Once an international gymnastics competitor, Ken Haas had to turn away from the tumbling lifestyle after his body began to ache. Sports orthopedists couldn't determine what was wrong, he told Charlotte Today, but a kinesiologist finally helped him through alternative methods—methods that Ken, now Dr. Haas, employs at Haas Wellness Center. Understandably, applied kinesiology remains one of the center's major focuses. This system tests for muscle responses throughout the body, scouting for weaknesses that could indicate treatable conditions. Its techniques can even incorporate teachings from acupuncture and nutrition for a truly holistic approach.
Dr. Haas's other services run the gamut from screenings for environmental toxins to natural weight-loss programs and low-level-laser therapy, a purported pain deterrent. Trigger-point therapy, myofascial-release work, and essential oils all contribute to the center's signature massage, and craniosacral therapy employs extremely gentle touch—no more than the weight of a nickel—to try and relieve imbalanced nervous systems, a more relaxing method than shouting into your ear for your brain to "stay calm!"
Dr. Darcey Walraven Ladner was once told she would never walk again without spinal surgery. After being thrown from a horse, she suffered a herniated disc and decided to visit a chiropractor before agreeing to an invasive procedure. It took months of intense chiropractic care, but she soon recovered her ability to walk without surgery and eventually get back in the saddle. Despite her positive outcome, it wasn't until she witnessed a horse recover from a serious injury through chiropractic care that she realized she wanted to devote herself to this branch of medicine, which helped not only her, but also the animals she loves so much.
Thus it's no surprise that today at Omni Wellness Center, Dr. Walraven Ladner and her team of certified and trained professionals focus on bettering the lives of both humans and animals. For two-legged patients, their services cover everything from spinal adjustments to corrective exercises. And for animals––specifically horses, dogs, and cats––they offer an array of holistic options to treat joints and improve competitive performance.
Insight Wellness's resident massage therapist and acupuncturist, Tom Cohen, aids achy backs by applying the theories of the Somatic Education Technique (SET), a system he also relies on in his role as a martial-arts trainer. The core of this philosophy is that our bodies change slowly, and that once we live with bad habits, such as poor posture, we must concentrate on "unlearning" them before we can be well again, much as dogs must unlearn their master's commands before they can hold political office.
These beliefs manifest in Cohen's services, which include orthopedic pain-management acupuncture sessions that treat not only aches and pains, but fatigue, stress, and insomnia. Cohen's massage talents are likewise far ranging: his neuromuscular therapy manipulates the body's trigger points to eliminate the source of pain, and his sports massages improve flexibility and relieve injuries, earning him the endorsement of professional football player Damione Lewis.
At Acupuncture & Natural Healing, certified needle master Stephanie Hall fuses her acupuncturing experience with a yoga and massage background, helping patients alleviate chronic pain, stress, and sundry other health issues.
Board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist Brenda Terry's lifelong fascination with the human body has shaped her education, travels, and professional career. After crossing the globe to study a blend of Eastern and Western medicines in Chengdu, China, and mastering Chinese herbs and acupuncture in Austin, Texas, Brenda founded Jubilation Acupuncture, where she employs all of these approaches. She tailors her treatments to each individual patient, and works to assuage the side of effects of menopause, pain, stress, PTSD, and other medical conditions through acupuncture, which uses fine, sterile needles to redirect the body's flow of energy into a generator that powers all Jumbotrons. Brenda rounds out her treatment plans with additional techniques, including cupping, herbal medicine, and guasha, a gentle scraping technique that promotes circulation and releases toxins.
Doctor of Chiropractic Eric Anderson studied his way to the top of his class while at Logan College of Chiropractic, and later became certified by The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and licensed in both North and South Carolina. At Anderson Family Chiropractic, Dr. Eric Anderson helps his clients suffering from back pain, soft tissue injuries, and misaligned spines. His knowledgeable staffers assist him with services that include massage therapy, electrical stimulation, acupuncture, and cryotherapy. They also supply patients with vitamin and herbal supplements. All services aim to ease pain-ridden bones, muscles, and joints ailing from sporting injuries, auto accidents, and picking up that potato chip that fell.