Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft
tissues of the body, including the skin, tendons,
muscles and connective tissue by a
professional, for relaxation or to enhance the
body’s own healing capability.
Whether you are thinking of getting a massage
or already benefit from it, this health tutorial will
help you understand massage therapy better.
Throughout this reference summary, you will
find out what massage therapy is, its benefits,
risks, and what to expect during and after a
What Is Massage Therapy?
More than half the body’s weight is muscle.
The main role of muscles is to help the body
Muscles also give the body its shape and help
protect internal organs. Tendons attach
muscles to bones.
Nerves connect muscles to the brain. For a
voluntary muscle to move, the brain must send
it a signal through the nerve.
When a muscle receives a signal from a nerve,
the muscle contracts and pulls the tendon. This
makes the bone that the muscle is attached to
Connective tissue refers to ligaments, tendons
and other tissues that connect and separate
different organs and parts of the body.
Ligaments attach muscles to other structures
of the body.
The following factors can cause muscles and
connective tissue to become stiff and sore.
• Movements done over and over, repeatedly
• Too much pull on the muscle
• Not being active
• Bad posture
Massage is the manipulation of muscles and
their tendons, ligaments, and other connective
tissue by applying pressure to the body.
Scientists do not know exactly why massage
therapy works for so many people. However,
there is evidence of physical, physiological and
psychological reasons for its success.
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Physical. Pressure on the skin can loosen stiff
muscles and connective tis