When a person was involved in a tragic accident, illness or disability there may be a possibility that his limb will never function and move in a usual way. This is where a physiotherapist comes in. They help in restoring the movement and function of the affected limb through exercise, proper movement of the limb, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages by helping their patients manage pain and prevent disease. They are often thought as just dealing with the musculoskeletal system, but physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who also work in other fields like intensive care, mental health, neurology (especially stroke), long-term conditions, breathing problems, men and women’s health which includes incontinence, recovery from major surgery, orthopedics and trauma, sports, workplace health, pediatrics, care for the elderly, education and health promotion.
Massage therapy however is somewhat different, it does not consist only of the massage itself but it also has body and somatic. These three are defined as the application of other techniques to the soft tissues and muscular structure of the human body. Massage is generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. These are the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body. Their many variations accounts for several different techniques. Bodywork has different forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement and repatterning to affect structural changes to the body. Somatic which means “of the body.” This is used to indicate a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental point of view.
These two can easily be mistaken for the other, always note that massage therapy mostly goes for a holistic approach while physiotherapy is focusing more on the affected body part. These techniques are different in many more ways but their aim is all the same, to aid in healing, relieve pain and restore function.