Massage Benefits

Benefits of Massage... 
The Physiological Benefits

How do the benefits of massage help the organ systems?

Massage has specific effects on the different organ systems of the body. It helps by keeping the organ tissues healthy and enhances healing to improve the function of the system as a whole.

Since organ systems interact in myriad ways, the benefits of massage on any system impact others as well. There is an overlapping function taking place within the different organ systems while a massage is being received.

For example: certain organ systems have pairings such as muscular-skeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous-endocrine, and respiratory-circulatory-muscular.


Trust me... I understand the feeling of not quite understanding the terms used medically.


I was once a student myself learning all these new big words that I could hardly even pronounce at one time.

My goal here is to put these medical terms into a way that you can best understand them. Just for YOU!




What is the Physiological Benefits of Massage?

There are 11 major organ systems that compose the human body. This is where the term "physiological" comes in to play. It makes up the organic processes of the body on a cellular, tissue, or organ system level.

Example: The activation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System - releases endorphins (and so on).

The benefits of massage can stimulate, increase, improve, develop, regenerate, and relax these organ systems. This improves the overall function of the organ systems.


They all sound the same don't they? Don't let that confuse you like it did me the first time I was learning about the benefits of massage on a "physiological" level. 

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary - Physiological 

Stimulate: to act as a stimulant, to invigorate, to excite (an organ, part, etc.) to activity


Increase: to become greater in size, amount, degree, etc. (to increase one's confidence)

Improve: to rise to a better quality or condition; make better

Develop: to make stronger or more effective; strengthen (muscles)

Regenerate: to grow anew(a part to replace one hurt or lost), to produce again

Relax: to make looser, or less firm or tense (muscles)




The Benefits of Massage

The Muscular System

  • Relieves soreness, tension, and stiffness
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion of joints
  • Improves the flow of nutrients to muscles and joints, accelerating recovery from fatigue and injury
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Breaks down or prevents adhesions (knots)
  • Speeds recovery from exercise
  • Enhances freedom of movement
  • Prevents or delays muscular atrophy, resulting from inactivity caused by injury, age, surgery, or illness
  • Increases physical confidence
  • Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
  • Reduces pain and swelling



The Skeletal System

  • Improves posture/body alignment
  • Relieve stiff joints
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Restores range of motion (increasing joint movement)
  • Releases joint strain (releasing tight muscles and tendons)
  • Releases restrictions in the fascia (connected tissues)
  • Improves the circulation and nutrients of your joints



The Integumentary System

  • Improves skin tone by removing dead cells and improving circulation
  • Regenerates tissue, including burns, wounds, and wrinkles
  • Helps to normalize glandular functions
  • Improve elasticity of skin
  • Stimulates blood flow to nourish the skin



The Circulatory System

  • Increases blood flow (to tissues and organs), which can relieve much muscular and joint pain (especially associated with swelling)
  • Increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients (to cells and tissues), improving and relieving congestion throughout the body
  • Increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduces heart rate (helps develop a stronger heart)
  • Elimination of metabolic waste



The Lymphatic System

  • Cleanse the body of wastes and toxic debris in the body
  • Increases the circulation of lymph
  • Stimulates the immune system (strengthens resistance to disease)
  • Reduces edema of the extremities (arms and legs)
  • Removal of lactic acid from fatigued and sore muscles (allows for a quick recovery)
  • Increases kidney action to remove wastes of protein metabolism
  • Increases retention of nitrogen phosphorus, and sulfur to aid in bone repair
  • Speeds recovery from illness

The Respiratory System

  • Develops respiratory muscles
  • Regulates respiration
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing



The Nervous System

  • Stimulates Nervous System = boosting energy
  • Calms the Nervous System = relaxing
    -- Massage may have a sedative, stimulating or an exhausting effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of massage treatment given
  • Relieves restlessness and insomnia
  • Relieves pain due to pinched nerves
  • Decreases chronic pain
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins (the body's natural painkiller)



The Endocrine System

  • Helps the body to restore and heal itself
  • Develops of a restful sleep pattern
  • Promotes appropriate levels of hormones (bringing the immune system back in balance)



The Digestive System

  • Relieves constipation (specifically if a abdominal massage is given)
  • Relaxes the abdominal and intestinal muscles (therefore releasing tension in this area)
  • Eliminates waste materials
  • Stimulates activity of liver and kidneys



The Urinary System

  • Elimination of metabolic waste
  • Cleanses the body of wastes and toxic debris in the body
  • Increases kidney action to remove wastes of protein metabolism



The Reproductive System

  • Reduces depression and anxiety associated with PMS
  • Reduces excess fluid retention
  • Helps prepare for the birthing process


This list is just the beginning to how the benefits of massage can help you. The ever expanding research continues to grow.




Psychological Benefits of Massage Therapy

Emotional Benefits of Masasge Therapy

What are the Effects of Massage?

Effects of massage refer to changes that occur in the body, mind, and emotions of the one receiving massage therapy. The outcome of the massage session, such as, increased alertness, reducing anxiety, or muscle relaxation.

Different massage techniques are chosen for their specific effects. A specific massage technique can also produce a number of different effects.

Massage therapists who know how to apply massage techniques to obtain specific effects will be more successful in achieving the goals that you desire.

It's amazing how the complexity of effects produced by something seemingly simple like massage.

Everyone can benefit from the general health promoting benefits of massage.

Massage makes you feel good! :-)

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