Massage techniques in rehabilitation medicine

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 1999 Aug;10(3):631-49, ix.


Massage is an ancient practice that has been integrally incorporated into the management of disease and the maintenance of health across cultures and throughout time. This article discusses the history of massage and the present techniques in practice. The presumed therapeutic effects of massage and the scientific basis to support these ideas are examined. Reported contraindications and complications of massage are reviewed. Scientific research and current trends in the therapeutic use of massage are presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Massage / methods*
  • Massage / trends
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine / methods*
  • United States