Scientific basis of massage therapy (part 3)
By Andy Caso,
Massage improves the osteoarticular system with a blood supply to the joint and surrounding tissues, elevating the formation and circulation of synovial fluid.
Increases the elasticity of the ligamentous apparatus.
Massotherapy benefits the bone system favoring the absorption of calcium.
In the intestines massage increases gastrointestinal motility by controlling the secretion of insulin and glucose, hormones involved in the absorption of nutrients. That is why massage improves nutrition and optimizes the digestion process.
It favors the ability of the nervous system to receive stimuli by increasing the excitation threshold; Except for pain, whose perception is diminished.
It is proven that massage increases neural connections (synapses).
In addition, masotherapy increases parasympathetic activity and improves cognitive and learning abilities.
Metabolism: Decreases blood levels of cortisol (stress hormone) and excess catecholamines (related to high blood pressure and stress).
Increases serotonin (neurotransmitter). Increases melatonin (thought to regulate sleep periods.
It increases the production of endorphins (the so-called “internal morphine” because of their similar chemical structure and, therefore, the same effects of analgesia and well-being).
Massage has been shown to have a positive effect on virtually all systems.
To be continued…
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