Massage therapy is isn’t simply a method for reducing the built up tension in different areas of the body. It provides life altering health benefits as well. There are dozens of ways that a professional massage can improve a person's health, with a boost in heart health being one of the most notable. Regardless of whether someone struggles with cardiovascular conditions, have experienced a stroke, or they want a way to improve their overall heart health, a professional massage could very well be the solution they’re looking for.
The Natural Build Up
Inevitably, everyone experiences a build-up of lactic acid in muscles around the body. This can cause extremities to go cold. It can also cause muscle aches and the occasional tightness in the chest. By breaking down the buildup of the Lactic acid, a person will no longer be prone to experiencing cold feet and hands and they should be able to avoid the sore muscles and tightness in the chest. It also, in return, has a direct impact on the overall health of the heart as well.
Improve Blood Flow
When the Lactic acid is broken down, it reduces barriers that can prevent the flow of blood throughout the body. With the barriers removed, the new blood flow will boost circulation throughout the entire body, which provides a path for oxygen rich blood to travel throughout the body. The better the blood flow and the more oxygen found in the blood, the faster it can improve muscle function, including the heart. This way, after exercising, going for a walk or strenuous activity, the increased blood flow and oxygen can help repair any strained muscle tissue in the heart and strengthen it, all thanks to the professional massage that broke down the lactic acid.
Lower Heart Rate
Outside of simply breaking down lactic acid build-up, an professional massage every few weeks (or more often, depending on your massage therapist’s recommendation) is going to also reduce the individual's level of stress and lower the heart rate of the person receiving the massage. As the heart rate drops, cortisol, which is commonly known as the stress hormone, drops down with it. Likewise, with the dropping of the heart rate, both diastolic and systolic (blood pressure) also drop. As the drop off of blood pressure and heart rate continues, it allows the body to completely relax and usher away any developing anxiety feeling, which can prove detrimental to the heart as well. With the many health benefits it offers, a routine massage therapy session should be added to any workout, diet and health regimen for a complete, full body relaxation and wellness experience.
Ways to Boost the Heart Health
There are a number of combinations that when put together will benefit heart function. When used in tandem with regularly scheduled massage, an individual will begin to feel much better in no time. As previously stated, both an exercise regimen and proper diet is important (with reduced sodium and caffeine intake). Limiting alcohol and avoiding tobacco products help with this as well. Additionally, increasing the amount of water someone drinks can prove helpful.
With heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions remaining one of the top killers of Americans today, it is important for everyone to do whatever they can to safeguard their heart. While exercise and a proper diet both make a substantial difference, there are a variety of elements at play here that can be used to boost the general health of the heart and ensure that it functions safely and properly. A routine massage session is something that is sure to help out in many different ways.
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