For Dr. Philip Kogler, chronic back pain has been transformative. Not only did it transform his spine—his malady became so severe that doctors had to fuse two of his vertebrae—it also transformed his career. Originally a dentist, he became a chiropractor to help others effectively manage their back pain.
Nowadays, Dr. Kogler’s Gonstead-style adjustments alleviate ailments such as back pain and headaches. To complement his chiropractic treatments, he prescribes corrective exercises that his clients can perform at home, as well as nutrition and lifestyle advice, such as never to drink and eat in the same millisecond. His associate, massage therapist David Studer, kneads clients’ backs in order to improve circulation and minimizing swelling.
Doctor of Chiropractic Bill Warburton keeps spines in line with adjustments carefully selected to suit each patient. His methods range from the common diversified technique to the more unconventional Pettibon system, which revolves around the hard and soft tissues of the spine and seated x-rays. Cranial adjustments allow Dr. Warburton to treat the bones in the skull. The massage therapists on staff complement his chiropractic treatments with bodywork sessions that relax strained muscles and aim to erase chronic pain. Their hope is to improve their patients' health and well-being through holistic therapies.
Gig Harbor Chiropractic & Massage is helmed by husband-and-wife doctor duo Greg and Keri Messer, two graduates of Western States Chiropractic College who set out together to annihilate pain one spine at a time. One of the doctors or their skilled staff members will begin your exam with a conversation about your back bothers and health habits. Next, you'll receive a complete chiropractic examination that tests your reflexes, flexibility, posture, and more, followed by a computerized spinal assessment to discover if any disks are bulging, shoulders are slumping, or vertebrae have forgotten the state capitals. If a bit of extra dorsal detective work is required, you'll receive up to two x-rays before the doctor reports his or her findings and recommendations for any necessary treatment.
The experienced staff at WellnessOne of Eastgate eases tension and corrects misaligned spines in a relaxing, patient-focused setting. During a one-hour massage, muscle manipulators bring skilled fingers to bear on downtrodden tissue. Massagees can choose from options including prenatal, deep-tissue, lymphatic, and hot-stone massage (hot-stone massages must be scheduled in advance), helping them depart from the premises with muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet.
Dr. Toler and the conscientious crew at Tacoma Chiropractic commit themselves to healing ailments using their spine-straightening skills. A one-hour massage can relieve stress, unknot overworked muscles, and clear away the tension of held-back curse words. Clients can choose from a myriad of massage options, including deep tissue, relaxation, Swedish, and therapeutic, depending on their needs. The center's soothing yellow and green walls evoke Mother Nature, enveloping each patient in her nurturing arms, while its tenacious team slakes stress from aching bodies.