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Doctor insights on: Physical Therapist Vs Massage Therapist

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How are an occupational therapist and a physical therapist different?

How are an occupational therapist and a physical therapist different?

Many : Both are therapists (not physicians) that work to improve overall function in different ways. Occupational therapist work primarily to improve functional activities such as bathing or dressing. The physical therapists tent to treat physical problems affecting mobility (walking). There are many more differences and overlap between what they do (too long to detail here). ...Read more

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Does massage therapy help in your physical therapy?

Does massage therapy help in your physical therapy?

Could!: Massage therapy is very good at getting one relaxed. Tense muscles could tend to lead to strain and pain and thus inhibit recovery. It certainly could be adjuctive to the physical therapy and promote healing. If it eases your mind and relaxes you then you are more able to heal overall. ...Read more

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What's a registered physical therapist?

What's a registered physical therapist?

Licensed to : Usually someone who has been licensed by their state in that profession to practice in their field which in this case entails the musculoskeletal one in terms of rehabilitation after an injury or surgery or guidance in proper exercise and technique for specific conditions or general musculoskeletal health usually guided by a physician. ...Read more

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Are there differences between a physical therapist and a sports physical therapist?

Are there differences between a physical therapist and a sports physical therapist?

More specialized!: Both therapist recieve the same basic training, but the sports therapist focuses on sports injuries and associated rehabilitation. They are usually part of a team which takes care of athletes, composed of orthopaedic surgeons and athletic trainers. ...Read more

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Can a massage therapist help torn tendons/ligaments?

Can a massage therapist help torn tendons/ligaments?

Depends: They may be able to decrease some discomfort, but full tears often of tendons or ligaments usually require surgical repair. Partial or microscopic tears may benefit from massaging the area and stimulating blood flow. ...Read more

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What does physical therapist and physical therapist assitant do? What's the difference?

What does physical therapist and physical therapist assitant do?  What's the difference?

Therapy: The difference is the training and education. They both provide physical therapy services, the assistant is supervised and given instructions on what to do. ...Read more

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Physical therapist or chiropracter for back pain?

Physical therapist or chiropracter for back pain?

Both: At our institute we have both. I feel thar formal physical therapy is important. I feel that a well-trained chiropractor can also help. If either makes you feel worse, then i would stop that type of treatment. ...Read more

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Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT can be helpful: After a stroke the function of the arm or hand may be affected. If this is the case the ability to do basic activities of daily living can be impaired. In this situation occupational therapy is part of standard rehabilitation along with other therapy disciplines like phyical therapy and if needed speech therapy. ...Read more

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Can a physical therapy assistant become a athletic trainer with credits transfer?

Can a physical therapy assistant become a athletic trainer with credits transfer?

Depends on program: There is no question that a physical therapy assistant can become an athletic trainer. Whether credits or how much credit would be transferred depends upon the program and the school. ...Read more

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Could therapy, psychiatry, and or psychology work?

Could therapy, psychiatry, and or psychology work?

Therapy work?: The data is very strong that therapy helps people. Equally, psychiatric medication also helps people. The data is also clear for many significant emotional problems when medications and therapy are combined the effect is even more powerful. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Not the way you mean: Fibromyalgia is a brain problem, not a joint, muscle, tendon or bursa problem. Massage doesn't "help" fibromyalgia the way it may help muscular soreness after vigorous exertion. The pleasurable sensation merely acts as a counter-sensation to fibromyalgia & is only temporary. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with no "cure," only symptomatic treatment at the neurochemical level, ...Read more

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What physical therapy to help scoliosis?

What physical therapy to help scoliosis?

PT for scoliosis: Therapy is all about improving core muscles to reduce or slow down the scoliosis. ...Read more

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How can physical therapy ultrasound benefit an injury?

How can physical therapy ultrasound benefit an injury?

Increase temperature: Ultrasonic rays increase the local temperature of the area where it is applied. It's well known that heat is antiinflamatory. The acronym that may be used for this is "prish" for pain, redness, immobility (loss of function), swelling and heat. ...Read more

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Can a mental health occupational therapist open their own practice and do psychotherapy sessions?

Can a mental health occupational therapist open their own practice and do psychotherapy sessions?

An Occupational: therapist can sessions - but not psychotherapy. Who is doing this? Unless they have a mental health license like Licensed social worker, Marriage family counselor, licensed psychologist, Licensed mental health counselor then No. ...Read more

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Can a Physiatrist be a physical therapist ?

Yes, but...: A person may be both, but that means more years in school. A physiatrist is a medical doctor (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Physical Medicine), which usually means 4 years in college, 4 more in medical school, and 4 more in physiatry training. A physical therapist is 4-8 years total, depending on the final degree (bachelor's, master's, or doctorate). They can work together as a team. ...Read more

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Why would a cbt therapist refer me to a psychodynamic therapist?

Why would a cbt therapist refer me to a psychodynamic therapist?

Sometimes: Therapists (cbt or other) may find that a patient may be better fit for an other kind of psychotherapy than the one they are specialized in. Just keep in mind that you may go and see the "best therapist in the world" (whatever his/her technique is), but if you don't feel understood, it is be better for you to find somebody else. ...Read more

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Please describe a good physical therapy equipment?

No equipment: The best physical therapy involves posture and activity reeducation, stretching, strengthening and working on the floor, with mars balls and rubberbands. You don't need any fancy equipment, just a good therapist. ...Read more