It’s that time again, you visit the doctor for your annual check up and once again he tells you your blood pressure is running a little high. You tell him you’ll work on it and sure, you cut back on your salt intake, drink more water, limit your caffeine and try to count your calories. But a few weeks go by and you’re giving yourself that extra shake on the saltshaker and ordering your Venti instead of a Grande. Sound Familiar?
You are not alone! According to the CDC, nearly half Americans have or are currently taking medication for high blood pressure. But we aren’t here to talk about the traditional ways to reduce blood pressure.
Recent studies* have shown that massages that you can get through massage chairs are proven to lower blood pressure with long term benefits.
Massage chairs increase blood flow and improve circulation by increasing endorphins in your blood. After only 20 minutes or so these endorphins relax the blood vessels and reduce the heart pumping intensity.
Using a massage chair is similar to exercising in regard to blood pressure, when performed on a consistent basis, the body could be conditioned to circulate blood flow more efficiently and relax the walls of the blood vessels leading to lower blood pressure.
One particularly effective feature is the OS-Pro Admiral's full body compression air massage. There are multiple airbags located throughout the massage chair to offer a full body compression massage. The OS-Pro Admiral has a total of 24 airbags that are located at the shoulders, arms, lower back, feet, and the calf areas which can be independently selected. This compression massage helps to continue increasing blood circulation throughout the body to relieve pain and tension.
Another is the Osaki Pro OS-4D Paragon Massage Chair's automatic leg extension & covered footrest. The Paragon remote allows you to auto-adjust by extending or retracting the leg section of the massage chair to fit your preference. You'll also notice the a covered footrest, which helps to keep your feet warmer during your chair massage. Not only does foot warming FEEL fabulous, it also stimulates blood circulation.
So if you’re looking to add an additional supplement to lowering your blood pressure and get a deeper sleep, stop by one of our locations or chat with a massage chair expert online to see if one of our massage chairs are right for you. P.S. want in on a secret? If you subscribe to our email list, you'll get access to exclusive email-only discounts.
* Touch Research Institute, the University of Miami School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University in Florida “High blood pressure and associated symptoms were reduced by massage therapy”