Are you investing in your Arteries and long term well-being ? Do you know how exercise and massage will help ?
Recently hearing a very well respected Cardiologist speak on how “Arthrosclerosis” is a creeping insidious problem from an early age of life if we are not careful. Staying fit and well, not smoking is of course is one answer .Obesity and alcohol intake combined air pollution, are other factors that damage the well being of our arteries.
The up to date medical research says Exercise helps prevent Atherosclerosis in different ways. It keeps arteries healthy by dealing with the Cholesterol issues, it also reduces other risk factors such as Atherosclerosis, Blood clots, High blood Pressure, Diabetes, Obesity, and Stress.
Regular exercise also helps arteries by boosting the production of Nitric Oxide by the cells lining the arteries, which helps circulation, Low levels of nitric oxide production are important in protecting organs such as the liver from ischemic damage.
Even in fit people who are free of the effects of Atherosclerosis, age takes its toll on arteries. As you age, arteries become stiffer, stickier, and narrower. Italian scientists found that in people who exercised regularly, age had a much smaller effect on arteries.
Massage and Sports Massage is my field and maintaining peoples well being is a large part of it .
Dale G. Alexander, LMT, MA, PhD,In a recent “Massage Today” article, Alexander describes how massage can literally create more space for the heart within the thorax. In the article Alexander explains, “This is achieved by increasing the suppleness and length of the soft tissues both within the chest and those of the outer wall, enhancing the mobility of the thoracic joints, and by reducing the pressure within the cavity itself.” Based on this premise, freeing restrictions found in the sternum, rib and thoracic areas will help the heart function at maximum capacity, thus improving overall cardiovascular health.
What is also interesting Korean researchers found that massage had an impact on the autonomic nervous system – a system integrally tied to cardiovascular health.
Besides increasing blood circulation, the massage therapy strokes of Effleurage,Kneading and Tapotement stimulate skin receptors that send messages of relaxation to the central nervous system. These reflexes cause Vasodilatation: where the blood vessels widen to decrease blood pressure and heart rate. The Hydrotherm Massage bed which we use at Getfitstayfit Norfolk helps more than ever for patients to gain that very positive clinical outcome to help prevent those sinister problems which could affect us all ! .