Atlas Pain Institute takes its name from the atlas vertebrae—the spine’s uppermost segment. Unlike the other segments, this vertebra floats freely, allowing the head to pivot in all directions. As such, it is believed to be the segment most prone to slipping and bumping against nerve tissue, causing pain and other bodily symptoms.
Dr. B. Jason Trowbridge, an upper-cervical specialist, eases atlas vertebrae and the other vertebrae back into healthier positions. To do so, he relies on a combination of state-of-the-art chiropractic adjustments with advanced techniques, such as computerized posture analysis and vibratory massage.
At Stamps Chiropractic, Dr. Wes Stamps and his team of specialists dish out doses of relaxation via a variety of massage-therapy treatments. During 30-minute hydro massages, clients remain completely clothed and completely dry atop a specialized bed. As powerful waves of water deliver heated, soothing strokes to targeted areas, a user-friendly touch screen encourages further customization with peaceful videos and a relaxing soundtrack that includes music and the tranquil call of howler monkeys.
Licensed spine refiner Doctor of Chiropractic Tiffany Curley fuses her expertise with advanced technologies to help her patients manage mechanical problems and reach their health goals. This Groupon encompasses two office visits. The 60-minute initial session includes a comprehensive orthopedic and neurological exam and consultation, including a patient-history intake, evaluation of vitals in a full-range motion checkup, blood-pressure reading, and test counting most consecutive backflips in one minute (a $101 value). Afterward, if the doctor deems them necessary, x-rays (a $189 value) articulate the body's skeletal framework, showing any signs of misalignment or degeneration. During the second visit, Dr. Curley reports the exam's findings, which inform her suggestions for a treatment plan as well as a 30-minute hands-on adjustment (a $75 value) and guitar lesson.
The majority of Total Wellness Austin's treatments are customized to meet the needs of each individual, and they all help to strengthen the relationship between mind and body. Owner Lori Massad-Koska sets the tone by developing individualized yoga programs for her clients that assist in lowering stress and improving flexibility, and a series of online instruction videos allows her students to practice in the comfort of their home or their car on the commute to work. Massad-Koska's classes also incorporate furry best friends in Doga sessions, which allow pooches and their pet humans to stretch together.
In addition to sun salutations, Total Wellness Austin aids its clients in the quest for better health with acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care and prompt extended sweating with boot camps led by certified personal trainers. Their focus on wellness extends from clients to the community in which they live: mental-health workshops raise donations for the family room at the Travis County courthouse, which helps comfort children in trouble, and a band of skilled instructors teach free yoga sessions for vets, their spouses, and bands of migrating penguins.
Doctor of Chiropractic Amy Hess's mission is to educate her patients about vertebral subluxation, which causes spinal bones to become misaligned, as well as about proper nutrition. But before she can do any of that, she needs to educate herself about the patient and attempt to determine the causes of their vertebral subluxations, so she asks them detailed questions about the sports they've been involved in, the number of car accidents they've been in, and if they've ever been a professional limbo dancer. Hess then takes the time to explain her services, such as thermography scans—which use digital thermal imaging to suss out pain—and ashiatsu massages—which blend deep-tissue, Swedish, myofascial, and trigger-point therapies and require Hess to walk over the patient's back. She also teaches her patients healthy eating habits during nutrition consultations and posts a healthy recipe every week on her Facebook page.
Throughout her more than 25 years in practice, Doctor of Chiropractic Cynthia Schade has always aimed to treat more than the back. She thinks of each patient as a whole person, and that conscientious care shows in her methods. Two of her own staff members became health care practitioners as a result of her treatments: Kelly Grosch found relief from tennis elbow thanks to Dr. Schade's knowledge of the soft-tissue-mobilization method known as the Graston technique, and went on to become a chiropractor and master the technique herself.
Today, Dr. Schade and her staff at Active Life Wellness and Healthcare, including fellow chiropractor Cynthia Lara, ease clients’ aches and promote their wellness in a welcoming environment. Their careful adjustments and soothing massages can treat a variety of conditions, including injuries resulting from car accidents and neck pain resulting from chain mail ties.