Effects of Massage Therapy You May Not Know About

By · Thursday, October 7th, 2010

This is the first article of many to be posted on our site that discuss Massage.  Massage done right, at the right time, with the right guidance, is extremely healing – this is why you need to know more about it.  Read on…

In the minds of most people massage therapy is primarily a service you go to a spa to receive after having a stressful week, which is not an entirely false assumption. Massage therapy has been used for thousands of years to induce a relaxation response in the body. However this is not the only way in which massage therapy is useful. Today massage therapy is a tool that can be used to aid in the healing of the everyday wear and tear that the various systems of our body’s experience regularly. This modality has also been used in conjunction with modern day medical procedures in order to enhance the healing process of patients all over the world.

The effects of massage can be broken up into two major categories, reflexive and mechanical effects. Reflexive effects stimulate the nervous system, endocrine system, and the chemicals of the body, while mechanical effects are seen when various types of tension, bending, and compressions are performed on the body, which create a direct affect the soft tissue of the body. A massage therapist can create significant effects on many systems and functions of the body using massage therapy. These systems include but are not limited to the Nervous System, Neuroendocrine Substances, Autonomic Nervous System, Circulation, Connective Tissue, and the body’s natural energy system.

The effects that massage therapy has on the nervous system are primarily reflexive. The nervous system is broken down into two different parts the central nervous system, which consist of the nerves and ganglion and the peripheral nervous system, which consist of the nerves and ganglion. The sensory stimulation from massage changes the existing pattern of the central nervous system and this in turn results in a shift in motor impulse most often the peripheral nervous system. This helps to reestablish homeostasis in the body.

The above article was submitted by Kandace Fields, our massage therapist in the Rancho Cucamonga office.  Benefits to massage are greatly increased when a doctor and massage therapist work hand in hand.  Having the added observation and management of Dr. Ian Porterfield and I for massage patients has shown to be greatly appreciated by new and old members of the practice.

Tune in later for another addition to our Massage Corner.


Dr. Troy Don, DC QME


Very insightful information. Definitely agree with the break down of the systems affected and how it all correlates. Massage for the mind, body, and soul!!


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