How Massage Affects Every System in The Body

Massage therapy is also thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress. These effects suggest that massage may be helpful for a wide range of conditions. Here are a few systems that can see benefits from a regular massage:

Nervous System – Releases stress | Releases endorphins | Reduces anxiety | Promotes relaxation | Decreases pain | Activates sensory receptors | Improves alertness

Muscular System – Relieves muscular tension | Relaxes muscles | Reduces muscle soreness and fatigue | Reduces trigger point formations | Manually separates muscle fibers | Increases range of motion | Reduces spasms and cramping | Improves performance | Improves motor skills | Lengthens muscles | Increases flexibility | Tones weak muscles | Decreases inflammation | Improves muscle nutrition

Endocrine System – Increases dopamine levels | Increases serotonin levels | Reduces cortisol levels | Reduces norepinephrine levels | Reduces epinephrine levels | Reduces feelings of depression/anxiety

Digestive System – Promotes evacuation of the colon | Relieves constipation | Relieves colic and intestinal gas | Stimulates digestion | Circulatory System | Decreases high blood pressure | Promotes lymph circulation | Increases blood circulation | Alleviates migraine pain

Respiratory System – Reduces respiration rate | Strengthens respiratory muscles | Decreases the sensation of dyspnea (shortness/difficulty of breathing) | Decreases asthma attacks | Increases fluid discharge from the lungs

Integumentary System – Offers sense of nourishment through touch | Promotes feeling of belonging | Improves condition | Promotes regeneration | Reduces scar tissue and stretch marks

Urinary System – Increases urine output | Promotes the excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorous and sodium chloride in urine

Skeleton System – Increases joint flexibility | Increases mineral retention in bone | Promotes fracture healing | Decreases arthritis pain