Massage At All Costs

Just a little paragraph about some part of the history of massage in ABMP’s latest Massage and Bodywork (by Patricia J. Benjamin). Specially-trained physiotherapy technicians called reconstruction aides helped rehabilitate injured, returning-home soldiers in World War I. These programs were based on work being done in England by orthopedic surgeons Sir Robert Jones and James B. Mennell. Mennell wrote this about their work in his “Massage: Its Principles and Practice” in 1920: “attending orthopedic surgery in its applications to the necessities of our wounded could not be attained without the concomitant of massage…(which) must often precede, should frequently accompany, and must invariably follow, effective work by the surgeon”.

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