May is National Blood Pressure Month
There are a lot of questions around High and Low Blood Pressure. First let’s take a look at what the measured numbers mean for Blood Pressure.
To visit the program the American Heart Association has set up, visit: https://www.heart360.org/default.aspx
Blood Pressure is the force in which blood flows through your blood vessels. When the pressure too high, it can put a person at risk for circulatory health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
According to the American Heart Association:
- 119/79 is the magic number for normal blood pressure, anything higher is considered Prehypertension.
- 140/90 is Stage 1 High Blood Pressure.
- There are no obvious symptoms for High Blood Pressure, so many people don’t realize they have it.
- High Blood Pressure can be controlled through lifestyle, regardless if the disease runs in the family.
Low Blood Pressure isn’t talked about as much and, usually, doesn’t cause a lot of problems. The American Heart Association lists some symptoms to look out for:
- Fainting spells
- Lack of concentration
- Blurred vision
- Shallow breathing
Personal note: If you start having some of these symptoms, go talk to your doctor.
“What lifestyle choices can I make to help stabilize my blood pressure?”
- Check your blood pressure regularly
- Maintain a normal weight
- Eat Healthy
- Reduce Sodium intake
- Drink Alcohol responsibly
Personal Note: If you’re working with your doctor to maintain your Blood Pressure, simply follow their instructions.
“Does Blood Pressure effect my Massage session?”
Massage Therapists are trained to massage clients with hypertension. We just have to be careful of bruising (as some medications can cause the body to be easily bruised) and avoid causing pain.
Personal Note: A debate is still going on about whether or not Massage raises or lowers blood pressure during a session. A good rule of thumb is to avoid massage if your High Blood Pressure is out of control and not being monitored.