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Skeletal System

The skeletal system is the body’s structure that protects the body’s internal organs and soft tissue. For instance, the skull protects the brain, the sternum and rib cage protects the heart and lungs, and the vertebral column protects the spine. The skeletal system works closely with the muscular system to provide body movement and stability. Muscles attach to the bone in a manner that allows a person to have control over their posture and their movements, such as walking, standing, sitting, and crawling. A person is born with approximately 300 bones, but by the time they become adults are left with 206 bones, since some bones have merged and grown together.


Massage assists the skeletal system in the following ways:

  • improves posture

  • facilitates body alignment

  • improves stiff joints

  • reduces inflammation

  • increases range of motion

  • relaxes tight muscles and tendons

  • improves soreness and fatigue

  • increases flexibility

  • reduces the number of and intensity of muscle spasms

  • improves muscle tone

  • facilitates mineral retention


Massage is also thought to assist during the injury healing phase, some injuries that may benefit from massage are:

  • muscle strains

  • tendinitis

  • arthritis

  • fractures

  • ligament sprains

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