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Massage and Blood Pressure

Published in the June 2017 edition of “MASSAGE TODAY”, an interesting report of on the benefits of massage and its effects on high blood pressure. There was a significant difference in recorded blood pressures between two groups of patients over a period of 10 weeks in which one group had Swedish Massage of back, neck and shoulders three times a week for 15 minutes. The control group had similar sessions of relaxation mainly by breathing exercises.

The start average BP for the massage group was 128/81 and the final average was 116/76. The control group average was 129/81 and hardly varied at the final reading.

This tends to confirm what many of us have suspected for some time: massage is beneficial for patients with hypertension. Keep the patient’s GP informed and take advice in individual cases.