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from 35 reviews
5.0
(35)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
"One of the best massages I've ever had. Deep pressure plus passive range of motion and stretching made it perfect. Would recommend to any one wanting a therapeutic and professional massage. "
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5.0
from 15 reviews
5.0
(15)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"She performed a superb massage therapy session on an old, lingering shoulder injury and helped it to heal much faster."
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5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"I met Mike Hardy when my health had spun out of control and I finally decided to make a life change. I struggle with limited range of motion in both knees, have had partial knee replacements on both knees about 4 years ago, had lost a lot of my flexibility post-surgery due to inactivity, and had really let my weight get out of control. I wanted someone that was well educated in their field and brought on well-educated folks to work with them. Mike not only fit that bill really well, but has been extremely easy to work with. He has been more than patient with me as we have worked through my physical limitations and has challenged me more than I have ever been challenged. Mike sees the benefit of having the whole body functioning well and is helping me work toward achieving that. Mike is an excellent motivator. Even when I don't think I will ever get there, Mike keeps a positive attitude and keeps encouraging me with what can be one day. He is creative in the exercise workouts, tailoring them to pain issues, chronic problems, or weight loss goals, and continuously mixes it up so it doesn't feel like a routine. I have been following the nutrition and fitness programs for just over eight months and I am down 80 pounds. My family, friends and co-workers see such a difference in me, in how well I move, how much I move, and my drive to stay active. You won't find a nicer guy, or a more knowledgeable one, to help you achieve your health goals, regardless of the challenges you have faced in the past. Mike Hardy is the best phone call you will make to change the rest of your life for the better. Medical Fitness and Wellness Group will exceed your expectations on your journey to better health. Kimberly"
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5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"She is the best. Intuitive...she knows how the body works and can go right to the place where help is needed. Skilled, whether it is deep therapeutic massage or light and relaxing. She is professional and gives her best. Many of my friends now see her. I have been seeing her for several years and no one else will do. Do yourself and your body a favor...book today."
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5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 1 year in business
"I had a pain in the lower back for a few days that prevented me from moving easily, but thanks to the assistance of Tony gave me as a therapeutic massager, the discomfort has calmed me down a lot. I highly recommend him!"
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Terry is the best massage therapist I've ever been to. I am a working dental hygienist and I swear by him I couldn't practice without our visits every other week. The atmosphere of our session is always professional and comfortable. He is so knowledgeable and is great at deep tissue and regular relaxation Swedish massages as well. I have had both (for those times when you just want to relax and not therapeutic deep tissue). The price is beyond reasonable and worth every penny!"
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"OMG! Seriously amazing deep tissue massage. What was so great? Yesenia carefully listened to me explain problem areas (in my case, tight sore leg muscles) and customized the entire experience to my preferences, including temperature, pressure, flexibility, etc. A good deep tissue massage therapist is very hard to find (I've looked everywhere) and Yesenia is a real asset to our community. Also, reasonably priced and great availability as she's building her business. 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!"
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5.0
from 4 reviews
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"Danielle is an amazing massage therapist. She took her time during my massage session and provided me with much relief. I will definitely be coming back. In all the years of my life this by far was the best massage I ever had. Thank you Zen"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 16 years in business
"Dr. Barnett is an amazing chiropractor! He is extremely knowledgeable and makes you feel like you are part of the family. I would recommend him to anyone!"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"Excellent session. Laquitta really listened to my concerns, tailored the session to my needs and gave me a plan to go forward."
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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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