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How Massage Releases Tension and Promotes Relaxation

          Muscle tension, whether from normal activity or from awkward movement or stress, contributes to muscle fatigue and pain by compressing nerve fiber in the muscle. Prolonged contraction interferes with the elimination of chemical wastes in the muscles and surrounding tissues, and can cause frequent nerve and muscle pain. If not properly addressed these body tensions have a tendency to build into chronic patterns of stress.

          Prolonged tension can often cause pain in other parts of the body. For example, headaches are often caused by overly tense muscles in the neck, shoulders, and lower back. Even contracted abdominal muscles can trigger headaches in certain people (a common complaint of women with menstrual difficulties).

          For these tension-related conditions, The NAC and its licensed Massage Therapist can break these accumulated metabolic wastes often form "trigger points" with muscles. These are specific areas that are painful to the touch. "They feel like knots or ropes with the muscle and perpetuate muscle tension." By applying deep pressure to these points, the tension or spasm can often be eliminated

Within the past decade, an overwhelming accumulation of scientific evidence has supported the claim that massage therapy is beneficial.

  • MASSAGE dilates or opens up blood vessels, improving the circulation and relieving congestion.
  • MASSAGE acts as a cleanser for the elimination of wastes and toxic debris as in constipation.
  • MASSAGE relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension.
  • MASSAGE increases the blood supply and nutrition to muscles produced through voluntary muscle contraction. Massage thus helps to overcome harmful "fatigue" products resulting from strenuous exercise or injury.
  • MASSAGE improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy.
  • MASSAGE combined with a nutritious calorie- deficient diet can be an aid to reducing body fat in that it may burst fat capsules in the subcutaneous tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed.
  • MASSAGE increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and nitrogen, inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal individuals.
  • MASSAGE improves the general circulation and nutrition of tissues. It is accompanied or followed by an increased interchange of substances between the blood and tissue cells, heightening tissue metabolism.
  • MASSAGE encourages the retention of nitrogen, phosphorous and sulphur necessary for tissue repair in persons convalescing from the bone fractures.
  • MASSAGE alleviates pain resulting from swelling and inflammation of joints as in arthritis.
  • MASSAGE helps eliminate edema of the extremities.
  • MASSAGE disperses the edema following injury to ligaments and tendons, lessens pain facilitates movement.

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