Massage & the Musculoskeletal System

The primary purpose of the musculoskeletal system is to protect,  stabilize and mobilize the body. It is made up of the following tissues:

  • Muscle (movement)
  • Tendon (connects muscle to bone)
  • Ligament (connects bone to bone)
  • Bone (supports, protects, and gives form)
  • Joint (movement)

Most common causes of muscle pain:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Overuse (using a muscle too much, too soon, too often)
  • Tension or stress

Every muscle has one primary function and associated function(s). Every joint structure is meant to either stabilize over mobilize, or vice versa.  For example: the glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint) is the most mobile joint in the body, therefore, it is the least stable joint. This explains why  the shoulder is a commonly dislocated joint. The ankle joint is the most stable joint in the body, therefore, the least mobile. This explains why when the ankle is injured it is more likely to be re-injured.


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