PER HENRIK LING - PIONEER OF PHYSIOTHERAPY AND GYMNASTICS

Samantha Melnick

Abstract


In the early 1800s, Peter Henry Ling (also known as Per Henrik Ling) was perhaps the first to notice what numerous others pioneers of physiotherapy have already observed in the past centuries: massage and physical exercises are critical for healing many chronic and acute forms of pain. Even in some way controversial, Ling is widely considered the "Father of Massage". Like many massage therapists and body workers today, he used his own knowledge and experience with pain and injury to craft methods and techniques that shaped the basis of his practice and, ultimately, of massage itself.

 

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Per Henrik Ling, medical gymnastic, gymnastic pioneer; Swedish physiotherapy, massage

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejpe.v1i1.7

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