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 as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 16
Mild 55
None 193

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Massage Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 14
Muscle aches 12
Soreness 10
Muscle soreness 9
Soreness if too firm 9
Muscle and joint pain 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Massage Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min monthly 33
60 min weekly 24
120 min monthly 14
30 min weekly 8
90 min weekly 8
1 hr monthly 6
180 min monthly 5
1 hr weekly 4
90 min monthly 4
180 min yearly 3

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Why patients stopped taking Massage Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 129
Other 53
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
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 17
2 years or more 142

Stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 15
1-3 months 29
3-6 months 35
6 months-1 year 47
1-2 years 46
2 years or more 59

Adherence


Always
Patients
126
47%
Usually
Patients
76
28%
Sometimes
Patients
55
20%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
13
5%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
24
9%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
51
19%
A little hard to take
Patients
77
29%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
118
44%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
60
22%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
54
20%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
57
21%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
13
5%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
28
10%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
58
21%
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45 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

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

See nacona's full Massage Therapy history

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: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 28
Condition: Seasonal Allergy
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: 2 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
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