Metabolic Effects of Massage

Massage is a topical and mechanical stimulus acting upon the skin and the structures it protects.
The mechanical action of massage is transmitted to the muscles, joints, tendons or ligaments that are difficult to access through the skin.
The effects caused by massage can affect the tissue handled or indirectly affect the different tissue that is related to the first, or even produce systemic effects.

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Systemic effects

Decreased blood pressure
Increased diuresis
Temperature regulation
Promotes metabolism of fats and carbohydrates
Promotes fluid reabsorption and edemas
Increases local circulation

The effects on the different structures are the following:

Effects on skin
Nourish and tone skin tissue
We can stimulate or sedate
Accelerates gland functioning 
Dissolves adhesions

Effects on circulatory system
Increases cardiac activity
Increases number of cells
Increases lymphatic or venous circulation
Increases the removal of waste substances


Effects on the nervous system
Increases or decreases conductivity

Effects on the muscular system
Fat oxidation increases due to temperature increase
Drains the deposits of lactic and carbonic acid (CO2)
Regulates tone and contractility
Delays the onset of atrophy
Combats hypertonia and spasticity

You must follow direction of the muscle fibers and the venous circulation.


                                                                            Deep
                                    Slow  →   Calming
                                                                            Shallow

Rhythm and sped

                                                                           Deep
                                    Fast →   Stimulating
                                                                           Shallow

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Effects according to rhythms and speeds

Fast and deep
• Increases metabolism
• Increases muscle tone
• Removes fatty deposits

Fast and shallow
• Increases blood circulation
• Increases nerve stimulation
• Short: peripheral vasodilation
• Long: decongestion deep vessels

Slow and deep
• Improved trophism
• Promotes nutrient intake
• Promotes elimination of waste substances

Slow and shallow
• Improves surface circulation
• Stimulates cutaneous nerve endings

 


Ortocanis Technical Team

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