The doctors at Mercer Island Chiropractic work to relieve minor aches and soreness, but they specialize in tough cases: chronic pain and injuries sustained in accidents are their specialties. At three locations, they restore bodies to health with techniques such as manual adjustments that realign vertebrae and traction-table sessions that coax muscles into blissful relaxation. Patients can also rest easy beneath the hands of massage therapists, who employ techniques such as cupping, reflexology, and sternly ordering tension to exit the body.
The staff at Dynamic Chiropractic Clinic believe that, because it's the body's communication center, the spine’s condition can affect the health of the entire body. During treatment sessions, chiropractors correct the alignment of vertebrae with up-to-date techniques—such as motion palpitation, which detects dysfunctional joints, and active release, which treats overused muscles with motion techniques—that are gentler than past methods and more effective than propping patients up with puppet strings. Other corrective techniques, such as exercises and massage therapy, retrain the muscles to support correct alignment. The clinic specializes in rehabilitating clients with injuries from accidents and other traumas, though they can help patients of all ages and backgrounds maintain good spinal health.
Gig Harbor Chiropractic & Massage is helmed by husband-and-wife doctor duo Greg and Keri Messer, two graduates of Western States Chiropractic College who set out together to annihilate pain one spine at a time. One of the doctors or their skilled staff members will begin your exam with a conversation about your back bothers and health habits. Next, you'll receive a complete chiropractic examination that tests your reflexes, flexibility, posture, and more, followed by a computerized spinal assessment to discover if any disks are bulging, shoulders are slumping, or vertebrae have forgotten the state capitals. If a bit of extra dorsal detective work is required, you'll receive up to two x-rays before the doctor reports his or her findings and recommendations for any necessary treatment.
Dr. Chris Nelson of Nelson Chiropractic of Snohomish is not above asking technology for a little help. Inside his office, the high-tech DRX-9000 gently decompresses the spine to boost circulation and allow oxygen to reach areas of soreness. A ProAdjuster works to increase each client's range of motion with the use of slow, relaxing oscillations. These machines encourage the body's self-healing mechanism, all in an effort to eliminate the need for drugs or surgery.
Dr. Rebecca Long didn’t always want to be a doctor, but family ties drew her into the profession. At her sister Dr. Lara Long’s graduation, her father delivered an inspiring commencement address that included a story about how chiropractic helped to heal an infant. In that moment, Rebecca realized that she could help just as many kids by becoming a chiropractor, and, three weeks later, moved to California to start at Life Chiropractic College West.
Today, along with colleague Dr. Michael Groves, the Long sisters practice chiropractic medicine out of their eponymous clinic. Their services range from spinal correction to nutritional counseling. They perform these services for patients of all ages who suffer from sports, auto, or pogo-stick injuries. All three doctors share a passion for volunteering and bringing chiropractic to foreign countries, and together they hope to one day open a clinic in Africa to help children suffering from AIDS.
Licensed acupuncturists Ke Zang and Ting Zhang studied and practiced traditional Chinese medicine in China years before moving to the United States. Their workplaces must feel somewhat like home, since the treatment rooms at their ACI Clinic & Wellness Center’s two locations are the settings for an array of traditional Chinese medicinal services, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, foot reflexology, qi gong therapy, and tui na bodywork.
Each location also offers chiropractic care and massage therapy, headed at the Kirkland location by Doctor of Chiropractic Allison Zang-Greene, whose specialty is neuromuscular disorders. To the north, at the Lynnwood location, chiropractic therapy is overseen by Doctor of Chiropractic W. Lance Elben, who has a knack for treating injury-related pain. The decor at each location has some unique features, but each interior is outfitted with pleasant green plants and pleasing artwork on the walls.