1: Massage reduces waste products such as lactic acid & carbonic acid that can build up in muscles after activity. This lactic acid can cause cramping, discomfort, and irritability. It also enhances the immune system and aids recovery from soft tissue injuries by increasing blood circulation to injured areas.
2: Massage dilates or opens up blood vessels, improving the circulation and relieving congestion. Massage also can increases the number of red blood cells. This increase can be very helpful for many reasons.
3: Massage acts as a “mechanical cleanser” pushing along the lymph (as described in our last blog) and hastening the elimination of wastes & toxic debris. Massage has also been shown to help eliminate edema (or dropsy) of the extremities through lymphatic massage.
4: Massage increases the blood supply and nutrition to the muscles without increasing the amount of lactic acid produced through voluntary muscle contraction (which takes place during exercise). Massage thus helps to overcome harmful “fatigue” resulting from strenuous exercise or injury.
5: According to some authorities, massage may aid in bursting the fat capsule in the subcutaneous tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed. In this way massage, combined with proper nutrition and exercise, can aid in weight loss.
Here at Structura Body Therapies we are concerned with the overall performance of the body and understand the importance of all areas of health and massage therapy. We treat patients with all types of needs from automobile accident related injuries to sports performance work.
Please contact us today for any information needed related to massage or structural integration.