After graduating from the Palmer College of Chiropractic and passing the state board exam, Dr. Jeanne Hofvendahl opened Ben Lomond Chiropractic in 1993. Since then, she's been using a unique blend of low-force adjusting techniques and massage therapy—derived from years of owning a massage practice—to correct skeletal misalignments. After assessing patients' skeletal, muscular, and postural conditions, Dr. Hofvendahl carefully customizes her approach to meet specific physical needs and preferences. She also incorporates physical-therapy techniques, such as deep heat packs and ultrasound, to treat injured muscles or locate tissues accidentally inhaled into the brain.
Aptos Village Skin & Body Care's relaxation specialists treat clients to 45 minutes of massage and a 45-minute facial during the Quick Fix treatment. Open-eared massage therapists cater their styles to suit clients' individual needs, whether the clients require simple stress relief, pain management, or knot-untangling nirvana. In addition to soothing tense and troubled muscles, the Quick Fix massage mollifies envious noses with aromatic aromatherapy. Following the massage, a customized aromatherapy facial lavishes care upon delicate faces, fostering a radiant glow that will force loved ones to don thick sunglasses in your presence. For dermal and olfactory glands that require continued pampering at home, Aptos Village Skin & Body Care offers a 20% products discount that can be used on the day of your appointment.
In-Line Chiropractic founder Dr. Krista (Hawes) Healy draws on more than 11 years of professional experience to oversee healing at her multifunctional practice. The center's massage therapists relax and realign tense muscles and charm snaky spinal cords with an array of methodologies, and a resident hypnotherapist helps clients shake physical and emotional ailments using the power of suggestion. Nutritionists prompt healthier lifestyles by offering everything from dietary consultations to detoxification packages, and staff also administers drug tests, health physicals for students, and DMV physicals to fulfill work requirements for firefighters, taxi drivers, or bumper-car chauffeurs.
In treating patients, Doctor of Chiropractic Buford McCharen doesn?t have to deliver the cracking thrusts of traditional back and neck adjustments. Instead, he treats spinal subluxations, nerve interference, and pain syndrome with gentle instrument-assisted adjustments. These adjustments are designed to gently tap the vertebrae to restore normal motion and take pressure off of sensitive nerve tissue so the body can do its job of healing. Cold-laser therapy further circumvents invasive treatments by targeting inflammation with laser light that bypasses the skin completely.
The staff at Alternative Health Care Center know that no two bodies are alike. To accommodate the variety, they provide a wide array of holistic treatments to bring bodies to back to health. Eight massage therapists are on hand to customize sessions to the needs of each individual, using gentle strokes, deep-tissue pressure, and hot towels as needed. Clients can also request a physical-therapy session to accelerate recovery from an injury, or solicit the expertise of the on-staff chiropractor to readjust their spine after a failed giraffe impression.
At the age of 10, Duncan McCollum fell 30 feet from a towering tree while trying to catch sight of a Cal-Stanford football game. With the fall came the consensus of a sprained back and a childhood filled with prescription medications and muscle relaxers to deal with his near-constant pain. He reinjured his back at the age of 20, and his friends, who were convinced that chiropractic care could help, dragged him to a chiropractor against his will. After taking x-rays and examining him, the chiropractor made a startling discovery—Duncan's initial fall from a decade ago had broken his back, and since then it had healed incorrectly.
"I was really nervous when he was about to adjust me for the first time," Duncan says. "After I jumped up from the intense shooting pain, for the first time in over a decade, I felt relief. I could get up and move!"
With continual treatments, Duncan slowly got his life back, and with it came great inspiration. He set out to become a Doctor of Chiropractic in order to help those who felt condemned to living with back pain, as he once did. Now, inside McCollum Wellness Center's cottage-like setting, he warmly welcomes patients and listens to their own life stories before eradicating aches and pains with gentle chiropractic treatments.