The staff at this rehabilitation center believe that everyone reacts differently to a medical treatment—what works for one person may not be the best for another. That’s why they use an array of tests, from blood work to kinetic-chain dysfunction exams, to determine each clients’ unique needs. The experts then formulate the ideal plan of action from the center’s repertoire of treatment options, which is then modified to work with the client’s individual needs. Adjustment techniques shift spinal columns into proper alignment, and soft-tissue treatments improve muscle function after napping upon a porcupine.
Equipped with an extensive knowledge of Oriental medicine, licensed and experienced acupuncturist Margaret (Peggy) Older pinpoints pain with ancient medical artistry and soothing techniques. First, clients undergo a professional evaluation as the acupuncturist employs Chinese diagnosis techniques, asks related health questions, and ensures the patient isn't a balloon. Next, a 60-minute acupuncture session eases stress and strain on a specific area with fine, sterile needles. Acupuncture has been safely practiced in China for centuries, and claims to treat a wide variety of maladies, such as headaches, back pain, and Mongolian invasions.
Not one to rest on his hard-earned academic laurels, Optimal Health Center's presiding chiropractor Dr. Stephen Gradwohl continues to bolster his Doctor of Chiropractic degree with advanced studies in orthopedics and sports chiropractic. Fellow Doctor of Chiropractic Dr. Amy Bates takes a holistic approach to patient care and specializes in women's health.
This commitment to unceasing education pays off for their patients, who benefit from a combination of traditional chiropractic spinal adjustments, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle advice. The doctor and his staff focus on treatments that complement one another and heal the body holistically, accounting for psychological needs with personal consultations and dramatic reenactments of classic feel-good movies.
One member of that staff, licensed massage therapist Jessica Williams, works to knead tension and discomfort from muscles with a range of treatments. Depending on the needs of the patient, she might put to use warm river stones, aromatherapy products, or the long strokes of Swedish massage. She also has experience working with athletes and expectant mothers.
Inspired by the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, Acupuncture Center’s David and Kim Yoo strive to create balance and harmony in the body through non-Western medical techniques. Their hair-thin acupuncture needles unblock energy flow along the body's 71 meridians, and cupping sessions draw stagnant qi out from its nap on the soul’s couch. The doctors Yoo also employ moxibustion, a 3,000-year old practice of applying a stick of burning mugwort over an acupuncture point to stimulate and strengthen the blood and life energy. Acupuncture Center works in conjunction with primary-care physicians, often receiving referrals from MDs and augmenting traditional treatments of maladies such as lower back pain, arthritis, migraines, and sleep disorders.
Dr. Kirk Johnson says no to drugs. Inside his holistic practice, he only uses natural therapies to remove pain and discomfort. Through chiropractic, nutrition, and acupuncture, he treats all manner of disease and even helps overcome infertility. Meanwhile, massage therapy manipulates the body’s soft tissue structures to improve circulation and range of motion while releasing toxins. The office also houses a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which creates higher atmospheric pressures to help increase the brain’s oxygen supplies and heal athletic injuries, such as tearing a muscle while trying to hit a home run using only your forearms.
The naturopathic/functional practitioners at Wellness Dimensions have tasked themselves with the lofty goal of "restor[ing] health on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual." Functional medicine is derived from the belief that health is not merely the absence of disease, but the active presence of balance and wellness. So to attend to all systems in the body, Wellness Dimension's seven-person staff includes a massage therapist, a naturopathic clinician, and a traditional M.D. Treatments are equally diverse, ranging from the ancient, such as acupuncture, to the modern, including Venus Freeze body sculpting and massages from robots.