The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

By Shawn Henry Dill, D.C., Doctor of Chiropractic

bloodpressureHypertension, also known as high blood pressure, affects 73 million adults and two million teens and children.  Some people call it the “silent killer” because there are no symptoms, and the only way to know if you’ve got it is to have your blood pressure measured on a regular basis by a nurse, physician or someone else that is trained in taking such a measurement.

Once you have that number you have the power over hypertension.  Consider this: If your blood pressure is below 120/80, good for you!  That is considered normal.  If it is above 140/90, you have hypertension.  If your measurement falls between those two numbers, you may be at risk of developing high blood pressure.

The good news is that you can control your blood pressure.  If you have hypertension, it’s time to make some changes to drop that number.  If your measurement indicates a normal blood pressure, then work hard to keep it where it is.  Here are six things you can do to keep the silent killer at bay:

  1. Lose excess weight. High blood pressure is a condition that puts pressure on your body’s arteries, which forces them to work harder.  Carrying around extra pounds is hard on your heart, which places extra stress on the arteries.
  2. Quit smoking.Smoking raises a person’s blood pressure temporarily, but smoking does not cause high blood pressure in and of itself.  It does cause a narrowing of blood vessels from the chemicals in the cigarettes, which speeds up the process of atherosclerosis (the narrowing of blood vessels).  People who smoke therefore are at an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.
  3. Limit your alcohol intake. Drinking alcohol in moderation is okay—it may even be healthy for you.  But ingesting more than a couple drinks a day can have an adverse affect on blood pressure. Though doctors aren’t completely sure how the two are related, they are very certain that excessive drinking does play a role in hypertension.
  4. Exercise regularly. Maintaining good heart health naturally requires physical activity, which keeps the heart muscle strong. Exercising is also an important component in losing weight, and losing weight, as noted above, is necessary to keep extra pressure off the heart.
  5. Minimize stress. The body’s response to stress is frequently characterized by an increase in hormones, which temporarily cause your blood pressure to spike.  This causes your heart to beat faster and your blood vessels to narrow.  Though there is no proof that stress itself causes long-term high blood pressure, it’s always a good idea to minimize stress so that your body doesn’t have to fight so hard every time it encounters something that puts it on high alert. Meditation, yoga and massage are three ways to help minimize stress.  Using a Human Touch® massage chair or Perfect Chair® can also help keep your stress in check.
  6. Eat healthy foods. Certain foods cause build up in the arteries, which causes stress on the heart and increases blood pressure.  To reduce hypertension, adopt a diet that is low in salt (sodium) and includes sparse amounts of saturated and trans-fats.

Throughout the month of February in honor of American Heart Month, we are discussing high blood pressure at The Specific Chiropractic Center, with our eight locations around the country.  For more information on our upcoming hypertension workshops, please visit www.thespecific.com.

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Long Beach, CA – February 18, 2010: Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, is pleased to announce its support of American Heart Month by demonstrating its commitment to educating consumers about how regular massage therapy and Human Touch® products help contribute to a healthy heart.  Healthy heart

American Heart Month is an annual awareness month held each February focused on increasing consumer education and awareness about good heart health in order to help reduce the nation’s prevalence of heart disease and heart disease-related deaths.

A study conducted by the University of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute, found a significant reduction in the stress-related hormones present in study participants before massage and a significant increase in relaxation-related hormones after massage.  This benefit has far-reaching medical consequences because stress has been proven to be a significant factor in heart disease according to the expert cardiologists.

“It’s a known fact that massage therapy can result in important stress relief benefits, which is an important part of helping to reduce the risks associated with heart disease and other serious health conditions,” said Naturopathic Physician James Rouse, N.D., who is a foremost authority on stress and relaxation and an esteemed member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council.  “Regular massage therapy has also been shown to improve a person’s circulation as well, which helps to improve blood flow throughout the body and to the heart.”  The Wellness Council is a group of compiled experts from various disciplines dedicated to educating people about how to achieve a healthier and happier life from their own experiences and practice of integrating massage, relaxation, sound posture, and balance into their daily routine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and in 2006 631,636 people died of heart disease, causing 26% of deaths—more than one in every four—in the U.S.

David Wood, Chief Executive Officer of Human Touch® added, “One of our core missions as a company is to educate consumers about the indispensable health and lifestyle benefits that our  Human Touch massage chairs and wellness products provide, from our state-of-the-art robotic massage chairs and Perfect Chair® recliners, to smaller targeted-relief products, such as our CirQlation™ foot and calf massagers. 

We strongly believe that through increased education about how massage therapy, relaxation, and proper posture can help reduce specific health risks, such as heart disease, we will be able to encourage more consumers to use our massage and relaxation products as a tool to achieve healthier, happier and more productive lives.”

About Human Touch®

In pushing the boundaries of its traditional massage chairs and wellness products through advanced proprietary technology and innovation, Human Touch® is focused on infusing health and wellness into everyday lives through high-quality, design-oriented, and award-winning massage chairs, Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® Recliners and other wellness products and solutions.  Human Touch® has been making people feel better™ for more than 30 years by developing state-of-the-art massage and wellness products, as well as by providing valuable consumer education about the substantial health and wellness benefits of regular massage therapy, relaxation and proper posture.  Stress relief, increased range of motion, pain relief, improved circulation, and increased immunity are just some of the valuable health benefits associated with regular massage therapy.  Human Touch® products are available at back care specialty stores, fine furniture stores across the country, through international retailers and distributors in more than 40 countries, as well as online at www.humantouch.com.

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