Cardiovascular Health

Research suggests general effectiveness massage therapy on lowering blood pressure and heart rate 1,2,3,4 . Multiple studies provided good evidence for massage therapy’s related effectiveness in managing anxiety, stress, promoting relaxation, and easing pain as a possible interactive effects of the positive effects on blood pressure and cardiovascular health 4.



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2 National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. “Massage Therapy: An Introduction.” <>. Last modified January 18, 2012; last accessed August 14, 2012.

3 Moyer CA, Rounds J, Hannum JW. A meta-analysis of massage therapy research. Psychological Bulletin. 2004;130(1):3–18.
4 See also NG Kenny. 2011. “The effectiveness of massage therapy,” which qualifies the status of this research as “good”.