At North Seattle Health Center, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopathic doctors team up to provide alternative health-care services. Together they design holistic treatments that alleviate chronic pains while preventing its recurrence. They also practice massage therapy and utilize technology such as infrared to relieve aches.
Signature Service: 80-minute therapeutic massage session
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 13
Pro Tip: Arrive early to get settled in the studio, so you receive your full session time
"[I like] helping clients feel better, so they can enjoy life with a few less aches and pains," says David Brown, owner of Elements Massage Alderwood. To that end, he often recommends clients sign up for an 80-minute session with one of the seven massage therapists in his employ. The sizeable chunk of time allows them to focus on particularly troubling areas of tension or pain, while still making sure to work on the rest of the body, as well. To David, the best compliment he or his therapists can receive come from clients noticing the benefits of their work: increased range of motion, reduced pain, and a diminished fear of how much hands look like spiders.
Serge and Ilona Barlam, graduates of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, run Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinics, a full-service center with sophisticated diagnostics, diabetic care, and laser-therapy services. Their treatments emphasize preventive care, with routine care available for those without troubling injuries and physical therapy or surgery available for those who need major changes. Laser therapy relies on GenesisPro by Cutera, Q-Clear, or CoolTouch lasers to diminish the appearance of onychomycosis, a fungus that makes the toenails yellow, thicken, and unable to show off engagement toe rings.
Dr. Tony Hemphill and his staff undo the detriments of car accidents and chronic conditions by first locating the source of the pain. During thorough consultations and exams, the doctor investigates aches with hands and x-rays, searching for discs bumping into delicate nerve tissue. He administers gentle spinal adjustments and aligns them into healthier positions. Dedicated to noninvasive techniques, Dr. Hemphill also mollifies muscles and tendons with therapeutic massage therapy.
Licensed acupuncturists Ke Zang and Ting Zhang studied and practiced traditional Chinese medicine in China years before moving to the United States. Their workplaces must feel somewhat like home, since the treatment rooms at their ACI Clinic & Wellness Center’s two locations are the settings for an array of traditional Chinese medicinal services, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, foot reflexology, qi gong therapy, and tui na bodywork.
Each location also offers chiropractic care and massage therapy, headed at the Kirkland location by Doctor of Chiropractic Allison Zang-Greene, whose specialty is neuromuscular disorders. To the north, at the Lynnwood location, chiropractic therapy is overseen by Doctor of Chiropractic W. Lance Elben, who has a knack for treating injury-related pain. The decor at each location has some unique features, but each interior is outfitted with pleasant green plants and pleasing artwork on the walls.