At all times people knew and appreciated the benefit of massage. Even Hippocrates said that: "A doctor should be able to perform many things and surely he must own the art of massage”.
So, what are the effects of massage and what are its useful properties?
Due to increased blood supply to your skin, it becomes smooth and elastic. Its resistance to mechanical and thermal stimuli Increases. Stroking motions accelerate your lymph circulation, and eliminates congestion in your veins. These massage effects are explained by the blood pressure decrease in your vessels. By increasing your skin-muscle tone, massage procedures improve the appearance of your skin.
Under the influence of massage the blood supply of joints and surrounding tissues improves and formation and movement of synovial fluid quickens. As a result the ligaments become more flexible.
Massage has an effect on the peripheral and central nervous system, strengthening both of them. A stream of impulses from numerous nerve-endings, perceiving pressure, tactile and different thermal irritation is directed to the central nervous system.
Regular massage for a certain period of time has a beneficial effect on the unstriped lung muscles, contributing to the formation of conditioned reflexes.
BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEMS
You should particularly note the influence of massage on the skin capillaries system that is responsible for metabolic cooperation of blood and surrounding tissues (lymph). Under the influence of massage capillaries are opened, and the temperature of massaged skin increases from 0.5 to 5 degrees, which improves the oxidation-reduction processes and provides more intensive tissues blood supply.
If you have massage immediately after some physical activity, the extraction of nitrogen substances will increase by 15%. In addition, massage procedures made after a muscular work will speed up the flow of lactic acid from your body.
Massage leads to increased blood circulation and improves redox processes. At the same time you muscles will become more elastic and metabolic products will be removed faster. Massage also affects your muscle tone, and depending on the nature of the applied methods, the effects could be of opposite character - muscle tone could be either – increased or decreased.
The work capacity of tired muscles increases after massage 3-7 times. In cases of a muscle or its innervating nerve injury or diseases, the proper massage procedures will prevent its atrophy development.
OVERALL STATE OF YOUR BODY
There are five main types of massage influence on the functional state of an organism: tonic, sedative, trophic, energy transferring and normalizing. A conditioned reflex for massage can be developed and codified In case of repeated massage sessions.
Stress, emotional burnout syndrom, hyperexcitability, neurosis.
Backaches, lumbar pain, pain in cervical vertebrae.
Postural disorders (lateral curvature, lordosis, anterior curvature).
Cosmetic problems (cellulite, skin aging, flabby muscles).
Bruises; muscle, tendon and ligament sprains.
Fractures in all regenerative process stages.
Functional disabilities after fractures or dislocations (arthrodial joints, changes in muscles, wrong adhesion of tissues)
Periods of intense physical activity.
Heightened brain intensity during mental workload.
Hypertension (high blood pressure).
Rehabilitation period after lengthy illness.
Acute fever or fever heat.
Bleeding or hemorrhagic tendency.
Suppuration processes in any location.
Different kinds of skin, nail and hair diseases.
Any kinds of acute blood-vessel and lymph tube inflammations, thrombosis, varicose vein hyperextension.
Peripheral or brain blood-vessel expansion.
Heart or aorta aneurysm.
Allergies with skin rash.
Abdominal cavity organ diseases with hemorrhagic tendency.
Mental illnesses with hyperexcitability.
Circulatory inefficiency in 3rd severity level.
Periods of hypertensive or hypotensive crisis.
Acute myocardial ischemia.
Brain blood-vessel sclerosis.
Acute respiratory disease (ARD).
Intestinal tract functioning problems (bad well-being, vomiting, diarrhea).
Cardiopulmonary decompensation in 3rd severity level.