Sutures, scalpels and bottles of pills have no place at Hurley Chiropractic, where the team practices holistic healthcare that taps into patients' own healing abilities. During exams, the team snaps x-rays and checks range of motion to pinpoint the source of issues such as back pain, joint pain, and headaches. From there, they devise custom treatment plans that can include everything from low-risk adjustments and spinal decompression to massage therapy. The team also helps clients shed unwanted pounds with B-12 injections and nutrition counseling.
Licensed massage therapist Tom Coates knows something about sore muscles. As a dedicated marathon runner, he engages his entire body in endurance contests that grind away at legs and torsos for extended periods of time—that’s where a soothing massage swoops in like a half-falcon medicine man. With 15 years of experience under his palms and elbows, Tom shares the muscle-mending techniques that have kept him active and running.
An expert in a range of massage modalities, Tom can customize massages to accommodate each client’s individual issues by blending strokes from Swedish, deep-tissue, and other styles. Whereas localized soreness may require elements of focused or deep-tissue massage, general tension can abate under the far-ranging strokes of Swedish massage, or if clients lay in a body-length box full of whale songs.
At Chaney's Natural, revitalizing the body is about more than muscle manipulation. Of course, the massage team commands an array of hands-on modalities designed to ease pain and promote relaxation, including Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and even energy-based reiki sessions. But the studio goes beyond outer relaxation by offering nutritional counseling services and mind-centering activities such as yoga classes, drum circles, and posing really hard riddles. Chaney's spans two locations and its Monongahela office is completely handicap-accessible, down to its wheelchair-friendly hydraulic massage bed.
Chiropractic medicine and massage therapy join forces at Greater Pittsburgh Joint and Muscle Center, a wellness studio helmed by chiropractic doctor Frank J. Verri. Here, licensed massage therapists ferry minds and muscles toward states of relaxation that are deeper and more satisfying than a moon crater filled with homemade chili. To dissolve painful knots and unclench tense muscles, they borrow Eastern techniques such as foot reflexology to augment Western modalities such as deep-tissue massage. Swedish bodywork teems with long, gliding strokes and gentle taps that awaken endorphins and promote blood flow, sending oxygen coursing into corporeal outliers such as fingers, toes, and conjoined invisible friends. In addition to kneading sinews and adjusting spines, attentive staffers help clients boost their nutrition IQs with diet consultations and weight-loss programs.
All About Massage and Wellness's licensed therapists unburden weary physiques and consciences with a slate of soothing rubdowns performed with eco-friendly products. Six kinds of massages and an online inventory of bath products and lotions help clients experience spa-grade treatments in their own bathtubs as well as the center's two locations. Four types of aromatherapy can compliment massages or infuse lotions with ingredients such as ylang-ylang or eucalyptus; these blends help unwind tense muscles or boost immune systems without having to disguise vitamins in a plate of orzo pasta.