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 283 137
Pain 251 99
Fibromyalgia 220 84
General health 106 31
Muscle pain 104 22

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  • Moderate
  • 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
21
Mild
75
None
274

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Massage Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 14
Muscle aches 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 23
120 min monthly 15
60 min weekly 14
90 min weekly 8
180 min monthly 6
90 min monthly 5
weekly 5
1 hr weekly 4
180 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 57
Course of treatment ended 42
Did not seem to work 42
Side effects too severe 15
Change in health plan coverage 12
Doctor's advice 5
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 32

Stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 66
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 183
Usually 111
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 101
Not at all hard to take 177
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 101
$100-199 80
$50-99 64
$25-49 18
< $25 38
Not specified 77
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50 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

Feb 1, 2009 (Started Jun 08, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 45 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: I am a massage therapist. I find these very important for treating stress, mood, panic, anxiety, and PTSD. Most of us suffer from some sort or head aches or muscle tension in our neck and shoulder area....all brought on by triggers and stressors. They are expensive but well worth it. Some massages are covered by insurance if you go through a health care provider or chiropractor that has one on staff. I do not pay for mine because I work in the field. The price I am listing is the average mean for this particular massage.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Dec 8, 2008 (Started Jun 08, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 45 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: I am a massage therapist. Massages are great for people that suffer from depression or mood disorder. A massage is very relaxing and relieves the tension you carry in your shoulder and neck area. Also, massages relieve headaches as well. Most of massages increase the hormone of Cortisol which is a stress reduction hormone.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jun 25, 2012 (Started May 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 18, 2008 (Started Jun 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Monthly
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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