Stress can lead to certain unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, overeating, and not keeping up with physical fitness – all known to increase the risk of high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. To optimally deal with high blood pressure and blood circulation issues, it is important to find enough time to thoroughly and deeply relax. Stress will always be around the corner and so should your next relaxation opportunity. Attending a massage therapy treatment is a great way to relax in the spirit of health and healing.
The Heart Is What It Does
Blood pressure and blood circulation are integral to the function of your heart and cardiovascular system. Obviously, you want to keep your heart as healthy as possible if you want longevity and a higher quality of life as you age. Everything you put into your body has to go through the heart after the body digests nutrients. Also, everything you feel and do through life affects the heart.
High blood pressure quietly damages the body for a long time before symptoms can develop. It can lead to other health problems if left unnoticed and uncontrolled – such as decreased quality of life, strokes, and heart disease.
People plagued by circulatory problems and high blood pressure can get amazing health results from regular massage treatments. They can experience how the nervous system as a whole improves by regulating the relationship between stress and to blood pressure. Massages do wonders on the brain, stimulating it to produce the neurotransmitter oxytocin which is released to help reduce heart rate and further relax the recipient.
Massage Therapy to Improve Circulation
The right massage strokes can improve blood circulation. Massage is capable of reducing swelling or edema occurring along with high blood pressure. With lower blood pressure, you can have decreased levels of anxiety, hostility, and depression by keeping your stress hormones in check. Lowering blood pressure contributes to decreasing odds of having a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.
Understanding Your Circulatory System
You first have to know a little about your circulatory system to understand the benefits of massage therapy. The circulatory system consists of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems which work to detoxify the body. When nutrient-rich blood travels away from the heart through capillaries, nutrients and wastes are exchanged in adjacent tissue cells. Fluid taken from the blood known as lymph transports this waste to lymph nodes where they return fluid to your bloodstream and filter waste. If the circulatory systems aren’t properly functioning, blood flow is impaired and the heart has to work on overdrive to pump extra blood. This is capable of causing a plethora of health problems including heart attack, stroke, muscle pains, eye disease, kidney disease, dementia, diabetes, and liver cirrhosis.
Massage therapy delivers many medically proven health benefits. Improved circulation in your cardiovascular and lymphatic systems is quite an important one. When you receive a massage, your circulation is greatly improved by the physical manipulation of soft tissues in the muscles and from the feel-good brain chemicals like oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, released as a part of the response to deep relaxation.
A person with impaired circulation can experience discomforts including pooling of the fluid in the limbs such as the toes, have chronically cold hands and feet, feelings of fatigue and achiness caused by the buildup of lactic acid in muscles. Better blood circulation facilitates tense and damaged muscles the oxygen rich blood – the life breath needed to heal.
Massage promotes circulation as a result of the pressure created by the employed massage technique which moves blood through the blocked up and congested areas. Releasing this same pressure allows new oxygenated blood to flow in. Better circulation means your heart can breathe a little easier.
Techniques involving squeezing and pulling of the muscles flushes lactic acid from away from muscles and improves lymph fluid circulation, carrying metabolic waste away from internal organs and muscles which results in improved overall body function as the blood pressure lowers.
Contact A Massage Therapist Today
Start by asking your massage therapist what specific treatments may be right for you and your conditions or areas of concern. A massage isn’t merely a way to have a spa day – the primary purpose of a massage therapy treatment is to work to achieve optimum levels of health in your body. The professional massage therapist at Zen Body Works is an expert of different massage modalities and can help you determine the best massage regimen to fit your needs. To schedule a free initial massage, call Zen Body Works or contact us online today.