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San Francisco Sport Physical Therapists

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Dessi Issaeva, CMT
from 81 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris B.
Verified review

She was 150% there to work on issues I have misalignment etc, and she applied her great skills in sports/medical therapy. I experienced clear improvement after the first visit, and am now onto the 3rd visit.

Ide-Don Physical Therapy
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nate K.
Verified review

Was looking for a physical therapist to provide some guidance after recently injuring my knee biking, and Jon was fantastic. Helpful guidance on how to improve lifting and running form, and a plan to ramp back up on my running program.

Jackie Fenton
from 8 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Peter M.
Verified review

I first met Jackie while I was getting physical therapy for bursitis in my hip. She offered to show me a yoga pose that might help - "half pigeon" - and for the first time in months I had relief from the nagging hip pain. She happened to be offering a free beginner class that evening and I went home and asked my wife if that red mat she kept in the garage was for yoga. It was, and I asked if I could borrow it. My wife almost didn't believe me. That was two years ago and I've been taking classes with Jackie every week since. I like to tell her she's the best yoga instructor I've ever had :-) My experience with her as truly been life-changing for the better. Thank you Jackie!

SFitness & Performance
from 6 reviews
    Lisa G.
    Verified review

    Ben has been a really great trainer for my 17 year-old son. He's very technically knowledgeable and motivating and has been a major factor in my son's rehab from a bad leg break and surgery. He was training with Ben for strength & fitness for soccer before he broke his leg, and kept working with him starting just weeks after surgery, working in tandem with, then replacing his physical therapy. He's versatile and trains in the gym and on the field as needed. My son is back playing varsity basketball and will start soccer soon -- fitter and stronger because of all his work with Ben!

    Bill's Fitness
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Kelly W.
    Verified review

    REVIEW OF BILL YANOWSKY Bill Yanowsky is an excellent personal trainer. He has been my personal trainer for the past three years on a weekly basis at the Santa Clara Valley Jewish Community Center. I am a senior adult (67 years old) in good health. As a teacher myself, I set very high standards. I have found that Bill consistently excels on all measures of professionalism and competence. Of the half dozen trainers with whom I have worked over the years, Bill is clearly the best. Bill has many commendable qualities. First, he has excellent communication skills. His instructions about how to perform the various exercises are always detailed, precise, and clear. He carefully monitors the way that I follow his instructions. If I fail to perform a particular exercise correctly, he explains what I am doing wrong and how I should modify my movements (e.g., suggesting that I adjust the distance between my hands and/or feet or bend further in a given direction). He then asks me to confirm whether I can tell the difference in my posture before and after–- thereby helping me to learn how to perform the exercises correctly so that I can repeat them on my own. Bill always ensures that I do the various exercises correctly and safely in ways that maximize my results and prevent injuries. Second, Bill is an excellent listener. As an older adult, I have certain physical limitations (arthritis, tendonitis, ankle/heel pain). When we first started working together, Bill asked me about my physical limitations. Although many trainers perform this initial evaluation, Bill is unique in his ability to remember my physical limitations and consistently give me exercises that accommodate these limitations. Better yet, however, he suggests exercises that actually relieve the symptoms of these medical conditions. Moreover, at the beginning of a session, he frequently inquires how I’m feeling. Then, he adjusts the pace and rigor of our sessions accordingly. In addition, he has a good grasp of my personal situation – my stress and lifestyle – and understands how my fitness goals are affected by my personal situation. Third, Bill is extremely knowledgeable about health and fitness. He has impressive credentials as a physical therapist and personal trainer. He has made many helpful suggestions that have improved my physical well-being, including advice about diet, weight loss, sleep, proper athletic shoes, and overall physical functioning. In addition, Bill sets realistic and achievable fitness goals in accordance with my physical needs and limitations. Finally, on a personal level, Bill has an engaging demeanor. Based on my observations of his work at the gym, he works well with a broad range of people – from teenagers to older adults like me. He is dependable and conscientious. He is always on time and never misses sessions. If the need to reschedule arises, he confirms via email. He has a delightful, dry sense of humor that makes our sessions enjoyable. He always manages to keep me engaged and motivated – a daunting task at 6 o’clock in the morning! In sum, I give him my highest recommendation. Kelly Weisberg Professor of Law

    Sarti Sports Medicine
    from 3 reviews
      Lincoln B.
      Verified review

      I had the fortune of meeting Joe three years ago and at the time I had some high expectations for my overall fitness growth. Joe ended up becoming my one stop shop due to his immense knowledge in wellness and fitness. Some areas I have used Joe's expertise - Strength, flexibility, nutrition and therapy. Joe incorporates all these elements into his teaching and he makes it pretty simple. For my personal growth I have used his guidance with gymnastic style body weight and Kettlebells. What I truly appreciate the most is attention to form and injury prevention. Of course, along the way I have had my share of injurys and have sought Joe for therapy and acupuncture!! I have never done acupuncture before and Joe has made me a believer. I'm grateful for his guidance and as I head into my 40's I can say I'm stronger and healthier overall than ever before in my life.

      Fluid Wellbeing
      from 2 reviews
      • 5 years in business
      Allie P.
      Verified review

      Gunnar's yoga classes saved my life. I began taking his group classes after an unexpected loss in my family. His gentle flows and fast vinyasa classes gave me the strength I needed to find peace again. His commitment to the breath and his intuitive ability to heal prompted me on my own yoga journey. Gunnar is a dynamic teacher and his vinyasa, restorative, therapeutic and yin classes all brought different elements into my practice. I saw my practice transform when I began working with Gunnar 1 on 1 with meditation. He has an ability to gently guide me through meditation and connect me back to powerful memories that I may have otherwise forgotten. After working with Gunnar I have learned to have more compassion and empathy for myself and all beings. Our work has infused into all aspects of my life, my thoughts, my actions, and my relationships, and I find myself becoming a leader with integrity and purpose. I have become more conscious and aware of how I move through the world, and how my actions affect those around me. I more clearly see self-imposed limitations, patterns, and ways of being that do do not serve who I am in present time, and I mindfully work on letting these go. Thank you Gunnar!

      Balanced Physical Therapy
      from 1 review
        Cheree M.
        Verified review

        I recently graduated from FUNCTIONAL RESTORATION PROGRAM. I attended this program for 9 weeks. Charisse was my physical Therapist. She was the best! Charisse helped me with my (RSD) and how to cope and maintain my pain level. She is very knowledgeable and believe's in any goals you may have when your living in pain..


        We provide innovative, precise, and effective care. We have a 20- year history of getting results for elite athletes and busy professionals. We have a number of innovative therapies and practice evidence-based care.


        I'm a physical therapist who addresses dysfunction systemically. I look for patterns of dysfunction and the incorrect patterns and reawaken the ones not working for optimal health in sum, NKT or neurokinetic therapy. I also teach Pilates on all apparatus as well as yoga, TRX and swimming.


        Stable Core Pilates was founded by a physical therapist with the belief that the Pilates method allows for therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-training, and core stabilization through graceful, full-body exercises. Pilates is excellent for sports rehabilitation, especially if taught in an individualized setting by a highly trained instructor.

        • 8 years in business

        My services include the following: massage, physical therapy, vibrational healing, reiki healing, energy balancing, Thai chi, meditation, energy healing, and health and well-being education. I am a health educator.


        We offer integrated physical therapy specializing in comprehensive, hands-on outpatient services. We provide evaluation with Pilates, massage, and osteopathic techniques offered for a variety of health conditions, including injuries and pain.

        • 18 years in business

        We provide care in sports and family medicine, chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, personal training and weight-loss management.


        I am into independent physical therapy practice specializing in sport and orthopedics impairments. I do training in manual therapy, spinal manipulation, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and sports injury protocols. I'm providing education and treatment to promote optimal mobility.


        Sharmila Acharya, a licensed physical therapist and certified yoga teacher, provides customized, one-on-one, and hour-long treatments. The primary treatments are aimed at releasing stress of the body and mind, such as therapeutic yoga, John Barnes myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and the MELT Method.



        We provide an integrative approach to training and therapy helping everyone improve. We do manual therapy from a doctor of physical therapy.


        We provide one of the premier sports and orthopedic rehabilitation facilities in the East Bay Area. We are the only board-certified sports clinical specialist in the area and one of the few licensed PTs in the city practicing ART. For expert physical therapy that gets results, call ESPT!


        I have over 25 years of experience in treating pain. Therapeutic massage and pain-relieving machines (ultrasound and electrical stimulation) provide targeted home exercise program for your pain condition, posture and movement training to live life without exacerbating your pain issue. I provide the above services to reduce your pain and give you the tools to move forward to a pain-free life!

        • 6 years in business
        • 1 hire on Thumbtack

        I provided responsible and stable Rehabilitation therapy to the client with continued positive results

        Q & A

        Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

        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.

        How much does a physical therapy session cost?

        The national average cost for a physical therapy session is $60 to $80, although the cost may be higher if the patient pays out of pocket for the services instead of being covered by insurance. Physical therapy sessions may last from 30 to 120 minutes, depending on the therapist and your medical needs. When paying out of pocket, session rates may range from an average of $75-$300 or more, depending on the location, length of session, and specialization of the therapist. Standard out-of-pocket rates average $150 per session. According to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, physical therapists may become board certified in one of nine specialties: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women's Health. To receive this board specialist certification, the physical therapist must complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical work in their specialty area and pass an exam. A physical therapist who is board certified in a specialty may charge higher rates to account for their advanced training and expertise.

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