Marilyn Nelson kneads her way through bunched up muscles and painful areas on her clients at Life Acceleration. She varies her strokes from gentle and gliding to deeper pressure depending on each client’s ailment. Using a special technique called reflexology, she applies pressure to specific points on the feet that correlate to other parts of the body—aiding in healing and resulting in the occasional birth of a new super power.
Dr. Travis Ring could fill a library with his assorted stacks of to-do lists. The head of Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic creates a "schedule of care" for each of his patients, personalizing the tasks so that they address both painful symptoms and their underlying causes. He has several tools at his disposal, the most important of which are his hands—they administer careful adjustments that aim to realign ailing vertebrae. He has also mastered ART, or Active Release Technique, a method that relies on manual therapy and movements by the client to offset the effects of old injuries.
Among other approaches to chiropractic wellness, Dr. Ring utilizes intersegmental traction beds, needleless acupuncture, and massages from his office’s resident licensed massage therapist, Crystal. These varied methods can combat chronic aches resulting from a wide range of conditions, including carpal tunnel and shin splints, in addition to bothersome back and neck spasms. Dr. Ring gears his practice towards families and especially enjoys working with children, as their backs typically have fewer hard-to-remove barnacles than those of adults.
At Active Approach Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Amanda Kilian preaches total-body healing through careful reeducation of the spine. Dr. Kilian and her staff use a variety of techniques, including manual manipulation, intersegmental traction, and electrical stimulation, to align the spine and the delicate bones affected by it. The resulting balance and alignment help bolster the body’s innate ability to heal and ease lower-back pain, headaches, and sciatica. The office staff can also augment treatments through B12 injections, acupuncture, and gentle, restorative massage therapy.
Doctor of Chiropractic Barrett Newton and the team at Alliance Chiropractic Center target aches and pains with noninvasive spinal adjustments and muscle-mollifying physical therapies. In the first 75-minute session, Dr. Newton uses a chiropractic evaluation that may include x-rays to determine the proper course of treatment for kinked vertebrae and jack-knifed musculature. The doctor gently manipulates the spine to attempt to restore optimal movement during a chiropractic adjustment, and a massage therapist, whose specialties include deep tissue, trigger point, and reflexology, enacts 30 minutes of stress-relieving muscle work on weary surfaces. Follow-up visits, which can last up to 45 minutes each depending on treatments, combine additional spinal alignments with therapies such as a hot-pack application, electrical muscle stimulation, and intersegmental traction, which works to return mobility to rusty joints.