Our muscles are connective tissue, their aim is to move our skeleton. Muscles are made up of tiny strands with very small hairs down each side, these strands then make up bundles which are surrounded by endomysium tissue to form a whole muscle. When our muscles have been injured as a result of trauma, or tighten when they become out of balance, the small fibres either stick together or become torn.
Massage aims to open these muscle fibres, reline them and increase muscle cell production which in turn increases the body’s natural healing process. Massage restores mobility and flexibility to muscular cells making them more elastic. Where trauma has been experienced, massage can also reduce the strain on other connective tissues like tendons and ligaments, and on bone.
Massage is also a great stress relief. Modern day to day life brings lots of pressure, both physically and emotionally. Over time this tension to the muscles causes imbalance. Imbalances lead to tight and painful muscles sometimes resulting in spasms. In this case massage can help to calm the pain receptors of the brain which will reduce pain, managing long term conditions.
In order for the body to function daily, systems like the digestive system, nervous system cardiovascular system, skeleton system, muscular system and immunity system need to be balanced. When any one of these systems becomes unbalanced it causes chronic problems such as Parkinsons and polymyalgia fibromyalgia. Massage can aid in managing these chronic conditions.
So massage has many physical benefits, and a therapist will use a variety of techniques to aid in your recovery.