Psychotherapy and physical therapy common grounds

Phys Ther. 1977 Mar;57(3):279-83. doi: 10.1093/ptj/57.3.279.


Psychotherapy and physical therapy involve charged emotional relationships with many common features. Understanding of these common elements can help physical therapists to work with their patients, to utilize the healing aspects of the relationship, and to reduce the tensions within the relationships that can interfere with job satisfaction. The importance of separation and its management are emphasized.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Acting Out
  • Adolescent
  • Countertransference
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Transference, Psychology