Acupuncture of Iowa's certified practitioners draw on their varied backgrounds in ancient Chinese medicine and athletic training to alleviate a cornucopia of modern ailments, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain. After a presession assessment pinpoints the best pin points for your physical complaint—be it tennis elbow or a migraine from Iowa City's new "everything's fine" siren—Laura strategically places tiny ultra-thin needles in precise locations on the body, which stimulate a natural internal healing process. The relaxing treatment corrects any kinks in the body's energy flow, and Chinese herbs and traditional medicines help speed up the healing. The National Institutes of Health concluded in 1997 that acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including asthma, allergies, and menstrual cramps.
The doctors and therapists at Washington Street Wellness Center—who specialize in areas such as natural medicine, chiropractic, and massage therapy—work as a team to craft personalized medical regimens that draw on their collective wisdom and talents. Nutritional advice and natural medicine form the basis for many treatments that take a holistic approach to managing hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal complaints, and a variety of other ailments. The center’s chiropractors straighten the spines of those suffering from chronic back pain, and on-site massage therapists call upon therapeutic and relaxation techniques to alleviate stresses from sitting in traffic jams and tossing bulky SUVs to the side of the road.
One of the main contributing factors that makes Dr. Chris Jacobi such a successful chiropractor is that he's been involved with athletics for most of his life. Playing several sports in high school and college helped him better understand how the body works and how the muscles interconnect - experience that he applies to everyone he treats. With that base of knowledge to inspire him, he went on to earn his doctorate of chiropractic degree before entering the field and to establish a practice that focuses on connecting with clients on a personal level to fulfill their unique needs. As his practice has grown, so have his treatments, which now encompass mechanical massage to help relax muscles, stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as chiropractic adjustments.
When Doctor of Chiropractic Kayla Davis tells her patients she's from Correctionville, some of them think she's being ironic, like when a plumber claims he's the Mayor of Pipetown. But Correctionville is a real place—a small town on the western side of Iowa. Having grown up there, Dr. Davis internalized many small-town traits, such as trust and a friendly disposition—both of which she uses to get to know her patients at Kay Family Chiropractic.
But friendliness alone won't heal pain. To do that, Dr. Davis applies low-risk chiropractic adjustments and massages, each calibrated to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities. She relies on these techniques in lieu of medication and surgery, which only target the symptoms of the problem instead of the source.
Doctor of Chiropractic Joe Stevens specializes in the Gonstead technique, a discipline centered on detailed assessments and precise adjustments. He uses it to fight vertebral subluxations, a term for when the movable bones of the spinal cord become misaligned and end up pinching nerves. And because these subluxations can occur at any point throughout life, Dr. Stevens trained with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to gain the expertise required to help children, whose spines often become misaligned after they start to play sports or give piggyback rides to heavy imaginary friends. He's also currently racking up additional pediatric certifications.
Chronic pains and aches shrivel into vague memories at the hands of Advanced Spine & Rehab Center’s professional chiropractic staff. After completing their new client paperwork, balance-craving bods chat with Doctor of Chiropractic Jeff Mitchell about their specific health issues and enjoy a physical exam including orthopedic testing, reflex assessments, muscle testing, and, if necessary, x-rays. Once the source is singled out, experienced staff members loosen the muscles around the pain center using heat packs, a massage chair, and electrical muscle stimulation, which reduces inflammation in a sensation similar to firm licks from an affectionate pet spider. Dr. Mitchell then re-centers vertebrae with a controlled, professional spinal adjustment, eradicating aches and forcing frames back into prizefighting shape. Future pain prevention and wellness suggestions, such as exercises, diet, and lifestyle changes, round out the visit.