This is a form of massage in which specific motor-points on the muscles (trigger-points) are massaged deeply with the fingertips, ultimately aiming to relieve muscular tension.
Although orthodox medical practitioners are generally sceptical about the claims made by therapists using the special forms of massage described above, most agree that the classical Swedish form of massage is beneficial, and for instance can be used for muscle-tension, rheumatic conditions, neurological disturbances, respiratory and circulatory diseases, muscle and joint problems and sport injuries. In fact massage was considered a standard form of remedial therapy by the medical profession until the early part of this century. With the introduction of various electrical treatments, however, the use of massage began to diminish in the orthodox medical hospitals and to be taught less in physiotherapy schools. Today, physiotherapy has become very different from its original inception based on massage techniques, with the emphasis now mainly on electrotherapy and exercise therapy. Practitioners who use hanmd massage, however, consider that there is no substitute for the traditional techniques and believe that the benefits to individual patients warrant much wider use of this form of therapy.