Massage & Circulation
There are several factors that contribute to changes in circulation during treatment:
- Mechanical effects on the vasculature
- Local release of vasodilators
- Reflex responses of the Autonomic Nervous System
- Changes in blood viscosity
Massage can mechanically empty venous beds, lower venous pressure and increase capillary flow. Light pressure causes a transient but immediate dilation of cutaneous capillaries. Deeper pressure causes longer dilation of vessels
Massage & Blood Pressure
Massage has a transient effect on circulation, causing circulation increases, with local hyperemia and an increase in palpable temperature. When dystrophy is apparent, massage improves tissue health.
Using appropriate techniques, massage is indicated for stressed as well as cardiac and hypertensive clients.