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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/Spasticity 275 126
Pain 240 95
Fibromyalgia 211 82
General health 106 30
Muscle pain 103 22
Muscle tension 34 19

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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 8
Moderate 22
Mild 72
None 254

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Massage Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 13
Muscle aches 12
Soreness 10
Muscle soreness 9
Soreness if too firm 9
Headaches 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Massage Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min monthly 21
60 min weekly 14
120 min monthly 11
90 min weekly 6
30 min weekly 5
90 min monthly 4
180 min monthly 4
1 hr monthly 3
1 hr every other week 3
30 min daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Massage Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 131
Other 55
Course of treatment ended 39
Did not seem to work 39
Side effects too severe 16
Change in health plan coverage 11
Doctor's advice 4
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Duration

Currently going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 22

Stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 169
Usually 107
Sometimes 64
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 66
A little hard to take 98
Not at all hard to take 162
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 95
$100-199 74
$50-99 63
$25-49 16
< $25 34
Not specified 74
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46 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

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Navy Nurse
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Navy Nurse
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

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Aug 30, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Jun 15, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
nacona
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nacona
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Feb 21, 2016 (Started Nov 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Monthly

Dec 24, 2010 (Started Nov 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
AnotherLizMorgan
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AnotherLizMorgan
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 28
Condition: Seasonal Allergy
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Seasonal Allergy

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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
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