Massage Therapy Physiological Effects of Massage Therapy GENERAL EFFECTS • Calms the mind • Unblocks energy flow • Decreased effects of depression/anxiety/stress REFLEX EFFECTS (responses mediated by the nervous system) • Vasodilation of arteries • Stimulation of peristalsis (aids in digestion) • Increase or decrease in muscle tone • Increases activity of the organs in the abdominal cavity • Triggers the relaxation response • Soothing or stimulating effect on muscles • Stimulates the heart, increases strength and rate of contraction • Increases efficiency of the immune system MECHANICAL EFFECTS (responses resulting from directly applied manual pressure) • Increased venous return • Increased lymphatic flow • Circulatory efficiency • Loosening of mucous (respiratory system) • Breakdown of fibrosis/adhesions • Stretch to shortened muscles/loosens muscle fibres • Increased muscle temperature • Increased metabolic rate locally and gaseous exchange • Stretches scar tissue • Decreased muscle tone/increased muscle tone • Increased range of Motion • Restoration of proper joint mechanics/biomechanics • Elimination of muscle imbalances • Strengthen weakened muscles Massage for Rehabilitation GENERAL • Stress reduction • Postural dysfunctions • Hyperlordosis • Hyperkyphosis • Scoliosis • Muscle spasm • Trigger Points • Headaches • Pes planus INJURIES • Wounds/burns/scars • Frozen shoulder • Inflammation • Whiplash • Contusions • Fractures • Strains/sprains • Shin splints • Dislocations DEGENERATIVE • Degenerative Disc disorder • Asthma • Emphysema • Bronchitis INFLAMMATORY • Iliotibial band syndrome Tendonitis • Plantar fascitis Bursitis • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Piriformis syndrome • Thoracic outlet syndrome • Temporomandibular joint • (TMJ) syndrome OTHER APPLICATIONS • Peripheral nerve lesions • Bell’s palsy • Torticollis • Constipation • Dupuytren’s contracture • Lymphatic drainage
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