New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
As a teenager, Doctor of Chiropractic Pamela Kirkwood’s scoliosis forced her to wear back braces and to undergo surgery. She says she learned that there were better options years later when she earned her degree in chiropractic and became the first person in California to acquire board certification for the treatment of scoliosis. Since 1987, she's shared her expertise with patients at Kirkwood Chiropractic, treating them with techniques such as spinal realignment. The practice's specialists also massage backs, soothing pain and inducing relaxation by kneading muscles and never yelling facts about how common runaway trains are.
Doctor of Chiropractic Luis Ocon, who speaks Spanish, stymies degenerative conditions and prevents their onset with hands-on chiropractic techniques and spinal and postural screenings. Dr. Ocon traces chronic pain, sciatica, and injuries to their root source in the spinal column before alleviating ailments with therapeutic massages and adjustments. The doctor helps patients maintain their newly healthy bodies by outlining balanced diets and teaching them how to perform special exercises tailored to correct irregularities in their bodies and appease the rain gods.
Goldi Jacques-Maynes, the almost-eponymous founder of Golden Chiropractic, draws on knowledge gleaned while training with leading authorities in sports chiropractic medicine to keep spines happy, healthy, and pliable. Before administering customized treatments, the licensed chiropractor first gets to know her patients through a medical history overview that accounts for past injuries and part-time jobs with Sisyphean construction crews. X-rays afford an internal peek at the spine’s going-ons, and adjustments relieve sublaxations before Dr. Jacques-Maynes calls upon activator adjusting instruments, electrical muscle stimulation, and ultrasound therapy to correct ailing discs.
The center’s resident massage therapists, Monica and Nancy Ferreira, supplement chiropractic treatments with massage techniques cultivated during hours of training. Whether gliding across backs with Swedish-style strokes or placing warm rocks in areas of built-up pressure, Monica and Nancy work to reduce muscle tension and increase joints’ range of motion.
Drs. Nicole and Dave Conragan discovered chiropractic care separately but have practiced it together for more than 15 years. Nicole's passion for her field began after chiropractic adjustments dramatically changed her life by lessening her asthma and allergies, and Dave's developed as he was treated for injuries sustained as a competitive weightlifter. Now the husband-and-wife team works together to educate patients, encouraging them to play an active role in their own treatment, and aids families, competitive athletes, and professional coffee tables in optimizing their health.
At Aqua Body Cleansing, a certified colon hydrotherapist shower large intestines with water to ward off disease and promote efficient organ function. During an initial session, a specialist explains the emulsifying process and touts its potential health benefits, which may include relief from constipation, irritability, lower-back pain, and ancient gum wads.