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Massage Lowers Blood Pressure
According to research, one third of Americans has hypertension. For everyone else, that's high blood pressure. Now you might be thinking that this is not a really big deal. Everyone in your family has high blood pressure and they're all fine. The thing is, it's an indicator symptom. What that means is having high blodd pressure is a sign you're going to develop or already have developed some serious complications that can lead to heart failure, kidney disease, and even stroke.
So, you're probably freaking out right now. You may be remembering that time your Uncle Mike took a heart attack, or your Aunt Rita had to be put on dialysis. Or, how at Thanksgiving, dad can't have any salt on anything which causes him to yell at Mom that nothing tastes good. That just causes her blood pressure to go up. See, it's a vicious cycle. The good news, massage helps.
A group of researcher wanted to see what the effects of Swedish or relaxation massage were on blood pressure. The massage used was applied to the face, neck, shoulders, and chest and performed on women who were in the prehypertensive stage. That means they wree right on the edge of having high blood pressure.
There were 50 women involved in the study. They were split up into a control group and the test group, each with twenty five women. The control group received no massage. I personally would have complained. I'm in a massage study and I don't get a massage, where's the manager? That's just me though. The test group received 10 - 15 minutes massage three times a week for ten sessions. Before and after each session, everyone had their blood pressure checked.
The study showed that massage is an excellent, way to help control blood pressure. It's safe, and it doesn't cost nearly as much as a lifetime of pills. And, if you can train your significant other, it can be done at home so you don't have to go out and spnd more money.
So, what's this all mean? Well, this is just my way of saying there is a better way out there. Should you stop your meds? NO!!! Keep going in for your checkups. If you've got a good doctor, then they'll notice your blood pressure has gone down and you don't need to be on the meds anymore. You still need to watch your stress and what you eat. I'm just offering an alternative idea to help you achieve better health and wellness.
About the study
This study is published in Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research 2011 Winter;16(1):61-70. The researchers are with the Department of Internal Surgery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, in Isfahan, Iran.