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Perception about the importance and use of therapeutic massage as a treatment modality among physical therapists working in Saudi Arabia
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Clinical Oral Physiology. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia .
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Physical Therapy Science, ISSN 0915-5287, Vol. 27, no 6, 1827-1831 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

[Purpose] To report perceptions about the importance and use of therapeutic massage as a treatment modality among physical therapists working in Saudi Arabia. [Subjects and Methods] A 21-item structured questionnaire was used to assess various domains including the demographic and professional characteristics of physical therapists and their perceptions about the importance and use of therapeutic massage in their daily practice. The questionnaire was uploaded online and the web link was sent to 140 members of the Saudi Physical Therapy Association (SPTA). [Results] The overall response rate was 86%. Among the respondents, 31% reported occasional use of therapeutic massage in their clinical practice, and 55% reported to have received formal training for therapeutic massage. Use of therapeutic massage was more common among female physical therapists. [Conclusion] Many physical therapists working in Saudi Arabia consider therapeutic massage to be an important treatment modality, but its use is relatively limited, either due to the time and effort required to dispense it, or the lack of scientific evidence for its efficacy.

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Society of Physical Therapy Science, 2015. Vol. 27, no 6, 1827-1831 p.
Keyword [en]
Therapeutic massage, Physical therapists, Perspective
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Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106795DOI: 10.1589/jpts.27.1827ISI: 000357933800044PubMedID: 26180330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106795DiVA: diva2:848251
Available from: 2015-08-24 Created: 2015-08-07 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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