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5 Ways on How Massage Therapy Can Improve Your Digestion

Your digestive system is responsible for breaking down the food you eat, extracting nutrients, and eliminating waste. When it isn't working properly, you can experience various symptoms, including bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. A healthy digestive system is vital for good health, so you must do what you can to keep it running smoothly.

You can do several things to keep your digestive system healthy, including eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress. Massage therapy is another excellent way to support your digestive system. Here are five ways massage therapy can improve your digestion:

1. Reduce Stress and Anxiety Levels

Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on digestion. They are common triggers for digestive problems. When stressed and anxious, your body produces more cortisol, leading to abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal issues.

Massage therapy can help promote relaxation and stimulate the release of endorphins which reduce your stress and anxiety while improving your digestion.

2. Improve Blood Circulation

Proper digestion helps deliver nutrients and oxygen to the gut and eliminates waste products. If the muscles in the digestive tract are not getting enough blood, they will not be able to function properly. This can lead to pain, cramping, and other problems.

Massage therapy can help improve circulation by increasing the blood flow to the area and allowing the chi (TCM) to flow freely through the meridians. This improved circulation can help to reduce pain, cramping, and other problems associated with poor digestion.

3. Promote Muscle Relaxation

The muscles in the digestive tract need to be able to relax and contract properly for food to move through properly. If the muscles cannot relax and contract properly, then food will not be able to move through the digestive tract properly, leading to problems such as constipation or diarrhea.

Massage therapy can help to promote muscle relaxation and improve digestion by breaking up adhesions and helping the muscles to work more efficiently.

4. Reduce Inflammation in the Digestive Tract

Inflammation of the digestive tract is a common problem that can lead to various symptoms, including pain, discomfort, and bloating. While there are many possible causes of digestive tract inflammation, some of the most common include food allergies or sensitivities, infections, and stress. This causes the digestive tract to become less efficient at breaking down food and absorbing nutrients, leading to constipation or diarrhea. In some cases, inflammation may lead to ulcers or other more serious conditions.

Massage therapy can help to reduce inflammation by promoting blood flow and helping to reduce muscle tension.

5. Stimulate Digestive Organs and Muscles

The digestive organs and muscles work together in a coordinated fashion to move food through the digestive system. The muscles contract to move food along, while the organs secrete enzymes and other substances that help break down the food.

Massage therapy can help stimulate the digestive organs and muscles, which can help to improve their function. This can lead to better digestion, absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, and relief from symptoms like pain, discomfort, and bloating.


Massage therapy can be a helpful way to improve your digestion. It can help to stimulate the digestive system, improve circulation, and reduce stress. Additionally, massage therapy can help break down and release toxins from the body, improving overall health and well-being. If you are experiencing digestive issues, consider talking to a professional to see if massage therapy could help you.

Optimum Body Therapy provides a local massage therapist that can offer you the benefits of improved digestion through therapeutic massage therapy. We can recommend various massages based on your individual needs to provide you with the maximum benefit possible. Let us help find relief and improve your digestion. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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