Massage Tutor Celebrates American Heart Month: Massage therapy + Happy heart = Happy Life
In the month of February, Americans celebrate Valentine's day. Love, hearts, chocolates, cards and flowers are everywhere. Along with Valentine's day, February marks American Heart Month, the best time to make a difference, to commit to a healthy lifestyle and spread the words and encourage people to live healthy hearts.
The heart is one of the most important organs in the entire human body. It is really nothing more than a pump, composed of muscle which pumps blood throughout the body, beating approximately 72 times per minute of our lives. Very essential to life. If the heart ever ceases to pump blood the body begins to shut down and after a very short period of time will die. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. People of all ages and backgrounds can get the condition.
- About610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
- Coronary heart disease(CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people
- Every year about735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack
There are a lot of a factors that affects the heart failure. Some are risk factors that is under your control and some are not.
Here are the following uncontrollable risk factors include:
- Older age
- Family history of Heart
- Race like African-Americans, American Indians, and Mexican-Americans are more likely to have heart disease than Caucasians
Controllable risk factors include:
- High in bad cholesterol (LDL) or Low in good cholesterol HDL
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Physically inactive
- Obesity (more than 20% over ideal body weight)
- Uncontrolled stress and anger
- Uncontrolled diabetes
The more risk factors for heart failure you have, the greater your chance of developing it. The good news is that this following risk factors can be control, by making changes in your lifestyle.
How massage can benefit your heart?
Many people with heart disease can very much benefit from receiving a great massage from a skilled and qualified massage therapist. Several recent studies said that the main benefit of massage therapy is stress reduction, causing relaxation and enhance the feeling of well being.
A good massage can improves circulation, increase oxygenation of tissue and muscle, it stimulates the nerve endings to release the happy hormone (endorphins) and inhibit the stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline).One study have shown that a regular massage regimen can reduce the risk associated by stress such as cardiac arrhythmias. Massage therapy can also stimulate normal inflammation process, a humanistic approach for allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
If you are hesitant whether or not massage therapy is suitable for your condition, please speak with your cardiologist or specialist first, ask if massage therapy if beneficial to your condition, what kind of massage is best for you and what are the possible risk. If the doctor recommend massage therapy, to find a licensed massage therapist who is nationally certified visit www.massagetutor.com or call (801) 484-7624.