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