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Massachusetts Physical Therapy Scope of Practice

How is physical therapy defined in Massachusetts?

A health profession that utilizes the application of scientific principles for the identification, prevention, remediation and rehabilitation of acute or prolonged physical dysfunction thereby promoting optimal health and function.

Physical therapy practice is evaluation, treatment and instruction related to neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory functions.

What is included in the practice of physical therapy?

Physical therapy evaluation shall include but is not limited to performance and interpretation of tests as an aid to the diagnosis or planning of treatment programs.

Physical therapy treatment shall include but is not limited to the use of:

    • Therapeutic exercise,
    • Physical activities,
    • Mobilization, functional and endurance training,
    • Traction,
    • Bronchopulmonary hygiene postural drainage,
    • Temporary splinting and bracing,
    • Massage,
    • Heat,
    • Cold,
    • Water,
    • Radiant energy,
    • Electricity or
    • Sound.

Physical therapy instruction shall include teaching both patient and family physical therapy procedures as part of a patient's ongoing program.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings required?



M.G.L. Chapter 112, Sections 23A

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