What is the difference between physiotherapy and massage?

Although some soft tissue techniques for physiotherapy and massage therapy overlap, it is best to think of physiotherapy as more specific and biomechanical, whereas massage is more general and has a greater focus on soft tissue. For example, if you have a tight back, the physiotherapist may go in right away and start with soft tissue trigger point work on the area specifically affected, and may include joint mobilizations, exercises, modalities, and try to figure out the cause of the problem, where as the massage therapist will work on the surrounding tissues in a more methodological and structured way – warm up tissues first, then go deeper to get to the problem, etc. Massage therapy can also be used for general relaxation and to loosen up tight muscles. Physiotherapy treatment at Physio On Queen is generally very hands on and includes manual therapy so there is definitely overlap between the two therapies. Both are complimentary and many treatment plans use both.