Massage Therapy Benefits for Rehabilitation

Massage Therapy Benefits for Rehabilitation

Massage Therapy Benefits for Rehabilitation

If you’re like most people, you probably think of massage therapy as a way to relax and de-stress. And while that’s definitely one of the benefits of massage, there are many others that can be helpful for rehabilitating injuries. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. If you’re recovering from an injury, talk to your doctor about whether massage therapy might be a good option for you. You may be surprised at how much it can help!

Before Surgery

Surgery can be a stressful experience, and the anticipation of pain before surgery often leads to higher levels in patients who have never experienced this type of physical discomfort. Addressing these fears early on is crucial for post-surgery management. Massage therapy before a major event like surgery or even difficult physical therapy can help prepare the mind and body to get the maximum benefit from the process.

The post-surgical pain and other common physical issues that many people experience after surgery can also be difficult to deal with. Luckily, massage therapy is an excellent form of treatment for this type of discomfort because it provides muscles with gentle touching which helps alleviate stress on the body’s system as well reduce inflammation from scarring.

After Surgery

Post-surgical pain can be a major issue for patients, and it’s something we have to take into consideration when they are recovering from surgery. Research shows persistent or chronic post-surgical pain lasting two to three months is responsible for nearly 1 in 4 cases of chronic pain. 

We all know that postop recovery isn’t always easy but this task becomes more complicated if you’re experiencing chronic or persistent levels of discomfort which may delay your return back into daily life activities. Studies indicate that massage therapy has a variety of benefits for helping people recover faster from surgeries, and also helps with:

  • Decreasing postoperative pain and intensity
  • Reducing postoperative pain, stress, and anxiety
  • Mitigating sympathetic responses to postoperative pain
  • Decreasing doses of analgesics
  • Boosting levels of calmness and feelings of well-being
  • Reducing inflammation and scar tissue
  • Helping regain full range of motion without discomfort
  • Aiding in the re-alignment of muscles and joints
  • Help improve circulation and reduce swelling

Your Rehabilitation Will Improve with Massage Therapy

Talk to your doctor or therapist about whether massage therapy might be right for you after surgery, an accident, or a major illness. Massage therapy is a great addition to your rehabilitation program. Plus, it just feels good!

If you have surgery or a major health event coming up, consider incorporating massage therapy into your pre-and post-procedure care in order to prepare to the best of your ability and to shorten your recovery time.

Make an appointment today with All Body Kneads. You can call 517-898-2899  or click the link below to schedule online.

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Easy Fixes for a Tight Neck and Shoulders

Easy Fixes for a Tight Neck and Shoulders

Do you suffer from tight, achy neck and shoulder muscles? When you’re stressed out or tense, your shoulders tend to hunch forward. This puts pressure on the back of your neck which can lead to pain and stiffness. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re just sore or actually dealing with an injury like whiplash. Here are some easy things that could help release tension in those areas so you can feel good again!

Tips for Tigh Neck and Shoulders

Heating pad. Place a small heating pad over the neck and shoulders for about 20 minutes.

Foam Roller. Apply pressure to tight muscles with your hands or use a foam roller.

Gentle Stretching. Stretch your neck by tilting your head to one side, then the other. Stretch regularly throughout the day – don’t wait until you’re tired to stretch!

Self- Massage. Massage sore areas with lotion or oil. Check out our article on self-massage tips for more information.

Good Sleep. Get plenty of sleep every night – you need at least 7 hours of sleep each night for healthy muscle function!

Take Breaks. Take breaks from sitting up straight all day long by resting in between tasks, stretching often, and taking walks during lunch break.

Hot Bath. Try a hot bath with Epsom salts and lavender oil

Light Exercise. Take some time out of your day to do neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, and arm circles

Good Posture. Practice good posture by sitting up straight in your chair at work or home.

Lighten Your Load. Don’t carry a heave a backpack, purse, or crossbody bag that is pulling on your neck and shoulders.

Reduce Phone Use. “Text neck” is a term that has been coined to describe the posture formed by leaning forward for prolonged periods, for example when viewing a cellphone while reading and texting. This can cause stress injuries and pain.  This posture often results in neck and shoulder pain, and headaches.

If these tips aren’t helping or you are seeking more relief, it is time to call a professional massage therapist. All Body Kneads can provide full body massage or a concentration on your neck and shoulders.

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Massage for Accountants

Massage for Accountants

Tax season is upon us. Some of us don’t think about our accountants until this time of year as we are gathering up all of documents and stuffing our receipts into shoe boxes. However, this time of year is extremely busy for accountants and auditors. They spend a lot of time hunched over computer keyboards, peering into glowing screens, tallying up numbers on calculators, making phone calls, and basically working hard so we can keep doing what we love to do.

This tax season, you could say “thank you” with a gift of massage. Our accountants keep us out of trouble and we can pay them back by helping with their “trouble” spots. Mainly, neck, shoulders, arms and lower back. Maybe headaches too, for those really difficult clients!

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Related: Why Office Workers Need Massage Therapy

More than eight out of ten accountants are suffering from stress related problems, according to new research from the Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA).

The Benefits of Massage for Accountants

Accountants, like most professionals who work at desk, spend long hours sitting–especially during tax season. This puts a lot of strain on the body. Coupled with higher stress and less sleep, and your body is NOT happy with you. We need our accountants to be sharp and focused. Massage is the answer!

Remind your accountant that he or she could benefit from taking care of themselves while they are also taking care of all of their clients. We all need this gentle reminder sometimes.

Massage can help with:

  • Upper body tension (neck, shoulders, jaw, face, head)
  • Lower back pain (from long hours of sitting)
  • Posture
  • Tension headaches
  • Poor sleep
  • Stress levels

Related: Massage Therapy and Healthy Sleep

According to AccountingWeb.com, additional ways finance professionals can combat work-related stress include:

  • Exercise daily (e.g., yoga, walking, running).
  • Enjoy time with friends or a significant other after work.
  • Engage in a hobby (e.g., gardening, reading).
  • Listen to music.
  • Take vacation time to recharge.

Work-Life Balance

No matter what your profession, it is really important to work on a healthy work-life balance. There will be times in our lives that are busier than others (like tax time), and we can maintain an out-of-balance work load for short periods of time. However, overall, week-to-week, month-to-month, our work-life balance should be, well, BALANCED. It is a lifestyle change that includes prioritizing different areas of your life and making a conscious effort to bring those areas into balance.

Massage can really help with this because it gives you time to relax, listen to your inner voice, reconnect with yourself, and let your subconscious start working on some of these things for you. Self-care is not just a popular buzzword right now–it is really important as statistics of cancer, stress related diseases, hearth attacks, anxiety and depression are running amok in our society. And dear accountants, we know how you love statistics. Just don’t let yourself be one by not taking care of yourself. We all need you to crunch those numbers and keep us honest.

Can’t you just feel your shoulders relaxing and the tension easing from your body already? Don’t you deserve a good night’s sleep?

Please share this article with your accountant, your colleagues, workaholics, and anyone else you think might benefit from a great massage. So, really, everyone! Thank you and be well!

Massage for Truck Drivers

Massage for Truck Drivers

Do you know a truck driver who could use a massage? Please share this article with them.

Most of us are familiar with the back ache and stiff legs that come from a long road trip. You get out, stretch your back, walk a bit, shake your legs out. It is uncomfortable, but eventually you get to your destination and all is well. Imagine that a never-ending road trip was your way of life.

Massage for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers and long-haul semi-drivers experience chronic back pain. There are a lot of health hazards that come from sitting in one position for long periods of time. These include:

  • Shortened leg muscles
  • Backaches
  • Neck strain
  • Shoulder discomfort 

Massage therapy can alleviate these symptoms and put you back in the driver’s seat!

Leg Pain and Truck Drivers

Another source of leg pain for truck drivers (and anyone who drives for long period of time) is door handles and other abrasive objects. Often times drivers get in the habit of resting their left leg against the door. If there is a handle or other object that sticks out from the door, it could irritate your leg over time. This can become such a habit that drivers don’t notice the pain until it is chronic. Sometimes a bruise or abrasion also occurs.

Massage therapy can help with this sort of leg pain.

Good posture, muscle tone, stretching and exercise are key to counter acting the affects of long-term truck driving. The last piece of the puzzle could include massage for truck drivers. There are so many benefits to massage, some of them are physical and some of them include managing stress and improving sleep.

Related: Massage and Sleep

Strategies for Massage for Truck Drivers

Regular massage will help alleviate the chronic issues associated with truck driving. Don’t wait until your back, neck or shoulders hurt so bad you are unable to work. It is important that you maintain your body just as you would your truck. If you have a regular route, a good practice would be to have a standing weekly, bi-weekly or monthly massage appointment that works with your schedule. It will also be something you can look forward to when you are on the road.

Many massage therapists have weekend and evening hours to accommodate employees’ schedules.

Related article: Massage for Factory Workers and Warehouse Employees

Need more convincing?

Can’t you just feel your back and shoulders relaxing already?

At All Body Kneads, we specialize in helping you feel your best so you can do your best.

Give us a call today at 517-898-2899 or schedule an appointment online.

You can also email for an appointment or with any questions at [email protected].

We’d also be happy to talk to your work place about at in-house wellness and chair massage program.

Feel better today!

Massage for Customer Service Representatives

Massage for Customer Service Representatives

It is no secret that Customer Service Representatives have a very hard job. Their job becomes even tougher during busy times of the year like the holidays and summer vacations.customer service representativesCustomer Service is one type of job where the emotional strain outweighs the physical demands on the body.  Even though retail customer service workers can be seen running around stores helping needy customers, it still doesn’t compare to the “emotional labor” involved. The same goes for call center workers other types of customer service reps.

Emotional labor is a term coined by Arlie Hochschild’s in her book The Managed Heart. It refers to the effort a person must put forth in order to exude an emotion that they are not necessarily feeling at the time. We have all experienced this from time time in our daily lives. Can you imagine having to do this every day while people are complaining to you? It’s exhausting just thinking about it.

Customer Service Representatives are suppose to seem happy all the time.

Being happy, helpful and smiley all the time at your job really just isn’t practical. We are only human after all. According to Jeff Toister, an author and trainer who is passionate about customer service, there are a few reasons that make customer service really hard:

#1. It does not come natural. Who would naturally be pleasant to someone who is yelling at them? Flight or Fight instincts kick in and we have to work really hard to overcome our natural tendencies to defend ourselves.

#2. Our perspectives are different. People perceive situations differently, as well at the importance of problems and issues. Something that might ruin one person’s day is just standard every day occurrences for someone else. Empathy plays a large role in being good at customer service.

#3. It’s sometimes hard to be friendly. It just is. The worse you feel, or tired, or stressed, or even hungry, the harder is to be friendly and cater to other peoples’ needs.

#4. Multitasking really isn’t a thing. People refer to multitasking all the time, but as humans, we aren’t good it at.  It’s true. Sorry. We can only process one conscious thought at a time. When we try to do too many things at once, which is often required for Customer Service Representatives, our brains want to shut down in protest.

#5. Directed Attention Fatigue. Have you ever heard of this term? You have most definitely experienced it even if you didn’t have a name for it. Chronic multitasking causes it by overusing the part of our brain that focuses attention. If you had to read that sentence twice, you might be suffering from it. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Getting distracted easily
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Indecisiveness
  • Difficulty starting and finishing tasks

How Can Massage Help Customer Service Representatives?

Massage therapy is not just physical therapy. It provides emotional support and help as well. When we take time to slow down, focus on ourselves, relax, and rejuvenate, we feel better. The uplifting effects of a massage can last for days. Massage therapy also promotes better sleep and concentration–two more things that will help you with your customer service job.

Related: What are the more popular massage therapy services?

When we are emotionally (or physically) stressed we tend to hold tension in the body. Common areas are the neck, shoulders, and lower back.  Some people also grind or clench their jaw during the day or in their sleep. This can result in chronic or debilitation headaches.

If you work in customer service (or know someone who does) we encourage you to seek regular massage–especially during busy times of the year. You will be able to maintain a good attitude despite difficult customers. Your bosses, managers and the company will benefit from it and so will everyone around you.

Book a massage today and spend some time unwinding. You deserve it!

Call 517-898-2899 or book online.

Massage for Caregivers: Nurses, Doctors & Hospital Workers

Massage for Caregivers: Nurses, Doctors & Hospital Workers

Caregivers, such as nurses, doctors, and hospital workers, are often so busy caring for others they seldom think about taking care of themselves. This is precisely why giving the gift of massage to the caregiver in your life could be the best gift ever!

Massage administered to hospital patients is a fairly common practice.  Most hospitals have an in-patient massage program. According to research conducted in January 2017, 82 percent of hospital patients claimed massage therapy was the most helpful form of hospital therapy.

So, that helps the patients in hospitals, but what about the caregivers?

The Benefits of Massage for Caregivers and Hospital Workers

Massage offered to hospital staff usually consists of 10- to 20-minute chair massages on the hospital floor or unit. This is great for alleviating stress and tension. While this is an extremely beneficial service, many people who work long hours on their feet need more personal massage therapy. A longer, full body massage can target specific areas of tight muscles and pain.

The benefits of massage therapy for caregivers are twofold; the physical benefits and the mental benefits. Caregivers are wired to think of others and be concerned about their health and comfort. To have an hour or 90 minutes where they get to concentrate on themselves and receive care is invaluable. Not only will they experience the physical benefits of being able to do there jobs better, but they will have the mental capacity to keep caring for those that need them.caregivers

Nurses: On their feet for long hours and having to cope with ever-increasing patient loads, demanding schedules, paperwork, follow-up, and other responsibilities can exact a heavy toll on nurses. Work-related stress and related symptoms is often the result.

Many research studies have been conducted that demonstrate the effectiveness of massage therapy for chronic low back pain – a condition affecting millions of Americans, including nurses.

Researchers found that patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function.

Doctors: Like nurses, doctors work long hours and are on their feet most of the time. Emergency room doctors massage for caregiverswork in a high-paced, high-stress environment. Surgeons have to have a lot of stamina for long operations and follow-up consultations. Doctors experience mental stress and physical strain too. Doctors use fine motor skills all day, much like a computer worker.

  • Hunched shoulders
  • Stooped back
  • Cramped hands
  • Tired feet
  • Aching back

Physicians are very good at knowing what their patients need, however, they may not follow the same advice for themselves.

Remind a caregiver you know to take time for themselves. Go one step further and give the gift of massage and wellness to those who give us so much.

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Everyone needs to take time for themselves. However, we often forget how important it is in order to be the best versions of ourselves for others.

Purchase a gift certificate or book a massage today! Call All Body Kneads at 517-898-2899

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Massage for Retail Workers and Cashiers

Massage for Retail Workers and Cashiers

The holidays are upon us and for many people in the retail business, that means longer hours and an increase in work related stress. It is extremely important to take care of yourself all year round, but the holidays can induce extra issues.

Treat yourself this season to massage therapy and enjoy your work more with less back ache and shoulder twinges.

Note: Don’t ignore your body when new aches and pains develop. It is easy to brush these off and tell yourself, “I am just busier than normal. It will go away.” This can lead to chronic and debilitating pain if left untreated.

Retail workers spend a lot of time standing, lifting, stocking, stretching, carrying, and more. These types of activities are hard to endure for long periods of time day after day.

The Stats for Retail Workers

The NIOSH released a report in March 2010 that evaluated injuries and illnesses in the wholesale and retail trade industries. The study was the most comprehensive of its kind, and the results were surprising.

It is a common misconception that the retail industry is relatively safe. The report uncovered that the retail industry actually experiences a disproportionately high number of both injuries and fatalities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2006, approximately 820,500 injuries and 581 fatalities occurred among the 21 million retail workers in the United States.

Common Injuries in the Retail Industryretail worker injuries

Retail workers themselves often discount their own injuries, or don’t recognize the symptoms. Don’t let this be you!

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.).

The pain associated with these types of injuries include back pain, muscle pain, joint pain and more. If left untreated, these injuries may lead to disability.

Common MSDs include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle / Tendon strain
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Tension Neck Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Compression
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Digital Neuritis
  • Trigger Finger / Thumb
  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome
  • Mechanical Back Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ruptured / Herniated Disc,
  • and many more.

The good news is that most of these types of injuries are preventable. Proper training, ergonomic workstations, and self-care can help you avoid these issues.

How Can Massage Help Retail Injuries?

Two non-evasive and holistic ways to treat MSDs is include mental relaxation and massage for pain. Both of these can improve overall health, mental energy and muscle pain.

All Body Kneads recommends regular massage and mental relaxation techniques for all retail workers BEFORE you develop any symptoms or pain. Prevention is the best way to combat MSDs.

Massage therapy can:

  • Be more effective for chronic back pain than standard therapiesMassage for Retail workers
  • Promote relaxation and alleviate the perception of pain
  • Reduce headaches
  • Stimulate the brain to produce endorphins
  • Promote better sleep

Physicians and other health care providers are increasingly recommending massage therapy to their patients as a supplement to conventional health care.

Need more convincing?

Can’t you just feel your muscles relaxing, your breath deepening, and a calm setting over your mind?

At All Body Kneads, we specialize in helping you feel your best so you can do your best.

Give us a call today at 517-898-2899 or schedule an appointment online.

You can also email for an appointment or with any questions at [email protected].

We’d also be happy to talk to your work place about at in-house wellness and chair massage program.

Feel better today!

Massage for Factory Workers and Warehouse Employees

Massage for Factory Workers and Warehouse Employees

The 3rd most popular type of job in Michigan is factory and warehouse work. As with any type of manual labor–it can take a toll on your body. That is why massage for factory workers is so important and EFFECTIVE!

Work wellness programs have become extremely popular over the last several years. Unfortunately they concentrate on office settings and haven’t quite branched out to the more physically demanding jobs such as factories and warehouses.

These types of jobs pose the following work related issues:

  • standing for long periods of time
  • overexertion
  • body movement injuries
  • heaving lifting
  • repetitive movement
  • bending and squatting
  • slips and falls
  • equipment and object injuries

All of these types of activities, when performed regularly, can have a negative impact on the body. Fortunately, massage for factory workers and warehouse employees can provide much relief from the negative side effects of manual labor.

Not only will massage for factory workers combat the physical stresses to the body, it helps workers perform their tasks better it also reduces stress.

What Types of Massage for Factory Workers and Warehouse Employees?

There are many types of massage, however, the following are recommended for manual labor jobs:

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This is one of the most well-known types of massage and is sometimes called a “classic massage.” It uses long gliding strokes, kneading, and circular movements on the body. Massage lotion or oil is applied to reduce friction on the skin during a session. This type of massage helps ease joint pain, muscle aches and stiffness. It also improves circulation, and facilitate healing after an injury. It is highly adaptable, and could be very gentle and relaxing.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massages, as the name implies, go deeper into the muscles than a regular or Swedish massage. It can help with rehabilitation after an injury, chronic muscle pain, and conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis. It is often combined with other types of massage.

Chair Massagechair massage

Chair massages are also known as seated or on-site massages. The fully-clothed client sits on a specially-designed chair, which facilitates the session. The massage is concentrated mainly on the back, arms and hands of the client. The therapist may use a variety of techniques, such as Swedish and Deep Tissue massages. An advantage of this type of massage is its versatility and portability. This is a great way for employers to provide the wellness benefits of massage to employees.

All Body Kneads provides onsite chair massage to all types of business and industries. For more information please call 517-898-2899.

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Massage for Factory Workers

Why Office Workers Need Massage Therapy

Why Office Workers Need Massage Therapy

Office workers need massage therapy due to the repetitive nature of their jobs. Sitting, typing, and talking on the phone can all contribute to sore, stiff muscles and headaches. Sound familiar?

Do you have a point somewhere in the middle of your back, maybe slightly to the right or left, that is rock hard?

Is your neck stiff? Do you get tension headaches? Is your jobs stressful at times?

All these things add up to needing a really good massage.

Sure, you probably stretch here and there. Get up once in awhile for a quick break–but this just isn’t taking care of the soreness.

Related: Bringing On-site Chair massage to the Workplace

5 Reasons Office Workers Need Massage Therapy

The way your neck and shoulders feel right now is probably enough of a reason to convince you that you could benefit from a massage. Just in case you need some more reasons, the following list explains medically how you will benefit from massage therapy.

1. Poor Posture

How often do you think about how you are sitting at your desk? Probably not enough. People who work at a deck tend to:office workers need massage therapy

  • Slouch
  • Tuck a leg underneath them
  • Tilt to one side
  • Use a desk and/or chair that is either too high or too low

Does this sound like you? How are you sitting right now?

Office workers need massage therapy to correct poor posture.

2. Stress

Very few people have zero stress at their jobs. Office jobs tend to involve more than the average amount of stress–emotionally and physically. Emotional stress can also cause you to feel stiff and sore. Massage therapy combats both types of stress by offering a relaxing and soothing environment for your nerves while physically working out the knots and stress your body is holding.

Office workers need massage therapy to manage stress.

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3. Limited Mobilityoffice workers need massage therapy

Our bodies were not meant to do any one thing for long period of time–including sitting. Desk work does not allow for a very big range in your daily movement. Typing is extremely repetitive.

The combination of limited range and repetition wreaks havoc on the muscles and joints. It makes you tense up.

Office workers need massage therapy to get their muscles and joints moving more freely.

4. Productivity

When you feel well you are able to get more work done. You will be much more efficient, have a better attitude, and enjoy your work more. This is a great case for suggesting that your boss or manager look into having a massage therapist come to the office on a regular basis to provide chair massage to the staff. Show him or her this article.

Related: Chair Massage is a Good Investment for a Healthy Business

5. Preventing Pain

Taking steps now to treat your current back pain and stress will make it easier to prevent further pain in the future. Once your current issues are addressed, continuing regular massage is a maintenance program for your well-being.

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Need more convincing?

Can’t you just feel your muscles relaxing, your breath deepening, and a calm setting over your mind?

At All Body Kneads, we specialize in helping you feel your best so you can do your best. Give us a call today at 517-898-2899 or schedule an appointment online.

You can also email for an appointment or with any questions at [email protected].

We’d also be happy to talk to your office about at in-house wellness and chair massage program.

Feel better today!

Can Massage Help with High Blood Pressure?

Can Massage Help with High Blood Pressure?

Have you recently been diagnosed with High Blood pressure or prehypertension?

Well, you aren’t alone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one in every three Americans, or 31.3 percent, has high blood pressure. In addition, about 1 in 5 U.S. adults with high blood pressure don’t know that they have it. This is serious considering that elevated blood pressure can lead to:

  • damaged organshigh blood pressure
  • heart attack
  • heart failure
  • stroke
  • aneurysms
  • kidney failure

According to The Mayo Clinic, risk factors for elevated blood pressure include:

  • Being overweight or obese. A primary risk factor is being overweight. The greater your body mass, the more blood you need to supply oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. As the volume of blood circulated through your blood vessels increases, so does the force on your artery walls.
  • Age.  Many older adults have progressed from elevated blood pressure to high blood pressure, and the risk of high blood pressure increases as you age.
  • Sex. High blood pressure is more common in men than in women. Through about age 64, high blood pressure is more common in men. Women are more likely to develop high blood pressure after age 65.
  • Race. High blood pressure is particularly common among people of African heritage, often developing at an earlier age than it does in white people.
  • Family history of high blood pressure. High blood pressure tends to run in families. If a first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, has high blood pressure, you’re more likely to develop the condition.
  • Not being physically active. Not exercising can increase your risk of high blood pressure and increase your risk of being overweight.
  • Diet high in salt (sodium) or low in potassium. Sodium and potassium are two key nutrients in the way your body regulates your blood pressure. If you have too much sodium or too little potassium in your diet, you’re more likely to have high blood pressure.
  • Tobacco use. Smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco or even being around other people who are smoking (secondhand smoke) can increase your blood pressure.
  • Drinking too much alcohol. Drinking more than two drinks a day if you’re a man or more than one drink a day if you’re a woman can increase your blood pressure. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.
  • Certain chronic conditions. Certain chronic conditions — including kidney disease, diabetes and sleep apnea — may increase the risk of elevated blood pressure.

Massage and High Blood Pressure

While massage alone probably won’t control diagnosed high blood pressure, it can certainly be part of an overall treatment plan. Often times stress is also a contributing factor to elevated blood pressure–so finding healthy ways to relax and find balance and calm will help. Massage can help with a wide range of issues and symptoms having to do with a lot of conditions, not just high blood pressure.

Massage can also improve sleep and help with chronic headaches (often a sign of high blood pressure).

Be sure to talk with your physician before scheduling a massage if you are being treated for high blood pressure. It is always a good idea to inform your primary care doctor of all other medical or natural treatments you are receiving.

Relaxation, stress management, and better sleep can all be achieved through massage. This can also potentially lead to lower blood pressure.

Call to schedule a massage today or check out our online calendar. Your heart will thank you for it!

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