High blood pressure and massage

29/7/13

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Do you know that most cases of high blood pressure do not have an identifiable cause? – 90 to 95% cases of HBP are attributed to stress, anxiety and depression. HBP is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Based on self-reports from the ABS National Health Survey 2004-5, it is estimated that about 10% of the Australian population suffers from HBP. Isn’t it staggering?

One effective way to manage high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy. In fact, long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

In one particular study, the sitting diastolic blood pressure decreased after the first and last massage therapy sessions and reclining diastolic blood pressure decreased from the first to the last day of the study. Participants reported less depression and hostility and showed a decrease in the stress-hormone cortisol levels.

Besides, regular massage treatments also improve the nervous system by regulating blood pressure and reducing stress. Another study says that massages stimulate the brain, where hormone oxytocin is released to help reduce the heart rate.

To reduce your blood pressure naturally you can include massage in your healthier lifestyle.

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