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Table 1 30- and 60-minute massage protocols

From: Development of a manualized protocol of massage therapy for clinical trials in osteoarthritis

  Allowed Swedish massage techniques:
  Effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibration, friction, and skin rolling
  30-minute protocol (25 minutes of table time)
Region Time allotted Distribution
Lower limbs 12 to 15 min From knee down including lower leg, ankle, and foot. From knee up including hips, pelvis, buttocks, and thigh.
  (45% to 50% of session)  
Upper body 8 to 12 min Lower and upper back; head/neck/chest.
  (36% to 44% of session)  
Discretionary 2 to 5 min Therapist to expand treatment to other affected areas; that is rib cage, flank, upper limbs, et cetera.
  (6% to 19% of session)  
  60-minute protocol (55 minutes of table time a )
Lower limbs 20 to 27.5 min From knee down including lower leg, ankle, and foot. From knee up including hips, pelvis, buttocks, and thigh.
  (45% to 50% of session)  
Upper body 15 to 24 min Lower and upper back; head, neck, and chest.
  (36% to 44% of session)  
Discretionary 3.5 to 20 min Therapist to expand treatment to other affected areas; that is rib cage, flank, upper limbs, et cetera.
  (6% to 19% of session)  
  1. aAccounting for time spent in transition including the welcome, transition to the massage room, taking off jewelry, and other preparatory activities.