October is a Lung Health Month
Alongside with other therapies medical massage has been successfully utilized to improve breathing disorders. The clinical impact of therapeutic and medical massage on patients with pulmonary abnormalities is based on the fact that massage therapy is the sole medical modality capable of eliminating protective tension in the respiratory muscles, restoring their normal anatomical length and normal resting muscle tone, mechanically restoring elasticity of the soft tissue of the thoracic cage,
and helping to maintain its elastic recoil during respiration.
Massage impacts the respiratory system by increasing the pulmonary functions. The loosening of the often tight respiratory muscles allows them to move more freely which will in turn aid your breathing by allowing the lungs to expand and contract without inhibition.
Certain massage techniques can and will help increase fluid discharge from the lungs by loosening phlegm, especially when certain tapping or tapotement techniques are done on the back.
N. K. Stabrovsky, 1887. Quoted from: Sterngertz, A. E., Belava N. A. Massage for Adults and Children. Zdorovie: Kiev, 1992. In 1887, N. K. Stabrovsky, MD, was among the first authors to report in a medical journal that massage stimulates the drainage of sputum from the lungs of patients with chronic bronchitis.
Internally lungs are attached to their surrounding structures by a suction system and the suspensory, lung and interpleural ligaments. By utilizing visceral manipulation techniques we are able to increase the motility and improve the function of the lungs.
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