Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2004 Nov;15(4):799-809, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2004.03.008.


Rolfing, or structural integration, is one of many types of manipulative therapy. This article describes the principles and history of Rolfing and reviews current research. Only a few clinical trials specifically have looked at Rolfing. Related research on deep tissue massage and myofascial release also is reviewed. Rolfing has a physiologic impact on the peripheral nervous system and on myofascial structures. Important clinical outcome measures, such as pain levels and function, have not been looked at specifically, however,in clinical trials.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / prevention & control
  • Massage / methods*
  • Pelvis / physiology
  • Posture / physiology