As a part of the national HealthSource family, Doctor of Chiropractic Josh Stephens administers time-tested treatments to heal various chiropractic ailments. In private rooms outfitted with advanced technology, he and his staff work to alleviate neck stiffness, arthritis, and injuries from bending over backward for one’s boss. The center supplements its chiropractic work with massage treatments, progressive sports rehab, and nutritional consultations.
Jamie Hicks—The Balancing Act's licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist—meets with each client to determine their individual needs before beginning treatment. This customized approach helps hone in on problem areas, whether diminishing stress or tending to sore muscles. Jamie also offers massages with warm, soothing stones that help soften tension and keep muscles from floating away, as well as Chinese cupping treatments, that use suction to help improve blood flow.
Subzero nitrogen gas permeates Therapy of Champions' private, padded chamber—which reaches lows of -220 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure to this atmosphere is part of a treatment called cryotherapy, a versatile procedure featured on NPR, Dr. Oz, and many other media outlets that can minimize pain and joint swelling, rejuvenate skin, and reduce cellulite. Administered in roughly 2.5-minute bursts, it works by briefly chilling skin to freezing, a process that poses no substantial risks, but still activates the body’s defense mechanisms. The result is heightened circulation of healthy blood and decreased circulation of inflammatory chemicals—benefits that attract professional athletes and regular civilians alike. The center also offers EMS training for clients suffering from muscle ailments such as joint problems, back issues, and inflammation in the feet.
Dr. Jill Hermen has a natural understanding of human strength and fitness from her background in martial arts and aerobics. With a long list of affiliations, she also carries with her a second-degree black belt and tae kwon do medals. With these in tow, she turns her attention to the spinal system and alignment, performing adjustments to render sports injuries inert or help with maladies such as asthma, allergies, or unexplained gummy-bear phobias. Through holistic care, she and her practice emphasize compassion and understanding to make new and returning patients feel that they are being heard and treatment individually.
Massage therapist Craig Genereux has a diploma in relaxation: he received his training at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic. Now, he wields trained hands at a number of Minneapolis-based clinics, including Hermen Health. Shiatsu and hot-stone massages are among his services, as well as soothing hammam and japanese foot treatments.
Founded in 1948, the ChiroCenter has succeeded through the decades due in large part to the expertise of their doctors of chiropractic, the ranks of whom now include nine different chiropractors with as much as 35 years of experience. At each of the center's five offices, these doctors alleviate their patients' pain using adjusting techniques whose purposes range from improving biomechanics to reducing nervous-system interference. One such technique is the activator method, a process for fixing subluxations that involves delivering low-force, high-speed thrusts with a handheld instrument that resembles a mini pogo stick or a giant ant pogo stick. These practices treat more than just the back; benefits also include reducing fatigue and improving headaches and sciatica.