Australia spends $28.6 billion dollars each year on health. This includes $3 BILLION in hospitals, $5.5 BILLION on dental care, and $11 BILLION on medications.
The TOP 3 medications dispensed in 2015-2016 in Australia include:
- Atorvastatin: A cholesterol-lowering medication to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke
- Rosuvastatin Used to treat high-cholesterol and reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack. Commonly sold under the Crestor brand name
- Esomeprazole Commonly sold in the form of Nexium tablets. This drug helps treat heartburn and acid reflux, among other things
Two of these drugs (and arguably all three) are related closely to heart disease. Heart disease is the most common cause of death in Australia, 45,392 people died from heart disease in 2015. Major risk factors include smoking & high blood pressure.
How does MASSAGE fit into this? A regular massage regime (once or twice a fortnight or month) can significantly reduce your blood pressure. It does this by reducing cortisol levels (aka the stress hormone) and it allows you to get out of your head and into your body.
For some people, that 60 minute session can be the only relaxation they ever get. Often we are so wired, so stressed that we never ever get any downtime – your body cannot heal or develop if you don’t have adequate rest. Massage can help with this.
Want to get off the medications? Try massage! Want to avoid taking costly medications for the rest of your life? Try massage!