Medical Massage Therapy

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A systematic therapeutic manipulation, through applying fixed or movable pressure, friction, rubbing, stroking, pinching, tapping, kneading, or applying vibration to muscle and connective tissue. Sometimes massage is performed on the whole body or just  part thereof, causing movement to that part of the body or sometimes just holding it in a fixed position.

Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, feet or massage equipment. Where massage is used for its physical and physiological benefits, it may be termed remedial massage therapy.