Risk Factors for Cardiovascular disease
Improving cardiovascular health
The most obvious way to improve your cardiovascular health is by improving your lifestyle. For example, not smoking, regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Massage may also play an important part in improving cardiovascular health?
Massage has an impact on the autonomic nervous system, a system linked to cardiovascular health. The autonomic nervous system has two states; the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest). The sympathetic nervous system prepares our body for action in a stressful situation, by raising blood pressure and heart rate. With modern day stresses it is not uncommon for our bodies to stay in this state for a prolonged period (sympathetic overload), therefore increasing our vulnerability to heart disease. The benefit of massage is it activates the parasympathetic nervous system bringing the body back into a state of rest thus bringing down heart rate and blood pressure.
(Moderate Pressure Massage Elicits a Parasympathetic Nervous System Response, Miguel A. Diegoa* & Tiffany Field International Journal of Neuroscience Volume 119, Issue 5, 2009)
Research suggests a regular massage may help reduce blood pressure therefore adding a regular massage may help and improve your overall cardiovascular health.
by Ben Hewitt
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