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Introduction to Physical Therapy and Massage

ByJulia Robertson, Andy Mead

A brief history of massage Massage is one of the oldest forms of therapy. Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged. In Eastern cultures, massage has been practised continually since ancient times. A Chinese book from 2700 BC, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, recommends ‘breathing exercises, massage of skin and flesh, and exercises of hands and feet’ as the appropriate treatment for complete paralysis, chills, and fever. In India, the traditional healing system of Ayurvedic medicine also prescribes mass - age for a variety of medical conditions. Physicians of ancient Greece and Rome also utilized massage as one of the primary methods to treat pain.