Massage and its Effect on the Skeletal System

The Skeletal System protects and supports the body tissues and internal organs.

Did you know that the human skeleton contains 206 bones? The largest bone in the body is the thigh bone (femur).

Massage therapist holding a foot

How can Massage Therapy help?

Massage works in a not so obvious way. Increased blood circulation sends more oxygen and nutrients to the bone, this process also helps the muscles become more flexible and the joint movements to increase. Healthy bones require a substantial blood flow to supply the right amount of oxygen and nutrients, to eliminate carbon dioxide, acid and other metabolic waste products that can accumulate. The quality of blood vessels that supply blood to bone tends to decline with age and may contribute to physical illnesses such as diabetes, anaemias, arthritis and reduced joint and muscle mobility.

Massage therapy helps functional efficiency (how your body normally operates) in terms of the necessary stiffness and support the body requires to resist gravity. Physiological benefits of massage on the skeletal system include improving muscular balance which also helps the bones be in the right place. Tight muscles can pull your bones out of alignment, Not only does poor posture look bad but it forces some muscles to work much harder while others get weaker. Poor posture has other effects too, for example when you slouch, you’re pressing down on your internal organs which can affect digestion.

Massage can be a first step in reducing pain in the joints and reducing muscle stiffness through increasing blood circulation to the bones. It can also relax and loosen the muscles that become sore from bad posture. Once your muscles are relaxed this will allow your bones to position themselves in their natural-and pain-free-position.