Master Lu has honed his understanding of energy imbalances in the course of more than 40 years' worth of Chinese acupuncture and martial-arts practice. His finely tuned needlework, which garnered him a spot on City Weekly's Best of Utah 2010 list, can be effectively employed to quell a variety of chronic problems, from headaches to addictive behaviors. Treatments can also help to alleviate insomnia or the depression that so often stems from painting watercolor self-portraits using only your tears.
Hawaii. A boy dives off a cliff into shallow water and loses his eyesight after impact. Over the next months, the boy undergoes acupuncture treatments with Dr. Maekawa. As the doctor arranges the needles that restore blood flow to the boy's injured areas, her apprentice, Regan Archibald, watches closely. When the boy's eyes fill with vision again, Archibald understands the power of Chinese medicine to heal the body.
In 2004, Regan Archibald opened East West Health in Salt Lake City. He draws together complementary aspects of Eastern and Western medicine with the help of a medical doctor and nurse practitioner on staff. Together, they use acupuncture, clinical testing, and nutrition programs to treat disparate ailments, from anxiety and allergies to tennis elbow and whack-a-mole shoulder. According to Archibald, many patients are surprised to learn that acupuncture and ancient herbal medicine can also remedy gastrointestinal disorders, such as chronic diverticulitis.
Three times a year, Regan Archibald leaves the bamboo plants and earth tones of his clinic to return to Hawaii on a raft made of needles and mugwort. On the same island where he watched Dr. Maekawa restore a boy's eyesight, he broadens his knowledge of Chinese medicine and hones his skills in acupuncture modalities such as seitai shinpo. Archibald is one of only 13 certified practitioners of seitai shinpo, a method centered on the spine and its network of nerves.
Athletes aren't the only people who suffer from musculoskeletal injuries. The stresses of everyday life can cause wear and strain for virtually anyone, leading to a life plagued by chronic pain. Although the licensed physical therapist, certified athletic trainers, and massage therapists at Sundance Physical Therapy can treat the needs of dedicated athletes, they also lend their services to anyone suffering from sprains, soft-tissue injuries, chronic neck and back pain, and more. By utilizing a customized regimen of therapeutic massage modalities, rehabilitative exercises, and other specialized treatments, the staff targets the root causes of clients' discomfort instead of just the symptoms.
Thomas Benhard has always focused on his clients' overall health, providing them with holistic healthcare for decades. At the Academy of Natural Medicine, he offers numerous services, including chiropractic care, acupuncture and pain-management treatments, and nutritional counseling. Although his services are wide ranging, none of them involve surgeries or prescriptions, thereby providing clients with an alternative to traditional treatments.
The professionals at Whetton Weight Loss and Wellness Center take a multi-faceted approach to helping their clients shed pounds and gain health. Personalized evaluations help the experts recommend various treatments, which might include dietary programs or noninvasive procedures. They might suggest a session in the infrared sauna, which employs heat to burn calories and promote detoxification. They could advise a body wrap designed to smooth the appearance of cellulite. Or perhaps they would oversee a nonsurgical laser lipo treatment that could contour specific areas and trim inches. By offering a number of treatment options, the staff is able to design personalized regimens that take visitors' needs, goals, and favorite colors into account to encourage lasting results.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Whetton journeyed around the country and the globe, from Southern California to the Philippines, in pursuit of both holistic and medical knowledge and experience. Developing a program that revolves around a combination of acupuncture, nutrition, and spinal decompression, Dr. Whetton honed his healing practice with the help of completely noninvasive treatments. While acupuncture calls on thousands of years of tradition to aid ailments such as headaches and allergies, spinal decompression uses modern technology—and some techniques from the distant future—to help relieve pain from sciatica, herniated disks, and injuries resulting from overzealous somersaults.