What Is Massage?
Massage may be defined as the systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissue of the body for a therapeutic purpose. Massage is used to relieve pain and reduce swelling, to relax muscles, and to speed the healing process following strain and sprain injuries.
Effects Of Massage
- Restoration of functions – beneficial influence of skin, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymphatics, heart and digestion.
- Elimination of toxic matter via lungs, kidney and skin.
- Increase of blood supply to vital organs.
- Relaxes tight or spastic muscles, loosens fibrous thickenings around joints and breaks up uric acid deposits.
- Exerts soothing or stimulation of the nervous system.
- Secretory functions of glandular system are increased to greater activity.