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Top 10 therapeutic bodywork professionals near San Diego, CA

4.8
from 5 reviews
4.8
(5)
GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"I love how the therapists listen to your needs and know if your massage should be relaxation, therapeutic or a combination. I enjoy my facials and love the fact I get educated on home care. I have fallen asleep with both massages and facials. Everyone is very accommodating and personable. I love the infra red sauna for detoxing, pain, burning calories and overall relaxation. I like that they have prices for everyone's budget. Small and quaint, Spa 33 is the place to be! "
$70
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 31 reviews
5.0
(31)
  • 19 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
"It was an excellent therapeutic massage experience."
$100
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Massage was perfect! Highly recommend Balance Health Therapeutics!"
$80
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Elia’s massage was great , I’ve had many before and he is definitely one of the best . I’m looking forward to my next session. Thanks Elia :)"
$75
estimated cost
5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
GREAT VALUE
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"I have been working with James for about two years. He has helped me with some lower back issues. He incorporates a wide variety of training techniques to help you achieve your objectives. I highly recommend him."
$90
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"I initaly hired Josh as a personal trainer to help me lose weight. During the first few workouts I experienced pain that my primary doctor diagnosed as gout. Josh helped me with a holistic type nutrition that helpedrestore my blood filtration and allowed me to finally move better to lose weight. He really took his time to come up with multiple solutions to my complex problem."
$75
estimated cost
3.7
from 6 reviews
3.7
(6)
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Superior service at an affordable rate. With 8 years experience in both clinical and spa settings you are sure to get a personalized treatment to suit your individual needs. Unprofessional requests will be reported. "
$90
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Thomas will greet you with a warm smile and great personality Within the first 5 minutes I knew this was going to be a wonderful relaxing massage Thomas is well trained yet his massage is no way mechanical but he puts his energy and unique style into it I’ve never felt better I choose 90 minutes for $70 and next time 2 hours I rarely write a review but Thomas is a rare find"
$50
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 48 reviews
5.0
(48)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
"Paul was great, very strong and effective sports therapy massage,_ yet always making sure it was not too much. Will be using him again"
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Top Pro
4.8
from 85 reviews
4.8
(85)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 32 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
"Karen gave me a wonderful massage. Very relaxing and therapeutic. She is professional and knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends."
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What are the different types of physical therapy?

Physical therapists work with people who have been injured or people who are ill to improve their movement and help them manage their pain. The U.S. Department of Labor explains that physical therapists “are often an important part of rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.” Physical therapists can also choose to specialize in one of nine areas. According to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, these areas of specialization are:

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports and
  • Women's Health

 

The national average cost for a physical therapist is $60 to $80, although it will cost more if the patient is paying for services out of pocket rather than through insurance. If you have insurance and want to work with a physical therapist for a specialty area, such as oncology or geriatrics, you may need a referral from your general practitioner. Patients who are paying directly for services can often contact the physical therapist directly.

What exactly does a physical therapist do?

A physical therapist is a health care provider who assists patients with mobility improvement and pain management. Often patients are referred to a physical therapist by a primary care doctor or specialist for help recovering from a surgery or traumatic injury, such as a car crash. Physical therapists help patients manage pain that results from chronic disease and other illness. Physical therapy can help enhance mobility when patients are faced with neurological disorders, such as after a stroke, and provide relief from arthritis or other mobility and pain issues.   

A physical therapist uses medical exercise equipment and exercises to empower patients to regain flexibility and mobility where possible. They may use treadmills, steps, medicine balls, resistance bands, isometric exercises, weights and more to improve muscle control and movement. A physical therapist uses physical movement to help heal the patient, but also can sometimes prescribe medication as appropriate. A physical therapist can also become board certified in one of nine specialty areas.

Why is physical therapy important?

Physical therapy can help you recover range of motion and ease pain after injury, accident or illness. Many people are prescribed physical therapy by their primary care doctor or specialist after a car accident, surgery or sports-related injury. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to start physical therapy, but unless you are paying out of pocket for the services, your insurance provider might require a referral. Physical therapy is also a medical solution for pain associated with chronic illness such as osteoarthritis and can be used for recovery after a stroke or other neurological disorders.

Physical therapy teaches you how to move your body in a safe and healing way to regain strength and movement. During a physical therapy session, the PT will teach you to use medical exercise equipment and approved exercises to regain your lost flexibility and improve your mobility where possible. You may use treadmills, steps, medicine balls, resistance bands, isometric exercises, weights and more. From young children to seniors, patients of any age can benefit from the science-based movements and exercises that encourage flexibility, rebuild muscle, and ease stiff joints.

What is Thai massage?

Thai massage, also called Thai yoga massage, combines acupressure and assisted yoga postures. Thai massage is based on the flow of energy through the body and focuses on energy lines called “sen.” It doesn’t use oils or lotions and, instead of rubbing muscles, the massage therapist compresses, pulls, stretches and rocks the recipient’s body to promote the flow of energy through these sen. In this form of massage therapy, practitioners use their hands, knees, legs and feet to apply deep muscle compression and stretch the body. It’s often performed on a mat on the floor instead of on a massage table. Like most forms of massage, Thai massage is used to relieve stress, improve range of motion and enhance flexibility. Some people also use Thai massage to address a range of health issues, including:  

  • Relieving tension headaches
  • Decreasing back pain
  • Reducing joint stiffness and pain
  • Stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Boosting energy

Because a traditional Thai massage session covers all of the muscles in your body, it typically lasts 90 minutes to 120 minutes.

How much do you tip a massage therapist?

All forms of massage therapy, from Thai massage to Swedish massage to deep tissue massage, are similar to other spa or hospitality services. So it’s appropriate to tip a massage therapist the standard hospitality rate of 15 percent to 20 percent of the cost of the session. For example, the national average cost for a deep tissue massage is $70-$90, so expect to tip $12-$18. Of course, you can always tip more or less depending on your experience, especially if you’ve opted for extra services. For example, expect to tip more for a couple’s hot stone massage session that includes aromatherapy. Also, if you’re paying with a gift certificate or coupon, or purchasing a discounted multi-session package, make sure to calculate your tip based on the full price of the massage.

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