Ever feel so tired when leaving work that you just know you will fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow? Only to lay awake for hours, tension building while your mind and body seem to laugh at your thwarted efforts to sleep? Do you find the more you exercise, or even try to take that after dinner walk with your favorite four-legged family member, that your legs ache, your back gets stiffer and stiffer and overall you feel less like you did something good for yourself and more like you just created more problems? Is your doctor telling you that your blood pressure is slowly rising, but he doesn’t seem to know what to tell you is causing it to rise?
Well the good news is, you are not alone, and there are studies showing the answers you seek are simple and even inexpensive. Very simply put, without medications, expensive or painful procedures or time missed from work, you can change your overall health, create patterns of relaxation and give your body the healthy boost it needs. The solution you seek is massage. I know, as you sit there reading this blog you wonder how in the world something so minimally invasive could do so much.
Some basic ways that massage can impact our health are:
- Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. What does this mean to you? More serotonin and dopamine in your system means that your body will be better able to deal with stress and that you will have an overall feeling of having less anxiety. These hormones also have a major influence on levels of sadness and depression.
- Massage increases blood flow to the muscles, which may help them heal, blocks your nervous system’s pain receptors and can ease distress caused from migraines.
- Since types of brain waves determine how alert we are, or how sleepy we are, massage can be used to increase delta waves — those linked with deep sleep, thereby giving us a better nights rest.
- One of the most amazing effects of relaxing the body, increasing blood flow and limiting stress is that massage can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure, giving us a way to help control this silent killer. During massage the nervous system is calmed lowering the heart rate and the muscles become relaxed. With the combination of the above long-term effects of less stress and anxiety and a better night’s sleep, the high blood pressure suffered by one out of three people is better controlled. This in turn helps lower the risk of having a heart attack, kidney failure, or a stroke.
- Poor leg circulation which is a by-product of diabetes or high blood pressure can cause blockages in your veins that can lead to stroke or heart attack. Symptoms of this include pain in the legs, numbness in the limbs and or water retention. By seeking regular massage, the circulation problems attributed with high blood pressure are also improved, enabling those who want to exercise to safely do so.
To find out just how the health benefits of massage can help you, make an appointment today, and get on track to a healthier, happier you.