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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2004 Nov;15(4):799-809, vi.


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  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,University of California, Davis, 4860 Y Street,Suite 3850, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. traceyj@pol.net


Rolfing, or structural integration, is one of many types of manipulative therapy. This article describes the principles and history of Rolfing and reviews current research. Only a few clinical trials specifically have looked at Rolfing. Related research on deep tissue massage and myofascial release also is reviewed. Rolfing has a physiologic impact on the peripheral nervous system and on myofascial structures. Important clinical outcome measures, such as pain levels and function, have not been looked at specifically, however,in clinical trials.

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