What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fiber's of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/spasticity 43 18
Fibromyalgia 37 17
Muscle pain 33 15
Pain 12 0
General health 10 1
Muscle tension 7 2

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 6
Mild 16
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Deep Tissue Massage

Side effect Patients
Soreness 3
Discomfort in neck 1
Fatigue 1
Muscle and joint pain 1
Muscle soreness 1
Muscle tenderness 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Deep Tissue Massage

Dosage Patients
monthly 3
30 min weekly 2
180 min monthly 2
60 min weekly 2
240 min yearly 1
30 min monthly 1
60 min monthly 1
100 min monthly 1
110 min monthly 1
120 min monthly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Deep Tissue Massage

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Reason Patients
Expense 15
Other 8
Course of treatment ended 4
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently going to Deep Tissue Massage

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 8

Stopped going to Deep Tissue Massage

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 27
Usually 16
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 7
$50-99 14
$25-49 1
< $25 5
Not specified 12
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6 patient evaluations for Deep Tissue Massage

Sep 20, 2016 (Started Oct 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have neuromuscular massage weekly. Without it, I have more spinal pain and spascisity. Along with the Acupuncture and TENS, I feel it's keeping me out of a wheelchair.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 10, 2013 (Started Apr 14, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for numbness in hands)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for numbness in arm(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: It's expensive but it got me through a very hard transition time when I had stopped many years of psychotherapy to the physical release of tension and a different environment to explore other side to relaxation and putting to use the tools I'd learned in therapy.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2013 (Started Jun 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Highly recommended for reducing stiffness
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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