Though her ability to untie knots rivals that of a sailor, licensed massage therapist Lorna Ellis-Harding has been relieving aches and pains for long enough to understand the limitations of massage. Rather than rely solely on her Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, she draws from other areas of traditional and alternative medicine to craft treatment plans for the whole body. Her acupressure massages, for example, incorporate the principles of Eastern acupuncture to apply healing pressure to specific points of energy across the body. When she isn’t balancing energy or coaxing out toxins with gentle lymphatic-drainage techniques, Lorna consults with other local businesses to help her clients manage their weight and make healthful lifestyle decisions, such as refraining from eating french fries while juggling chainsaws.
At Shoreline Family Chiropractic and Wellness, Matthew Paterna is not only concerned with his patients’ health, he offers clients chiropractic care that’s safe, all natural, and drug-free. By examining and treating the spine, Matthew can help alleviate ailments that range from the usual suspects—lower back and neck pain—to surprising culprits, such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and being able to read your dog’s mind. Depending on the patient, the chiropractor may snap x-rays, use a computerized nerve scanner, or prescribe treatments such as massage, adjustments, or wearing lots of bathrobes.
Acupuncture of Milford Connecticut’s Richard A. Covello earned a Best of New Haven 2011 nod for his extensive knowledge of acupuncture. His staff, including Stephanie Ortiz, LMT and Alexandria Attolino, LMT, performs relaxation and wellness massages, specializing in event, post-injury, and post-surgery modalities to help speed recovery.
As an accredited chiropractor and acupuncturist, Dr. Michael Orefice specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal maladies from Active Health and Pain Relief Centers. Over the course of each approximately 30-minute session, a series of fine needles is inserted into specific points on the patient's body, rerouting the flow of energy by manually flipping the body's circuit breakers. Like a doctor's gloves and hands, the needles are presterilized and thrown away after every session. The majority of patients feel little to no discomfort, and benefits from the procedure can include reduction in physical pain, relief from musculoskeletal injuries to the neck and back, shoulder pain, recreational injuries, and general relaxation.
Doctor of chiropractic Mark Pomerantz combines nutritional counseling with traditional chiropractic care. Grounded in more than two decades of experience, Dr. Pomerantz treats muscle pain, headaches, and digestive issues. He specializes in a practice called nutritional-response testing. Through touching acupressure points and administering reflex tests around the body, he studies the body's organ function. He identifies areas of bodily weakness, such as Achilles' heel and Adam's apple, in order to create diet plans with the right proportions of nutrients for each client.:m]]
Doctor of Chiropractic James J. Dalfino is so passionate about non-surgical solutions to chronic health conditions that he even penned a book about it. As an alternative to going under the knife to address back pain, sciatica, and whiplash, he offers holistic treatments such as laser therapy, spinal decompression, and chiropractic adjustments. He also helps dieters slim down with liposuction alternatives that include Zerona laser body contouring, Verju laser cellulite reduction, and salads garnished with laser beams.