When he suffered two herniated discs some years ago, Dr. Andrew Lowe turned to a chiropractor to get back on his feet. The experience was proof of what a good chiropractor can do—it also inspired Andrew to join the field himself. Now at the helm of a practice that bears his name, Dr. Lowe remedies ailments that range from back and neck pain to allergies and high blood pressure. To do so, he and his staff focus on three major aspects of health: structural, emotional, and nutritional. They use this formula to not only identify points of concern, but to correct problems at their root.
An athletic man in his early 20s lies down on his brawny back. He carefully grips the cool bar above him and begins to bench-press more than 300 pounds. On his last repetition, he feels one of his shoulders buckle and give out. For weeks, he is incapable of reaching upper cupboards or high-fiving the neighborhood chimpanzee. His parents urge him to visit a chiropractor, and when he yields to their suggestion, his shoulder's strength and mobility rapidly improves. Inspired by his speedy recovery, the young man pursues a career in chiropractic.Today, the word "doctor" precedes the name of Mark Banasiak, the owner of at Wine Country Chiropractic. Since starting his own practice in 1995, Dr. Banasiak has treated countless patients, from youngsters to an 83-year-old woman with spinal stenosis and severely hunched posture who was eventually able to stand upright. He treats each patient inside private treatment rooms that exude coziness. Armed with a spinal-decompression certification, Dr. Banasiak specializes in using a spinal-decompression table to relieve pressure points between discs, helping mend ailments often thought to require invasive surgery. Patients who arrive early for their appointment may lounge in the waiting area or relax atop the water-therapy table.
At Optima Functional Living, an all-inclusive wellness clinic, Doctor of Chiropractic Cesar Mavila and his staff blend chiropractic, massage therapy, and physiotherapy to help their clients live pain-free lives. With technology such as ultrasound therapy, hydro-massage, and nonsurgical spinal decompression at their fingertips, they can help prevent future imbalances rather than simply treating current pain-related symptoms.