Massage is considered to be among the oldest treatments used by man. Records dating back as far as 3000 years were made by the Chinese, documenting its use. The ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians used forms of massage for certain ailments. Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today massage is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs and has proven a benefit to many chronic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, and bursitis. Massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living.