As a competitive tennis player, skier, yoga practitioner, and active outdoorsman, Doctor of Chiropractic Richard Hoffman knows how painful and debilitating injuries can be. He specializes in getting injured employees back to work and facilitating seniors' active lifestyles with personalized, one-on-one care. Dr. Hoffman has been in private practice for more than two decades and regularly continues his training in physical therapy and chiropractic care so he can offer the latest equipment and techniques to his patients.
Dr. Hoffman employs advanced technology such as a spinal-decompression table to gently alleviate the pressure associated with compressed discs. His heated Osaki OS-4000 massage chair loosens muscles from the neck all the way down to the calves with an ergonomic, zero-gravity design that cradles the spine and makes a person feel as weightless as a dieting ghost.
Doctor of Chiropractic Steven Mahoney has always wanted to help people. From his graduate studies in chiropractic to his continuing education in body function and nutrition, Dr. Mahoney has focused his efforts on improving his patients' quality of life. Today, Atlas Family Chiropractic Center is one of the largest practices in Howard County, and his chiropractic-massage therapy has helped scores of clients recover from pain. The procedure purges the body of unwanted toxins in the muscles by improving circulation, and a firm touch alleviates soft-tissue injuries as well as less-tangible symptoms, such as headaches or stuck-on backpacks.
Under the guidance of clinic director Dr. Timothy Gober, DC, the wellness professionals at White Marsh Healthcare and Physical Medicine help patients to identify food intolerances with the ALCAT blood test. During this test, a technician introduces assorted foods, additives, colorings, and chemicals to a vial of drawn blood and observes the reaction under a microscope.
Licensed chiropractor Rob Marvenko sees the body as a single, harmonious entity. Each component affects the function of all the others, as in a delicate ecosystem or the mosh pit at a Slayer concert. Marvenko's hands-on techniques reflect this holistic view of the body. During neuromuscular-reeducation sessions for soft-tissue injuries, he reinforces the nerve signals for functional movement by use of repetitive motions and muscle stimulation. Through the Chiropractic Biophysics technique, he focuses on normalizing posture and spinal curvature. In addition to bringing spines and nervous systems back into balance, he and the clinic's massage therapist practice hydrotherapy massage and physical therapy.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.
A few years ago, Aria, the experienced esthetician behind Divinely Beautiful Skincare and Meditation, began complimenting her understanding of the external body with an exploration of the inner-self. Since beginning the practice of mindful meditation, she found the technique helps to increase self-awareness, diminish stress, and strengthen the mind-body connection. Rather than keeping this newfound wisdom to herself, she decided to share it with others, adding meditation to her lineup of services in in 2012.
Today, she continues to help instill confidence from the inside out with skincare services, including facials and waxing sessions, and contemplative meditation practices. She offers drop-in meditation classes and one-on-one sessions, both designed to clear minds, boost energy levels, strengthen focus, and foster a whole new appreciation for Enya.