If you’ve experienced circulatory problems, including pooling of fluid in the toes and other extremities, cold feet and hands, and muscle achiness caused by the accumulation of lactic acid, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that massage can help. According to the Mayo Clinic, massage is increasingly prescribed alongside other forms of treatment for a wide variety of conditions. So – in addition to relaxing you, soothing sore muscles, and helping to keep your body in peak physical condition, massage can have benefits for circulation.
At Synergy Health in Naples, we have consistently been voted best Massage Therapist in Collier County by Gulfshore Life! We have listed these main benefits that massage therapy can have on your circulatory system. Read below!
Massage can help facilitate circulation and dilate blood vessels, helping bring oxygen-rich blood to your muscles in order to help them heal. The pressure created by a professional massage therapist helps move blood through congested areas of your body and flush lactic acid from tired muscles. Studies have shown that massage therapy can improve vascular function. Massage improves blood flow to the body’s tissues, including vital organs and muscles.
Decreased Toxins and Stress
The pulling and squeezing rhythm of massage can improve circulation of lymph fluid, which brings metabolic waste away from internal organs and muscles. Over time, regular massage can reduce blood pressure and improve overall body function.
Massage reduces the level of stress hormones, such as cortisol, in the body. These health effects can speed up the healing of sore muscles, reduce muscle inflammation, and speed up the cell repair process. Additionally, massage can reduce stress by relieving muscle tightness, spasms, and stiffness.
Nutrition to the Tissues
By improving circulation, massage can help bring oxygen and other vital nutrients to your body’s tissues. By enhancing blood circulation, massage increases the amount of nutrients that are available to your muscles and other tissues. This reduces muscle fatigue and soreness.
By doing so, in addition to improving overall health, massage therapy can reduce scar tissue keloid formation, increase mineral retention in bones, and promote healing throughout your body. Increased circulation can also promote the removal of waste products.
Improved circulation and decreased toxins and stress are just some of the many benefits of massage therapy. Alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise, massage can be an important component of your day-to-day health and well-being.