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
Stiffness/Spasticity 257 75
Pain 225 66
Fibromyalgia 204 65
Muscle pain 106 19
General health 105 19
Stress 33 10

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Massage Therapy"

Severe
6
Moderate
17
Mild
54
None
197

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

Muscle aches 14
Pain 14
Muscle soreness 9
Soreness if too firm 9
Soreness 7
Fatigue 5

Show all 37 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Massage Therapy)
Dosage Patients
60 min monthly 122
60 min weekly 95
120 min monthly 73
1 hr weekly 60
1 hr monthly 53
30 min weekly 36
1hours as needed 35
1 hr every other week 33
90 min monthly 23
90 min weekly 20

Dosages based on patients currently going to Massage Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Going to Massage Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Expense 126
Other 53
Course of treatment ended 41
Did not seem to work 36
Side effects too severe 14
Change in health plan coverage 11
Doctor's advice 4
Not indicated 2
See all 234 patients who’ve stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration

Currently Going to Massage Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 8
6 months-1 year 10
1-2 years 12
2 years or more 107
Stopped Going to Massage Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 11
1-3 months 31
3-6 months 36
6 months-1 year 47
1-2 years 45
2 years or more 52
Adherence
Always
133 49%
Usually
73 27%
Sometimes
53 19%
Never
15 5%
Burden
Very
24 9%
Somewhat
51 19%
A little
78 28%
Not at all
121 44%
Cost per month
$200+
64 29%
$100-199
53 24%
$50-99
57 26%
$25-49
14 6%
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

See Wayne Lampe's full Massage Therapy history

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: $200+ monthly

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furyoshonen
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furyoshonen
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
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: < $25 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: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F51y
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: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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