Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.
Dr. Tim developed an interest in alternative medicine through his background in chiropractic, but he didn’t start there. In the mid-1990s, the recent grad was working at a pharmaceutical company during the day and moonlighting at a rehab center, all while suffering from debilitating allergies and chronic neck pain. Driven to distraction, he sought the help of a chiropractor, who swiftly got him off the pharmaceutical treatment and on to a more natural approach to health management. He made the life-changing decision to pursue a chiropractic degree for himself shortly afterward. Today, the good doctor encourages a lifestyle built on a five-pillar system of mind, nerves, nutrition, muscle, and detoxification.
The chiropractic staff at Denver Spine and Disc helps alleviate chronic back pain through spinal adjustments and other chiropractic therapies. They also offer nonsurgical spinal-decompression treatments that gently stretch the spine, helping to take pressure off disks, and Class IV laser therapy that increases the flow of water, oxygen, and nutrients to cells, promoting healing at the cellular level.
The effects of pent-up stress can manifest themselves mentally as well as physically. As a certified massage therapist and reiki master, Stacey Simpson-Fleming understands the ways that stress contributes to everything from chronic pain to fatigue. And so, she provides rehabilitating bodywork that addresses these concerns in a natural and holistically balanced way. In addition to employing deep-tissue pressure, trigger point therapy, and neuromuscular techniques to help correct specific injuries, she also uses reiki to promote relaxation and self-healing. This combined focus on her clients' physical and emotional well-being—complete with nutritional and fitness guidance—allows Stacey to relieve the stress that can otherwise leave them feeling as drained as the AAA battery that powers the sun.
At The Oasis at Natural Healing Center, patients relax within the tranquil, earth-toned office, that include plush carpets, a zen mural and a relaxation room. Within those walls, Penny Wells, OMD never gives the same treatment twice. She’s joined by massage therapists who also pluck from various modalities—including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages—to soothe knotted muscles within pristine treatment rooms. Whether treating chronic pain, anxiety, or a weeklong case of the Mondays, Dr. Wells and her staff work with them to design the most effective holistic treatment plans. Having studied traditional Japanese acupuncture, acupuncture orthopedics and Korean hand therapy under master practitioners, the licensed acupuncturist and doctor of oriental medicine draws on myriad therapeutic techniques to tailor needling sessions to individual needs.
Tanya Hauck is a licensed massage therapist, master Reiki practitioner, and certified Reiki master teacher. At Therapeutic Healing Massage, Tanya strives to provide each client with healing treatments tailored to meet their needs, which she assesses in two ways. The first is by conducting an initial interview to gain insight into her clients’ histories, needs, and goals. Tanya specializes in intuitive massage, an approach that entails reading musculature and posture in order to discover the roots of discomfort and figure out which funny bone is stealing jokes. Tanya offers Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, and hot stone massages. Hydrating and detoxifying body wraps are also available, as are spa packages inspired by the earthly elements: earth, wind, water, and firemen.