Massage Therapy May Lower Blood Pressure

blood-pressure-949092_640While most people seek massage therapy for its relaxing, stress-reducing benefits, it also may a beneficial treatment in lowering blood pressure.

According to the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), as many as 1 out 3 adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension). If left unchecked, high blood pressure can lead to a wide range of health problems, including kidney disease, heart attack and stroke. The excessive pressure pushes against the arteries and organs, stressing them while subsequently leaving them vulnerable to disease. continue reading »

Can Massage Therapy Relieve Chronic Pain?

chronic-pain-11-11-15It’s estimated that more than 100 million US adults suffer from chronic pain conditions. While everyone will experience physical pain at some point in their lives, most cases are temporary. With chronic pain, however, the debilitating pain signals last for long periods at a time, often for weeks, months or even years.

Unfortunately, far too many people treat their pain by masking it with painkillers. Whether it’s ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or prescription drugs, painkillers such as this only mask the pain for a brief period of time. Furthermore, painkillers create unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects like damage to the stomach and liver. A safer and more effective approach to treat chronic pain may come from massage therapy. continue reading »

Improve Your Circulation With Massage Therapy

heart-665186_640There are a number of reasons why poor circulation happens. Common health issues that Americans face like obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and arterial issues can all lead to bad circulation. Our circulatory system is designed to transport oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, supplying it with the nutrients it needs to remain healthy. When blood becomes stagnant, however, certain problems may arise. continue reading »

Massage Therapy May Relieve Chronic Headaches

headache_640Most people seek massage therapy for its relaxing, stress-reducing properties. While it’s certainly effective for this reason, massage has dozens of other uses as well, one of which is to relieve the symptoms of chronic headaches.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), headaches are among the most common types of nervous system disorders. Nearly half of the US population has experienced at least one in the past year, with many people experiencing several per month. Headaches are characterized by pain originating in the head/or neck, often lasting between 15 to 180 minutes. continue reading »

5 Ways To Lower Your Cortisol Levels (Without Drugs)

spinach-091415Do you experience stress on a day-to-day basis? The feeling that we describe as “stress” is actually the result of elevated levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone that’s produced in the adrenal kidneys. When there’s more of this hormone flowing through your body, you’ll feel greater stress and anxiety as a result. So, how can you lower your cortisol levels? continue reading »