With a bucket of pins and a master’s in acupuncture, Laura Parks revives health while instilling qi with maximal dexterousness. Sufferers of a broad array of conditions, from chronic fatigue to anxiety, may enjoy the needle's relieving effects, which aim to not just blot out symptoms, but to bring the entire body back to holistic wellness. The tiny pins are a small fraction of the size of typical hypodermic needles, so a slight pinch is typically the most that is felt during the one-hour sessions. Cloud 9's community treatments accommodate five to six clients in one room, with a sliding-scale payment plan to ensure that all who ail have access ($15–$40). Or choose a private room to guarantee a relaxing, solitary experience.
After a motorcycle accident left his 16-year-old body injured and in pain, Douglas Schwan faced a choice that would end up defining his future. Rather than having steel rods surgically implanted in his back, he paid his first visit to a chiropractor, whose integrated, noninvasive methods left an impression on his career path as well as his body.
Fast-forward to the present day: after three decades as a chiropractor, Dr. Schwan continues to distinguish himself through publications and his daily work at Schwan Chiropractic & Acupuncture. He approaches each patient’s condition with a philosophy of integrated wellness, drawing on acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as well as chiropractic adjustments. He often blends these techniques to ease complaints such as chronic pain and stress from working long hours in the office or as a human bridge.
In line with his holistic philosophy, Dr. Schwan sometimes employs acupuncture to help patients to lose weight, quit smoking, and fight fine lines and wrinkles with both needle and needle-free acupuncture. Face-lift acupuncture treatments stimulate acupuncture points with rubber electrodes, smoothing out complexions without the risk of surgery or the embarrassingly high-pitched voice associated with helium injections. Dr. Schwan’s embrace of modern technology extends to computerized acupuncture, which digitally charts meridians to determine the exact locations of physical ailments.
Doctor of Chiropractic Mark Dumas has been keeping his patients' spines in tiptop shape for more than 25 years. Tapping into his board certifications in acupuncture, sacral-occipital technique, and cranial procedures, he calls on multiple disciplines to delve into the root causes of pain and illness. During initial appointments, he conducts any necessary x-rays, MRIs, and laboratory analyses to examine your posture, palpation, and muscles. With test results and a patient history in hand, Dr. Dumas eases misalignments through chiropractic treatments ranging from spinal and organ manipulation to orthotics, therapeutic exercise, and laser therapy. He also prescribes acupuncture treatments to correct flow in the body's 12 energy pathways, or meridians, as well as the unlucky 13th meridian that only runs under ladders.
Aiming to provide a link between conventional medical care and holistic treatments, Beyond Basics Health Coaching helps its clients by offering nutritional tips and support. This personalized guidance begins with a one-on-one session, which allows one of the organization's nurses, dieticians, or nutritionists to meet with each person individually and discuss long-term goals. Based on this session, the staff then will devise a course of action that takes these goals into account. Beyond Basics Health Coaching's biweekly follow-up appointments and instructional cooking classes ensure that clients have the opportunities to learn how to effect dramatic personal changes in their lives.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Tomshack founded HealthSource, a network of more than 380 practices across the country, based on his innovative treatment protocols and rehab techniques. One such trademarked therapy is his Progressive Rehab, which works to strengthen the area of the body that is causing the pain, rather than numbing it with medication or introspective lectures on mortality.
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." These words, said by Thomas Edison in 1902, serve as the mission statement for the holistic health-care providers at Edison Health & Wellness. Because health is multifaceted, their treatments are as well, combining acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, and nutritional changes to treat issues such as back pain, an addiction to cigarettes, or headaches caused by unsolvable math problems. The practice's doctor can also administer acupressure, delivering the benefits of acupuncture without the use of needles.