P3 Chiropractic and Sports Care’s doctor of chiropractic, Dr. Olsen, develops personalized treatment plans to help with any of the three p’s of chiropractic care—pain relief, performance, and prevention. He recognizes that no two bodies are exactly alike, so when he needs to relieve pain, Dr. Olsen can draw from methods such as joint manipulation, spinal decompression, and massage therapy for a completely customized treatment. He also helps clients boost their exercise performance with therapies, such as Active Release Techniques, that fight chronic fatigue and soreness, and he keeps bodies as spry as a spring chicken guzzling energy drinks with regular preventive checkups.
In addition to working on spinal alignment, Dr. Olsen helps heal pain and inflammation on limbs with a K-Laser, using it to fight plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus, and tennis elbow. He further soothes extremities with custom foot orthotics that slip inside loafers or hollowed-out watermelons threaded with shoelaces.
At Five Points Chiropractic, Dr. Sam McGough draws from his training at Texas Chiropractic College and more than 10 years of experience to help patients overcome pain. He utilizes spinal decompression equipment to gently remove pressure from the disc, a process that has been shown to increase blood flow to injured areas and promote pain relief. When addressing whiplash and sports injuries, he applies manual adjustments. Neither method involves any medication or invasive techniques, relying instead on the body's own healing properties.
Doctors Herbert Buckner and Morgan Fountain of Buckner Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Services believe that health is the most important thing a person can strive for. To help their clients successfully reach higher levels of wellness, they diagnose and non-invasively treat a wide range ailments, from sore lower backs to chronic migraines. In addition to realigning bones so that the body can function and heal properly, the doctors can recommend and sell a range of dietary supplement to any client who seeks an added boost.
Alabama Life Chiropractic Center’s skilled staff identifies problem areas with x-rays and then ameliorates ailments with manual adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments ensure that spinal discs align as soundly as the toy bricks of wunderkind architects, while decompression therapy aims to alleviate bulging or herniated discs by using a motorized device that stretches spines. Therapeutic massages also work to help clients regain bodily comfort and a full range of motion, doing for muscles what boiling water does for spaghetti.
With more than 370 locations and 300,000 patients, HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab brings well-trained doctors and, thus, pain relief to all corners of the continental United States. Each office’s staff provides treatments designed to quell lower-back and leg pain, vertigo, scoliosis, migraines, and carpal tunnel. Rather than rely on what they call passive chiropractic care—roller tables, heat packs, ice packs—the staffers at HealthSource mostly prescribe an active care plan to patients. This means they will perform rehabilitation routines alongside chiropractic adjustments to soothe muscle spasms, increase flexibility, and straighten posture so much that local schoolmarms begin suffering from midlife crises en masse.
At A Natural Touch Massage, licensed massage therapists dissolve aches, pains, and frayed nerves with a wide slate of bodywork treatments. They target chronic pain and injury with deep-tissue and neuromuscular therapy, and allay stress and general tightness with the soothing strokes of Swedish massage or the tension-melting heat of hot stones. In addition to prenatal and reflexology massage, the therapists also offer couples massages and body wraps that heap nourishing layers of algae, seaweed, mud, clay, and lotion onto the skin.
For Dr. Craig Mix—the licensed chiropractor behind Discover Chiropractic & Wellness Center—the key to good chiropractic care is simple: work closely with each patient to find a technique that is both comfortable and effective. He views the doctor-patient relationship as a partnership and works hard to earn his patients’ trust. In turn, he works toward individualizing care plans and minimizing wait times—he sees most patients within 10 minutes of arrival. Dr. Mix specializes in spinal adjustments—he’s even certified in gentle techniques ideal for pregnant women and anyone made out of snow—but he can also alleviate pain from headaches or help patients reach their weight loss goals.