Acupuncture is a 2,500 year old form of medicine from China which in the United States has become a leading choice for the treatment of pain and hundreds of other conditions. During a typical treatment very thin, solid, hair like needles are placed with little or no sensation at specific points on the body. The stimulation
A California-licensed naturopathic doctor, Robert Paul Duplain addresses health issues through a combination of natural medicine and Western medical science. Instead of treating individual symptoms, Dr. Duplain susses out the underlying causes behind these symptoms, employing physical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and counseling to remedy acute and chronic conditions. As guests enter the health center, Dr. Duplain walks them through the naturopathic process, speaking about health goals and symptoms before conducting a physical exam to explore what might be interfering with their overall well-being. Dr. Duplain and his patients then work together to form a treatment plan that promotes recovery through noninvasive measures.
Jenny Crissman is a licensed acupuncturist and herbologist, and pretty good at making peanut-butter sandwiches. During the visit, Jenny makes a full assessment of a patient's medical history, from a sprained ankle in the fourth grade to the back injury resulting from a banana encounter on the set of a cartoon. Based upon each individual history, she gives a variety of diet, nutrition, and herbal recommendations. What follows is the acupuncture treatment itself, when painless, sterile, and hair-thin needles target specific points along the body's energy meridians, a process that can help with all manner of ailments, from chronic pain, headaches, and allergies to stress, depression, and fatigue.
At Bay Area Bodywork, Tia Monroe applies the knowledge she gleaned while attending the National Holistic Institute. Before she opened her own practice, she honed her skills at fitness centers and spas. Today, this certified massage therapist soothes aches and subdues stress with her own unique blend of Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue techniques. Her therapeutic massage sessions combine Swedish and deep-tissue strokes, and her aromatherapy massages blend the aforementioned modalities with essential oils to invigorate the senses. Tia also warms up basalt river stones before using them in hot-stone massages that loosen curmudgeonly knots caused by the words of unlovable curmudgeons.
In Sanskrit, the word “niroga” means “freedom from disease.” Staying true to their business' namesake, the instructors and healers at Niroga Yoga Studio strive to guide students down a path of mental, physical, and spiritual healing. The aforementioned path takes on a literal form in the palatial exercise space—students lie on mats beside a path formed in the floorboards that leads to an image of a blossoming lotus. Beneath spheres of soft light, teachers walk about to offer modifications for poses or inspirational shadow puppets. They hold classes that are meditative, therapeutic, or fitness oriented, and regularly offer separate workshops on stress management and the physiological benefits of yoga practice. There are also yoga therapists and massage therapists that can further aid in healing and finding peace of mind.
The nonprofit Niroga Institute, which specializes in transforming the lives of incarcerated youth, underserved high-school students, and cancer survivors, operates Niroga Yoga Studio.
Dr. Rina Tinozzi really likes getting people out of pain. She works with everyone from athletes to new moms, using gentle spinal adjustments and trigger-point therapy to combat headaches, chronic shoulder or knee pain, and sciatica. Every visit includes a trigger-point massage before the chiropractic adjustment in order to both relax patients and release any lactic acid built up in the body. In fact, relaxation is so important to Dr. Tinozzi that she encourages patients to remain on the adjustment table for a few restful minutes or take a slow walk in the park behind the office.
Dr. Tinozzi says most of her patients are relieved of their chronic pain within three to six visits. Still, she encourages them to follow up with wellness and maintenance care to prevent the practices that started the condition in the first place and to continue discussions about which vice president was the best looking (Mondale).
The stakes are undoubtedly high. At the current rate of donation, more than 30% of people on the National Organ Transplant Waiting List will never get the organs they need. California Transplant Donor Network aims to change that by educating people and raising awareness. They also put boots on the ground, facilitating organ and tissue donation by offering assistance to 175 hospitals in California and Nevada. In addition to their donation work, the network holds events such as 5Ks to raise funds and invites families of donors to contribute memories to the Donor Memorial Quilt Project.