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 292 141
Pain 259 103
Fibromyalgia 224 89
General health 106 31
Muscle pain 106 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 23
Mild 76
None 279

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Massage Therapy

Side effect Patients
Muscle soreness 21
Pain 14
Muscle aches 13
Soreness if too firm 9
Headaches 5
Muscle pain 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Massage Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min monthly 20
60 min weekly 14
weekly 12
120 min monthly 11
monthly 11
90 min monthly 5
90 min weekly 5
1hours as needed 5
1 hr weekly 4
30 min weekly 4

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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
See all 245 patients who've stopped going to Massage Therapy

Duration

Currently going to Massage Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 44

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 188
Usually 114
Sometimes 67
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 74
A little hard to take 103
Not at all hard to take 179
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 105
$100-199 83
$50-99 66
$25-49 19
< $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

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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