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Intégration Structurale par le Rolfing, Intégration Structurelle, Manipulative Therapy, Médecine Physique, Méthode Rolfing, Physical Medicine, Rolfer, Rolfing Method, Rolfing Structural Integration, Rolfing Therapy, Thérapie Manuelle.

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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.

ROLFING Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of rolfing for these uses.

ROLFING Side Effects & Safety

There is not enough reliable information to know if rolfing is safe or if there are any safety concerns.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of rolfing during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

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The appropriate or safe use of rolfing depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

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