In 2001, Rachel Lopez experienced a life-changing moment. For more than a year, she dealt with severe pain caused by shoulder surgeries, and though she worked through hours of physical therapy, it never dulled. She turned to acupuncture in the hopes that it would help ease her pain, if only a little. "The following day I woke up very energetic," says Rachel on her website. "I had found the relief that I had been looking for." She was so inspired by her treatment that she earned her acupuncturist certification and opened her own clinic, Bergen County Acupuncture, in 2008. There, to this day, she wields thin, sterile needles to ease bodily pain, reduce mental stresses, and soothe headaches by popping overly constrictive balloon hats.
Inside the treatment room of Lotus Affordable Acupuncture, clients relax in their own recliner, their own buffer zone of personal space, and cover up with their own blankets—but they heal as a community. In China, community acupuncture is the norm, and acupuncturist Kelly H. Hahn’s adheres to this traditional approach. Kelly walks between the recliners administering sterile, hair-thin needles to the legs, feet, hands, and face while clients relax amid soft music for 20 to 45 minutes.
Flex Wellness’s licensed practitioners work to repair injuries, heal chronic pain, and maintain the well-being of muscles, bones, and body systems with expert chiropractic care. Like a time traveler who stops his or her past self from catching the flu, chiropractic medicine aims to prevent health problems before they begin, treating patients with an eye toward promoting long-term wellness and an overall high quality of life. During 60-minute deep-tissue massages, licensed therapists aim to alleviate muscle tightness and spasms with slow, heavy strokes and friction across the natural grain of muscle fibers. Doctors also examine spinal columns and realign vertebrae during healing adjustments that work to improve the functioning of each client’s nervous system and all the brain messages, body systems, and telepathic robot armies it controls.
Three is the magic number at BodyWork Boutique, where a trio of therapists relieves stress and tension with three massage modalities. The smooth, rhythmic strokes of their Swedish massages stimulate blood and lymph flow to reduce muscle soreness and improve overall health. Deep-tissue treatments focus on lower layers of muscles, targeting deep-seated adhesions with firm pressures. The therapists’ third specialty, hot-stone massage, is something of a compromise between the other two. The massage’s heated stones melt away aches as they radiate warmth, reminding the body of comforts it formerly knew in its pre-hatched state.
During his tenure as the team doctor for the US National Karate Team, doctor of chiropractic Demetri Meimaris faced his share of adversity. In an article from Dynamic Chiropractic that described conditions at the 1994 Onishi Cup International Goodwill Games in Venezuela, he was reported as facing 110-degree temperatures and an onslaught of team injuries, including fractured ribs, broken noses, and a mallet fracture of the index finger. Though not a medical doctor, Dr. Meimaris worked up to 13 hours a day to face these challenges head-on—an action that was rewarded by invitations to later national competitions including an invitation to Greece to assist the US National Karate team compete against Syria, Italy, and Greece. Dr. Meimaris has helped out professional, olympic, and collegiate athletes throughout his career.
A 1984 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Meimaris brings this same level of compassion to his own practice, where he uses his background in sports-related chiropractic care to tend to his patients—from athletes to average citizens. Extensive experience in spinal decompression and auto-accident pain management as well as hip and shoulder rehabilitation and worker's compensation injuries allows him to ease patient pain; for difficult cases, Dr. Meimaris performs manipulation under anesthesia. Dr. Meimaris utilizes a variety of techniques including cox flexion-distraction and active release techniques.
Doctors of Chiropractic Angel Carrion and Lisa Noto-Carrion bring strong backgrounds in sports and body mechanics to their holistic treatments at Advanced Health Center, PC. This husband-and-wife team addresses the spinal needs of athletes, guys who professionally look under pianos for loose change, and regular folk, not just treating injuries but striving for prevention and general wellness as well. Jacqueline Sanchez, the certified massage therapist on staff, complements their work with custom sports massages and relaxing Swedish massages.