ROLFING Overview Information
Rolfing is a type of massage therapy. It was created by a biochemist, Ida Rolf, PhD, in the 1950s. Practitioners of rolfing can receive training. However, there are no generally accepted standards or licensure.
Rolfing is used for painful conditions including low back pain, headache, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. It is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome, cerebral palsy, relaxation, stress, and anxiety.
How does it work?
Rolfing is a form of deep tissue massage. The massage is applied using a slow-moving pressure with knees, elbows, thumbs, fingers, and knuckles.
Rolfing practitioners, also called “Rolfers,” believe that aging results in physical problems due to soft tissue or “fascia” binding up or stiffening around muscles. They believe that the tissue massage relieves the hardening and muscle dysfunction. However, there is no reliable scientific support for these beliefs.
- Cerebral palsy. Early research suggests rolfing can improve movement and function in people who are mildly or moderately affected by cerebral palsy. However, it does not seem to help people who are severely affected by cerebral palsy.
- Low-back pain.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Neck pain.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Other conditions.
ROLFING Side Effects & Safety
There is not enough reliable information to know if rolfing is safe or if there are any safety concerns.