The SpineSix machine at Montvale Health Associates looks a bit like a roller coaster simulator. But in fact, this reclining chair is a physical therapy tool with parts that slowly and gently move the spine in a figure eight pattern to alleviate back pain. It also serves as a prime example of how high-tech and specialized the center's treatments can be. Their arsenal of wellness equipment, which ranges from chiropractic implements like this one to surgical lasers, is an impressive one.
Of course, all that technology relies on human expertise. The staff here is a melting pot of specialists trained in a variety of disciplines including pain relief, spine care, physical therapy, and orthopedic and sports medicine. Their services branch into more and more specific subcategories under those headings.
Regardless of their ailment, every patient sees Dr. Rick Lambert to start. Based on his consultations, new clients are directed to the appropriate doctor for their symptoms, instead of having to rely on a handshake test to pick their health-care provider. Each specialist's approach is always personalized, and integrative more often than not, combining therapies such as massage and acupuncture with medical treatments.
When Brett Caminez was still in high school, a skiing injury felt like an unfortunate introduction to chiropractic care. Luckily, chiropractic techniques essentially healed what could have been a roadblock to his athletic pursuits, and the experience made a lasting impression on him. These days, Doctor of Chiropractic Caminez treats patients at Caminez Chiropractic. He combines the technology of EMG scans and x-rays with holistic know-how, correcting issues such as sore muscles or postures thrown askew by mismatched stilts. When he's not performing adjustments, he still likes to strap on skis and take to the hills.
Licensed doctor of chiropractic Howard Kessler treats chronic pain and promotes long-term wellness with an arsenal of ameliorating modalities and procedures. During the patient's first visit, the chiropractor inspects the form and function of skeletal architecture with a consultation and x-ray, followed by an initial adjustment to restore proper vertebrae placement and replace any Jenga pieces that have dislodged and floated away. In subsequent visits, Dr. Kessler conducts two more treatments to reverse any harmful subluxations and unpinch the precious spinal nerves that connect to all muscles and major organs. In addition to healing injury and preventing chronic pain with expertly administered adjustments, Dr. Kessler further pursues the body's well being with a range of treatments including massage ($22), neuromuscular reduction ($25), manual traction ($20), or therapeutic tickling.
Belinda Gonzales, an energy worker and licensed massage therapist, combines therapies from different cultures to guide bodies toward total relaxation at Peaceful Retreat Therapeutic Massage. She offers modalities such as anxiety-relieving Swedish and deep-tissue massage. She also performs thai massage, which incorporates yoga-influenced stretches and gentle rocking—like when Mick Jagger quietly sang “Happy” to a restless Keith Richards and his teddy bear. Belinda can further melt away mental stress with aromatherapeutic oils; during reiki therapy, she directs energy toward acupuncture points to balance the energy levels.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Alepa and the team at Select Wellness use a variety of holistic approaches to combat pain and restore their patients to optimal health. Dr. Alepa makes use of innovative spinal care technology, such as the ProAdjuster, which analyzes vertebra motion and taps misaligned bits of spine back into place, and the DRX 9000 spinal decompression machine. Acupuncture treatments help clear up energy blockages throughout the body and massage therapy sessions ease muscle aches caused by tension, overuse, or freak penny-farthing accidents.