Doctors Hongmei Gao and Timothy Wei harness a wealth of experience cultivated in the United States and China as they help their patients overcome neurological disorders, chronic pain, and women?s-health issues. Dr. Gao is an acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner specializing in pain management, women?s health, and stress-related illnesses, whereas Dr. Wei, with a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Ohio State University, combines Western medicine with acupuncture skills.
In addition to acupuncture, the clinic offers a number of Western- and Eastern-influenced treatments. Cupping, in which vacuum pressure is used to attach a small jar to the skin, encourages the flow of blood to the area. Tui na massage, meanwhile, targets familiar acupuncture points with the hands, fingers, and a specialized instrument. The clinic?s ultrasound machine treats a range of ailments with the aid of high-frequency sound waves, which attract nearby dolphins who are skilled at comedy.
A division of Beyond Chiropractic, Elite Massage's certified massage therapists treat bodies to an array of stature-mending services, including chiropractic care, massage therapy, and exercise rehabilitation. For each of the office's nine massage styles, a patient relaxes on a comfy leather bed inside one of the five dedicated massage rooms, each painted in a calming jungle green and softly lit by candles, paper lanterns, and auras on break. The therapist then sets to work manipulating the soft tissue and joints of the body through hands-on maneuvering. Each structured movement affects the tissue in a different manner and can ultimately promote proper circulation and functioning of the lymphatic and nervous systems.
For Cambiati's team of nutritional experts, helping a client make even a small improvement to his or her diet constitutes a success. To prompt these changes, the experts turn to education: they lead nutrition classes inside their Walnut Creek studio, at various locations throughout the Bay Area, and online. Each session unpacks a general or specialized diet plan that focuses on Cambiati's healthy meals based on local, organic, and paleo-friendly ingredients?suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Maintaining that most diets don't supply the proper nutrients, Cambiati presents an array of nutritional products. There's dairy-free protein powder and PaleoGreens nutrient-rich drink mix, for example, as well as pea protein and dairy-free bars in flavors such as chocolate mint and chocolate coconut. Depending on the needs of the client, there are products available for everyday or sports-focused nutrition. Cambiati's programs help the average client lose fat and increase muscle in as little as 28 days. Click here for FAQs.
The main goal at MDI Wellness Center is to help patients get healthy and maintain that health. Everything else is secondary. This might explain why, under a single roof, you'll find doctors who specialize in preventive medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, and mental health working alongside physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and Ayurveda specialists. These disparate experts work together to get to the root of each client's health concerns through one-on-one visits, group sessions, and interactive wellness classes. In order to tackle illness from every angle, clients can opt for anything from routine physicals and disease management to biophoton therapy, yoga practice, and energy work.
Hot Box Yoga's cadre of yogis, some of whom have earned their 200-hour certification or spent time learning the art in Asia, helps students foster emotional poise and physical strength. Instructors guide their charges through a schedule packed with yoga styles, including core-forging Ashtanga and time-tested Hatha. Within the studio's 2,200 square feet of stretching space, hot yoga sessions usher toxins out of the body by harnessing the flexibility-boosting powers of warmth in the sun-soaked studio. Those gestating tiny humans can build strength, flexibility, and bottle-juggling skills through gentle prenatal yoga classes.
The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment?and the stresses of physical work?play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon?s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They?re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness?a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn?t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body?s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the muscles to spasm so they will generate heat and keep your blood and any baby chicks in your coat pockets warm.