The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

What are the physiological benefits of therapeutic massage? Either directly, or indirectly aka through other changes in your body, but virtually every part of it will be affected by massage. For a better understanding I created this quick review for you. 

It’s a long post (many benefits of genuine massage therapy), so please click on the keyword you are interested in:

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Skeletal System:

The skeletal system aka bones&joints are affected indirectly by massage. This is caused by the improved circulation of blood, which brings more oxygen and nutrients (phosphorous, nitrogen, and sulphur etc) to the bones. The improved muscle tone and reduced physical stress greatly improves your posture. Through releasing correct muscles and tendons joint strains can be released, increasing your range of joint movement. Improved circulation and nourishment of your joints protects them from erosion by producing more synovial fluid.

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Muscular System:

Correct massage therapy relaxes and lengthens your muscles effectively quelling spasms, tension, and cramping, and enhances your range of motion by stretching your connective tissue. The muscles will recover more quickly after exertion due to less connective tissue build-up and scaring by breaking down adhersions (knots) and fibrosis. Muscles tired by exercise are more quickly restored by massage therapy than by rest because of reduced tissue injury, inflammation, and muscle strain which re-establishes your proper muscular tone. This can be seen in improved motor skills!

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Nervous System:

Massage is known to affect the neurotransmitters of the brain and increase endorphin secretion in particular, which are the body’s natural painkillers) being effective in treating and reducing pain conditions. Relief from nervous irritability and other stress-related conditions such as insomnia, tension headaches, emotional instability. Lethargy and fatigue can be fought effectively. Massage stimulates the receptors of the skin and it’s underlying tissues and energetically stimulating massage thous balancing the autonomic nervous system. Massage effects on the neuromuscular reflex pathways which helps to re-establish proper tone. Correct therapy can help decrease nerve entrapment and can reduce nerve root compression. Due to the calming of the nervous system anxiety, depression, restlessness and insomnia can be eased. The nerve receptors of vasomotor nerves, internal organs, pain perception nerves, and the underlying joints and muscles of the areas being massaged are effectively stimulation leading to overall positive changes in your body.

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Cardiovascluar System:

Circulation system: Massage can improve the flow of blood, which has a tremendous amount of benefits over your entire health and basically increases your life span! How? Due to the improvement in surface circulation the work of the heart is lessened, the overall effect is a lowered blood pressure and reduced pulse rate. Both your venous and lymphatic flow are increased. Your body’s blood-making process is boosted, resulting in an increased number of red and white blood cells platelets in your circulation. Correctly done, most massage movements are directed towards the heart which facilitates the blood flow through your veins and the lymph back toward the heart and organs. More oxygen and nutrients will be pumped into your tissues and vital organs. By reducing excess fluid in tissue, leading it back to your circulation, oedema will be reduced. This is especially important after long flights!

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Lymphatic System:

Friction, kneading, and stroking movements stimulate lymph circulation. The increased blood flow, the elimination of the waste products and water retention plus the relaxing effect of the massage can effectively boost the immune system. Many of my clients tell me about a sudden weight drop of approx. 5%, usually 3 days after receiving massage therapy. This is due the removal of water retention in the tissues.

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Respiratory System:

Your rib cage and muscles are required for respiration, released tension normalizes breathing. Relaxation deepens and stabilizes your breathing patterns Correctly placed cupping movements can relieve chest congestion. Therefore, relaxation supports your breathing and this again leads to an increased relaxation. This and the improved absorption of oxygen people can notice a decrease even in their asthma symptoms.

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Digestive System:

Digestion is done by fine-tuned but mixed actions, therefore many people experience digestive problems. Balance can be achieved both by relaxation and by increasing the movement of food and waste products through your system. Normalization of the Autonomic Nervous System indirectly normalizes digestive functions. In detail, the tone of the large and small intestines improves, peristalsis is stimulated, the absorption of fat is aided, relief of constipation/diarrhea can be achieved.

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Urinary System:

Urea is a type of waste of/in your blood, produced as your body breaks down the nutrients from your food intake. Really simply said, your kidney filters urea out of your blood and the end product is urine. Urine goes to the bladder and sooner or later you want to visit a bathroom. Sounds like that surely doesn’t need help. Massage therapy activates the urinary system by pushing the fluids from the muscles into the lymphatic system. Knowing that urea comes from your digestive system, and knowing that massage supports and increases your digestive functions, it’s easy to see how the better elimination of wastes are promoted. But also the liver will have an increased function, in addition toxins stored in the muscles will be released. All these waste products that have been released during massage find their way via the blood to the kidneys where they are getting filtered out and excreted via the urinary system. After a massage I urge my clients to drink lots of clear fluids. This will assist in flushing the built-up waste, toxins and debris from the body.

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Endocrine System:

Urea is a type of waste of/in your blood, produced as your body breaks down the nutrients from your food intake. Really simply said, your kidney filters urea out of your blood and the end product is urine. Urine goes to the bladder and sooner or later you want to visit a bathroom. Sounds like that surely doesn’t need help. Massage therapy activates the urinary system by pushing the fluids from the muscles into the lymphatic system. Knowing that urea comes from your digestive system, and knowing that massage supports and increases your digestive functions, it’s easy to see how the better elimination of wastes are promoted. But also the liver will have an increased function, in addition toxins stored in the muscles will be released. All these waste products that have been released during massage find their way via the blood to the kidneys where they are getting filtered out and excreted via the urinary system. After a massage I urge my clients to drink lots of clear fluids. This will assist in flushing the built-up waste, toxins and debris from the body.

The Physiological Benefits of Therapeutic Massage on the Mental System:

Yes, organically seen there is no acknowledged mental system. But are we without a harmonious mental peace? Massage has both psychological benefit as physical benefits. Nowadays more and more people suffer from stress and various tensions, caused by our accelerated world, the distance from nature and working habits. These affect us psychologically: many people might experience food cravings, anger, feelings of low self-worth and so on. Many of these effects happen because of a bad posture, being exhausted or generally stressed. Massage can help with these problems many of us facing, by becoming healthier in our bodies for above physical benefits such as e.g. good sleep and less toxins. But also being more “whole” by experiencing a relaxed state of mind you can become more aware of yourself e.g where you are holding tension. Massage increases your body and mental awareness of the “whole-being connection”. This general physical well-being and an aware mind result in a more positive self-image.

 

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