The effects of massage therapy on the digestive system

What is the Digestive System? It is a system that breaks down food into usable nutrients via the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines. It is also responsible for eliminating waste from the body. Digestive problems are extremely common. According to Australia’s Health Survey 2012, approximately 1 in every 10 Australian adults experience digestive problems on a daily basis!Massage therapy can do great things for your digestion. Did you know that without good blood circulation your digestion becomes sluggish? Lazy bowel syndrome, also called sluggish bowel and slow gut, is a condition with symptoms of constipation and painful bowel movements. “Fifty per cent of Australians experience digestive upsets and one in seven experience distressing gut symptoms that can affect their quality of life,” said Dr Gilly Hendrie, CSIRO Research Scientist and report co-author. A whole-body massage, with the focus of light, gentle pressure in either the stomach or lower back can help to increase circulation throughout the entire body, including your digestive system. Reflux, indigestion, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence … Any sound familiar? Massage stimulates peristalsis (wavelike contractions that moves food through the intestines), decreases bowel transit time and increases the frequency of bowel movements. Massage also reduces tension in muscles in your lower back that can cause discomfort and pain. It is estimated that about 80% of your immune system’s home is your digestive system. Keeping it running smooth is the key to keeping your whole body healthy. Contact OnePoint Health today on 4732 5188 to book a massage and make that first step to improved health.