The Wikipedia definition: "Human homeostasis refers to the body's ability to regulate physiologically its inner environment to ensure its stability in response to fluctuations in the outside environment and the weather. . ."
The liver and kidneys help maintain homeostasis. The liver is responsible for metabolizing toxic substances and maintaining carbohydrate metabolism. The kidneys are responsible for regulating blood water levels, re-absorption of substances into the blood, maintenance of salt and ion levels in the blood, regulation of blood pH, and excretion of urea and other wastes.
An inability to maintain homeostasis may lead to death or a disease, a condition known as homeostatic imbalance. For instance, heart failure may occur when negative feedback mechanisms become overwhelmed and destructive positive feedback mechanisms take over. Other diseases which result from a homeostatic imbalance include diabetes, dehydration, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, gout and any disease caused by the presence of a toxin in the bloodstream.
Massage helps the body maintain or return to homeostasis. Through the effects on the circulatory, lymphatic and other systems, massage leaves the body in a better position to maintain homeostasis, or its ability to regulate its inner environment.
Another way that massage helps is by increasing the body's flexibility. Loss of flexibility affects the body's ability to maintain homeostasis. Stress affects the body's ability to adjust to new challenges, and maintain flexibility. Massage increases the body's flexibility and range of motion.
What does all this mean to you? If you're feeling stressed out, if you feel like you've got knots that just never seem to go away, if you suffer from frequent headaches or digestive complaints, you should investigate a way to help you return to a more healthful state of being. The path you choose can be acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong or another form of exercise or meditation, or a combination of these. Regardless of the path you choose, stick with it. The effects of stress are cumulative, and so are the effects of alternative medicine.
Massage is one of the most pleasant ways to deal with chronic stress, chronic pain, or any of the complaints listed above. The benefits to your health, quality of life and longevity are huge, and include:
And, if these benefits aren't enough. . .Massage also helps you fight the effects of aging!
What are you waiting for? Call or go online to schedule your next session now.