Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
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Certified Athletic Therapists are specialists in the human musculoskeletal system. As such, the Scope of Practice of Athletic Therapy is a full spectrum of therapy skills and modalities including the Prevention, Assessment, Emergency and Acute Care, Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning of injuries and conditions of the bones, muscles, and joints.
Athletic Therapists rehabilitate injuries using the sports medicine model, a method that focuses on the patient taking an active approach to rehabilitate their orthopedic injury. This results in a faster return to work and play and fewer visits to their Athletic Therapist.
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