Occupational Therapists (OT) work with the small fine motor muscles. They work with those muscles that are used for grasping, poking, holding onto things, manipulating things, feeding and dressing.
Physical Therapists (PT) work with the large gross motor muscles that are used for holding yourself up, sitting, crawling, and walking.
Comfortable clothing should be worn for physical therapy and treatments. If your treatment requires contact with your skin such as heating modalities or electrotherapy, a hospital style gown will be provided. In a massage treatment you will be covered during the entire massage. Only the area to be massaged is exposed. You may choose to be undressed to your comfort level under your cover.
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, your therapist ask general health questions. It is very important that you inform the therapist of any health problems or prescriptive medications. Your therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
No. Physical therapy treatment or massage should not hurt. On areas of injury or chronic pain, some degree of discomfort may be felt, but it should lessen in a short moment. It is important for the therapist and client to check in with one another to make sure there is no pain, and if at any time you feel uncomfortable, tell the therapist immediately so that the treatment can be modified.