When licensed massage therapist Eric McFerin isn’t teaching massage therapy at Heritage College, he’s performing it at Massage Therapy by Eric McFerin. At his practice, he specializes in multiple modalities that range from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, and reiki—a Japanese form of energy healing. Also a former NCAA swimmer, Eric draws on his extensive athletic knowledge to perform sports massage and help increase performance through rock tape application.
HealthFirst Chiropractic seeks to stealthily track and pin down bodily pain, instilling patients with a sense of wellbeing and relief through a panoply of techniques. A chiropractic exam determines each patient's skeletal state, such as mild scoliosis or bones that are actually plaster-filled paper-towel tubes. Skittish skeletons are captured on camera by x-rays, exposing the potentially painful secrets obscured beneath flesh. Finally, the deepest of tissues are prodded into submission by kneading hands in a massage designed to relieve stress and increase joint flexibility; alternatively, pressure points play pincushion during a targeted acupuncture session.
The doctors at Premier Chiropractic Centers circumvent the potential hazards of surgery and medications with non-invasive chiropractic techniques. Each doctor is an expert in the back and neck and tracks down subluxations in the spine that can cause pain or numbness virtually anywhere in the body. With a combination of massages, gentle adjustments, and physical therapy, the doctors nudge slipped discs into healthier positions. Aside from hands-on treatments, the doctors also dole out nutritional advice and outfit feet with custom orthotics designed to promote straighter posture.
If Drs. Ajay Syam and Scott Cohen were superheroes, their utility belts would be filled with some impressive gadgets: ultrasound tools, x-ray machines, and physical therapy implements to name a few. But, seeing as how all that gear couldn't possibly fit on a belt, instead they house it in their two offices. There, they aim to alleviate pain in their clients, treating everything from carpal tunnel syndrome to sports-related injuries.
Unsurprisingly, the chiropractic duo tends to focus on the spine. They examine vertebrae for subluxations, or misalignments, and administer adjustments accordingly. Their methods can reduce pain in the back, neck, and shoulders, and could be supplemented by massages performed by other staff members. They also treat recurring symptoms caused by arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as work injuries caused by sumo-wrestling a finicky photocopier.
Licensed acupuncturist Sarah Kay Roell is passionate about learning. After graduating magna cum laude from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine with her Masters in acupuncture, she went on to complete a yearlong clinic internship before she went to China to study the ancient art for four weeks. Sarah was drawn to the 5,000 year-old form of treatment after acupuncture helped her overcome carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. Since then, she has been dedicated to learning as much as she can about holistic healing and the lifestyle needed to live past 5,000 years old.
At her wellness clinic, Sarah crafts custom treatment plans that address each client's specific ailments. In addition to acupuncture, alternative treatments can include Fire Cupping, which uses heat to encourage the body's energy flow, and moxibustion, a treatment that achieves similar results but through the application of heated herbs.
In an accommodating downtown location, the licensed Take Ten therapists stretch clients out on comfortable massage beds and cast a long list of lightning-charged spells to induce relaxation. Repose in daydreamy reveries during a therapeutic massage, which uses deep-tissue techniques to deactivate trigger points in muscles, increase blood flow, and remove toxins. Or, opt for a Swedish massage, which works the soft body tissues with long, flowing effleurages, tapotements, frictions, and vibrations to relieve pain, stiffness, and stress caused by scaling thousands of candied fish for yesterday’s office party.
For nearly 20 years, board-certified chiropractor Dr. James Appell has operated by the philosophy that the body is its own best doctor. That’s why none of his noninvasive treatments involve any medication or surgical techniques. Instead, he taps into the body’s self-healing mechanisms with customized treatment plans that consist of spinal adjustments, massages, and nutritional supplements.