Effects of a single-session massage for sedentary older women with prehypertension: a pilot study
Keywords:massage, blood pressure, heart rate, aging, women
AbstractBackground: One of the consequences of population aging is the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, including hypertension. Massage has been recognized as effective in the prevention and mitigation of the disease. Objective: To identify the effects of a single-session massage on blood pressure and heart rate in older women with prehypertension. Methods: The intervention consisted of one 60-minute session of Swedish massage. Fifty-eigth sedentary older women with prehypertension were treated. Blood pressure and heart rate were collected immediately before and after the intervention. Results: Systolic blood pressure decreased 13% (p=0.022), while diastolic blood pressure decreased 9.4% (p=0.002). Heart rate decreased 17% (p=0.038). Conclusion: A single session of Swedish massage was effective in reducing blood pressure and heart rate. Such intervention can be useful to provide safer levels of arterial blood pressure in sedentary older women with prehypertension.
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