Massage Therapy Versus Physical Therapy
But there are significant differences between them.
Though both treatment modalities use massages and touch, their end objectives are different.
I have used both forms of therapy for various needs.
Professional Training And Style
Physical Therapists are medical professionals who are highly trained and who underwent a minimum of 4 years training and a degree before they are eligible for licensure.
These therapists are highly knowledgeable in science and medicine and are experts in anatomy and physiology.
During training to be a physical therapist much of the emphasis focusses on correction of movement and posture, with the rehab setting of little importance.
For example, many physical therapists are trained to work in crowded hospitals, or even gyms, which is far from the norm of a massage therapist.
This therapy involves the use of specific massages and other modalities to promote healing.
Many massage therapists are also familiar with Far East complementary style medical techniques.
Many of these cultures make full use of the senses.
So white noise is often played in the background.
Thus, as you may guess- the setting is very important to massage therapists.
The overall objective of a physical therapist is to evaluate and even diagnose health conditions resulting from disease and injury, with the goal of restoring the function of an affected joint or body part.
To achieve their goal they typically make use of both manual and mechanical techniques, and may even perform massages for pain and muscle disorders, although that is not their forte.
Massage therapists seek to ensure overall health and wellness of the body, on a more holistic scale.
For example, by incorporating techniques such as acupuncture health is improved on a higher plane.
Massage therapy is employed as an adjuvant to physical therapy many times, so it is not uncommon for a person who has injured their back or a joint in an accident to visit both practitioners.
In many cases, however, people opt to visit massage therapists to relieve stress of muscle tension as a preventative technique to more severe injury.
Physical therapists focus intensive session on a particular area, while massage sessions take longer and encompass the entire body.
If you are desirous of relaxation and stress relief, a massage therapist is your go-to, whereas if you are seeking ways to recover from an injury actively, a physical therapist may be a better fit.
Sometimes, a joint approach may facilitate faster recovery, as their approaches to healing can be used in conjunction to result in a better outcome.
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