What do “butterfly electrodes”, paraffin wax, massage balls, and walkers all have in common? They are part of the massive list of merchandise known as physical therapy equipment. Understanding just how many products there are in this industry makes it easy to see that anyone who uses such devices will always have to have the necessary training to know which of them to use, and when to use them.
Remember that physical therapy equipment is used by physical therapists, or PTs, but is also put to use by athletic professionals, OTs or occupational therapists, professional massage therapists, and many other groups. Though an OT may be using a specific device for one of his/her patients, a massage therapist may also use the same device for an entirely different issue. This means that anyone purchasing physical therapy equipment is going to want to work with a vendor who makes it very clear as to what the device is for, and who also supplies the buyer with every sort of “specification” about the product. (more…)