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What is the difference between physical therapy and massage therapy?

What is the difference between physical therapy and massage therapy?

Lots: Massage therapy involves the placement of the hands on the patient for a variety of reasons. There are many different types of massage just as there are many different types of pt. Pt and massage can overlap a bit but in general a physical therapist has more training than a massage therapist and are trained in the rehabilitation of a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

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What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?

What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?

Specialization: In general terms, occupational therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy. Pts may focus on treating an injury and healing the body. Ots focus on assisting the patient with daily activities/occupations. It can be activities like self care (eating, cleaning, dressing, cooking), mobility (opening doors, using equipment), or work (keyboard, work station, operating work tools). ...Read more

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What the difference between physiotherapy and complementary therapy?

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What the difference between physiotherapy and complementary therapy?

Physical therapy: Physical therapy is to use physical way to reach therapy aim. Includes temperature modality, mechanic way to move joint and muscle and electric or ultrasound application to reach therapy purpose. Complementary therapy are traditional ways to reach therapy. Such as herb medicine, nutritional therapy, massage, acupuncture etc. There are cross coverage between the two kind therapy ways. ...Read more

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What is the difference between physical medicine and physiotherapy?

What is the difference between physical medicine and physiotherapy?

Physical therapy: Physical medicine is a state of the medical arts that is practiced by doctors who specialize in medical management of many disorders e.g. Pain management, spinal disorders, etc. Physical therapy is the type of therapy prescribed by doctors in order to help many canditions e.g. Musculo-skeletal problems, pain problems etc. The therapy is done by physical therapist who are licensed to do this ...Read more

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What is the difference between a physical therapist and an occupational therapist?

What is the difference between a physical therapist and an occupational therapist?

Although there is s: Although there is some overlap in what they do, the focus of ot in rehabilitation is primarily on upper extremity function(gross and fine motor), therapy and adaptive equipment to assist with activities of daily living. A physical therapist usually will focus on lower extremity function, gait training, assessment and training on mobility devices, balance and more gross motor function. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an occupational therapist and a physical therapist?

What is the difference between an occupational therapist and a physical therapist?

A lot: OT deals with functional,performance and includes arm function and coordination PT deals with mobility : balance, strength for trunk and legs, and coordination. Muscle tone is also,addressed. Sports medical issues would seek PT for training, back pain would seek PT for modalities posture and core strengthening. OT and PT often work together for best results ...Read more

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What is the difference between a massage therapist and a chiropractor?

What is the difference between a massage therapist and a chiropractor?

Different Focus: A massage therapist generally works with the muscles and tissues using various techniques treat various problems. Chiropractors work with the joints in the skeleton, making adjustments to treat problems. They may use some soft tissue techniques in their treatment, similar to massage. Both require training and should be licensed by the state. ...Read more

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What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient physical therapy rehab?

Only location of Svc: Inpatient physical therapy is performed on patients admitted to the hospital, whereas outpatient therapy is performed on patients that are not admitted to the hospital. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy?

What is the difference between cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy?

Focus and Method: Cbt focuses on thinking errors, negative cycles of behavior, and has more therapist-hands-on methods for directly interrupting and correcting those. Pd therapy focuses on the fact that we are often unaware of motives and patterns, usually links them to past events, and also tends to use the relationship more openly to demonstrate how our behavior works in the here-and-now. I combine them. ...Read more

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Does anyone know the main difference between rolfing and art physical therapy?

Difference: Rolfing is a type of hands on therapy called structural integration. It is based upon the theory that if one reestablishes balance in the musculoskeletal system by working deeply with the muscles and the fascia that surrounds them, the body will heal spontaneously. While there may be elements similar to rolfing in physical therapy, pt is a much broader term to describe various treatments. ...Read more

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What is the superior treatment for sciatica--injections or physical therapy?

Adjunctive: Injections can be very helpful adjunctive treatments for sciatica but in my opinion they should be combined with a good physical therapy program. I find that the two together work better than either one separately however, depending on the situation i will often use pt alone as a first attempt and add an injection if the pt is not helping. Not everyone agrees with me on this however. ...Read more

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What is the difference between trigger point therapy and prolotherapy exactly?

What is the difference between trigger point therapy and prolotherapy exactly?

Location: In trigger point therapy, the physician finds tender points in the muscle and injects them. In prolotherapy, the physician injects around ligaments to strengthen them. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sports therapist and a physical therapist?

Depends: I am not sure what a sports therapist is. My guess is that there is a sports medicine provider, who is usually a fellowship trained md or do (physician). The other option would be a physical therapy is further specialized to work with sportsmen. He is essentially a physical therapist who has special interest in and focus on sport related injuries. ...Read more

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What's the difference between therapeutic massage and manipulation?

What's the difference between therapeutic massage and manipulation?

Muscle vs bone: These definitions can vary depending on the exact style. In general, therapeutic massage involves varying techniques to reduce muscle pain and tension- mostly using pressure and some stretching. "manipulation" is typically thought of as repositioning bones so that they are in correct alignment. These two are not mutually exclusive-after a massage, decreased muscle tension can improve alignment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine?

What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine?

Nuc Med injects dyes: In nuclear medicine, we inject radioactive "dyes" to image or treat patients. In radiation oncology, x-rays are generated outside the patient and irradiate tumors (usually) that are in the body. They treat different diseases. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a massage therapist and a chiropractor?

Yes: Vertiver is an essential oil that alone or in combination with other oils could be used to help reduce stress- physical and mental.It is known as the "oil of tranquility". It could be used by inhalation, baths, massages. That is a gentle tool for controlling anger in combination with others- breathing exercises, brisk walking, cognitive behavioral therapy, past life therapy, ... ...Read more

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What is the difference between a physical therapist vs an occupational therapist?

What is the difference between a physical therapist vs an occupational therapist?

In brief: The way our wonderful therapists at jefferson university hospital in philadelphia explain it to the incoming resident class: physical therapists work on making sure you can walk or get across the room. Occupational therapists make sure you can dress and wash yourself before you walk across the room. ...Read more

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What is the duration for the physical therapy treatment for cervical disk herniations, and is physical therapy needed, or home exercises are enough?

What is the duration for the physical therapy treatment for cervical disk herniations, and is physical therapy needed, or home exercises are enough?

Highly individual: Many, if not most, patients will benefit from physical therapy as part of conservative therapy for a herniated cervical disc. Pain control medicines, muscle relaxants & anti-inflammatories are first line.Physical therapists can instruct in avoiding painful positions & appropriate exercise as well as treat with ice/heat, traction, ultrasound, TENS, bracing. Home therapy follows after a few sessions ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Physiotherapy (Definition)

Physiotherapy programs, or physical therapy, work to improve movement capacity in those recovering ...Read more