As a teenager, Doctor of Chiropractic Pamela Kirkwood’s scoliosis forced her to wear back braces and to undergo surgery. She says she learned that there were better options years later when she earned her degree in chiropractic and became the first person in California to acquire board certification for the treatment of scoliosis. Since 1987, she's shared her expertise with patients at Kirkwood Chiropractic, treating them with techniques such as spinal realignment. The practice's specialists also massage backs, soothing pain and inducing relaxation by kneading muscles and never yelling facts about how common runaway trains are.
Doctor of Chiropractic Luis Ocon, who speaks Spanish, stymies degenerative conditions and prevents their onset with hands-on chiropractic techniques and spinal and postural screenings. Dr. Ocon traces chronic pain, sciatica, and injuries to their root source in the spinal column before alleviating ailments with therapeutic massages and adjustments. The doctor helps patients maintain their newly healthy bodies by outlining balanced diets and teaching them how to perform special exercises tailored to correct irregularities in their bodies and appease the rain gods.
Despite it's name, Back Pain, Neck Pain & Headache Relief Center does more than relieve upper-body aches and pains. The center is helmed by Doctor of Chiropractic Mark Kimes, whose chiropractic adjustments alleviate carpal-tunnel syndrome, tingling in the limbs, and fibromyalgia, as well as headaches and neck and back pain. The center also offers pain-relieving massages and nutritional programs, which include supplements and negative-calorie ice-cream sandwiches.
In 85 offices across the country, chiropractors combine their skills and decades of experience to alleviate soreness and stiffness caused by spinal conditions. In all New Beginnings Chiropractic Offices, chiropractors receive coaching, the most up-to-date training, and daily reports on the condition of the earth?s enormous spinal column.
Goldi Jacques-Maynes, the almost-eponymous founder of Golden Chiropractic, draws on knowledge gleaned while training with leading authorities in sports chiropractic medicine to keep spines happy, healthy, and pliable. Before administering customized treatments, the licensed chiropractor first gets to know her patients through a medical history overview that accounts for past injuries and part-time jobs with Sisyphean construction crews. X-rays afford an internal peek at the spine’s going-ons, and adjustments relieve sublaxations before Dr. Jacques-Maynes calls upon activator adjusting instruments, electrical muscle stimulation, and ultrasound therapy to correct ailing discs.
The center’s resident massage therapists, Monica and Nancy Ferreira, supplement chiropractic treatments with massage techniques cultivated during hours of training. Whether gliding across backs with Swedish-style strokes or placing warm rocks in areas of built-up pressure, Monica and Nancy work to reduce muscle tension and increase joints’ range of motion.
At the age of 10, Duncan McCollum fell 30 feet from a towering tree while trying to catch sight of a Cal-Stanford football game. With the fall came the consensus of a sprained back and a childhood filled with prescription medications and muscle relaxers to deal with his near-constant pain. He reinjured his back at the age of 20, and his friends, who were convinced that chiropractic care could help, dragged him to a chiropractor against his will. After taking x-rays and examining him, the chiropractor made a startling discovery—Duncan's initial fall from a decade ago had broken his back, and since then it had healed incorrectly.
"I was really nervous when he was about to adjust me for the first time," Duncan says. "After I jumped up from the intense shooting pain, for the first time in over a decade, I felt relief. I could get up and move!"
With continual treatments, Duncan slowly got his life back, and with it came great inspiration. He set out to become a Doctor of Chiropractic in order to help those who felt condemned to living with back pain, as he once did. Now, inside McCollum Wellness Center's cottage-like setting, he warmly welcomes patients and listens to their own life stories before eradicating aches and pains with gentle chiropractic treatments.