What is Massage Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: Myofascial release Multiple method massage Light 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 280 133
Pain 250 98
Fibromyalgia 219 85
General health 106 31
Muscle pain 103 22
Muscle tension 34 20

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 8
Moderate 22
Mild 75
None 267

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Massage Therapy

Side effect Patients
Muscle aches 13
Pain 13
Soreness 11
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 25
60 min weekly 20
120 min monthly 13
90 min monthly 7
180 min monthly 6
30 min weekly 5
90 min weekly 5
1 hr weekly 4
120 min weekly 4
1hours as needed 4

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Why patients stopped taking Massage Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 134
Other 56
Did not seem to work 42
Course of treatment ended 40
Side effects too severe 16
Change in health plan coverage 12
Doctor's advice 4
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Duration

Currently going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 36

Stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 67
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 179
Usually 109
Sometimes 67
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 70
A little hard to take 100
Not at all hard to take 172
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 99
$100-199 78
$50-99 63
$25-49 18
< $25 36
Not specified 78
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50 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

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kristinlukow
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kristinlukow
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See kristinlukow's full Massage Therapy history

Mar 27, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Monthly

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Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Mar 6, 2017 (Started Mar 06, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Numbness in feet)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hands tingling)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 min Yearly
Advice & Tips: This is to track possible neuropathy. Disregard treatment. I asked the neurologist about my numb feet. It is symmetrical, so probably not directly related to PD. Several blood tests eliminated several causes. We are in "watch" mode. In March 2017, it seems like my left middle finger is tingling. I hope it's only related to my sore neck. Right fingers are ok.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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KipWong
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KipWong
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Feb 28, 2017 (Started Jan 24, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have had 1 hour massages 2 times a week. I feel physically and emotionally stronger. Moves my muscles that I don't move anymore.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Nov 14, 2016 (Started Jan 24, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have had 1 hour massages 2 times a week for over 2 years now. I found the best Gal who does the best massage and comes to my house. I purchased a massage table and a massage chair, so she doesn't need to bring anything. Her day job, she is a Union bricklayer! I can't imagine what condition I would be in now, if I didn't have these massages twice a week. Sometimes I treat myself and have her come an additional day.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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