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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Feb;20(1):16-20. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.11.001. Epub 2013 Nov 18.

Prevalence of visits to massage therapists by the general population: a systematic review.

Author information

1
Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, PO Box 377, Western Avenue, Cardiff CF5 2YB, UK. Electronic address: peharris@cardiffmet.ac.uk.
2
School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK. Electronic address: k.l.cooper@sheffield.ac.uk.
3
School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK. Electronic address: c.relton@sheffield.ac.uk.
4
School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK. Electronic address: k.thomas@sheffield.ac.uk.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To systematically review 12-month prevalence of visits to massage therapists by representative samples of the general population across countries.

METHODS:

Surveys reporting estimates of overall CAM use were included. Studies were identified via database searches. Study quality was assessed using a six-item tool.

RESULTS:

Twenty-two surveys across six countries were included. Estimates for 12-month prevalence of visits to massage therapists by adults ranged from 0.4% to 20% and the median was 5.5%. Estimates for children were 0.3%-3.8% (median 0.7%), while estimates for older adults were 1.5%-16.2% (median 5.2%). 16 surveys (73%) met at least four of six quality criteria.

CONCLUSIONS:

This review summarises 12-month prevalence of visits to massage therapists in six countries (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore and South Korea). A small but significant percentage of these general populations visit massage therapists each year.

KEYWORDS:

Massage; Prevalence; Systematic review

PMID:
24439639
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.11.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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