Dr. Darcey Walraven Ladner was once told she would never walk again without spinal surgery. After being thrown from a horse, she suffered a herniated disc and decided to visit a chiropractor before agreeing to an invasive procedure. It took months of intense chiropractic care, but she soon recovered her ability to walk without surgery and eventually get back in the saddle. Despite her positive outcome, it wasn't until she witnessed a horse recover from a serious injury through chiropractic care that she realized she wanted to devote herself to this branch of medicine, which helped not only her, but also the animals she loves so much.
Thus it's no surprise that today at Omni Wellness Center, Dr. Walraven Ladner and her team of certified and trained professionals focus on bettering the lives of both humans and animals. For two-legged patients, their services cover everything from spinal adjustments to corrective exercises. And for animals––specifically horses, dogs, and cats––they offer an array of holistic options to treat joints and improve competitive performance.
Insight Wellness's resident massage therapist and acupuncturist, Tom Cohen, aids achy backs by applying the theories of the Somatic Education Technique (SET), a system he also relies on in his role as a martial-arts trainer. The core of this philosophy is that our bodies change slowly, and that once we live with bad habits, such as poor posture, we must concentrate on "unlearning" them before we can be well again, much as dogs must unlearn their master's commands before they can hold political office.
These beliefs manifest in Cohen's services, which include orthopedic pain-management acupuncture sessions that treat not only aches and pains, but fatigue, stress, and insomnia. Cohen's massage talents are likewise far ranging: his neuromuscular therapy manipulates the body's trigger points to eliminate the source of pain, and his sports massages improve flexibility and relieve injuries, earning him the endorsement of professional football player Damione Lewis.
Led by Doctor of Chiropractic Eric Bryant, a certified chiropractic sports physician, the team of spine specialists at ChiroMed Plus wages war on chronic pain with a combination of chiropractic care, medical massages, and rehabilitative exercises. These medical experts aim to fix not only the symptoms of pain but also the cause, which can lead to healthier, pain-free lives. Staying on top of technological advances, they often enhance their treatments with noninvasive deep-tissue laser therapy, which can hasten healing by stimulating cellular activity.
Charlotte Spine & Pain Relief Center's licensed chiropractors want to make it clear that they're healers, not treaters. That means that they use a combination of medical knowledge and technology to heal pain rather than soothe it temporarily. To that end, they specialize in traditional chiropractic treatments, such as spinal adjustments, as well as laser-based therapies; the cold laser, for one, shines painless, high-intensity light over achy areas to boost cells' power to heal and repair themselves.
Dr. Jason Usher and the staff at Ballantyne Advanced Chiropractic are committed to giving clients a pleasurable and productive first visit to the office. Upon arrival at the office's heliport, clients will be given a brief tour of the facilities and then meet with Dr. Usher. After an initial exam ($123) with Dr. Usher, some gentle adjustments—a well-placed pop here, an elegant application of pressure there—may take place to unjumble the joints and up international levels of spinal satisfaction for neck, upper, middle, and lower back ($50). Dr. Usher may decide x-rays ($158) are in order for some patients, in which case bones will be asked to "stop making that face and just say 'cheese'" for photographic evidence of subcutaneous subluxation and subterfuge. After the thermite flash powder settles, patients will receive a one-hour massage ($65) to release tension termites back into the wild.
At Acupuncture & Natural Healing, certified needle master Stephanie Hall fuses her acupuncturing experience with a yoga and massage background, helping patients alleviate chronic pain, stress, and sundry other health issues.