As our heart pumps blood to our body, blood flows into our blood vessels causing it to collide with the walls of said vessels. The pressure caused by these collisions is referred to as blood pressure, or BP in short.
Health specialists have divided blood pressure into 5 different categories: hypotension, normal, prehypertension, stage 1 hypertension, and stage 2 hypertension. Hypotension means that you have low blood pressure, which is also a bad sign since the force with which your heart is pumping blood is not adequate for the blood to reach certain parts of your body quick enough. However, this is not as bad as suffering from stage 2 hypertension. If you happen to suffer from stage 2 hypertension, you are very likely to suffer from a stroke, heart attack, kidney failure as well as vision loss (1).
A healthy person that possesses a normal blood pressure is likely to display the numbers 120/80 on a BP machine. Displaying anything greater than 140/90 is a sign of high blood pressure. Smoking, obesity, stress, alcohol, and lack of sleep are just a few reasons as to why someone with a normal blood pressure can develop a high blood pressure. And once you do, here are the signs to watch out for!
Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure
A few signs that indicate that you may be suffering from a high BP include palpitations, dyspnea, epistaxis, blurred or double vision, vomiting, dizziness, nausea, and frequent headaches (2). As you age, your chances of developing a high BP increase. However, this does not mean that young people are not prone to developing a high BP.
If you are a young person, you can avoid developing a high BP from a young age by following a few simple rules: always sleep for at least 7 hours a day, try and maintain a healthy BMI (body mass index), decrease your intake of salty and fatty foods as well as alcohol. Additionally, try and exercise on a regular basis and consume healthy foods.
Even if you are not a young person, you can still help stabilize your blood pressure by using the following massage techniques that focus on the pressure points of your body!
The Natural Way To Lower Your Blood Pressure
The first pressure point is right above your jaw and in front of your ear. Use two fingers to massage this region in circular motions in order to stimulate blood flow in this region. Doing this method on a daily basis for ten minutes can help you bring down your blood pressure without needing to change anything else in your life.
The second point is quite close to the first point and ranges from the back of the earlobes all the way down to your clavicle. Once again you can make use of two fingers on each side to gently massage the entirety of this region in rhythmic motions in order to stimulate the flow of blood and decrease your blood pressure.
The third region is your temple region that is located on either side of your eyes. Massaging this region for 5 minutes on a daily basis is guaranteed to not only reduce your blood pressure but also help ease headaches and reduce cortisol levels (read: the stress-causing hormone) in your body. Once again you can follow the method mentioned for the first region: use two fingers on each side to massage the region in circular motions.
The final region that you can massage to help reduce your blood pressure is the back of your neck. In order to stimulate this region of your body, you need to make use of your middle fingers to massage the back of your neck in circular motions while moving up and down in a rhythmic manner simultaneously. This technique is usually referred to as the ‘heavenly pillar’ in the world of acupressure.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, read on to discover how it differs from acupuncture.
What Is Acupressure?
Acupressure is an alternate medicinal form to acupuncture. Instead of relying on needles, acupressure relies on our life force to stimulate the growth and repair of our body. Acupressure makes use of similar pressure points as those used in acupuncture, in order to help stimulate blood flow (life energy), thus helping you feel calmer and stress-free.
Apart from making the necessary changes in your lifestyle and performing the aforementioned massage techniques, you should also try and reduce the levels of stimulants that you consume. Coffee is extremely bad if you have a high BP since the caffeine in coffee causes your blood pressure to rise further. If you feel that you cannot do without coffee, you can try consuming decaffeinated coffee.
Adopting these changes to your lifestyle may seem difficult at first, but if you stay strong and persistent, you can ensure that you do not face any difficulty later on in your life. Doing whatever you can to limit your chances of suffering from a stroke or heart disease early on will definitely boost your life and help you stay healthy and strong even in old age.