Licensed massage therapist Chuck Thissen's playbook of massage techniques is stacked high. There are Swedish and deep-tissue massages—the traditional methods for treating pain and stress—and then there are more exotic forms. Acupressure focuses on the same meridian points as acupuncture but uses pressure instead of needles, and neuromuscular therapy relieves pain by balancing the musculoskeletal and nervous systems the way a circus performer balances his diet between peanuts and popcorn.
Dr. Kevin Fogarty employs years of professional experience to alleviate chronic pain and bring bodies to their optimal working condition. Chiropractic care aims to improve body function and health with regular spinal adjustments and drug-free, wellness-oriented treatment. During the first visit, an initial exam familiarizes the doctor with patients’ medical histories and concerns, and an x-ray if necessary deliver in-depth analysis of the spine and its glitter-filled core. On following visits, the well-trained hands of an experienced chiropractor deliver healing adjustments to wayward vertebrae, treating injuries and chronic health issues by repairing harmful subluxations, misalignments of spinal bones that place pressure on vital nerves, blocking impulses to important organs or forcing feet to perform involuntary clog-dance routines.
Marcela Bowie](http://gr.pn/HDuQsB), a licensed doctor of Oriental medicine, sifts through her mental cache to select just the right treatment, collected over years spent abroad interning at hospitals in China. She pools her experience with that of the staff neurologist and expert yoga instructors to realign minds, bodies, and over-doffed top hats. Marcela administers Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to ease myriad ailments, such as anxiety, aches, and pains. For routine maintenance, she and a convocation of yogis lead 75-minute yoga classes that range from rigorous Vinyasa Flow to Gentle Yoga for all levels.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Tomshack opened the first HealthSource office in 2006 and has watched his business take flight, growing to more than 250 offices nationwide. The expansion is due in part to progressive-treatment protocols and business systems and in part to the experience Dr. Tomshack gained while in the US Air Force and the MBA program at the University of Toledo, and at Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he graduated summa cum laude. At each of his offices, a team of chiropractors, licensed massage therapists, and trainers helps to alleviate ailments such as disk degeneration and fibromyalgia. The team can also tailor treatments to alleviate pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, or arthritis, and its progressive-rehab program works with body areas that are known to cause trouble, such as weak lower backs and rebellious pinky toes.
When Dr. Seun Awobusuyi considers how best to heal a neuromuscular ailment, his first move is to step back and take a look at the big picture.
This is in keeping with his view of the body as a complex, interconnected organism as opposed to a mere grouping of self-governing structures. The nervous system, which flows throughout the body and connects its disparate parts, is the main locus of Dr. Awobusuyi’s concern; he can trace most ailments back to this sophisticated network of neurons and neurotransmitters. After identifying symptoms and their root causes, Dr. Awobusuyi combines hands-on adjustments, massages, and vitamin supplements to restore optimal functionality. Advanced technologies such as roller table traction and dry hydrotherapy beds also assist in the effort, spacing out vertebrae and kneading out the kinks in vestigial tails.