What is Massage Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Generic Name: Massage Therapy

Massage is the practice of applying structured pressure, tension, motion or vibration manually or with mechanical aids to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and lymphatic vessels, to achieve a beneficial response.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/Spasticity 240 66
Pain 212 61
Fibromyalgia 193 62
Muscle pain 104 18
General health 102 19
Stress 32 9

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

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Massage Therapy)
Dosage Patients
60 min monthly 122
60 min weekly 90
120 min monthly 66
1 hr weekly 60
1 hr monthly 53
1hours as needed 35
30 min weekly 35
1 hr every other week 33
90 min weekly 21
180 min monthly 20
Why Patients Stopped Going to Massage Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Expense 120
Other 52
Course of treatment ended 40
Did not seem to work 36
Side effects too severe 14
Change in health plan coverage 11
Doctor's advice 4
Not indicated 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently Going to Massage Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 6
6 months-1 year 7
1-2 years 12
2 years or more 153
Stopped Going to Massage Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 11
1-3 months 30
3-6 months 37
6 months-1 year 47
1-2 years 44
2 years or more 48
Adherence
Always
126 50%
Usually
68 27%
Sometimes
47 19%
Never
12 5%
Burden
Very
22 9%
Somewhat
47 19%
A little
72 28%
Not at all
112 44%
Cost
$200+
61 30%
$100-199
49 24%
$50-99
53 26%
$25-49
14 7%
< $25
26 13%
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45 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

furyoshonen
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
34 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: vg
I have:
Bipolar II

See furyoshonen's full Massage Therapy history

Jul 1, 2012 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Broken Leg (right): Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 15, 2012 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Broken Leg (right): Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F51y
CFS:22y Dx
FM:11y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See FibroMom63's full Massage Therapy history

Jun 25, 2012 (Started May 15, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Stiffness/Spasticity: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 60 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: Be sure your massage therapist is experienced in dealing with fibromyalgia and is willing to listen and seeks your input. Remember that you are in charge of the session, not the massage therapist, but be open to their input, as well.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
jiwhite
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jiwhite
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
45 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
GAD

See jiwhite's full Massage Therapy history

Apr 9, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Promote relaxation: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Stiffness/Spasticity: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 60 min Monthly
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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