New Research on Massage Benefits

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Help for Prehypertensive Women

Results in a study of women diagnosed with prehypertension—considered a predictor of cardiovascular disease—showed a marked difference in subjects who received Swedish massage. The Iranian study from 2011 established one control group and another group that received 10- to 15-minute Swedish massage three times a week for 10 sessions. Blood pressure was measured both before and after each massage session. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements were significantly lower in the massage group compared with the women in the control group.