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 219 86
General health 106 31
Muscle pain 104 22

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
8
Moderate
22
Mild
76
None
274

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Massage Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 15
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 25
120 min monthly 15
60 min weekly 14
90 min weekly 8
180 min monthly 6
weekly 5
1 hr every other week 4
1 hr weekly 4
90 min monthly 4
180 min weekly 4

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Why patients stopped taking Massage Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 135
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
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 30

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 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 185
Usually 111
Sometimes 67
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 71
A little hard to take 102
Not at all hard to take 177
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 101
$100-199 80
$50-99 66
$25-49 18
< $25 38
Not specified 77
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50 patient evaluations for Massage Therapy

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

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

Jan 15, 2014 (Started Mar 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 min Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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