At Real Health, a staff of accomplished and experienced doctors help patients realize a life of wellness, free from chronic pain and discomfort. Advanced medicine, chiropractic adjustments, and therapeutic massage help ease muscle soreness and injury from accidents, and vibrational exercise and weight-loss programs keep metabolic processes humming.
Nationally board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology, Sarah Stowers amassed her expertise in holistic medicine from her studies in both America and China. Using traditional acupuncture treatments, she targets a range of symptoms, from headaches and insomnia to sports injuries. Sarah's training in muscular and skeletal pain, women's health issues, and allergies helps her tailor her treatments to each client's condition before the acupuncture session begins. Arranging groups of hair-thin, disposable needles along corporal pathways, she stimulates nerve responses to restore the body's natural flow of energy. For after-work treatments, Charleston Acupuncture accommodates guests and method actors recently cast as porcupines with extended hours, along with same-day appointments based on availability.
All acupuncturists follow the principles of Chinese medicine, but Charleston Community Acupuncture takes things a step further. Following the model of its Chinese counterparts, the center arranges its recliners, Zero Gravity chairs, and massage tables in sets of three or four so that patients can rest, relax, and heal together. Private treatment areas exist as well, but the staff values the restorative effects of a peaceful, social environment—performing most of its acupuncture treatments in a community setting that helps patients relax and find strength in numbers. Patients are also encouraged to take their time and decide for themselves when to end the treatment, indicating with a nod or a telepathic shout that it's time to remove the needles.
Chad Houfek and his staff of specialists share a collective expertise in herbal medicine, acupuncture, and massage. Their holistic emphasis on wellbeing allows them to mix and match treatments for a wide spectrum of maladies, including chronic pain, asthma, depression, digestive issues, and infertility.
As a teenager, Andrew Browder enjoyed playing soccer and wrestling—at least until he began to suffer pain in his knees and feet. He ended up in the office of an orthopedic surgeon, who didn't seem to understand his ailments and couldn't offer a solution. A decade passed before Andrew made his first appointment with a rolfing therapist. Almost immediately, the pain he had been feeling for years began to dissipate and his posture improved.
At his own rolfing practice, Andrew treats patients with the same techniques that did so much for his own health. During sessions, he manipulates the body's connective tissues, gently realigning joints with a focus on the entire body as opposed to the source of symptoms. Patients often visit because of one particular issue, such as an injury or posture thrown askew by a childhood spent sailing the high seas, but Andrew's treatments seek to restore all-around balance.
Board-certified acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist Sara Putman of One Life Wellness Studio fights a gentle war against most types of stress. Operating under the belief that the human body needs a helping hand to regulate its health, she combines holistic treatments with lifestyle advice to address each client's personal ailments. Before each massage session and acupuncture treatment, which can include Chinese herbal medicine, Putman investigates the client's medical history and devises the appropriate plan of action during a thorough consultation. She welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds into her studio, and ensures guests never feel rushed by reserving large blocks of time for every appointment and hanging wall clocks that whisper, "Hey, take it easy," instead of ticking.