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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

What are the benefits/effects of massage on the following (3) body systems; integumentary, respiratory and the cardiovascular?

Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Feb 21, 2012
For the integumentary system, massage provides neurostimulation of the nerve endings in the skin, and can provide exfoliation and moisturization to the skin surface. For the respiratory system, massage can increase breathing capacity, relax and calm the client and correct breathing restrictions placed on the lungs due to hypertonic muscles. For the cardiovascular system, massage can reduce high blood pressure, increase circulation, and bring greater nutrients, and oxygen to the tissues and organs as well as remove toxic waste from all the systems of the body.
Chavez Walden (Columbia, SC) on Feb 21, 2012
Massage is very beneficial in every aspect. Integumentary system: Fascia is a water-based substance just below the surface of the skin that separates muscle groups. When the fascia cools, it becomes more gel-like. Friction from a massage will provide the heat necessary to warm up the fascia, returning it to a more liquid state. By loosening fascia, you will improve the flexibility and elasticity of the skin. This is very helpful for pregnant women in reducing stretch marks. The skin is also the body's largest organ. Good massage creams, oils and lotions contain essential vitamins and nutrients for healthy skin. Respiratory system: Several muscles attach to the ribcage. They are called the secondary respiratory muscles. Just as with any other muscle in the body, when they are relaxed via massage they function more effectively. These muscles are constantly being used. Releasing the tension of the diaphragm or intercostals will allow the rib cage to expand further, resulting in deeper breathing with less effort. Cardiovascular system: The heart itself is a muscle. Fortunately it doesn't take breaks! A full body massage will be most beneficial. Friction creates heat to each part of the body. Heat will cause the vascular walls of veins and arteries to expand, allowing blood to flow more freely. As the expansion becomes more widespread, your heart will require less effort to pump blood throughout the body. This will decrease heartbeats per minute.
Rogelio Medina (Arlington, TX) on Feb 21, 2012
Massage can have positive effects on the integumentary systems, including raising skin temperature, increasing circulation, and boosting oil production in the skin. Massage affects the respiratory system positively as well. It can reduce respiration rates, strengthen respiratory muscles, and decrease the frequency of asthma attacks. As far as the circulatory system is concerned, massage improves blood circulation, decreases blood pressure, creates hyperemia, reduces ischemia, and reduces heart and pulse rates.
Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Feb 21, 2012
All three systems work together. Massage gives the integumentary system the stimulation that it needs to get the lymphatic system moving. The lymph moves nutrition and waste to its proper location when stimulated properly. The respiratory system gets the influx of blood to be cleansed in the lungs. The oxygenated blood flows to the liver and heart so the cardiovascular system can get the flow of blood and lymph it needs to perform.
Mitchell Eichman (Lake Zurich, IL) on Apr 10, 2012
Reduces stress Stress Reduction allows for deeper breathing, this also assists with blood flow Increases blood flow Muscles are stimulated, by a good work out or cardio, a great massage will achieve the same effects for the cardiovascular system.
Zenia Hickson (Phoenix, AZ) on Apr 6, 2012
These are my notes from school: Respiratory: -Develops respiratory muscles -Regulates respiration -Promotes deeper and easier breathing Integumentary: -Improves skin tone by removing dead cells and improving circulation -Regenerates tissue, including burns, wounds, and wrinkles -Helps to normalize glandular functions -Improve elasticity of skin -Stimulates blood flow to nourish the skin Cardiovascular (Circulartory System): -Increases blood flow (to tissues and organs), which can relieve much muscular and joint pain (especially associated with swelling) -Increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients (to cells and tissues), improving and relieving congestion throughout the body -Increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia -Lower blood pressure -Reduces heart rate (helps develop a stronger heart) There are also urinary, digestive which are my personal favorite because they helped my daughter off ALL her medications. Massage benefits literally everything in & on your body. Basically Massage = Beneficial for ALL body systems
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Mar 19, 2012
Hello: For all areas massage increases blood circulation and releases toxins. Brings more oxygen to areas and releases endorphins.
Friska Streeter (Mokena, IL) on Mar 18, 2012
Integumentary: It will help balance each organ in the body. When the body suffers stress, each system will not work properly, massage will help to restore that balance. For example, the digestive system can be help through stomach massage, which is to promote the colon to do a better job on getting rid of the waste. The lymphatic system, which is located right under the skin, can also get the benefits. The function of lymphatic system is as immune system of the body. Massage can be beneficial to increase the function of the lymphatic system. Skeletal muscles are attached to the nerve receptors, which attach to the internal organ. By massaging the skeletal muscles, it will benefit the internal organ. Respiratory: When we are under stress, the capacity of lung decrease, because of the hormone that caused by stress (flight or fight reflex), which will caused more problem and more stress. With massage, this hormone can be reduced and the vicious cycle can be stopped. Cardiovascular: The pressure that produced in massage will create what it's called hyperemia (which indicated by localized redness of the skin and increased in temperature). This also means that the blood vessels in that particular location will dilate. Imagine if this process is repeated over and over throughout the whole body, it will reduce the amount of work load of the heart. It has been proven that massage can lower blood pressure.
Kweli Ya-Saleem (Latham, NY) on Mar 18, 2012
Information was obtained from archives Physiological benefits of therapeutic massage on the integumentary system: Aids in vitality and elasticity of skin; Aids in elimination of dead cells; Sends messages to the brain through sensory receptors in skin to aid in relaxation of entire body; Physiological benefits of therapeutic massage on the respiratory system: Normalizes breathing through a balancing effect on the Autonomic Nervous System; Encourages deeper breathing and a more complete breath through the relaxing effect of massage; Can loosen the intercostal muscles (the muscles between the ribs) and free the rib cage to allow greater chest expansion, thereby deeper breathing and therby more oxygen to all cells; Can release congestion and aid in lowering blood pressure; Generates heat to raise body temperature and respiratory rate; Stimulates proprioceptors in the joints and increases respiration through range of motion in an inactive person. Physiological benefits of therapeutic massage on the circulatory system: Stimulates circulation in the tissues involved and promotes substance exchange between the cells; Aids in reducing the venous fluid back toward the heart; Dilates bood vessels which can decrease blood pressure; Causes contractions of the heart to be more forceful and complete; Stimulates blood through the heart faster, thereby getting blood and nutrients to the cells faster; Has a normalizing effect on the Autonomic Nervous System, which is beneficial to the heart; Improves general circulation, as blood passes more rapidly through tissue being massaged.
Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Feb 27, 2012
When ever massage is done on body, skin is the first organ to work with.Integumentary system consists of the skin, including hair, nail & related glands.So when massage is given skin condition in relation to,sweat glands,thermo regulatory machnism,sensory receptors are all improved. With regular massage wrinkles do not appear. Respiratory System becomes much better. The lung capacity for exchange of air gets improved. Cardiovascular System is improved resulting more better supply of blood to remote area of body. With regular massage Varicos Vein problem can be solved.