MBLEX: Physiological Effects of Massage

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  1. Massage is known to:
    Increase the circulation of the blood and the lymph.
  2. Massage can:
    • Cause changes in the blood
    • Affect muscles throughout the body
    • Increase the body's secretions and excretions
    • Affect the nervous system
    • Enhance skin condition
    • Affect internal organs
  3. Cause changes in the blood
    The oxygen capacity of the blood can increase by 10-15% after massage
  4. Affect muscles throughout the body
    loosen contracted muscles and stimulate weak ones.  Does not increase muscle strength, but reduces fatigue so you can do more exercise, which may in the long run, strengthen muscles
  5. Increase body's secretions and excretions
    • increase in production of gastric juice, saliva and urine
    • increased excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorous and sodium chloride (salt)
    • increased metabolic rate
  6. Affect the nervous system
    stimulate or soothe
  7. Enhance skin condition
    improves function of sebaceous and sweat glands which keep the skin lubricated, clean and cooled
  8. Affect internal organs
    stimulate nerves that supply internal organs, blood vessels of these organs dilate and allow for greater blood supply
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MBLEX: Physiological Effects of Massage
Massage Core and Variations Manual: pgs. 104-105
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