A certified Chinese herbalist and recipient of a master’s degree in Oriental medicine, Alexandra Gerazounis wields her acupuncture skills for more than just feelings of relaxation. She specializes in both using the ancient treatment to help her clients lose weight and working in tandem with reproductive specialists to boost fertility in women. Her holistic methods extend to Chinese herbal supplements and ear candling to gently remove excess wax, moisture, and the sound of overplayed Top 40 hits.
East Hills Chiropractic's Dr. Jason S. Brattner believes that it's his responsibility to diagnose and treat chronic pain. It was this philosophy that led him to voluntarily provide chiropractic care to first responders after 9/11, and that still leads him to attend to the root cause of his patients' aches, whether it be a sprain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, or stress, with natural and holistic chiropractic methods. The Graston Technique, an athlete-developed soft-tissue mobilization, uses steel instruments to detect and break down scar tissue, treating fibrosis and chronic inflammation. His gentler techniques, such as soft-tissue massages and chanting of ancient lullabies, work to assuage tension throughout the body. Before patients leave his office, Dr. Brattner teaches them ergonomic back exercises that they can perform at home.
The licensed therapists at Medical Massage Clinic dedicate themselves to helping to relieve a range of muscular ailments, including stored tension, chronic pain, and aching joints accrued from excessive slam-dancing at retirement parties. One-hour sessions include such modalities as Swedish and hot stone, which relax back muscles while increasing circulation. Specialized treatments target problem areas and include trigger-point therapy, during which knots of tension in muscles are located and unraveled with the determination of a string-hungry housecat.
HealthBridge isn't just a clever name for a doctor's office—it's a real description of what its healthcare team does for patients. The group is composed of accolade-heavy doctors who specialize in primary-care medicine and weight loss, plus a team of nutritionists, personal trainers, and stress-management experts. Whether patients come in for a regular checkup or want help getting fit for life, the team cares for every ill and uses a scientific approach to improve lifestyle habits. HealthBridge was ranked in the Best of Long Island Press 2012 awards as a top weight-loss facility on Long Island, due in part to its highly-qualified team of obesity medicine doctors, stress management specialists, and registered dietician, as well as the on-site fitness center and personal trainers.
Doweon Park, a licensed acupuncturist who honed his skills in Korea, combines aspects of Eastern and Western medicine to treat patients at his practices in Huntington and Great Neck. He and his staff gently manipulate predetermined points across the body with slender stainless-steel needles to relieve both physical and emotional issues. Among their specialties are headaches, cigarette addictions, and select digestive or respiratory disorders. Additionally, Park practices herbal medicine, prescribing customized herbal blends in the form of a liquid, powder, or question.
Licensed acupuncturist Adam Cantor helms Mind Body Medicine Acupuncture, a Chinese medicine and holistic-health practice. Inspired by his own recovery at the hands of an acupuncturist, Adam now offers his patients the same respite. He studied in both China and the US, learning three distinct styles of acupuncture—traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture physical medicine, and Kiiko Matsumoto style. Armed with his extensive knowledge, Adam inserts tiny, flexible needles into specific body points to encourage natural healing capabilities. He incorporates other modalities including Tui Na, a form of Chinese medical bodywork based on the same principles as acupuncture; qigong, a practice of breathing and movement; and moxibustion, which uses smoldering mugwort to promote the flow of blood and qi.
Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Russo of Care Chiropractic believe that prevention is the best medicine. But in order to help patients maintain their health, they must first alleviate any existing pains. They work to erase aches and restore mobility through noninvasive methods, drawing on therapies including massage, chiropractic adjustments, and electric stimulation to help backs bend easily and necks swivel like well-oiled office chairs. The doctors specialize in spinal decompression, a non-surgical technique that addresses issues such as herniated discs and post-surgical conditions. By customizing treatment plans to each client's concerns, the specialists can decrease discomfort and focus on preventing injuries in the future.