While the goals of massage therapy and physical therapy are often the same (normalizing soft tissues such as muscle), the methods and techniques of each differ significantly.
Massage therapists specialize in the use and application of therapeutic massage techniques such as Rolfing, stroking, kneading, Swedish massage, rocking, vibration and deep tissue.
Physical therapists are not trained heavily in the use of massage therapy techniques and instead concentrate on rehabilitation using techniques such as exercise. Manual techniques utilized by physical therapists are very different than those employed by massage therapists.
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