massage therapy


Definition of massage therapy

: the manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues of the body (as by stroking, kneading, or rubbing with one or both hands or an instrument) by a massage therapist for therapeutic purposes (as to relieve pain, promote healing, or improve physical functioning) Last year, 42 percent of American adults used some type of alternative care—herbal therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy or any of a number of other methods not taught in medical school, according to a nationwide telephone survey …— Jane E. Brody

First Known Use of massage therapy

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Massage therapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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