Healthcare workers may very well be the nation’s most stressed employees, and there’s a lot of steep competition. A recent career builder survey found that approximately 69% of healthcare workers reported feeling stressed at work compared to 60% of all workers. On top of that, about one in five healthcare workers described themselves as “very stressed”.
Stress can be surprisingly dangerous and can cause a plethora of health problems aside from anxiety and depression. In fact, according to WebMD, stress can cause heart disease, stroke, abnormal heart rhythms, and high blood pressure.
Fortunately, massage therapy can help reduce stress even in America’s most stressed out and overworked employees. Here are a few reasons why you should consider massage for healthcare workers if you’re a clinician or nurse:
Massage reduces the risk for high blood pressure
According to a study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, massage therapy is considered an effective way of controlling blood pressure in prehypertensive women. In fact, patients’ lowered blood pressure lasted as long as 72 hours after the massage. This is because massage therapy, when used long-term, can decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure, lower hostility, reduce anxiety, and decrease salivary and urinary cortisol levels.
Massage reduces the risk of heart disease
There’s a reason why the benefits of therapeutic massages are often discussed. It’s because they work. Massage therapy can help reduce the risk of heart disease in stress healthcare workers by improving blood circulation and helping you maintain a healthy blood pressure. When a healthy blood pressure is maintained and the body is under less stress, it reduces the strain on the heart thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Massage improves sleep
The U.S. is known for being one of the most sleep-deprived nations in the world and healthcare workers perhaps receive the least. With ongoing stress, anxiety, and long hours at the clinic, healthcare workers can find it difficult to fall asleep when they get the chance. Sleep deprivation makes it difficult for healthcare workers to do their jobs correctly and also puts them at risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, massage can help improve your ability to sleep. This is because massage relaxes the body and causes serotonin (the anti-pain hormone) to be released.
If you’re a healthcare worker, you may benefit significantly from professional massage therapy in Wilmington Delaware. Massage therapy can relieve muscle aches and pains and reduce significant stress. For more information on massage for healthcare workers, contact Deep Muscle Therapy Center today.