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.
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.
The licensed therapists at Somatic Massage Therapy, P.C. 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Soon R. Pak, who has a PhD in Oriental Medicine, is a licensed acupuncturist, certified herbalist, and registered professional nurse. She uses her broad set of skills—not to mention a decade of experience as a nurse—to treat an equally broad range of conditions.
During an acupuncture session, Dr. Pak attempts to bring the body back into balance when it is dealing with ailments such as general pain, stress, headaches, and arthritis. Her eastern medicine treatments can be performed in conjunction with traditional western medicine treatments, which may mean treating just the west side of your body.