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 288 139
Pain 255 101
Fibromyalgia 223 88
General health 106 31
Muscle pain 105 22

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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 23
Mild 76
None 275

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Massage Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 14
Muscle aches 13
Soreness 11
Muscle soreness 10
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 27
60 min weekly 14
120 min monthly 13
weekly 13
monthly 8
90 min weekly 6
1 hr weekly 5
90 min monthly 5
30 min weekly 5
1hours as needed 5

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Why patients stopped taking Massage Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 137
Other 58
Did not seem to work 43
Course of treatment ended 42
Side effects too severe 16
Change in health plan coverage 13
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 5
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 50

Stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 187
Usually 111
Sometimes 67
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 73
A little hard to take 102
Not at all hard to take 177
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 104
$100-199 81
$50-99 66
$25-49 18
< $25 38
Not specified 75

What people switch to and from

Patients started going to Massage Therapy after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
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50 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

Jul 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: Still one hour, twice a week that's why I can still stand and walk 7 steps with a walker.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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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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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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