Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.
Doctor of Chiropractic Todd Whittemore’s familiarity with chiropractic care dates back to the adjustments he received before he was 10. Years later, chiropractic adjustments came in handy again after a hockey injury damaged his ability to breathe, which a chiropractor remedied. By this time, Dr. Whittemore had already graduated from college and was working as an engineer. But the success of the treatment for that rib, along with subsequent treatments for his ankles, inspired him to enroll in chiropractic school.
As a former engineer, Dr. Whittemore has a head for structure and function, and he applies this knowledge while examining the spine for structural deficiencies. Stow Family Chiropractic's high-tech diagnostic equipment picks up whatever his eyes can't see. Computer analyses reveal any roadblocks in the nervous system, and x-rays paint a picture of backbones, showing any deterioration or slipped disks that might be impinging on the nerves or on patients’ ability to carry their cars to work.
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.
At Dunsky Rehabilitation and Spine Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Joshua Dunsky applies a whole person approach to each of his patients. Instead of treating them based solely on their x-rays or relation to Stretch Armstrong, he inquires about lifestyle habits and diet to gain a full picture of health. From there, he recommends treatments that can include nonsurgical spinal decompression, massages, or corrective exercises. To accommodate busy schedules, the center offers morning hours and stays open until 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
A patient mentions pain in his right shoulder. Then, an acupuncturist inserts a needle into his left ankle. Primarily focusing on the distal style of acupuncture, Acupuncture Connections' team is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, ensuring that each member knows exactly where to place each pain-battling needle. During each session, one of the acupuncturists inserts an average of 8 to 10 FDA-approved single-use needles into specific areas—along the forearms, hands, lower legs, and head—aiming to treat issues from autoimmune diseases to digestive issues to fatigue. Since distal acupuncture involves the treatment of areas normally exposed while wearing shorts and a T-shirt, patients typically don't need to remove their clothing or steel breastplates. The sessions begin with a private consultation with a practitioner who holds a master's degree in acupuncture.
Since graduating from New York Chiropractic College in the mid 1980s, doctor of chiropractic Peter G. Hill developed an itch for understanding and treating automotive- and sports-related injuries. To scratch it, he attends conferences and forums on concussions, which are typically less conspicuous than other injuries such as a whiplashed neck or deflated ego. Alongside injury recovery, Dr. Hill addresses all kinds of aches and pains with adjustments, muscle work, physical therapies, and nutritional counseling.
Veronica Boske of Ameyal Holistic Health inspires her clients to study, train, and work for the healthy life they want. Her health and weight loss coaching programs aim to help clients of all ages and fitness levels improve their overall wellness by following customized fitness plans, preparing nutritious recipes, and setting realistic goals. Instead of focusing on dietary changes or exercise regimes alone, she analyzes every aspect of a client's life, from their stress level to their sleep patterns to how many life-size donuts they run into on their way to work.
During coaching sessions, Boske draws upon the experience she gained in the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. There, she studied more than 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and coaching methods. She also learned from a number of well-known wellness experts, including Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University.