At Dowdy Chiropractic & Massage, located within the Mélange gallery of salons, chiropractor David Dowdy addresses discomfort from both a skeletal and muscular perspective. He performs thorough chiropractic exams to evaluate which vertebrae may be conga-lining out of alignment, and softens taut muscles with therapeutic massages informed by his spine-centric training.
Aches and pains evaporate as the hands of licensed massage therapist LeAnn McDonald sweep over muscles for Swedish or firm-pressure massages. While noses drink in aromatherapy through their nostril-mouths, LeAnn's targeted kneading unravels the knots in torsos that form when the topsail attached to the spine gets tangled in the rigging near the ribs. Clients may also request LeAnne's mobile spray-tanning services for off-site bronzing.
Because of licensed massage therapist Jalaine Hunter, it’s possible some astronaut felt more relaxed, calm, and collected during a stressful re-entry. That’s because two out of her five years of experience has been spent administering massages for NASA. Today, she draws from that experience and six types of massage, such as Swedish, hot stone, and trigger-point therapy, to pamper clients and untie their painful muscle knots.
The highly experienced massage therapists at AAA Wellness Holistic Spa gently tackle an array of bodily issues, from everyday stress and tightness to injuries from auto accidents and sports in a pampering environment. Before indulging in a muscle knead, groups of two or more can delve into complimentary treats that include chocolate-covered strawberries, imported bottled water, and champagne or wine. Guests can choose their own music or the sound of the therapist humming a show tune to accompany the one-hour Swedish massage, which uses long flowing strokes to travel the body, encouraging increased activity in the circulatory and lymphatic systems. AAA’s massage therapists can pay special attention to chronic aches acquired through everyday bad habits, such as poor posture or improper tree lifting. Although individuals are welcome to spread their massages across multiple visits, up to five people can redeem Groupons for a massage at one time.
Dr. Chris Doyle once had a patient come into Planet Health with an aching neck that would not quit. Everyday pain treatments, such as heat pads and ibuprofen, didn't make a difference, and a series of chiropractic adjustments with the doctor brought little relief. Realizing the true problem at hand, Dr. Doyle ordered custom orthotics to correct her flat feet, and within a week, the neck pain was gone.
Dr. Doyle acknowledges that most people see each part of the body in isolation, but people should instead see the body as an interconnected unit. An imbalance in one part affects another seemingly disparate part of the body. The spine is what connects the nervous system to the rest of the body, and when it is misaligned, it can affect the nerve impulses sent from that area, which in turn can affect the function of faraway organs and muscles. The general tenet of chiropractic care, he says, is that the body is fully capable of healing itself. His work just helps speed it along.
To this end, Planet Health’s services all focus on healing without the use of pharmaceuticals. Cold-laser therapy works to ameliorate inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. During chiropractic massages, muscles shed tension and toxins to increase circulation and flexibility. Acupuncture sessions reroute bodily energy without the need to implant traffic signals below the skin’s surface.