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What is the difference between physical therapy and massage therapy?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Ray Holt
Family Medicine
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In brief: 2 different rehabs

Massage does just that, massages sore tight muscles.
Whereas physical therapy stretches and strengthens muscles and joints.

In brief: 2 different rehabs

Massage does just that, massages sore tight muscles.
Whereas physical therapy stretches and strengthens muscles and joints.
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt
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