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 271 119
Pain 238 91
Fibromyalgia 210 81
General health 105 30
Muscle pain 103 22
Stress 33 12

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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 7
Moderate 21
Mild 70
None 243

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
Muscle and joint pain 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Massage Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min monthly 21
60 min weekly 17
120 min monthly 12
30 min weekly 8
180 min monthly 5
90 min weekly 5
1hours as needed 4
180 min yearly 3
45 min monthly 3
90 min monthly 3

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Why patients stopped taking Massage Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 130
Other 54
Course of treatment ended 40
Did not seem to work 38
Side effects too severe 15
Change in health plan coverage 11
Doctor's advice 4
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 27

Stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 161
Usually 103
Sometimes 62
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 63
A little hard to take 96
Not at all hard to take 153
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 87
$100-199 72
$50-99 62
$25-49 15
< $25 33
Not specified 72
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45 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

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Navy Nurse
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Navy Nurse
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 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: 1 star
  • 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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