You won't hear percussive snaps and pops coming out of the treatment rooms at Vitality: A Creating Wellness Center. That's because Doctor of Chiropractic Jeff Mitchell doesn't crack spines; he specializes in gentle adjustments that use vibration to release locked-up vertebrae. The computerized Pro-Adjuster system knows precisely how much vibration to dole out and for how long. Dr. Mitchell uses these treatments to ease his clients' chronic headaches and help them lead pain-free lives.
Doctor of Chiropractic Spence Jahner discovered the power of chiropractic care up close, when it proved successful in treating his father's back problems. Ever since graduating as valedictorian from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Jahner has diligently tended to the spines of locals at We Care Chiropractic. His appointments begin with thorough physical examinations, complete with motion x-rays. Using these results, he helps devise a treatment plan customized to each patient's individual needs. He primarily administers spinal adjustments, which realign vertebrae to help alleviate symptoms such as neck pain and headaches. He also has experience in treating specific types of patients, including those recovering from personal injuries, as well as athletes recovering from particularly strenuous huddles.
Ocean Spirit Massage owner Shandell Marea Warren and her team of therapists have more than six years of experience, but their real training began much earlier. When she was 3 she gave foot massages to her mother, and in high school, she helped the sports therapist massage athletes. Having honed her gifts with formal training, she ameliorates clients' pain and tension with more than 10 modalities, which include hot stones, Thai massage, and classic deep-tissue massage.
Columbia Falls is the last major town along U.S. Highway 2 before Glacier National Park; the town has been nicknamed the "Gateway to Glacier." The park begins to thaw in late spring and early summer, when snowy embankments transform into green meadows lined with colorful wildflowers. Going-to-the-Sun Road is arguably the centerpiece of the park—the 50-mile byway weaves through the mountains past emerald lakes and peaks that were carved out by glaciers. The most interior portion of the road doesn't open until summer, but an 11.5-mile stretch from the west entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge is open and maintained year-round for cars. At Lake McDonald area, visitors can ditch the car and set out on foot or on snowshoe to explore the alpine scenery on surrounding paths. Keep an eye out for the park's resident grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, and elk, as they may badger you to share your trail-mix recipe. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Jack Berg, a doctor of chiropractic medicine, heads up the team at Diet Montana as they help patrons lose weight and discover healthier lifestyles. Dr. Berg leads this crusade by example, as he can frequently be seen going for runs around the city or wearing his marathon medals to the grocery store. He and his wellness coaches employ a five-step program when helping their clients slim down. These steps range from an intense fat-burning stage that they call "Boot Camp," all the way through to the final maintenance stage, which involves eating nutritious foods in healthy amounts to preserve newly svelte figures.
Although Tami Dern helps her clients reduce their stress levels and strengthen their immune systems, she's not a counselor or a doctor. She's a certified massage therapist. At The Body Shop Massages, clients lie on Tami's heated massage table while she intuitively seeks out muscle knots. To enhance the health benefits of bodywork sessions, she includes organic essential oils and aromatherapy and may add ultramoisturizing paraffin hand dips or deep-heat treatments at clients' request. After massages, Tami discusses the experience with clients and advises them to drink lots of water to hydrate muscles and camel humps.