Doctor of Chiropractic Todd Whittemore’s familiarity with chiropractic care dates back to the adjustments he received before he was 10. Years later, chiropractic adjustments came in handy again after a hockey injury damaged his ability to breathe, which a chiropractor remedied. By this time, Dr. Whittemore had already graduated from college and was working as an engineer. But the success of the treatment for that rib, along with subsequent treatments for his ankles, inspired him to enroll in chiropractic school.
As a former engineer, Dr. Whittemore has a head for structure and function, and he applies this knowledge while examining the spine for structural deficiencies. Stow Family Chiropractic's high-tech diagnostic equipment picks up whatever his eyes can't see. Computer analyses reveal any roadblocks in the nervous system, and x-rays paint a picture of backbones, showing any deterioration or slipped disks that might be impinging on the nerves or on patients’ ability to carry their cars to work.
Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.
The connection between Beth Ferruccio's and Meg Francis's work is as intuitive as the connection between body and mind. Beth, a yoga teacher of six years certified in Yogafit, teaches body-strengthening poses for students at different stages of their lives, whether they're silver foxes or moms-to-be. Meg, on the other hand, uses her sonorous voice to coax minds into relaxed meditation. Her lilting mantras help with feelings as mundane as everyday stress or as devastating as grief. Within the stone-walled haven of Breathe Wellness studio, the pair work together from opposite ends of the wellness spectrum to bring balance to lives of clients.
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.
Since graduating from New York Chiropractic College in the mid 1980s, doctor of chiropractic Peter G. Hill developed an itch for understanding and treating automotive- and sports-related injuries. To scratch it, he attends conferences and forums on concussions, which are typically less conspicuous than other injuries such as a whiplashed neck or deflated ego. Alongside injury recovery, Dr. Hill addresses all kinds of aches and pains with adjustments, muscle work, physical therapies, and nutritional counseling.
At Dunsky Rehabilitation and Spine Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Joshua Dunsky applies a whole person approach to each of his patients. Instead of treating them based solely on their x-rays or relation to Stretch Armstrong, he inquires about lifestyle habits and diet to gain a full picture of health. From there, he recommends treatments that can include nonsurgical spinal decompression, massages, or corrective exercises. To accommodate busy schedules, the center offers morning hours and stays open until 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
For more than 18 years, the licensed practitioners at Harvard Therapeutic Massage have relaxed and healed patients suffering from stress, injury, and chronic pain. Each member of the team specializes in relaxation massage and pain relief therapy. The former uses oils and lotions with a combination of gliding, kneading, and stretching all over the body to help muscles unwind and put minds at ease, while the latter sees therapists focusing on trigger points, helping blood flow to contracted areas in order to bring relief to the surrounding nerves. Select members of the team are also specialized in styles of treatment such as hot stone massage, reiki, and pre-natal massage, which helps bring relief to expectant mothers and unborn babies tired of sitting in the same position for weeks on end.