The skeletal and muscular system
Bone is affected indirectly by massage. Improved circulation of blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the bones. Thai Massage demonstrated a positive effect on biochemical markers of bone density and formation. Joint stiffness and pain can be reduced, as the muscles become more flexible, joint movement increases.
As you are pressed, rubbed and squeezed during a massage, your muscles are compressed and this forces blood, lymph and the fluid that bathes and surrounds the cells out of the muscles, taking waste products with them. These are then flushed out of the body through the urinary tract. A massage kick starts this ‘flushing’ process by increasing your circulation and it’s therefore important to keep your body hydrated with fluids after a massage to rehydrate the muscles that were previously filled with the waste products in the fluid. Massage also makes muscles more flexible by reducing muscle tone. Muscles tired by exercise are more quickly restored by massage than by rest.
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