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Accelerating Healing: The Massage and Physcial Therapy Connection

Liz Garrison, LMT Jan 9, 2015

Adding massage therapy to a series of physical therapy treatments can boost the progress of healing the injury.  The first step is understanding the difference between physical therapy and massage therapy. A lot of people get confused and think that physical therapy and massage therapy are the same thing. According to the US Department of Labor in an article for livestrong.com, "The physical therapist creates a plan to promote movement, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. The [massage] therapist also works to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs."

Massage can reduce inflammation and increase ROM (Range of Motion) making it easier and faster to complete your physical therapy.

Your physical therapist can create a plan of treatment that includes massage for you and pass those instructions off to your massage therapist.  Your massage therapist then communicates back to your physical therapist on the progress of your massage.

Creating a health care team effort like this creates a multidisciplinary effort to accelerate your healing process.  Getting better faster by approaching your goal from more than one angle.*

If you live in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage in Preston Hollow, can help coordinate your Physical Therapy treatments with a custom massage made to help you heal.  Our therapists listen to instructions from your health care provider and relay session notes back to your Physical Therapist and offer an affordable way to complement your treatment plan.

*Always remember to get advice from your healthcare professional first.

For more information:

http://www.elementsmassage.com/prestonhollow/physical-therapy/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/180984-massage-therapy-vs-physical-therapy/

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