’ that a healthy heart is necessary for a healthy life. While a lot of us might just think that staying away from red meat and beer should do the trick, taking care of our heart takes a lot more effort than that. Along with a proper diet and healthy lifestyle, one factor which benefits our cardiovascular health is massage therapy.
Although you might be surprised by this fact, studies have actually proven that regular massage therapy reduces the risk of stress-related heart conditions such as cardiac arrhythmias, a heart condition in which the heart pumps less effectively and less blood reaches the brain and other vital organs of the body. Massage therapy also helps decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Benefits to the Cardiovascular System
There are many studies which indicate that regular massage therapy can reduce the heart rate, lower blood pressure and increase the circulation of blood throughout the body. Massage therapy reduces the risk of the body going into sympathetic mode, i.e. the fight-or-flight response of our body’s nervous system which can result in an increased heart rate and heavy breathing. Proper techniques move the body’s nervous system from sympathetic to parasympathetic, which means that it creates a resting response by maintaining a reduced heart rate, adequate breathing rate and dilated blood vessels.
Massage therapy has been shown to have a positive effect on the overall health of a person and enhance pain tolerance levels and pain management. In addition to improving blood circulation, massage therapy increases the flow of oxygen and essential nutrients in the body and reduces stress through stroking techniques employed by experienced therapists.
With no reported side effects, use of chemicals or invasive procedures, massage therapy offers an effective form of alternative treatment that allows the body to heal in its natural course.