Many doctors have made statements to the effect that stress is a leading underlying cause of disease in the body.
We know that stress diminishes the immune system’s ability to fight off infections such as the common cold.
Causes of stress
Most people have had the experience of getting sick during, or right after, a period of extreme stress in their lives, like a house move or the loss of a loved one. Life changes also could be the cause, a child leaving home or moving jobs.
The simplest things like transport disruption on the way to work can also spark short term stress, but most of us know that we simply feel terrible when we find ourselves under stress for any period of time, as our bodies fight to respond to the emotions that are raging inside of us.
Dealing with short term stress
When stress is short term, we recover physically and move on with our lives, but when stress is long term, it begins to take its toll on our bodies.
The constant high levels of cortisol in the body causes inflammation, which eventually affects the heart and blood vessels bringing on high blood pressure, hypertension and, eventually, heart disease.
Massage proven remedy to fight off stress
There are several ways of reducing stress and, therefore, cortisol in the body – including meditation, learning coping skills, a strong social network of support, exercise and, of course, massage therapy.
Nevertheless, Massage therapy has been shown to reduce the overall effects of stress on the body and bring about a feeling of emotional well-being. This makes it a powerful tool in the fight against stress and tension.
Massage therapy using moderate pressure results in a decrease in blood pressure and an increase in relaxation and can bring about a state of calm, blissful relaxation that lowers blood pressure and reduces stress for most people, making massage an important part of our healthcare regiment in our fast-paced, stressful, modern world.
Blog post by Sandy Trott