Deep Tissue Massage "Pain Management"
Systematic, scientific manipulation of body tissues with the hands
to relieve pain and reduce swelling, relax muscles, and speed
healing after strains and sprains. It has been used for more than
3,000 years by the Chinese. Early in the 19th century, the Swedish
physician Per Henrik Ling (1776 1839) devised a massage
system for joint and muscle ailments, which was later extended to
relieve deformities of arthritis and re-educate muscles following
paralysis. Manipulations include light or hard stroking, compression
(kneading, squeezing, and friction), and percussion (striking with
the edges of the hands in rapid alternation). In acupressure, a style
of massage derived from China, pressure is exerted on Chinese
acupuncture points for healing effects.

Defined: The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body
especially to aid circulation, or relax the muscles.