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Table 2 Most common reasons for visits to massage therapists licensed in Connecticut (1999) and Washington (1998) by broad and specific categorization

From: A survey of training and practice patterns of massage therapists in two US states

Connecticut Washington
(N = 965 visits) (N = 1040 visits)
Broad Categories* % with Primary Reason   Broad Categories* % with Primary Reason  
1. Musculoskeletal Symptoms 59.2   1. Musculoskeletal Symptoms 63.0  
2. Wellness** 19.5   2. Wellness** 18.7  
3. Psychological and Mental Health Symtoms 8.8   3. Psychological and Mental Health Symtoms 5.7  
4. General Symptoms 4.5   4. Nervous System Symptoms 4.9  
5. Nervous System Symptoms 3.7   5. General Symptoms 3.7  
Top 5 Categories 95.7   Top 5 Categories 96.0  
  % with   % with
Specific Reasons Primary Reason Any Reason Specific Reasons Primary Reason Any Reason
1. Back Symptoms 20.4 34.4 1. Back Symptoms 20.2 39.8
2. Massage Wellness 19.5 25.8 2. Neck Symptoms 20.0 38.5
3. Neck Symptoms 13.0 24.1 3. Massage Wellness 18.7 26.5
4. Shoulder Symptoms 8.4 23.1 4. Shoulder Symptoms 7.4 26.6
5. Anxiety or Depression 8.8 17.4 5. Anxiety or Depression 5.2 12.3
6. Leg Symptoms 5.0 10.0 6. Headache 3.7 8.4
7. Unspecified Muscle Symptoms 4.0 6.3 7. Leg Symptoms 2.6 6.3
8. Generalized Pain 3.1 4.5 8. Generalized Pain 2.1 3.5
9. Headache 1.6 5.2 9. Hip Symptoms 1.9 6.7
10. Unspecified Joint Symptoms 1.4 2.2 10. Arm Symptoms 1.8 5.6
Top 10 reasons 85.2   Top 10 reasons 83.6  
  1. * Broad Categories of Primary Reason for Visit Codes correspond to ICD chapters
  2. ** Wellness was not originally part of the NAMCS Reason for Visit Classification. Most of these visits are for relaxation.