Circulation and Massage as a Healthy Supporting Response
Updated: Mar 5
Having poor circulation attributes to muscle tightness, pain and swelling can increase in injured tissue.
Improved circulation can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. As cellular health improves, tissues function more efficiently. More efficient functioning leads to the removal of waste products and may increase the absorption of excess fluids and reduce swelling in soft tissues.
One of the many benefits of massage, alongside injury prevention, reduced swelling, pain and stress relief, to name a few, is that it improves the circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems in the body. This is due partly to the physical manipulation of soft tissue and partly to the chemicals released as part of the relaxation response.
Sports, remedial and Swedish massage are all types of massage that will improve blood circulation. Good circulation of the blood can help to maintain stable energy levels throughout the day.
The pressure from the strokes used in massage, help to push the blood through areas of congestion in the muscles. On the release of the pressure or stroke, new blood can flow in.
This applying and releasing of pressure also flushes lactic acid from the muscles, supports vascular (artery/vein & lymph vessels) flow activity & thereby the removing of metabolic waste, resulting in improved muscle/tissue functionality.