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What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Massage therapy?

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Physiotherapy and Massage therapy are both practices used by professionals to improve someone’s well-being and body condition. Physiotherapy is a medical profession applied by registered physiotherapists that provide care to individuals with body injuries and pains, which may include therapeutic exercises and manual techniques. On the other hand, massage therapy is an alternative medicine comprised of structured movements that is used to manipulate muscles and ligaments.


Physiotherapists create tailored individualized programs for each client, in order to restore movement and function to the body. Age, diseases, as well as injuries are all factors that cause the body to have limited movement. As a result, various treatments are implemented to restore someone’s well being, such as therapeutic exercises, modalities, manual therapy techniques, as well as functional training. Moreover, physiotherapists can also specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation, custom orthotics/bracing, myofascial release, acupuncture, etc.

The Advantages of Physiotherapy

It helps people who have back, neck injuries, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, sprains and fractures as well as any other bodily injuries related to sports or work. The physiotherapist also develops programs to restore function and limited movement, prevents any loss of mobility before it even occurs, reduces body pain, and prevents any disabilities that one might have.


Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a technique utilized by certified practitioners and involves techniques for moving muscles and soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy techniques may include, but are not limited to, friction, kneading, gliding, percussion, vibration, compression and passive or active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement.” The most common forms of massage applied by massage therapists are Swedish massage, deep tissue massage as well as trigger point therapy.

The Advantages of Massage Therapy 

Massage therapy can treat a wide range of conditions, but will mainly help relieve any muscle stiffness and decrease muscle spasm. Moreover, this kind of therapy will also boost immunity, normalize blood pressure, improve blood circulation, alleviate the discomfort felt during pregnancy, as well as boost athletic performance and help recover from intense workout sessions. Massage is also helpful for managing anxiety and depression.


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A qualified health care provider at Pro Care Physiotherapy & Athletes’ Injury Center in Ottawa can advise you to choose the right therapy, between massage therapy and physiotherapy, that most fit your needs.

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