He can’t say that he invented the laser light, but Doctor of Chiropractic Frank Carella does take credit for the development of laser spine care. During each laser-therapy treatment, he stimulates acupuncture points across the body with a laser light and manipulates the spinal nerve root with an LED light. The therapeutic glow from these devices helps soothe chronic pains, such as sciatica, spinal stenosis, nerve-root irritation, backaches, neck aches, and post-handshake shudders. Though not all of Dr. Carella’s treatment techniques—which include acupuncture, chiropractic care, and hypnosis—are his own inventions, he performs each with the same level of care that has earned him the nickname “The Gentle Chiropractor.”
Dr. Carella has mastered his technique throughout more than 40 years in business, a lengthy and accomplished career that even Dr. Carella himself didn't predict. He was diagnosed with a structural lumbar dysfunction, which led him to research its treatment methods. That's when he discovered the field of chiropractic care. He wrote a textbook on hypnosis in 1975 and contributed to a book that offered treatment methods for those suffering from back pain. He also belongs to several medically based associations and academies, and his skills have brought him such high-profile clients as football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell, Grammy Award–winner Roberta Flack, and professional wrestler Harley Race.
In her quest to relieve clients' chronic pain, Dr. Shawnda Gross of Natural Body Works LLC embraces the intersection of Western chiropractic care and Eastern medical philosophy. A board-certified chiropractor and chiropractic acupuncturist, Dr. Gross believes in the importance of using minimally invasive procedures to address pain while also targeting underlying structural and energetic imbalances. With the help of manual and instrument-based chiropractic techniques, she bolsters neurological function by restoring alignment along the spinal column. Her acupuncture treatments, meanwhile, jump-start the body's natural healing processes with thin needles or laser heat trained on key energy meridians, easing the pain caused by anything from sciatica to constrictive bubble-wrap clothing. Similarly, the center's massage therapists help ease skeletal, muscular, and neurological aches with specialized modalities that locate and treat trouble spots.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison certainly had a way with words, and he managed to basically encapsulate why Joshua Jameson is so passionate about chiropractic care.
Jameson was first inspired to study chiropractic and muscle therapy as a massage therapist. In that profession, he gained a firsthand understanding of how pain and discomfort can destroy a person's quality of life.
Rebecca Wendt is a licensed massage therapist, but she's not satisfied with merely offering hot-stone, prenatal, deep-tissue, and other massages. That's why she also performs hydrating and exfoliating treatments such as mud and seaweed wraps and body scrubs and polishes. She's found a fitting home in The Village Wellness Connection, a center devoted to holistic health practices.
At Chinese Medicine Clinic, Inc, Mary Zhang works to bring the body back into balance through holistic therapies that date back thousands of years. As a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, Mary blends western and eastern medical knowledge to treat patients with a holistic approach—weighing the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual. She uses acupuncture to address ailments that include anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Meanwhile, massage therapists use therapeutic touch to target and relieve chronic stress and deep-seated aches. And onsite Doctor of Chiropractic Ryan Spurgeon administers adjustments to realign off-kilter spinal columns without requiring drugs or swallowing a compass.
Each treatment at Missouri Acupuncture reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Treatments last an hour: 10 minutes to insert the diminutive needles and 40–50 minutes spent relaxing on a massage table with a feet-warming lamp and background music mostly devoid of righteous cymbal solos. Ten treatments—typically two a week for five weeks—constitute a complete course, which Missouri Acupuncture Services recommends for full results. However, complexion brightening and skin tightening can be seen as soon as the first or second treatment. Additionally, unlike invasive surgery, there is no downtime for recovery, allowing a speedy return to a competitive race around the sun. Each treatment is conducted by Travis Spire-Sweet, L. Ac., a board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist who received his BS in Biology and a Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine.