For eight years, Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Mulvaney ignored his chronic back pain and continued to play sports. He recalls a doctor once dismissing his nagging discomfort as “growing pains,” but his suffering persisted through his teenage years. When he reached college and a friend recommended that he visit a chiropractor, he jumped at the chance. Within three visits, he was pain-free.
This experience planted the seed that eventually grew into Dr. Mulvaney’s career as a chiropractor. Today, he helms Spinal Correction Center of Richmond, where he and his staff offer a combination of holistic chiropractic care and massage therapy. Dr. Mulvaney favors the Pettibon system of chiropractic care, which works to restore the spine’s natural curvature and normalize misalignments that may cause pain, stiffness, or unfair limbo advantages.
Deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Swedish massage are just a few of the modalities that therapists perform at VA Health Massage. They also offer medical massage, a technique designed to treat conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor, which focuses only on injured areas. To further relaxation, any massage can be enhanced with aromatherapy and hot towels or by politely asking all ghosts to leave the room.
Named Best Chiropractor by Style Weekly, Advanced Wellness Centre’s spine whisperers coax errant discs and uncooperative vertebrae back into proper alignment, fighting poor posture and pain. The first visit includes a comprehensive chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurologic exam and a set of x-rays, if necessary, to unveil misshapen spines or inter-rib bunny ears, as well as a detailed muscle analysis. Patients then return for a soothing second session that includes a 60-minute chiropractic massage, when a certified therapist will expertly remove knots from muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands. Post-pampering, clients meet with a health care provider to discuss the previous visit’s test results and chart a course of frame-correcting care.
Licensed therapist and founder of Eye Intuitive Cheyenne Mcquilkin applies her deft hands and 14 years of experience to assuage achy muscles and joints with a vast array of massage modalities. During Swedish massages, Cheyenne delivers long, gliding strokes of medium pressure to ease muscles into a state of relaxation similar to stretching out in a recliner on a bunk bed. Deep-tissue massage incorporates similar strokes to those of the Swedish modality, but delves deeper into soft tissue, introducing cross-grain pressures to extract embedded muscle knots and break apart adhesions.
Doctor of Chiropractic Milan Lassiter, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified chiropractic sports physician, employs an array of techniques to realign backbones and improve flexibility. He specializes in treating sports injuries, soft-tissue problems, and back and neck conditions such as herniated discs and a lack of a backbone.
Dr. Lassiter soothes squished spines and oppressed pinched nerves with a computerized decompression table, which gives vertebrae some wiggle room and beckons fluids back to where they belong. While treating athletes, dancers, musicians, or anyone with tightness and tension, he uses the active-release technique to mend abnormal tissues and return them to the wild. Similarly, the Graston technique employs six stainless-steel instruments that Dr. Lassiter glides along strained sinews to uncover damaged areas and prevent scar tissue from forming. He also uses elastic cotton strips, known as Kinesio tape, to reduce swelling, stabilize joints, relieve pain, and subdue loose lips.