Blood Flow – Circulating Health

Blood Flow – Circulating Health

Posted By cobbpainandrehab || 21-Aug-2013

It doesn’t take a lot of common sense to know that blood is an important part of our health. It moves about our bodies thanks to a constantly pumping heart. Blood flow is what allows bits of food and air to get around to where they need to. These simple ways to think about health can lead to some pretty insightful medical knowledge.

Ever have a finger turn purple from too many grocery bags? That’s because your finger isn’t getting any air from your blood. New and old studies reveal different ties between specific blood flow and other organ’s health. Good blood flow could possibily even prevent dementia! For many people, things like neck pain, hip pain, or lower back pain are motivating them to seek out alternatives to non specific stretching and pain pills. Unhealthy blood flow could possibly be the source of their ailments.

Drinking enough water is a very important part of blood flow, as is exercise to maintain a healthy heart, but even obscure things like quitting coffee can affect your blood flow health. Caffeine withdrawals can have profound ramifications tied to blood flow in the brain, causing extremely painful headaches. In fact, being in caffeine withdrawal was recently declared an official mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly referred to as DSM-5). The severity of this type of withdrawal reveals the importance of blood flow changes as caffeine withdrawals have been shown to change blood flow enough in the brain to be seen on an ultrasound!

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), research shows that massage therapy greatly improves blood circulation, aiding in the recovery of soreness and improving the success of physical therapy. It also benefits physical therapy patients as is it increases your range of motion due to improved muscle relaxation. Massages are strongly tied to aiding insomnia and producing endorphins, a natural chemical in the body that can help greatly with chronic pain and even stress. Endorphins are the body produced chemical that make you feel a ‘runners high’ from exercise. Muscles, bones, and the supporting structure play crucial roles in your blood flow, and therefore your health. Make sure to get the help you need to keep healthy ranges of motion so your blood can get to where you need it most!

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