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Asbury Park Press Should Understand the Differences in Healthcare Professions

Friday, November 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: APTANJ
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The following was a letter sent to the Asbury Park Press from the APTANJ:

On November 1, the Asbury Park Press (APP) announced their Best of the Best 2018 Readers' Choice Awards for Monmouth and Ocean counties; a popularity contest where readers vote and businesses are recognized in certain categories.

One of the categories listed was “Physical Therapy”.  It was brought to the American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey’s (APTANJ) attention that Tao Massage of Asbury Park was listed as “One of the Best!” in Monmouth County.  A review of the Tao Massage website did not reveal any indication that physical therapy services were being provided at their Asbury Park location; nor were there any licensed physical therapists listed on their website.  All of the website information appeared to be consistent in providing massage therapy services by licensed massage therapists. 

APTANJ feels that it is important for the APP to understand the differences and distinguish between the physical therapy and massage therapy professions.  The APP’s actions can be very misleading (however unintentional) to consumers and may potentially create unintended consequences.  Physical therapy and massage therapy are two very different healthcare professions with different levels of education and training and different medical purposes related to rehabilitation and rejuvenation.

It is also important to understand that the unlicensed practice of physical therapy in New Jersey is a third degree felony punishable with up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

APTANJ congratulates Tao Massage for their recognition and popularity as a business in Monmouth County.  However, we respectfully request that the APP distinguishes between healthcare professions in the interest of their readers and consumers who rely on publications such as this one for accurate information.


American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey

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