How Massage Benefits the Musculoskeletal System


The body’s soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, fascia, cartilage, ligaments, joints and connective tissue.

If you have muscle tension, have been injured, had surgery, live with chronic pain, have poor mechanical movement patterning, have muscle or nerve tissue damage, therapeutic massage therapy may be worth exploring.


Here are some benefits on this system:

  • Enhances circulation to and from the muscles, bringing nutrients in and removing waste.

  • Promotes lubrication of joints by improving the blood supply to cartilage .

  • Stretches and realigns scar tissue.

  • Reduces knots, adhesions, and tension in muscles, tendons and ligaments.

  • Improves joint range of motion and lubrication.

  • During massage, long strokes and cross fiber strokes help with the realignment of muscle fibers and muscle compartments.

  • Helps eliminate trigger spots ( knots or palpable taut bands of muscle fibers).

  • Indirectly promotes the healing of bone tissue by improving circulatory efficiency.

  • Generates an overall feeling of well-being and relaxation which results in decreased muscle tension.

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