Drawing on an education that includes a doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College and a bachelor's degree in public health and human biology, Dr. Brandt L. Spies of Lordex Spine Institute treats bodies entangled by such painful conditions as herniated disks, headaches, and spinal arthritis. The doctor upgrades spinal hardware with chiropractic adjustments, and the center's squadron of licensed massage therapists tinkers on soft tissue with modalities that include Swedish, sports, and deep tissue. The institute also boasts the Lordex Lumbar Spinal Decompression System, a padded table with a knee bolster that supports prostrate patrons. During the 30-minute sessions that make use of this system, a gap in the table slowly widens, stretching spines to alleviate lower back pain and add flexibility to overstarched overalls.
Within the walls of Webster Family Wellness Center, board-certified chiropractor Dr. James Vanderloop has worked with his team to ease the discomfort of more than 1,000 patients suffering from such ailments as migraines, fibromyalgia, ADHD, irritable bowel syndrome, and insomnia. The crew, made up of a certified hypnotherapist, a nutrition specialist, and licensed massage therapists, works together to address the health effects of many aspects of life. The nutritionist helps craft weight-loss plans and discusses the advantages of certain foods. To realign spines and reduce back pain from trying to find the expiration date on boulders, the massage therapist draws on techniques from 19 distinct massage modalities.
Chiropractic care helped rehabilitate Dr. Joel Duchon, D.C. when he was in a car accident as a teenager. The experience inspired him to study the practice, earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from University of Maryland, College Park. At Webster Laser Like Lipo, Dr. Duchon taps into his extensive training to administer services including peripheral neuropathy, which addresses numbness and tingling sensations, and spinal decompression therapy, which ameliorates spinal pain better than a WD-40 epidural.
HealthSource Sport helps patients stay off the sidelines by defeating their sports-related injuries and staving off future boo-boos. Use your exam and treatment to combat all manner of activity-inhibiting afflictions, from headaches and nerve-entrapment syndrome to the lower-back pain caused by ducking under hurdles. Physician and sports chiropractor Dr. Alice May-Sexton—whose patients have ranged from NFL and Olympic athletes to recreational golfers and fitness hobbyists—holds advanced training in soft-tissue injuries, including full-body certification in Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique. She can help patients understand the treatment process and identify the habits that may have contributed to their injuries. Depending on their ailment, clients can expect to undergo functional tests, orthopedic exams, joint palpation, and muscle interrogation.
Dr. Chris Doyle once had a patient come into Planet Health with an aching neck that would not quit. Everyday pain treatments, such as heat pads and ibuprofen, didn't make a difference, and a series of chiropractic adjustments with the doctor brought little relief. Realizing the true problem at hand, Dr. Doyle ordered custom orthotics to correct her flat feet, and within a week, the neck pain was gone.
Dr. Doyle acknowledges that most people see each part of the body in isolation, but people should instead see the body as an interconnected unit. An imbalance in one part affects another seemingly disparate part of the body. The spine is what connects the nervous system to the rest of the body, and when it is misaligned, it can affect the nerve impulses sent from that area, which in turn can affect the function of faraway organs and muscles. The general tenet of chiropractic care, he says, is that the body is fully capable of healing itself. His work just helps speed it along.
To this end, Planet Health’s services all focus on healing without the use of pharmaceuticals. Cold-laser therapy works to ameliorate inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. During chiropractic massages, muscles shed tension and toxins to increase circulation and flexibility. Acupuncture sessions reroute bodily energy without the need to implant traffic signals below the skin’s surface.
Soothed sighs and breathless chatter fill Alvin Health & Wellness Center, attesting to spa services and heart-pumping fitness classes. Stones for back massage soak up warmth as aromatherapy oils fill the air, and massage artists pack together algae mud wraps. The staff also leads cardio-kickboxing and fitness-boot-camp classes to better bodies as well as minds and self-defense classes that teach pupils to fight off overly aggressive car-wash mascots.