National board-certified acupuncturist Dr. Chul H. Han blends acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other holistic healing techniques to treat health conditions such as joint and muscle pain, digestive disorders, and anxiety. To achieve the best results, he works with clients to devise individualized treatment plans based on their health history, making sure to educate them along the way about techniques for living well and raising octuplets.
Physical therapist and president of The Center of Medical Arts, Muna Swairjo understands true wellness requires a holistic approach. That?s why she and her team treat aches, pains, and illness with massage and physical therapy, while working to solve the causes of such maladies at their sources to prevent recurrences. Their services also include detoxifying acupuncture treatments as well as laser therapy, which can relieve everything from lower back pain and migraines to tennis elbow and skin ulcers.
Like all good relationships, the bonds between Market Square Wellness Center's practitioners and their clients start with great communication. Recognizing that patients' wellness needs and desires can change from day today, they start each session with an in-depth conversation. Its course helps practitioners customize acupuncture and massage treatments and have something to talk about if they run into clients in the supermarket.
For relaxation, the massage therapists rely on the flowing strokes of Swedish massage. To address muscle damage or injuries such as whiplash, they employ deep-tissue techniques or craniosacral therapy, a series of ultralight touches designed to release restrictions in soft tissues that affect the central nervous system. Acupuncture, among other traditional Chinese healing techniques, aims to rebalance the body by stimulating precise points along energy pathways.
Market Square Wellness Center's team might also point clients in the direction of an infrared sauna. The sauna's warming rays help clients immediately relax and may relieve pain, detoxify the body, and clear skin.
Back in his wrestling days, Doctor of Chiropractic Andrew Hawley suffered a lower-back and rib injury that he thought would take him off the mat for good. However, a series of visits to a chiropractor soon restored him to competition shape. This experience drew him to chiropractic, and together with his wife, Doctor of Chiropractic Nicole Porzio-Hawley, he opened Porzio-Hawley Chiropractic and Nutrition Center.
Often the last resort for patients who have tried “everything else,” Dr. Hawley specializes in healing sports injuries that otherwise might be chronic. He treats muscle adhesions from athletic issues and repetitive use with the active-release technique and the instrument-assisted Graston technique. Both work to break down scar tissue and restore function and mobility.
With a forte in nutrition, Dr. Porzio-Hawley gives personalized nutrition advice that accounts for health problems and weight issues. In addition to passing this knowledge to clients, the trio escorts clients to the grocery store to suggest healthy choices and to ride in the cart. Other treatments, such as basic chiropractic care and acupuncture, support overall wellness.
Though Dr. Heather Veronesi’s focus is on general family medicine, her methods don’t require traditional x-rays found in other practices. Instead, the licensed naturopathic physician assesses patients’ overall health by inspecting the tongue and pulse. Depending on what she finds, she may counsel patients on diet and lifestyle or recommend vitamins and minerals to bolster their health. As a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Veronesi also corrects the flow of meridians—paths of energy traditionally known as “qi” that sometimes answer to “hey you”—by inserting sterile needles into specific points of the body. Her specialties span from women's healthcare to cardiovascular health, and she has also worked with patients that suffer from the effects of Lyme disease and cancer—topics she speaks of at seminars and also posts online.
Though he performs acupuncture treatments with a steady hand, Steve Paine OMD is a mover and a shaker in the world of alternative health care. The published author earned his Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree in Hong Kong, and became a diplomat of both the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics. Paine is committed to Connecticut health-care reform, and, as president of the National Guild of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, advocates for affordable, drug-free natural health care and getting accident victims back to work. His Simsbury location operates in conjunction with a sister practice in Hong Kong, where he acts as director of an office of the Kendall Institute, promoting the Western physiological basis of needling therapy.
Paine uses both acupuncture and herbal medicine to address issues specific to men, women, and children, along with complementary therapies such as massage, cupping, or electromagnetic heat. Patients can nap or listen to music during treatments, or choose from hundreds of guided meditations that enhance inner calm and the ability to astrally project oneself into a courtside seat at a Huskies game.