When it comes to pain relief, a one-size-fits-all approach is rarely the answer. That’s why Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation’s team isn’t populated by professionals versed in a single field or specialty. Instead, the roster consists of medical doctors, non-surgical orthopedic doctors, a chiropractor, physical therapists, an acupuncturist, and rehabilitative massage therapists who help treat such conditions as whiplash, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries. Their diagnostic services mix old-fashioned physical examinations with electromyography and ultrasound testing. After determining the underlying cause of discomfort, doctors might ease inflammation in the joints, alleviate muscle spasms, and reduce swelling with injection therapy. They also perform chiropractic services that realign the spine to remove discomfort and aid in healing. When conditions call for extra relief, the doctors call in colleagues including physical therapists, licensed massage therapists, and an acupuncturist. They set to work dissipating deep-seated problems with their specialized treatments, whether they’re applying pressure to problem areas and kneading out knotted tissue or unblocking energy pathways and promoting inner healing through the strategic insertion of tiny needles.
Acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist Shelly Denny treats patients at two locations, where she unpacks her needles and the skills she honed at Southwest Acupuncture College. Her education, coupled with time spent helping stroke victims recover during clinical internships and externships in rehabilitation hospitals, all inform her practice, where she specializes in issues such as pain management and injury recovery as well as insomnia and women's health. Her specific style of acupuncture draws from Japanese techniques for a gentler procedure. Her treatments, however, are not limited to acupuncture and herbalism; Shelly also performs moxibustion and reiki.
The chief of surgery at EyeSight Hawaii, Dr. John Olkowski, has performed more than 10,000 vision-correction surgeries over 15 years. He has so much experience that other eye doctors entrust their eyes to him for big procedures. Dr. Olkowski teams up with optometrist Dr. Elise Louie to sharpen eyesight using laser treatments and corneal transplantation methods. To make sure they can accurately diagnose any issues, the team uses cutting-edge technology such as 3-D corneal mapping. And during the procedure, they use FDA-approved eye-tracking laser technology, which means you won't have to keep your head perfectly still as they determine the marketability of your pupil as a new marble design.
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Fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle spasms in the back and neck—at Honolulu Pain Relief Center, no type of pain is too difficult for the staff of professionals to handle. Led by Doctor of Chiropractic Damian Smith, the personnel employ chiropractic techniques tailored to clients’ issues, with an aim to bring about long-lasting, positive change. To achieve this, the staff members call on their in-depth knowledge of the effects of certain chiropractic applications on specific parts of the body in order to pinpoint particular issues. Treatments include using spinal manipulation to control headaches or involuntary tap dancing and applying trigger-point therapy to the hands in order to address carpal tunnel syndrome.
Each of Pilates Advantage Hawaii's practice spaces brim with Pilates apparatus and fitness-minded instructors who train students and aspiring Pilates teachers with enthusiasm and attention to detail. Instructors cater to students of all skill levels by leading a spectrum of sessions that vary in pace and intensity atop equipment such as the reformer, the spring-loaded exo chair, and the Pilates arc machine. Students sit on stools then settle onto the floor during GYROKINESIS classes which stretch and strengthen the body in a yoga-based class of fluid movements. In addition to guiding small group classes, the instructors can help create personalized programs for students by conducting private lessons or overseeing independent practice times, which allow experienced visitors to use the studio's equipment without instructors or shoulder-mounted parrots monitoring their form.