On vessels and lymphatic systems

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As a result of the mechanical effect of massage strokes, more blood is pushed through the massaged area. Besides this, the massage strokes support the venous and lymphatic drainage from the massaged segment or part of the body.

On vessels:

Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph tissue. Massage dilates the blood vessels which makes them work more efficiently; it helps to deliver fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and in turn improves the removal of waste products. Because massage relaxes the client helps decrease the heart rate, which helps with blood pressure. Ischemia is a reduction in the flow of blood to body parts which causes pain and tissue dysfunction, massage can help with this.

Reduces ischemia – A decrease in blood supply to an organ or tissue is believed to be the major cause of muscular pain.

Improves circulation by mechanically assisting venous blood flow back to the heart.

Reduces blood pressure. Blood pressure is temporarily decreased by dilation of the capillaries

Relaxation response: massage decreases heart rate through decreased stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system

Stimulating visceral circulation – excess blood is recovered from engorged internal organs and recruited back into circulation

Stimulating stagnant capillary beds – by reawakening these dormant beds – the red blood cells are returned to general circulation – which increases the count

Improves muscular nutrition as a result of an increase in blood-transported nutrients; massage improves muscular nutrition. This hastens muscle recovery and enables muscles to function at maximum capacity.

Delivers and removes products in the blood (i.e., nutrients – oxygen and metabolic wastes.

Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin.

On lymphatic system:

Lymphatic drainage is a technique used by therapists which promotes rapid removal of toxins and waste products such as lactic acid from the muscle.

Promotes lymph circulation. Lymphatic circulation depends entirely on pressure; from muscle contraction, pressure changes in the thorax and abdomen during breathing, or during pressure from massage.

Drain oedema.

Assist in the removal process of the lymphatic flow in the sport injuries that have excess of fluid due to inflammation or get trapped in the muscle tissues.
reduces swelling by mechanically stimulating circulation to the lymphatic system –

Helps remove waste from the system more effectively than either passive range of motion or electrical muscle stimulation.

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