With seven years of experience as a massage therapist and three as a chiropractor, Doctor of Chiropractic Max Lippman knows the ins and outs of musculature. Dr. Lippman and his team of massage therapists apply their skilled hands to therapeutic massages and adjustments that help their clients heal from everyday aches or painful sports or auto injuries. The doctor takes his time to listen to each patient who comes in, and learns about their situations while helping them develop a treatment plan customized to their wellness goals. Dr. Lippman keeps communication lines open during treatments, too, staying well away from pain thresholds while skirting the healthful discomfort often associated with receiving deep-tissue massages or acupuncture with pencils.
While Dr. Lippman looks out for patients’ health, Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy takes care of the environment. The ultramodern office eschews the use of paper by booking appointments online and running systems on organically-grown iPads and touchscreens.
The moment Dr. Jacob Lyhne’s discs erupted in his spine, he felt an explosion of pain through his back, leg, and foot. This pain was nothing he had experienced in his 27 years of life, and Dr. Lyhne had spent the better part of his teenage years with back pain. So Dr. Lyhne traveled to the one place he knew would help—a chiropractor’s office. Without any pain medicine, his back healed under trained chiropractic hands, and his calling to help others achieve the same results was determined. Nowadays, Dr. Lyhne finds himself beside the treatment table, rather than on it, as he works backs out of sore situations through a series of manual adjustments.
For Rebecca Berke, the key to understanding common personal struggles such as weight loss or smoking cessation doesn't exist externally in the form of a pill or self-help book, but deep inside the mind. As a certified hypnotherapist, Rebecca guides her clients on journeys through their subconscious selves, identifying the roadblocks and construction zones that prevent positive change. Rebecca then helps clients eliminate the revealed impediments, and builds on their personal progress toward healthier habits and self-improvement goals in subsequent sessions.
Chiropractic care is about more than solving back pain. As a treatment modality, it promotes overall wellbeing across the entire body by helping restore healthy neurological function. When physical trauma or daily stress causes spines to go rogue, chiropractors Drs. Jerry and Malia Kenny—the husband-wife founders of Kenny Family Chiropractic—roll out a combination of physical therapy and spinal adjustments to correct the problems. Their underlying philosophy goes beyond typical medical care to target both symptoms and causes to help bodies learn to naturally heal themselves.
Although hands-on treatments help the duo specifically target trouble areas, they also unholster some futuristic technology when it's needed. The Danville office's ML830 cold laser, for example, can noninvasively relieve stress in the body's deep tissues, far beyond the reach of hands or the laser-pointer therapy of a traveling charlatan.
Doctors Hongmei Gao and Timothy Wei harness a wealth of experience cultivated in the United States and China as they help their patients overcome neurological disorders, chronic pain, and women’s-health issues. Dr. Gao is an acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner specializing in pain management, women’s health, and stress-related illnesses, whereas Dr. Wei, with a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Ohio State University, combines Western medicine with acupuncture skills.
In addition to acupuncture, the clinic offers a number of Western- and Eastern-influenced treatments. Cupping, in which vacuum pressure is used to attach a small jar to the skin, encourages the flow of blood to the area. Tui na massage, meanwhile, targets familiar acupuncture points with the hands, fingers, and a specialized instrument. The clinic’s ultrasound machine treats a range of ailments with the aid of high-frequency sound waves, which attract nearby dolphins who are skilled at comedy.
Whenever new clients enter Renew Face & Body Wellness, owner Penny Christie greets them with a smile and then just listens. It's only after she fully understands their goals that the aesthetician and massage therapist starts to work on a custom plan for treatment, which might incorporate facials or massage modalities such as hot stone. A certified prenatal therapist and mother of five, Christie also designs facials and massages for expectant mothers, which address many of the changes in the skin and body that can accompany pregnancy. During the A Star Is Born prenatal massage, her signature treatment, she kneads sore muscles and loose joints as clients lie face-down on a special table that supports the baby and all of his or her prenatal furniture.