Increase Blood Flow

There have been several studies done to prove that massage therapy has been known to increase blood circulation as a whole. During a massage there is a direct mechanical effect of rhythmically applied manual pressure and movement used in massage can dramatically increase the rate of blood flow. Not only is there a increase the circulation of blood but also an increase in flow of lymph. The reason behind this increase of circulation is because of the stimulation of nerve receptors during a massage. The nerve stimulation causes the blood vessels to dilate, which also facilitates blood flow.

During a massage the milky white fluid called lymph contains waste and impurities which is carried away from the tissues and passes through gland-like structures spaced throughout the lymphatic system. This will act as filtering valves. Massage therapy is very important for the increase of circulation of lymph. The lymph does not circulate as easy as the blood does. Lymph circulation depends largely on the squeezing effect of muscle contractions. Consequently, inactive people fail to stimulate lymph flow. Massage therapy can generally help in this case! Now in really active people there can be over stimulation caused by vigorous activity. That in turn can be outstripped by the increased waste produced by that activity. Massage can dramatically aid the movement of lymph in either case.

In general, for the whole body to be healthy proper blood and lymph circulation must be there for the body to function correctly. The individual cells in the body are dependent on an abundant supply of blood and lymph because these fluids supply oxygen, nutrients and carry a way wastes and toxins. So, it is easy to understand how good circulation is important to our health. This reason alone is why massage therapy so beneficial for the entire body.