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Benefits of Massage:

Integumentary | Skeleton | Circulatory | Nervous | Muscular | Digestive | Respiratory | Lymphatic

Integumentary System

  • Aids in vitality and elasticity of skin
  • Aids in elimination of dead cells
  • Sends messages to the brain through sensory receptors in skin to aid in relaxation of entire body
  • Through this system, trust is established if healing is to take place both physically and psychologically.
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Skeleton System

  • Increases blood circulation which nourishes skeletal cells.
  • Improves muscular balance and thus skeleton alignment (over contracted muscles can pull bones out of alignment).
  • Exercises joints through range of motion. Joints are nourished by joint fluid which is moved and circulated by massage.
  • Can aid circulation in area of fracture without producing motion in the fragments. Also aids in healing of surrounding affected tissue.
  • Can be first step in process of postural awareness (less energy used to maintain efficient posture).
  • Can prevent adhesions from forming and can break down adhesions. These adhesions can form between ligaments and bones, can alter a joint and limit range of motion.
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Circulatory System

  • Causes contractions of the heart to be more forceful and complete.
  • Stimulates blood through the heart faster, thereby getting blood and nutrients to cells faster.
  • Improves general circulation, as blood passes more rapidly through tissue being massaged.
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Nervous System

  • Brings about invigorating effects to the entire nervous system due to improved circulation and nutrition.
  • Releases spasms of tissue surrounding the spinal cord which can take the strain off of nerves.
  • Can relax or stimulate nerves, depending on the type of treatment.
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Muscular System

  • Increases blood and nutrition without adding to the load of lactic acid (lactic acid forms in muscles as a result of muscular activity and too much can result in muscular fatigue and/or cramps).
  • Actually decreases lactic acid, causing muscles fatigued by this to be restored sooner.
  • Can cause relaxation of voluntary muscles.
  • Can break up adhesions and scar tissue.
  • Relaxes muscle spasms (sudden involuntary muscle contractions) and relieves tension in the muscles.
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Digestive System

  • Improves tone of large and small intestines.
  • Stimulates peristalsis, which can aid in relief of constipation and/or diarrhea.
  • Encourages deeper breathing and a more complete breath through relaxing effect of massage.
  • Has stimulating effect on digestive organs, which helps improve digestion.
  • Improves mixing actions.
  • By stimulating small intestines, can aid in absorption of fat.
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Respiratory System

  • Encourages deeper breathing and a more complete breath through relaxing effect of massage.
  • Can loosen intercostal muscles and free rib cage to allow greater chest expansion -- thereby deeper breathing -- thereby more oxygen to all cells.
  • Can release congestion and aid in lowering blood pressure.
  • Generates heat to raise temperature and respiratory rate.
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Lymphatic System

  • Aids in reducing edema.
  • Assists flow of lymph throughout the body, thereby assisting the immune system to prevent disease.
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