Vitality Health Center -  - Integrative Medicine Specialist

Vitality Health Center

Integrative Medicine Specialists & Chiropractors located in Santa Monica, CA

Massage Therapy Specialist

Massage therapy involves more than just relieving pain. Expert therapists at Vitality Health Center also use massage therapy to improve circulation, speed up tissue repair, and strengthen your immune system. This wellness office helps you achieve your overall best health, by providing regular massage therapy sessions right in their convenient Santa Monica, California location.

Massage Therapy Q and A

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy requires your therapist to rub soft tissues all over your body. This includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, and connective tissue. Your therapist may use their hands, feet, fingers, thumbs, elbows, or forearms, to provide the best massage therapy results for you. Some massages even include additional tools, like hot stones.

While many types of massage certainly can be relaxing. The goal is to improve blood flow, so you can heal. Massage therapy also can minimize tension, as well as pain, so you are more relaxed and stress-free.

Is there a difference between a Swedish massage and a deep tissue massage?

Yes. While both Swedish and deep tissue massage certainly can help you with pain relief, they’re very different. With Swedish massage, your therapist uses long gliding strokes over the top layer of your muscles. He or she moves in the direction of blood flow to your heart. Some parts of the massage include kneading and tapping techniques to further improve blood circulation. The improvement in blood flow helps move blood to damaged tissues, which helps healing and recovery after an injury.

With deep tissue massage, your therapist uses more active and intense motions to relieve muscle tension, deep down inside the muscle. This type of massage is beneficial especially if you have long-lasting muscle tension, since it works out deep knots. Your practitioner helps you decide which type of massage is best for you and provides you with regular massage therapy treatments.

Will I need trigger point massage?

Possibly, if you have muscle tension or knots that just won’t go away. Trigger point massage requires your therapist to apply firm pressure — sometimes with a specialized instrument — directly to the affected area. He or she continues applying intense direct pressure to your problem area until your muscles relax. While this type of massage therapy isn’t necessarily comfortable, the end result is beneficial. It helps release any tension you feel, so you get that instant relief.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Vitality Health Center, we accept all PPO plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield

Words from our patients

  • Yellow Pages

    "Dr. Rothman really takes a unique and medically sound scientific approach to chiropractic work. Glad we found him... Highly recommend."

    Rob C.
  • Yellow Pages

    "This place is beautiful! The staff is great and the treatments are like no other. I went in with so much neck and lower back pain and felt relief immediately."

    Lisa F.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Rothman has drastically increased my mobility and lessened my pain to almost zilch and I've only been going here for a month!"

    Shawn T.
  • Yelp

    "I walked in with pain so terrible it hurt when I breathed, after seeing Dr. Rothman I walked out feeling like a new person."

    Dina A.
  • Yelp

    "My world has changed significantly since meeting Dr. Rothman. He is the ultimate problem solver. He figured out what was wrong and fixed it."

    Linda M.
  • Yellow Pages

    "Nutrition program is tailored to the patient's needs... The nutritionist is very knowledgeable and the staff is friendly and supportive. Highly recommend their service."

    Verified Patient
  • Yelp

    "Vitality Health Center has been my oasis of relief ever since I moved to SoCal 10 years ago. My health has never been better as a result of Dr. Rothman and his team."

    Justin P.
  • Yelp

    "I started seeing Dr. Rothman for chiropractic care and now on to Pilates. I haven't had such well rounded care and increased flexibility in such a long time!"

    Kelsey O.
  • Groupon

    "I received great information about the source of my pain as well as some tips to strengthen muscle in addition to an awesome massage."

    Verified Patient
  • Groupon

    "There is not a single better, holistic care center that I have found - and I have looked everywhere. Put yourself in their caring expert hands."

    Verified Patient
  • Google+

    "The individual care and concern for my well being is very strongly conveyed each and every time. I have lost over 25 lbs without dieting."

    Michal S.
  • Google+

    "The office has always been incredible and very professional. The staff present a very relaxing and calming atmosphere which is very nice."

    Michael S.
  • Yelp

    "I have seen improvements and even have had friends tell me they see my back straightening out. The staff is incredible and always fun."

    Mary W.
  • Yelp

    "I came to him with chronic pain in my back and shoulder and in a very short amount of time, I'm feeling the best I've felt in years... You won't find anyone better."

    Danielle M.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Rothman has helped my back pain in a very short period of time. He has a warm positive personality and works efficiently. I highly recommend him."

    Anne H.
  • Yelp

    "I was dealing with chronic health issues for years. Since I started the Meyer's IVs at Dr. Rothman's office, my health has changed dramatically. I'm no longer sick!"

    Christina R.
Vitality Health Center
2232 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 101
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-421-2723
Fax: 310-396-3645
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