Massage can benefit our health in many ways. It reduces heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of stress hormone. It enhances immune function, boosts levels of endorphins and serotonin (the body's natural painkillers and mood regulators) and increases blood circulation. Massage certainly can help address the buildup of lactic acid in muscles. It also promotes the clearing of normal byproducts of muscle metabolism, but so far there is no concrete evidence suggesting that massage removes toxins of any kind from the body.
A toxin is a term that is thrown around a lot. Too much in fact without really being understood.
When it comes to the human body, any and all substances can be toxic. Water in large quantities kill you, and oxygen in high concentration is toxic, yet they are required for sustenance. Similarly, elements that we commonly classify as being toxic can be beneficial, like Lithium. If you consume contents of a lithium battery, it undoubtedly won't end well, yet lithium is used in small amounts to aid in treatment for certain mood disorders.
So rather than referring to a substance that is harmful to you and foreign, the word ‘toxins' should refer to dosage or amount. What we are referring to is "too much of ____." These substances could be beneficial in proper amounts, yet toxin in higher concentration levels. When we talk about toxic packages, we should be considering only the chemicals/compounds that are regular bi-products of energy production in the cells. All of our cells in some way or another produce waste as a result of energy generation to fuel the assembly of proteins and other things the cell is designed to produce. Typically our bodies are great at removing this waste. Just like any other biological system, things can go a little haywire and when that happens; these waste products accumulate.
Now that we are aware that toxins are natural substances in the body and that may they have become merely too concentrated. There are multiple ways, by which massage releases toxins from your body. Massage causes chemicals to be released within the body, that brings toxins out of your system. Massage has also been found beneficial to help the fluid lymph move around, which assists in getting rid of toxins from tissues in your body. A massage is an agent for the release of toxins from the body. To know more in-depth, it is wise to discuss the pros and cons of it with your physio. Massage helps your body rid itself of waste and toxic substances by assisting your blood to move freely throughout the body.
Researchers have found that massage helps people deal better on psychological, physical, and physiological levels. Post massage, most physiotherapists advise you to drink plenty of water to flush out the released toxins out of your body.
Overall, the jury is still out on this topic. So, there isn’t any definite ground as yet. There is no doubt that massages are beneficial. It is always advisable to discuss massage benefits with your physio if you have a severe health concern.
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