The massage therapists at The Pain Treatment & Wellness Center listen closely to patients' descriptions of aches and pains and use these reports to build personalized treatments. During bodywork sessions, therapists begin by adjusting environmental factors—music, lighting, and trade winds—to create a space that's completely free of stress factors. They go on to customize the style and pressure of each touch, rooting out pain as clients sprawl on heated tables with scentless linens. The lead therapist specializes in sports therapy, which helps athletes optimize their performance, and works alongside other therapists who practice deep-tissue, Swedish, pregnancy, and other modalities.
Director and naturopathic doctor Christine Brinker is a wellness wonder worker who has also earned her Master Herbalist degree and has been practicing since 1996. Initial consultations with Christine (a $120 value) last about an hour and include an iris analysis, nutritional assessment, and a biological terrain assessment (BTA; a $70 value). Natural Health Services' BTA is a state-of-the-art diagnostic assessment (one of the only labs of its type on the East Coast) that will generate a cellular panel used to customize each client's protocol. You'll receive a dietary and supplemental recommendation, along with a detailed exercise program and lifestyle coaching. Attend to plaguing health concerns, shape up for summer, or spring clean your immune system. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
Emily Andrews, a licensed acupuncturist, and Dr. Kevin Andrews, a chiropractic physician, share more than just their last name: they share an unwavering belief in the body's natural ability to heal itself. Backed by a master’s degree in acupuncture, Mrs. Andrews weaves together treatment plans that combine ancient Chinese techniques with modern approaches. Thin acupuncture needles aid the licensed practitioner as she attempts to restore the flow of health-promoting chi. For needlephobic patients, she can employ modalities such as cupping, acupressure, and Chinese massage. Mrs. Andrews's acupuncture treatments can address a wide range of ailments, from anxiety to birthday-balloon hoarding. Complementing Mrs. Andrews's services, Dr. Kevin Andrews uses chiropractic techniques to improve his patients' recovery time and prevent future injuries. A graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Andrews's background includes time working in VA hospitals, an experience that guides his spine-straightening hands to this day. The physician is also an ISSA-certified personal trainer, and he regularly incorporates exercise into treatment plans.
While awaiting one of these specialists' consultations in True Health and Fitness's reception area, clients can forgo penning answers onto lengthy forms. The office is entirely paperless; all check-ins and notes take place on iPads, creating electronic medical records that are HIPPA compliant while easing humans' natural transformation into microchips.
At The Spine & Health Center of Pittsburgh, rehab and pain specialists work together to treat spinal conditions under the supervision of Doctor of Chiropractic William G. Cole III. At the heart of the center's treatments is the DRX9000 spinal-decompression system. A nonsurgical system, the DRX9000 is designed to relieve lower-back pain and sciatica by applying decompressing forces to strategic points along the spine. Using this and other methods, the center can deliver patients from the headaches and muscular weakness that result from spinal problems and the acute pains that result from sitting on a chair with no back, or seat, or legs.
Dr. Will Cole, DC, senior clinic director, believes in finding the underlying issues of poor health instead of just treating the symptoms. He uses a variety of techniques including customized diets and nutritional supplements designed to help clients return to full health.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jerry DalCanton is good with kids. A member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the resident expert at Kids First Chiropractic, he routinely aligns the spines of children, and he once served as a high-school basketball coach. But the doctor—whose credentials also include a postgraduate-level chiropractic certification in spinal trauma—hasn't limited his focus to kids. A past life saw him working as a chiropractor for the members of Pittsburgh's former lacrosse team; today he performs adjustments for both kids and adults, erasing spine-related pain with therapeutic exercise, nutrition programs, spinal manipulation, and—under the banner of Bodyworks Connection Massage—massage therapy.
During spinal-manipulation sessions, Dr. Jerry applies corrective pressure to both sides of an adult client's spine, aiming to restore alignment and enhance mobility in vertebral joints. He uses a gentler form of this treatment for children, helping them recover after one too many games of kids' caber tossing. Dr. Jerry and his staff also check for hard-to-find problems using 3-D posture analysis. Based on the results of these tests, he can create a recovery program that combines mirror-image exercises and adjustments.