High blood pressure is considered a life threatening condition which manages to stay hidden for an extended period. It typically only comes to light after it causes a heart attack or stroke. With such serious health implications, it is important for everyone involved to find ways of treating this condition in a bid to prevent the worst from happening. One of the proposals is to reduce blood pressure with regular massage.
It is estimated that one out of every three adults in developed countries suffers from hypertension. In the US, this number translates to over fifty million adults.
As identified above, hypertension is known to signal the occurrence of a more serious medical condition including cardiovascular disease or a myocardial infarction. Physicians have been looking for a way to treat hypertension and where possible prevent it from occurring, thereby reducing the chances of the occurrence of the resulting diseases or conditions mentioned earlier.
Pre-hypertension is the term used to describe the prevailing condition before hypertension sets in. This condition is defined by 120-140 systolic blood pressure readings; and 80-90 diastolic blood pressure readings. It has been advanced that pre-hypertension can be treated, in a bid to prevent the onset of full blown hypertension.
Now let’s look at whether you can improve your blood pressure with regular massage and save yourself from the subsequent serious and often fatal medical conditions.
Research Findings: Reduce Blood Pressure with Regular Massage
Research findings from a clinical trial conducted through the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran demonstrate that a regular massage can result in a sustainable reduction in blood pressure in pre-hypertensive patients.
The study was based on two groups of pre-hypertensive women undergoing different treatment methods to prevent escalation to hypertension. The candidates for the trial had an average reading of below 140/90 and above 120/80.
They also had no underling medical conditions that would be affected by the treatment methods to be used during the trial.
One group (the control group) was to relax without using massage therapy. All they had to do was close their eyes and practice deep breathing accompanied by some self muscle relaxation techniques.
Blood pressure readings were taken before and after each relaxation session. Final readings were taken 72 hours after the trial period was over.
The other group (the test group) received a Swedish (relaxation) massage, 3 times a week, in the same environment as the relaxing group. The ten to fifteen minute massage sessions involved the use of superficial and deep stroking techniques. No aromatic lotion was used.
The results collected at the end of the trial period clearly indicated that it’s possible to decrease blood pressure readings with regular massage. All readings collected after ten sessions showed that the massage group had lower readings after sessions and 72 hours after the trail was over as compared to the relaxation group.
After this eye opening trial, it became clear that it is possible to reduce blood pressure with regular massage. In addition to non-pharmacological treatments, lifestyle changes, alternative and complementary therapies; massage therapy has become one of the trusted treatments for pre-hypertensive patients.
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