Comparing Massage Therapy And Physical Therapy

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Massage therapy and physical therapy go hand in hand. There are many common elements in the two, and some of the school textbooks can even be used for both. Many physical therapy centers hire massage therapists. Physical therapists, sometimes called physiotherapists, and massage therapists work together to achieve the same goal: helping their clients.

What Does a Physical Therapist Do? A Physical Therapist (PT) has many responsibilities. Some of these include:
• easing patient 's pain
• rehabilitation from injuries
• helping them increase their mobility
• helping to prevent further injuries
• using equipment, exercises, hands-on therapy and stretches
• treating patients with hydrotherapy, such as hot and cold packs
• skin and wound care
• prescribing and putting on supportive devices and equipment
• diagnosing patients ' movements that are dysfunctional
• using orthopedic tests for diagnostic purposes
• helping patients and their families with their recovery process
• promoting independence by emphasizing what patients can do by themselves
• making a plan of care for patients and evaluating their progress
• consulting with a doctor or
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In the 19th century, he founded Swedish Gymnastics, and the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics in Sweden. It started in Sweden, and then spread to Britain, New Zealand, and United States. In 1913, there was a polio outbreak, and orthopedic surgeons and nurses used physical therapy techniques to help the sick people. Physical therapy continued to grow during the First World War, and in 1921, the Physical Therapy Association was formed. After WW1, it grew and spread to more countries. Several Universities opened to train physiotherapists. In the 1940s, physiotherapy was mostly just exercise, massage and traction. It evolved to include special machines and equipment throughout the 1950s to 1980s, and continues to
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