At The Birch Center for Health, acupuncturist David Sokulski uses the skills that he mastered at New England School of Acupuncture— the oldest acupuncture school in the United States. He delicately inserts hair-thin needles into predetermined spots across the body, stimulating the flow of energy to treat ailments such as fertility issues, depression, and physical pain. He also practices cosmetic acupuncture, a technique that increases circulation to restore a healthy glow to the skin. Birch branches and miniature smiling Buddhas adorn their peaceful studio.
Inside a brownstone building, Wellspring Whole Health's holistic health coaches aim to restore health to clients through natural treatments that call upon the powers of body, mind, and spirit. The staff nutrition gurus combine modern medicine, technology, and traditional healing therapies to bolster each client's innate healing abilities. Committed to educating each visitor, Wellspring Whole Health consults with patients to craft personalized plans that can return them to a state as healthy and balanced as Olympic-level teeter-totter teams.
The team of chiropractors and alternative health care specialists at Kukurin Chiropractic vanquish pain without the use of medicine or invasive surgery. To do so, they rely on a range of holistic treatments intended to spur the body into self-healing mode. Acupuncturist reroute nerve impulses with the strategic placement of needles, massage therapists promote circulation with therapeutic pressures, and chiropractors push discs into more healthy positions with gentle, safe adjustments.
The staff at Tepe Chiropractic Center has one mission: to help patients abolish pain without drugs. They achieve this goal through a combination of physical therapy, electrotherapy, and massages—each designed to trigger the body's own self-healing properties. But before commencing with any of their noninvasive treatments, the team consults with clients and devises a treatment plan that's tailored to the individual.
Chiropractic medicine and massage therapy join forces at Greater Pittsburgh Joint and Muscle Center, a wellness studio helmed by chiropractic doctor Frank J. Verri. Here, licensed massage therapists ferry minds and muscles toward states of relaxation that are deeper and more satisfying than a moon crater filled with homemade chili. To dissolve painful knots and unclench tense muscles, they borrow Eastern techniques such as foot reflexology to augment Western modalities such as deep-tissue massage. Swedish bodywork teems with long, gliding strokes and gentle taps that awaken endorphins and promote blood flow, sending oxygen coursing into corporeal outliers such as fingers, toes, and conjoined invisible friends. In addition to kneading sinews and adjusting spines, attentive staffers help clients boost their nutrition IQs with diet consultations and weight-loss programs.
As a certified dietitian, naturopath, acupuncturist, and ayurvedic practitioner, Dr. Carlos Quezada practices family medicine using alternative healing techniques. Dr. Quezada draws on his ayurvedic studies in India and traditional Chinese medicine to treat patients.
Evolve Wellness Spa's licensed staff of aestheticians helps flagging physiques replenish their pep with an array of holistic services. Begin a revitalizing afternoon with the Primal Relaxation massage ($70), marked by rhythmic strokes with light-to-medium pressure designed to roll over muscle groups, whisk away worries, and expel lingering fears of cattle-robbing chupacabras. Once the body goes limp from hip to neck, Evolve Wellness Spa's resident staffers then apply a barrage of natural and organic skincare products to the face, all in an effort to balance and purify the smooth epidermal surface ($80).