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Soft tissue rheumatism manifests itself in localized hardening of muscles or skin mainly. It may also be perineural and periarticular. Such hardenings can be found by the palpating finger tip on proper training and can often be influenced by proper local massage.
Increased blood supply and influence on tissue metabolism are invoked to explain, somewhat verbosely, the good influence on pain and the solution of the hardening when this occurs.
Die Tastmassage: Ihre Anwendung und Wirkungsweise bei den Weichteilrheumatismen. JAMA. 1934;103(10):781. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750360057036