Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many ancient peoples – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments.
Massage therapy (including myotherapy) is the practice of kneading or manipulating a person’s muscles and other soft-tissue in order to improve their wellbeing or health. It is a form of manual therapy that includes holding, moving, and applying pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Massage for treatment of some disorders
Research indicates that massage and myotherapy are effective in managing:
subacute/chronic low back pain
delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
soft tissue injuries
high blood pressure
They can also be effectively used to support people with:
a chronic disease
a life threatening illness such as cancer.