High blood pressure, while common, is a serious health issue that may lead to many other complications. Often times, people who suffer from high blood pressure rely heavily on medicine to control it (redundant). Medication can be necessary when dealing with high blood pressure and should not be discontinued without the supervision of your medical professional. However, massage therapy can definitely aid in managing high blood pressure.
High blood pressure happens when plaque builds up along the walls of the blood vessels making it difficult for the blood to flow through freely. It is not an uncommon disorder and can definitely be managed through lifestyle changes and medication as well as massage therapy. While there is little support to confirm how stress is related to high blood pressure, stress may lead to other bad behaviors such as smoking and poor eating habits, which will definitely worsen the situation.
Massage therapy may help with high blood pressure in two major ways. For starters, massage therapy will help to keep your stress levels low and in control. The deep or gentle massage therapy treatments can help you unwind and relax; keeping you away from bad habits that can worsen the situation. Massage therapy may also improve blood circulation, which directly affects high blood pressure symptoms.
While massage therapy is relatively harmless, it is important you speak with your health care professional, as high blood pressure is a serious condition that should be monitored closely. Any change in your treatment plan should not be made on your own. Massage therapy is a great option to add to your overall treatment plan but should not replace your medication.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to a certified therapist to schedule your next massage appointment, contact LaVida Massage + Skincare today!