To Dr. Michael A. Duncan, one thing is clear: the body is no mere machine. It may consist of working parts such as the spine, brain, heart, and lungs, but it is so much more than the sum of these parts. Whereas traditional medicine focuses on treating each part of the body individually, Dr. Mike takes an inside-out approach that respects the body's capacity for self-healing. The chiropractor checks and adjusts the spine during routine exams, gently easing any blockages that might affect the body's innate ability to control its own systems. He's so convinced of the lifelong benefits of chiropractic that he's even devised special care for children and newborns.
At Zuma Massage, owner and founder Russell Walgamott forges Eastern and Western massage techniques into completely customizable treatments. The licensed massage therapist, versed in Swedish massage, anatomy and physiology, and Chinese tui na massage, offers soothing sessions in 60-, 90-, and 120-minute increments. Clients can choose between tailor-made custom strokes designed to alleviate their specific maladies or a stress-reducing hot-stone massage. No matter the treatment, Russell confidently backs his services with a 100% guarantee. If a client is not completely satisfied, he'll try again with a complimentary massage or give them a free puppy. Satisfied clients, meanwhile, can enroll in Zuma’s contract- and fee-free membership program, which provides discounts on future services and gift cards.
For Doctor of Chiropractic Matt Ogle of Highland Chiropractic, it's not enough to ease the symptoms of ailments. He wants to pinpoint their cause. During exams, Dr. Ogle investigates issues in children as young as newborns by looking for their source, using high-tech computer scanning equipment. Once he's located the source of issue and the patient's hidden set of car keys, he sets to work stimulating the body to recover from it. For this step, Dr. Ogle relies on traditional, drug-free chiropractic techniques, such as spinal adjustments and massages.
Doctor of Chiropractic Steven Killion’s practice, Integrative Health Centers of Idaho, is focused on keeping bodies pain-free by ensuring backs are at their healthiest. He expertly straightens out troublesome spines using Triton DTS spinal-decompression therapy. The decompression sessions combine several simultaneous actions: isolating the spinal disk and joint, placing them under a vacuum-like negative pressure, widening nerve openings, and gently stretching ligaments and muscles to improve circulation. Dr. Killion keeps his patients feeling great by adding massage therapy and passive therapies that use ice, heat, or Bob Seger records.
Trained at the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, board-certified chiropractic physicians Chad Woolner and Jefferson Harmon straighten spines with a host of physiotherapy solutions within Align Chiropractic’s golden-hued walls. Although he originally prepared for a career as a dentist, Dr. Woolner decided to switch disciplines after observing a chiropractor ease injuries that hadn’t responded to a doctor-prescribed regimen of muscle relaxants, painkillers, and therapeutic hand puppetry. Today, Dr. Woolner remains committed to the treatment of chronic pain without drugs or surgery. Together with Dr. Harmon, a second-generation chiropractor, he’ll tackle bodily complaints with a variety of noninvasive methods, including electric-stimulation treatment and exercise rehabilitation. Both practitioners tag-team with licensed massage therapists to coax away deeply buried muscular knots through trigger-point massage and strongly worded post-it notes. Click here for a video tour of Align Chiropractic’s offices.
Each of the three licensed chiropractors at Better Life Chiropractic became chiropractors as a direct result of their own positive experiences with chiropractic treatments. Doctor of Chiropractic Roy Strickland’s chiropractor helped him overcome inexplicable pains when he lived in Japan. Dr. Nathan Olsen’s mother cleared her migraines with chiropractic adjustments, and Dr. Jed Badders recovered from a fractured vertebra and broken pelvic bone due to a car accident with chiropractic care. The doctors now devote themselves to the arts of fostering health from the inside out with holistic, drug-free massages and spinal-decompression techniques.
The team emphasizes communication with patients. Before adjusting spines, the doctors explain everything in advance, answering questions and quizzical eyebrow raises to ensure patients stay privy to the goals of each technique and are able to participate in their own wellness regime and give feedback to the doctors.
Because headaches are so common, they can become part of your routine––but it doesn't have to be that way. The licensed massage therapists at Bodyworks Health & Wellness contend that headaches are a often sign of something more substantial, such as a pinched nerve or a misaligned spine. Whatever the cause, clients can seek respite in one of Bodyworks' cozy treatment rooms through noninvasive chiropractic care or a relaxing therapeutic massage.