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.

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
5
Moderate
19
Mild
56
None
199

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

Patients
15
Patients
14
Patients
9
Patients
9
Patients
8
Patients
6

Show all 38 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Massage Therapy)
Dosage
60 min monthly
Patients
123
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
37
Dosage
1hours as needed
Patients
35
Dosage
1 hr every other week
Patients
33
Dosage
90 min monthly
Patients
22
Dosage
90 min weekly
Patients
22

Dosages based on patients currently going to Massage Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Going to Massage Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Expense
Patients
126
Reason
Other
Patients
53
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
41
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
36
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
14
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
11
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
4
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
2
Reason
Personal research
Patients
1
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Duration

Currently Going to Massage Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
4
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
5
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
7
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
17
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
102
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
53

Adherence


Always
Patients
135
48%
Usually
Patients
75
27%
Sometimes
Patients
54
19%
Never
Patients
15
5%

Burden


Very
Patients
24
9%
Somewhat
Patients
53
19%
A little
Patients
79
28%
Not at all
Patients
123
44%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
60
27%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
64
29%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
55
25%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
57
26%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
14
6%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
29
13%
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45 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

Wayne Lampe
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Wayne Lampe
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Jun 15, 2014 (Started Nov 12, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Stiffness/Spasticity: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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

See furyoshonen's full Massage Therapy history

Jul 1, 2012 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Broken Leg (right): Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Cost: Not specified monthly

Feb 15, 2012 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Broken Leg (right): Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F52y
CFS:23y Dx
FM:12y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See FibroMom63's full Massage Therapy history

Jun 25, 2012 (Started May 15, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Stiffness/Spasticity: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 60 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: Be sure your massage therapist is experienced in dealing with fibromyalgia and is willing to listen and seeks your input. Remember that you are in charge of the session, not the massage therapist, but be open to their input, as well.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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