How Massage Therapy Affects Tissues and Organs

How Massage Therapy Affects Tissues and Organs

A good massage does wonders for the body and the mind, especially when aching muscles are causing pain and discomfort. What many people don’t realize is that receiving a massage can provide numerous benefits for the body’s organs by improving digestion, blood circulation and other bodily functions – and that’s in addition to the benefits that relaxation and overall wellbeing have on the body.

The human body boasts 11 major organ systems, and massage can manipulate these systems in differing ways based on the needs of the individual. What’s more, massage therapy uses the power of human touch for therapeutic purposes, as well as rejuvenation and pampering.

Thai Massage Albuquerque Fun Fact: Therapeutic benefits for individuals with cerebral palsy, as an example, are wide-ranging and include controlling stress levels, reducing pain, releasing muscular tension, improving digestion, stimulating sensory receptors, stimulating circulation, providing flexibility and enhancing range of motion.

Before a massage session begins, it is important that a massage therapist understand the client’s medical health and what the client is expecting to be accomplished during the massage. It is also recommended that primary care physicians are aware of the patient’s interest in massage therapy so they can discuss any concerns he/she may have with regard to ongoing treatment or health conditions.

Some of the major organ systems that can be affected by massage include:

  • Circulatory system
  • Hormonal and Endocrine system
  • Gastrointestinal (digestive) system
  • Integumentary system
  • Lymphatic/lymph nodes system
  • Muscular skeletal system
  • Major muscle groups
  • Nervous system
  • Reproduction system
  • Respiratory system
  • Urinary system

Massage therapy can impact the circulatory system by increasing blood flow, increasing oxygen, increasing nutrients, increasing red blood cells, reducing heart rate and lowering blood pressure. Similarly, massage helps to balance hormones by regulating or stimulating the endocrine system, assisting by balancing mood, controlling stress levels, reducing cravings, inspiring relaxation, reducing pain, fulfilling the basic need for human touch, rebalancing the hormonal system and increasing desire.

In the area of digestion, massage releases tension in the abdominal and intestinal muscles, relieves constipation, assists with waste elimination and stimulates liver and kidney activity. Massage assists the lymphatic system, meanwhile, by reducing swelling, inflammation, sinus congestion and more, while aiding the muscular system in a myriad of ways – from stimulating the circulatory and nervous systems’ sensory neurons to managing pain. When it comes to the reproduction system, massage promotes general breast health, promotes relaxation, reduces blood pressure, loosens lower back muscles, assists prostrate treatments, reduces menstrual cramps and provides feelings of wellness.

There are also a number of similar ways massage therapy affects the skeletal and urinary systems.

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