Practice patterns of massage therapists

A. C C Lee, K. J. Kemper

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Objectives: To describe the practice patterns of licensed massage therapists (LMTs). Design: Cross-sectional survey. Subjects: One hundred and twenty-six (126) massage practices randomly selected from the Greater Boston Area yellow pages. Outcomes Measures: Practitioner demographics, training, practice characteristics, and fees. Results: The response rate was 65%. Most respondents were Caucasian (95%) and female (80%). Their mean age was 41 years old. Half held a college degree; on average, practitioners received 1000 hours of training in massage therapy. The majority were in group practices (59%) and saw an average of 20 patients per week. The typical visit lasted 50-60 minutes; the cost was $60 and rarely covered by insurance (5%). Half of respondents offered sliding scales to patients, but only 11% accepted Medicaid patients. Respondents reported less than 1 visit per week from pediatric and adolescent patients (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-529
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • General Nursing


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