Hellerwork is a type of therapy that uses a combination of massage therapy, exercise, and counseling. It was created by an engineer, Joseph Heller, in the 1970s. Practitioners undergo a certification process.

Hellerwork is used for several types of pain, anxiety, athletic performance, Parkinson disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.
There isn't enough reliable information to know if Hellerwork is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Hellerwork is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


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  • Acute pain.
  • Anxiety.
  • Asthma.
  • Athletic performance.
  • Back pain.
  • Cancer.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Fall prevention.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Lou Gehrig disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS).
  • Mental alertness.
  • Muscle soreness.
  • Neck pain.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
  • Parkinson disease.
  • Posture improvement.
  • Sports injuries.
  • Sprains.
  • Stress.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate Hellerwork for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate or safe use of Hellerwork depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Hellerwork is a form of deep tissue massage which is aimed at improving or restoring the body's natural balance and posture. Practitioners believe that past physical and mental trauma leave an imprint in the muscles and connective tissue that can limit movement and cause pain. But there is no good scientific evidence to support this theory.
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