Brian Marion went to the chiropractor for the first time after an ice-hockey mishap injured his lower back. In addition to healing his ailments, the treatments improved his athletic performance. Having experienced the benefits of the chiropractic practice firsthand, he went on to study movement science at the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology. With that educational foundation in place, he earned his doctorate at Logan College of Chiropractic.
Now he practices at Lincoln Park Chiropractic, where he works frequently with dancers of the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago. A specialist in Active Release Techniques, Dr. Marion blends soft-tissue treatments with chiropractic manipulations to ease overused or injured muscles and tendons. He's also certified in Kinesio Taping. This therapeutic tool gained popularity during the 2012 Olympics, where athletes used it to improve their balance and strap rearview mirrors to their shoulders.
According to the traditional Chinese practice of reflexology, the feet hold the key to improving function in almost every part of the body. Acupressure points on the soles of the feet serve as a corporeal switchboard with each section of the foot corresponding to a specific part of the body. Jennifer Liu was able to see these holistic benefits firsthand while working for an acupuncturist in China, so she opened Luxury Reflexology Massage & Relaxation Retreat to share this treatment with stressed Chicagoans.
During each session, clients recline on sofa-like massage beds as the therapists manipulate their soles with firm finger and palm pressure in semiprivate rooms decorated with cherry-blossom murals and flat-screen televisions. Strokes are made smoother with unscented lotions and oils that spare allergic reactions and sensitive noses. Liu says that more than 90 percent of her clients return for another session and that patrons who receive regular treatments enjoy better sleep.
Chiropractors Dr. Brendan Lee and Dr. Eric Soule have been in business for about 17 years, but despite the large number of clients they’ve amassed over that time, it’s very rare that a client has to wait more than a few minutes to see them. That’s because their two offices have a no-wait policy, and staff aim to usher patients from the lobby into large, private treatment rooms as soon as they arrive.
During appointments, the doctors consult with patients about their health history, then analyze chronic pains caused by injuries, accidents, or medical conditions. Drawing upon a wealth of chiropractic knowledge, doctors will then decide on one of several treatment options and make adjustments to the skeleton or recommend massage therapy that can remove tensions and toxins from soft tissues. In addition, they also practice acupuncture to treat the nervous system, which controls the patient’s ability to walk, run, and hopscotch, among over things.
In his heart, Doctor of Chiropractic Jeremy Weisz was a chiropractor before he even left grade school. The young Dr. Weisz watched his father suffer for years with chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain. The man made do with conventional treatments that only masked the pain without addressing its cause. Dr. Weisz watched as his father finally sought the hands-on ministrations of a chiropractor and the pain slipped away. Through his father's experience, Dr. Weisz learned the power of real healing to transform patients' lives. Today, he uses the same drug-free, holistic approach that healed his father to treat his own patients. Only now, patients benefit from modern science’s many advancements, including Biofreeze pain gel, in addition to traditional methods, such as adjustments and kitty-cat-administered massages. The massage therapists focus on patients' pain, including lower back pain, neck pain, leg pain, and headaches.
Before earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences, Dr. Paul Ruzila learned how bodies function throughout his undergraduate career at the University of Pittsburgh, earning degrees in human biology and interdisciplinary studies as well as distinguishing himself as a football letterman. Using the knowledge he gained as a student and his practical experience as an athlete, Ruzila serves as a Midwest consultant for the Fourth Down Kicking Camps, training high-school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Dr. Ruzila is continually learning new skills to better his patients' wellness at Chicago Chiropractic and Wellness, where his treatments and exercises help correct back problems, alleviate migraines, and heal bodies after sports injuries or piggyback rides gone wrong.
As the founder and director of Balanced Body Integrated Wellness, Dr. Jee H. Kim is both a practicing professional and a perpetual student. He constantly seeks out new information about his fields of expertise—chiropractic and acupuncture—in continuing-education courses. He then incorporates this information in treatments that draw partly from Western chiropractic medicine and physiotherapy and partly from holistic Eastern therapies.
Dr. Kim shares his peaceful studio with a massage therapist and a cadre of yoga instructors. This team works with him to restore balance to muscles and energy fields through therapeutic kneading, graceful postures, and precarious tightropes.