What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Remedial Massage?

Physiotherapy is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions resulting in pain, restricted movement, weakness and altered mobility caused by accident, illness or degeneration. Physiotherapists are qualified to use electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and TENS. Traction, mobilisation and manipulation of vertebral and limb/jaw joints are also utlised. Physiotherapists are able to refer clients for some diagnostic procedures such as x-rays.

Remedial massage therapy is a hands on treatment to soft tissue restoring function, relieving pain, decreasing muscle tension and/or spasm to improve physical or athletic performance and promote healing. Remedial massage therapy stimulates circulation and local blood flow.

Both Physiotherapists and Remedial Massage Therapists are able to prescribe stretches, strengthening exercises, postural training and balance exercises.