What is Rolfing?

Category: Physical Therapy


See also: Hellerwork

Rolfing is the commonly used name for the system of Structural Integration soft tissue manipulation founded by Ida Pauline Rolf. The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration states that Rolfing is a "holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organized the whole body in gravity".

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/spasticity 4 1
Knots in muscles 2 2
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2 1
Back pain 1 1
Endometriosis 1 1
Joint pain 1 1

Show all 8 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rolfing

Side effect Patients Percentage


Based on patients currently going to Rolfing

Dosage Patients Percentage
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Rolfing

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Expense 1
See 1 patient who's stopped going to Rolfing


Currently going to Rolfing

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped going to Rolfing

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 1
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There are no evaluations for Rolfing.