Massage and Medicine


The GP’s view on massage


Massage and Medicine by Renata França

Creator of the most desired massage by the famous, Renata interviews, J.P physicians and specialist for J.P., addressing the benefits of massage in people's health

Prof. DR. David Everson UIP - CRM 25876

Infectologist, former secretary of health of São Paulo State and dean of the ABC University Health Center.

Renata França: What made you choose to specialize in Infectious and Parasitic Diseases? David Everson UIP: I was influenced by a doctor named Vincente Amato Neto, my college professor. I later did my internship at the Hospital do Servidor Público of São Paulo State, and also started the Rondon Project. On the one hand I was inspired by the Professor, on the other by the Rondon Project.

RF: What was the greatest challenge in your career as secretary of health of the São Paulo State? DEU: It was a job I performed happily, despite the insane difficulties. When Santa Casa of São Paulo closed down its emergency room, the struggle to reopen it was huge. In addition, there were problems with Chikungunya, Zika and Dengue. In the end, we had a lot more victories than defeats.

RF: You ran the Instituto do Coração [Heart Institute] and Emílio Ribas Hospital. What experiences did these activities add to your career? DEU: INCOR is a genuine love. I went there in 1982 and stayed for years, reaching the position of executive director. I later went to Emílio Ribas, a spectacular hospital, but which required huge investments. These are challenges that consume the soul, but that are highly worthwhile.

RF: Brazil has been considered one of the few countries that provide a wide list of immunobiological products. Has this changed? DEU: The immunobiological products are major developments, both in the treatment of oncological diseases as well as autoimmune diseases, but they are very expensive. The dilemma is dealing with limited resources and tight budgets. And there is also the legalization, which is an extra budget, and you have to handle this by taking out of your own budget.

RF: Massage is recognized as one of the most efficient therapies for pain relief and disease prevention. Do you recommend this practice to those suffering from an infectious disease? DEU: Massage fits all situations. I´m afraid I don't have time to enjoy it anymore. Recently, I was very tired, in a lot of pain, and I locked myself in my house for ten days, under the action of massage, physiotherapy, etc. It was very good.

RF: Is there any contraindication of this practice to people in this state? DEU: I know of none.

RF: Massage is not usually a part of the hospital context. Can this change? DEU: Hospitals are becoming more humanized and more open to other therapeutic practices. I see massage as complementary. I am in a phase where, to me, “good is what works”. To me, it helped a lot. So why not?