There is no denying the power of massage. Regardless of the adjectives we use to describe it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it (stress, pain, comfort) massage therapy is a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
It’s long been known to:
- Alleviate back pain
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow
- Increase joint flexibility
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- Improve circulation
- Relieve migraines
Now there is evidence that there is a direct correlation between massage therapy and improved cardiovascular health. In a study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers concluded massage therapy serves as an effective intervention in controlling blood pressure in pre-hypertensive women. And that the immediate results of lowered blood pressure lasted up to 72 hours after massage.
In summary, the study concluded that regular appointments to a massage therapist can relieve stress (a major contributor to heart problems) lower blood pressure and lead to a decrease in recovery time following a cardiovascular procedure.
It might be time to book your massage appointment today!