Connective tissue massage

Br J Sports Med. 1991 Sep;25(3):131-3. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.25.3.131.


Connective tissue massage (CTM) is a manipulative technique that facilitates the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of pathologies. Observation and subsequent manipulation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues can have a beneficial effect upon tissues remote from the area of treatment. These effects appear to be mediated by neural reflexes that cause an increase in blood flow to the affected region together with suppression of pain. CTM is becoming accepted more widely as research confirms the claims of an expanding population of practitioners.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Connective Tissue / physiopathology*
  • Contraindications
  • Humans
  • Massage / methods*