Effects Of Massage Therapy On Connective Tissue!

By · Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Connective tissue is the material between the cells of the body that gives tissues form and strength. This “cellular glue” is also involved in delivering nutrients to the tissue, and in the special functioning of certain tissues…Cartilage, blood and bone are specialized forms of connective tissue” (www.about.com). This type of tissue is the structural component of the body that is the most abundant.  Its function is to support, structure, space, stabilization, and scar formation. When our bodies become injured from an unfortunate accident or just every day wear and tear, scar tissue can begin to form in some of the connective tissue of the body in order for it repair itself. Although this is a necessary process for the body to heal, it also can cause shortness of muscles and tendons that cross the joints and can restrict joint mobility. This most often is a result of the lack of pliability in scar tissue in comparison to the original tissue, which in turn can cause a decrease in your range of motion and flexibility.

The effects that massage therapy has on connective tissue are mechanical Massage may reduce the formation of adhesions and scarring that often results from soft tissue injury as well as relieve pain. This will help increase the mobility, help to lengthen shortened muscles and increase flexibility that can sometimes be lost due to injury. Massage therapy also activates the parasympathetic nervous system which helps create connective tissue pliability.

For more information on the effects that massage therapy and other manual manipulations have on connective tissue you can also take a look at an article at http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+effects+of+manual+therapy+on+connective+tissue.-a013309993


Kandace Fields, LMT



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