At a family gathering soon after Ben Shamoiel started college, his uncle suddenly turned to him and said, "You are going to become a chiropractor!" Though he wasn't entirely sure what a chiropractor was and had, in fact, been planning to study photography, Ben was intrigued. Eschewing the cameras, lenses, and tiny top hats that all photographers must wear, he sought out as much information on chiropractic as he could. The idea that healing can be attained without drugs or surgery resonated strongly with him, and soon, Ben knew he had found his calling.
After moving to Georgia to attend grad school and complete his residency, Dr. Ben—as he is affectionately known as by his patients—returned to Los Angeles to provide the community with gentle, thorough care. When he is not treating patients at his practice, Dr. Ben travels extensively to share his knowledge at health-and-wellness events and also pursues higher education, recently attaining his doctorate in chiropractic.
Ten years on, and the pain still persisted. After a decade of ineffective treatments for a foot injury, Doctor of Chiropractic Robert Rainey finally turned to a chiropractor, a decision that paved a path to a quick recovery and inspired him to pursue a degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College. The kinesiology major who had put in a seven-year stint as a respiratory therapist at UCLA quickly subscribed to the theories behind the natural treatments, which steer specialists past symptoms in search of a unifying cause or an ill-placed shoe pebble.
In 1993, Dr. Rainey opened Rainey Chiropractic, where he has spent the last 19 years targeting back pain with spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage, and Pilates exercises. Through a deep understanding of neuromuscular conditions, the spinal column, and the nerve network, he comforts his clients without relying on habit-forming drugs, risky surgery, or yoga postures that can only be bought on the black market.
As a longtime West Los Angeles health clinic, the Mar Vista Health Center has been providing basic and homeopathic care to Westside residents and anyone willing to make the trek to this speedy strip of Mar Vista. The clinic’s entrance, thankfully tucked away from the bustle of freeway-adjacent Sawtelle Boulevard, leads to a doctor’s office staffed by friendly experts in the fields of chiropractic therapy, acupuncture and even massage. There are three different Doctors of Chiropractic at the Health Center along with a licensed acupuncturist, each with degrees from top schools and years of experience. Stop by the well-appointed, clinical space for an adjustment, an exam or even just dietary advice to help with conditions ranging from disc problems to addiction, depression and sleep issues.
Tao of Venus Wellness Center owner Beth Meneley draws on her master's degree in oriental medicine and a passion for healing to protect and mend patients' physiques through a diverse range of holistic therapies. Trained acupuncturists and chiropractors work to realign the body through time-honored methods, and seasoned massage therapists ease pain with a tailored blend of six tension-melting modalities. Thermography specialists boast the ability to detect cancer without the use of radiation through thermal imaging, which aims to find harmful cells through the naturally occurring heat of their weekly bake-offs. Before and after appointments, patients sip steaming cups of tea in an intimate relaxation room dotted with leafy plants, Eastern totems, and modern furnishings.
Located in mid-Wilshire with an office in West Hollywood, the doctors at Courtyard Wellness offer chiropractic services that span the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum. In addition to chiropractic care, the office also offers massage therapy, spinal decompression and acupuncture. They specialize in alleviating back pains, headaches and spinal decompression problems, with the ultimate goal being to help their patients achieve a healthier way of life. Courtyard Wellness also offers injury rehabilitation treatment for accident victims and customized nutritional programs to aid the body in healing itself. Their office staff is known for efficiently scheduling patients so that there is little wait time and free street parking is available.
Founded by Scott J. Fox, DC, and Brian Weiss, PhD, Rest and Relax Bodyworks and Century West Medi-Spa integrate Western medical science and traditional Eastern medicine. As relaxing music plays, they help bodies regain energy and proper posture through chiropractic alignment and acupuncture, and let go of tension during seven varieties of massage. They also address skin issues with facials, peels, and waxing treatments. Their waiting room abounds with potted plants, dark wood accents, and South East Asian-inspired artwork prints, as well as ornate oriental rugs that catch dropped cell phones without a word of reproach. A hallway leads to treatment rooms aglow with soft light from wall sconces, as a Buddha statue looks on serenely.