How Massage Can Benefit Your Heart

29
January
2013
Massage Therapy

Did you know regular massage can reduce the risks associated with stress, such as cardiac arrhythmias?

Your heart is a huge muscle in your body. It can get sore and tight from being stressed out and always on the go. Think about how your heart feels when you are stressed out. There can be a pinching feeling there, or a binding feeling, or a clenched feeling. When the heart muscle is tight it limits blood flow to the rest of body which can result in lower energy levels, fatigue, pain, and soreness.

A number of long-term studies have shown that regular massage can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of one having a heart attack. An increasing number of research studies reveal that massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure and increases blood circulation. A pilot study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles showed that in-patient massage treatments performed after heart bypass surgery reduced pain and muscle spasms.