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What is the Difference Between Physiotherapy, MOT Sessions, and Massage Therapy?

Thank you for reading this blog.

I wanted to take the opportunity to explain the difference between our new massage therapy service and our traditional physiotherapy services that have been running for the last few years. The field of therapies can be confusing, as there are various professionals like physios, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports therapists, and massage therapists. Understanding their differences can be challenging, but it’s important to note that a good therapist is a good therapist, regardless of their title, and there is often overlap in their approach.

Now, let’s delve into Hardy Performance Physio and explore the services we offer and what they entail:


  • Physiotherapy is our primary service, which involves a combination of education about your specific problem, manual therapy, and exercise therapy.
  • This service aims to address problems that typically cause pain or discomfort or impair your life in some way.
  • To provide an analogy, imagine a car with a fault or that has broken down. Physiotherapy serves as an intervention to fix the problem.

MOT Sessions

  • We also offer MOT sessions for individuals who don’t have a specific problem but feel that their body isn’t functioning optimally.
  • You may be experiencing difficulties in performing your usual activities or find that you’ve reached a plateau in your progress.
  • In this case, an MOT session can help assess your body and identify any areas that require attention or improvement.
  • To use the car analogy again, it’s like taking your vehicle for servicing and assessment when it’s not running at its best, even though there are no warning lights.

Massage Therapy (including Sports Massage Therapy)

  • Our massage therapy service focuses on massaging the soft tissues of the body to support any of the following: enhance blood flow, relax muscles, facilitate drainage of lymphatic fluid and lactic acid, calm the nervous system, loosen stiff joints.
  • This service is often chosen by individuals who want to actively improve their general wellbeing and aid their body’s recovery from daily life stresses, work, or sports and exercise.
  • Comparing this to a car, it’s like giving your car an oil change and tune-up when it’s running fine, but you want it to perform even better.
  • Massage therapy can be scheduled regularly according to your needs and is considered a proactive step to prevent further issues or assessments.

I hope this clarification helps you understand the differences in the services we offer.

Key points to remember:

  • If you are experiencing pain and/or have an injury > our physiotherapy service is the right choice.
  • If you’re generally doing well but want to improve your mobility, strength, and overall performance > then our MOT session is the way to go.
  • If you’re feeling good and/or want to proactively support your recovery and wellbeing > our massage therapy service is the perfect fit.

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If you require any further assistance or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Navigating the complex landscape of the health and wellbeing industry can be challenging, but I’m here to help.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!