Headed by Dr. Stein, Bodies in Balance brings a multi-disciplinary approach to pain treatment and overall health. Laboratory testing reveals potential allergies or missing nutrients, while orthotics and chiropractic adjustments counter and correct imbalances in the spine. Doctors also energize muscles with low-level lasers or electronic stimulation, or employ ultrasonic waves to stimulate fluid movement in the tissue. Dr. Stein and his team use these services to treat the pain that results from repetitive use, workplace accidents, or tickle fights with tractors.
After more than a decade in a corporate job, Sherry Methling encountered chronic back pain that her doctors were unable to diagnose. She then found relief in holistic healing, eventually going on to become a licensed massage therapist so that she could share her path to recovery with others. Today, she mobilizes a decade of training in alternative medicine in her practice, which aims to ease anxiety as well as physical tension caused by endlessly re-stapling faxes. Located within The Chicago Stress Relief Center, Sherry's studio integrates a variety of healing practices inspired by ancient traditions. Among them, reiki comes from Japanese Buddhists who believed in using palm pressure to adjust energy flow, whereas sound healing relies on the ringing tones of metal-alloy Tibetan and crystal bowls. Sherry also relieves stress with several massage techniques, which can be customized with quartz crystals to focus on specific issues or embody more traditional practices, such as Swedish and deep-tissue strokes, using essential oils.
Michael Pys feels like he has a lot of missed opportunities. As an osteopathic therapist who specializes in pain management, so many of his would-be patients have resigned to living with chronic pain, and thus aren’t seeking treatment. With this in mind, Michael devotes himself fully to each client—treatment begins with hands-on palpation and a one-on-one consultation so that he can determine both the physical and emotional affects of each person’s condition. He uses 17 years of experience to integrate multiple therapeutic modalities, which might include soft-tissue manipulation and release, massage, stretching, and postural correction. Compared to medicinal therapy, Michael’s technique is more inclusive, and it can be adjusted to treat ailments that range from migraines and nerve-related discomfort to sports injuries and chronic back pain from a career as a professional backpack model.
Despite graduating as a medical doctor in 1986, Yevgeny Zakusilo didn?t follow the traditional path of Western medicine. Instead, by 1987, the Russian native pursued a certification in acupuncture and embraced the tried and true wellness practices of the East. Today, Zakusilo, better known as Dr. Z, helms Eastland Acupuncture, where he picks up where Western medicine and vision boards failed by treating clients to acupuncture, tui na massage, qi gon, and herbal remedies. Through these holistic and natural healing methods, Dr. Z, along with his master herbalist Monica, help dissipate a range of health conditions from allergies, anxiety, and headaches to infertility, diabetes, and depression.
As a competitive equestrian show jumper, Christine Renz became interested in acupuncture after witnessing the incredibly healthful effects it had on her horses. She decided to pursue this form of holistic healing on humans and received her Master of Science degree in traditional Oriental medicine, rendering her a licensed acupuncturist with the ability to dole out both therapeutic and preventive treatments. She calms allergy symptoms by soothing reactive organ systems with acupressure and restores balance to bodies and Bozo the Clown bop bags with Chinese herbs and needling sessions.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jose Aguilar's hope is that, by adjusting patients' spines on his treatment table, he can help them stay off the operating room table. His holistic treatments are designed to restore proper alignment to bones and joints, instead of merely masking the pain with drugs and lots of duct tape. Dr. Aguilar is joined in his practice by a crew of massage therapists, who complement traditional Swedish and deep-tissue techniques with everything from hot stones to trigger-point therapy.