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Massage and Immunity
Our immune system is vital to enable us to function efficiently and keep away nasty bugs, colds and much more and massage can be a great in aiding it to stay strong and help us stay healthy. How?
Well, one way is through assisting our lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system is primarily responsible for aiding our body in ridding of toxins and waste products along with transporting white blood cells which are an important defence against invading micro-organisms. The lymphatic system’s ability to transport these things relies on the contraction of muscles to pump lymph through the body which is why healthy muscles are important to assist this process.
Using lymphatic massage techniques which can help improve the flow of lymph in the body along with deep tissue massage to help improve circulation in general can be a great way to help your body stay well and feel good at the same time.
Breathing correctly allows for an efficient exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide, aiding toxic waste removal, tissue health and body metabolism processes. Most people forget that the diaphragm, a vital organ in breathing, is actually a muscle. Like any muscle it is prone to tightness and restriction. This may be due to poor posture or improper breathing like shallow or irregular breathing. It is possible to work on the diaphragm and help relieve this tension but there are other things to consider.We also have secondary respiratory muscles that are involved in respiration. Some of these muscles are located in the lower back, attached to the diaphragm and the ribs.
When they are tight they can inhibit rib expansion and diaphragm movement needed in good breathing. Further, muscles in the neck also attach to the ribs and our sternum that can often be restricted due to poor posture habits and shallow breathing which engages the shoulders and upper back. You can see that there are many muscles used in breathing and so the importance of ensuring they function efficiently!
While relieving tension in respiratory muscles helps it is even more beneficial to learn good breathing mechanics to ensure lasting effects.
Talk to your therapist about it next time you book an appointment!
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