When it comes to the integration of Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Carlos Chapa might as well be the poster child. He spent nearly a decade learning and practicing Western medicine, first as a medic in the U.S. Marines, then as a civilian paramedic. When he took a sabbatical from his budding medical career to study abroad in China, Dr. Chapa's early interest in natural cures?stemming from visits to his grandmother's small town in Mexico, where she acted as the town healer?took root in the form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He delved head-first into this new passion, earning his master's degree and then his PhD in Oriental Medicine from Dongguk University in South Korea, which led him to study at one of the world's first hospitals that integrated Eastern and Western principles.
Today, Dr. Chapa brings this integrative approach to clients at Valley Ranch Acupuncture. As a licensed acupuncturist who has treated thousands of patients, he uses this 5,000 year old technique to decrease pain, boost energy, and affect hormone levels in clients, all with the aim of treating the root cause of the issues and not only focusing only on the symptoms. True to his forward-thinking style, Dr. Chapa may even swap out the hair-thin, virtually painless acupuncture needles for a laser. The low-energy beam is used to target the same locations and produce the same results as acupuncture needles, but require no penetration of the skin.
With spinal manipulations, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling in their arsenal, the staff of physicians and therapists at Draughon Chiropractic aim to help their clients achieve their physical bests. Technological advances––including cold-laser therapy, neuromuscular treatments, and ultrasound treatments––tend to spines, and an onsite massage clinic provides clients with therapies that can help boost their ability to recover from injury or tackle eating or sleeping disorders.
Following in the footsteps of the countless reflexologists who have come before them, the practitioners at ENJOY Foot Spa aim to alleviate tension and stress by manipulating pressure points in the hands and feet. By using maps that show which organs or glands each pressure point corresponds to, they can ease discomfort throughout the body and possibly even boost overall energy levels. Though focused on the appendages, ENJOY's treatments also include massages of the upper body, back, arms, and face. Some of the spa rooms have two beds, so clients may choose to enjoy their treatments individually, with a companion, or just give their purse a more comfortable place to sit.
Step inside Foot Palace, and it becomes instantly clear that the spa is about more than just soles, toes, and a chance to take off socks. In tranquil treatment rooms, massage therapists work their magic across the entire body, while other experts use acupressure along the back. These relaxing treatments complement Foot Palace's signature service: reflexology.
By massaging targeted areas of the foot, the reflexology practitioner works to release tension throughout the rest of the body, as well as address issues such as headaches and hypertension. Therapists might also incorporate Chinese medicines and treatment add-ons, such as aloe to nourish the skin.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jay Ferguson and his staff follow the guiding lights of compassion, personalization, and thoroughness as they assess and mend frames. Whether they're adjusting displaced vertebrae or treating bodily ailments through the ear stimulation of auriculotherapy, they take the time to get to know their patients. Ferguson and his staff also help to alleviate injuries with massage therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and cryotherapy, in which a cooling gel works to reduce swelling and attract the massaging hugs of polar bears.