What is Massage Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: Myofascial release Multiple method massage Light massage Show all

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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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/spasticity 292 137
Pain 261 99
Fibromyalgia 224 92
General health 105 29
Muscle pain 105 22

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 7
Moderate 22
Mild 74
None 281

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Massage Therapy

Side effect Patients Percentage
Muscle soreness 21
Pain 14
Muscle aches 13
Soreness if too firm 9
Muscle pain 5
Fatigue 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Massage Therapy

Dosage Patients Percentage
monthly 13
60 min monthly 11
60 min weekly 7
weekly 6
120 min monthly 5
180 min monthly 4
90 min monthly 3
1hours as needed 3
1 hr monthly 2
45 min monthly 2

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Why patients stopped taking Massage Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Expense 137
Other 61
Course of treatment ended 43
Did not seem to work 42
Side effects too severe 16
Change in health plan coverage 14
Doctor's advice 5
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 27

Stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 63
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 187
Usually 114
Sometimes 64
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 72
A little hard to take 101
Not at all hard to take 181
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 105
$100-199 86
$50-99 69
$25-49 16
< $25 35
Not specified 73

What people switch to and from

Patients started going to Massage Therapy after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
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49 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

Nov 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 28, 2017 (Started Jan 24, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Still one hour, twice a week that's why I can still stand and walk 7 steps with a walker.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 28, 2017 (Started Jan 24, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have had 1 hour massages 2 times a week. I feel physically and emotionally stronger. Moves my muscles that I don't move anymore.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Nov 14, 2016 (Started Jan 24, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have had 1 hour massages 2 times a week for over 2 years now. I found the best Gal who does the best massage and comes to my house. I purchased a massage table and a massage chair, so she doesn't need to bring anything. Her day job, she is a Union bricklayer! I can't imagine what condition I would be in now, if I didn't have these massages twice a week. Sometimes I treat myself and have her come an additional day.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 27, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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