Ellen Ona practices traditional acupuncture to improve clients’ health holistically. Guests should arrive 15–30 minutes before their scheduled appointment time to complete paperwork, review their medical history, and sketch themselves riding their Chinese-zodiac animal. Drawing on the millennia-old principles of traditional Chinese medicine to liberate qi—the body’s healthy energy—Ellen inserts hair-thin needles into acupuncture points that correspond to client's specific ailments. Acupuncture can alleviate pain and stress and may provide relief from a range of ailments, including insomnia, depression, headaches, acute and chronic back pain, and indigestion. Each appointment lasts 60–90 minutes—call to schedule.
Like sophisticated spies in an action movie, Doctor of Chiropractic Jonathan Abel and his staff brandish a bevy of modern gadgets to accomplish their task. With flexion/distraction hand techniques and mechanical beds, they adjust their patients' spinal columns to nurture healing in misaligned vertebrae. Small, handheld adjustment tools enable them to relieve pain and move joints with low-force manipulations, and low-level lasers saturate cells to stimulate tissue repair. Additionally, Dr. Abel's knowledge of the Graston Technique gifts him with the ability to break apart connective tissues caused by repetitive movements with gentle kneads from a stainless-steel bar.
The staff at Allegheny Physical Medicine combines holistic treatments with state-of-the-art technology to improve patients’ overall health. Doctors of chiropractic perform gentle adjustments to correct spinal alignments with the aim of restoring function and the body’s ability to heal itself. To streamline figures, the staff shrinks fat cells with non-invasive Zerona lasers or diminishes cellulite through mechanical stimulation.
At Pittsburgh Chiropractic, Dr. Carr runs the wellness gamut by straightening spines, alleviating pain due to injuries, performing physiotherapy, and counseling clients on nutrition and weight loss. Patients kick off their visit with a consultation and a thorough 66-point examination, during which the doctor thoroughly explores bodies in search of problem sources and prehensile Pegasus wings. A skilled technician then snaps two x-rays to reveal the inner goings-on among vertebrae to locate underlying ailments and to provide a visual record that maps long-term spinal health. Patients conclude their visit with a one-hour massage, wherein the massage therapist delves their dexterous fingers into muscles to work out kinks and locate pockets of stress with skillful, intuitive strokes. In certain situations, Dr. Carr may recommend a follow-up visit to discuss findings from the first visit.
Tricia Gilbert understands relaxation. A nationally certified massage therapist, she relieves aches and tension with modalities ranging from soothing Swedish to more therapeutic neuromuscular techniques. But she also promotes wellness with less common styles, such as reflexology, Chinese cupping, and even cellulite-smoothing skinny massage. For evidence of Tricia's knot-untangling skills, look no further than the football field—she attended the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp to provide rejuvenating sports massages.
Licensed Acupuncturists Sydnie Bryant, Jessica Fritz, and Daniel Johnson, who hold masters degrees from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, balance the bodies and minds of their clients with deft acupuncture expertise. Invoking the ameliorative properties of the 5,000-year-old treatment, a knowledgeable needler will assess clients’ health by feeling nine pulsations at each wrist and observing the color and form of the face, the tongue, and the body before beginning the pin-cushioning process. During the one-hour session, guests are invited to relax as each gentle needle insertion spearheads stress and deflates tension, inducing a mellow mood that can help to alleviate ailments, improve immunity, increase fertility, and bend spoons.
With a commitment to cleanliness, Wholistic Acupuncture uses only sterilized, stainless-steel needles during the treatment, which are promptly donated to prematurely shedding hedgehogs after a single use.