What is Massage Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most Popular Types: Myofascial release, Multiple method massage, Remedial 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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Massage Therapy

Severe
6
Moderate
19
Mild
58
None
207

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Massage Therapy

Patients
16
Patients
14
Patients
9
Patients
9
Patients
9
Patients
6

Show all 41 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Massage Therapy)
Dosage
60 min monthly
Patients
125
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
95
Dosage
120 min monthly
Patients
73
Dosage
1 hr weekly
Patients
60
Dosage
1 hr monthly
Patients
53
Dosage
30 min weekly
Patients
40
Dosage
1hours as needed
Patients
34
Dosage
1 hr every other week
Patients
32
Dosage
90 min monthly
Patients
24
Dosage
90 min weekly
Patients
24

Dosages based on patients currently going to Massage Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Going to Massage Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Expense
Patients
128
Reason
Other
Patients
53
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
41
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
37
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
15
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
11
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
4
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
2
Reason
Personal research
Patients
1
See all 235 patients who’ve stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration

Currently Going to Massage Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
2
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
8
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
18
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
156
Stopped Going to Massage Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
11
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
29
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
35
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
47
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
44
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
56

Adherence


Always
Patients
140
48%
Usually
Patients
78
27%
Sometimes
Patients
56
19%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
16
6%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
25
9%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
55
19%
A little hard to take
Patients
81
28%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
129
44%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
65
22%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
58
20%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
60
21%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
14
5%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
30
10%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
63
22%
Last updated:

45 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

AnotherLizMorgan
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AnotherLizMorgan
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 28
Condition: Seasonal Allergy 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Seasonal Allergy

See AnotherLizMorgan's full Massage Therapy history

Nov 3, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve yoga)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Wayne Lampe
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Wayne Lampe
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See Wayne Lampe's full Massage Therapy history

Jun 15, 2014 (Started Nov 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
furyoshonen
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furyoshonen
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
35 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar II

See furyoshonen's full Massage Therapy history

Jul 1, 2012 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Broken Leg (right))
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 15, 2012 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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