If you’ve ever considered the complexity of the human body and how it works, you realize that the body is not just made up of blood, bones and muscle. I have been a bodyworker in Salt Lake City, Utah for over 4 years and I still am surprised at the fundamental intracacies of our human make-up. Our bodies are actually comprised of 12 different systems that allow us to operate as 1 functional unit.
Each system has an important and specific duty to perform that keeps us alive. The 12 systems include:
1. Muscular System
2. Cardiovascular/Circulatory System
3. Digestive System
4. Integumentary System
5. Endocrine System
6. Urinary System
7. Reproductive System
8. Lymphatic System
9. Immune System
10. Respiratory System
11. Nervous System
12. Skeletal System
Massage therapy influences and benefits every one of these systems. It would be difficult to determine which system is improved most by bodywork, but one system that highly profits is the Cardiovascular/Circulatory System.
Our Cardiovascular structure is an organ system that encompasses our blood, our heart and the blood vessels of the body. The cardiovascular system carries blood, oxygen, and nutrients to organs and tissues of the body, and carries waste and carbon dioxide from these tissues for removal from the body. This system may be seen strictly as a blood distribution network, but it also helps fight diseases and helps stabilize body temperature and pH to maintain homeostasis.
The heart functions as a pump to move blood through the blood vessels of the body. The Cardiovascular system is essential for large, multi-cellular organisms, such as humans and animals. One of this systems’ biggest responsibilities is to supply oxygen to each and every cell of the body. Once oxygen is transported to the cells, carbon dioxide is then removed as it is absorbed into the blood. A second critical function of this system is to feed all of our cells with nutrients and energy via the bloodstream. The cardiovascular system also transports hormones to wherever they must be delivered in the body.
So what benefits does massage therapy contribute to the Cardiovascualar/ Circulatory System? Basically, massage can help to speed up blood flow by mechanically assisting the venous flow. This, in turn, improves the overall circulation through out our bodies.
According to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, massage therapy can help improve blood flow to the tissues, muscles and vital organs; and increased blood flow is a key element of good health.
Other advantages provided by massage therapy to the cardiovascular system are:
– Dilated blood vessels helping them to work more efficiently, and decrease high blood pressure
– Hastened removal of waste products, like toxins and carbon dioxide
– Prevents muscle cramping due to sustained blood flow
– Increases white blood cell count, helping to prevent disease
– Reduces Lymphedema
– Reduces Ischemia, which is a reduction in the flow of blood to body parts, often marked by pain and tissue dysfunction
– Helps to preserve brain tissue, cognitive function and protect against strokes.
So perhaps you do not experience muscle pain or tightness. But if you suffer from high blood pressure, poor circulation, low-immune quality or have a family history of strokes, massage could be an excellent method of prevention for you. Give me a call today in Salt Lake City, Utah at 801-349-3934. Find out if massage could benefit you and your cardiovascular system.