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BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

 

Massage can be considered one of the oldest regeneration (treatment) practices 



 

The effects of massage on the body may be: 

a) direct effects - cause physical and biochemical changes in tissues 
b) indirect effects - are mediated by the nervous and endocrine system 
c) the total effects – are displayed by the change in the balance of the automatic system
  

 

 

Direct effects: 

increasing of the blood circulation, improving in the absorption of edema, effusions and blood hemorrhages, accelerating the elimination of the substances causing fatigue, improving nutrition, improving the flow sap (lymph), improving muscle function, increasing or decreasing muscle tone, lacerating adhesions in tissues, accelerating the removal of surface suberised layers of the skin, increasing the secretion of sweat glands and normalization of the skin tension 

As a result it improves tissue activity and reduces pain. Stimulation of muscle nerve endings helps muscle nutrition which is one of the most important effects of classical massages. 

 

 

Indirect effects: 

improving blood flow to the periphery parts depending on the local application, accelerating venous blood flow and thus having favourable effect on the heart rate, increasing blood flow to body organs, improving the exchange of CO2- O2 in the lungs, the internal respiration and thermoregulatory processes  

 

 

Total effects: 

Irritation of nerve endings and the emergence of biologically active substances (amines) has the overall effect - the change in autonomic balance, acceleration of metabolism and activity of the endocrine glands. A massage has the overall calming and invigorating effect on physical performance and affects the Central nervous system which influences the peripheral organs and their function. 

The effects of massage can be summarized into three groups according to their importance: 

 

1. Reflecting effect: 

is reputed to be the most important and vital. During a massage the irritation of receptors that can be found in skin, tendons, joints and muscles takes place. These receptors help stimuli to find their way to the center of the brain and be processed and by centrifugal pathways the impetus comes to the executive organs. This has an impact on their sensor motor and vegetative changes. In the central nervous system there are irritation centers which correspond to various parts of the body. Thus, the amount of stimulation enlarges subsequent reactions and even a local massage has the overall impact. The scale and character of peripheral changes depend on the techniques and the mode of a massage. When irritating a skin area the irritation occurs also in other parts of the body, such as organs which are innervated from the same field - the segment. If there is a morbid process in a body, it results in a change in the identical segment. This connection can also be used vice versa, for example when irritating specified skin area we can affect the muscle tone of specified parts of the body. 

 

 

2. Biochemical effect: 

 is very closely linked to the reflecting effect. Certain substances and hormones start their secretion that affects  the blood vessels in the skin and subcutaneous areas. These substances are predominantly of histamine nature. The secretion of adrenaline and acetylcholine are manifested too altogether with their effects on the massaged area as well as throughout a whole organism. The secretion of these substances is connected with the nervous system activity and thus with the previously mentioned reflecting effect. 

 

 

3. Mechanical effect: 

is in particular reflected in improving the activity of vascular system. The most primary effect is accelerated congestion of blood vessels and arteries. Such acceleration leads to rapid wash out of body waste  products and thus to the normalization of the internal environment. During activity a trained muscle  increases its overall capillary volume compared to a resting state up to 240 times. Similarly, a massage opens in the muscle many capillaries which are normally closed. In a square millimeter of a muscle cut there are 30 up to 300 capillaries open at rest. After the massage this number may go up to 1300 open capillaries. Therefore it means a multiple greater blood flow and increased oxygenation and nutrition. It improves diffusion of all necessary substances from the capillaries into the intercellular space and into cells. Increased leaching of harmful substances such as Lactic acid is the main factor why massage is used as a way of regeneration (treatment). 

 

 

Nervous system: 

It consists of the brain, the spinal cord and many centrifugal and centripetal fibres throughout the body. In the body there are millions of nerve endings that affect physical function and mental state. Depth of the massage movements can stimulate nerve endings or inhibit them, depending on the desired effect. 

 

Skin: 

Massage causes exfoliation of dead skin cells from the surface, thereby it enhances the skin and improves its regeneration. Acceleration of blood circulation in skin maintains collagen fibres, thereby stimulates skin elasticity and its strength. It reflexively stimulates the sebaceous and sweat glands, which together with an emulsion used improves the quality of skin, keeps it soft and smooth. 

 

Muscles: 

Increased muscle blood flow during massage helps discharge waste products, mechanical kneading of muscles releases contracted fibres and improves muscle tone. Regular massage heals bruising and muscle sprains, removes spasms caused by metabolites, renews mobility of muscles. Reflexively a massage releases constantly tired and contracted muscles, especially in the croup, blades and neck. Massage before exercise helps loosen and limber muscles and after exercise it calms down sore joints. 

 

Blood circulation and lymphatic system: 

Massage expands capillaries and thereby enhances local blood circulation. Precisely by improved  local blood circulation the cells receive enough oxygen and other substances that they need for their  life and for the production of substances that can prevent oxidative stress. The circulating blood discharges a lot of waste products of metabolism. Harmful substances, bacteria, viruses and toxins which cannot be discharged by bloodstream are collected from the intercellular spaces by lymphatic system. They are filtered through the lymph nodes where the contact of lymphocytes with bacteria and viruses activates the immune system. Unlike bloodstream, which is driven by heart, the lymphatic system has no designated pump and is dependent on muscle activity that alternately move the different sections of lymphatic vessels which cause the lymph to flow. Massage is important way to accelerate the lymph flow, because it encourages more efficient filtering and the excretion of waste throughout the body. 

 

Digestion: 

Massage mobilizes the digestive system, improves assimilation and secretion, helps from flatulence and constipation. Digestive difficulties are due to the sympathetic autonomic nervous system which is activated by stress situations. The body is built for short periods of stress when offensive and defensive systems activate at the expense of those "unnecessary to fight" - that means that the blood is transferred from the stomach and intestines to the muscles and brain. The continual stress of today's lifestyle together with the food habits cause a big problem for gastric intestinal system. Reducing stress and tension which occurs during the massage restores the correct function of digestive organs. 

 

Psyche: 

Massage is a holistic therapy. Its effect is visible not only on the body, but it also provides mental relaxation and literally cleanses the soul from everyday stress and many duties of today´s still faster lifestyle. The effect of massage depends not only on types of strokes, but also on their sequence, speed and depth. Particularly during the massage remote emerging of neurotransmitters and local hormones, such as endorphins, which act as an analgesic and sedative takes place. Local change of muscle tension helps to relax muscles and stiff joints and soothes the pain, so there is an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being. 

 

 

 

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