After a car accident left him with persistent pain, David H. Mruz experienced the holistic healing power of chiropractic adjustments firsthand. Having found his calling, he went on to become a doctor of chiropractic at Sherman College of Chiropractic. Now at Eastside Chiropractic, he offers the same services that set him right after the accident, plus he offers sports injury management, cold-laser treatments, and massage therapy. He treats competitive cyclists by honing in on their unique concerns about ergonomics, performance, and pinky strain from excessive bell ringing.
Licensed massage therapist Sherrie Templeton was just 14 when she saw the healing benefits of massage firsthand. After being turned down by a back surgeon, her father turned to massage to overcome his symptoms, finding relief that eventually weaned him from pain medications and restored his ability to function. “It made quite an impression,” she says, “the idea that someone could correct the problem with just hands when the surgeon wasn't able to fix the problem by cutting.”
That belief in the clinical power of massage permeates Templeton's own practice inside Mountain View Chiropractic, where she tailors Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages to each client's unique aches and concerns. Templeton also believes massage can transcend physical benefits, as it can also help to lift the mental burden brought on by stress and thoughts about sandbags. “There is an almost spiritual connection between the therapist and the client," she says. "There's a transfer of energy, there's a release, so you can just close your eyes and allow someone else to take on your stresses and discomforts for an hour. People need that in this culture.”
HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab has more offices across the United States then there are days in the year, and HealthSource of Greer is one of them. There, Doctor of Chiropractic Joseph Pesce and his wife, licensed massage therapist Carla Pesce, uphold HealthSource's mission to help patients live pain-free by customizing chiropractic, massage, and rehab services. To complete this lofty mission, Dr. Pesce employs advanced chiropractic technology and equipment, which eases aches caused by carpal tunnel, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and muscles that have french-braided themselves around the rib cage.
The therapy program at Serenity Rehab & Wellness Center focuses on mending both chronic pain and new aches with a series of modalities and therapeutic exercises. Any problem with the body is covered, including ankle fractures, frozen shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vertigo. Patients learn how to continue their healing with exercises that can be done at home on their own.
Dana Reid, RN, is a licensed massage therapist and an esteemed member of ABMP––Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She's also the owner of Alternative Health Solutions, where she combines traditional massage therapy and alternative treatments to foster healing. Clients can solicit Dana for a quick chair massage or request a more comprehensive deep-tissue massage to banish lower-layer tension and improve mobility.
Certified Rolfer Will Schilling helps improve clients’ posture and range of movement through a hands-on manipulation technique that was developed more than 50 years ago. During Rolfing sessions, which include a postural and walking analysis, he reworks connective tissue to relieve tension and long-held patterns, as well as increase flexibility.