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.
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.
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.
At Pittsburgh Alternative Health, friendly staffers join Doctor of Naturopathy Darrell Misak and needle-free acupressure specialist, Dr. Wan Huang to restore and maximize bodily health and mental well-being with holistic treatments. Toxins are expelled during sauna sessions, where infrared light saps contaminants from muscles, and relaxing ionic footbaths, which kiss the feet with gentle electrical charges. Relaxed patrons can glide into a private mental-rest room, where a programmed audio-visual show lures minds into a state of alert relaxation with music, lights, and footage of baby pandas learning to cartwheel. The health center can also aid patients on the road to health with analytic testing. During an EAV test, technicians use a fusion of mechanical methods and ancient acupuncture pressure points to study the body’s energy. The results can pinpoint sensitivities to foods, chemicals, or existentialist poems that may be decreasing energy or causing other health problems.
Chiropractic medicine and massage therapy join forces at Greater Pittsburgh Joint and Muscle Center, a wellness studio helmed by chiropractic doctor Frank J. Verri. Here, licensed massage therapists ferry minds and muscles toward states of relaxation that are deeper and more satisfying than a moon crater filled with homemade chili. To dissolve painful knots and unclench tense muscles, they borrow Eastern techniques such as foot reflexology to augment Western modalities such as deep-tissue massage. Swedish bodywork teems with long, gliding strokes and gentle taps that awaken endorphins and promote blood flow, sending oxygen coursing into corporeal outliers such as fingers, toes, and conjoined invisible friends. In addition to kneading sinews and adjusting spines, attentive staffers help clients boost their nutrition IQs with diet consultations and weight-loss programs.
At The Birch Center for Health, acupuncturist David Sokulski uses the skills that he mastered at New England School of Acupuncture— the oldest acupuncture school in the United States. He delicately inserts hair-thin needles into predetermined spots across the body, stimulating the flow of energy to treat ailments such as fertility issues, depression, and physical pain. He also practices cosmetic acupuncture, a technique that increases circulation to restore a healthy glow to the skin. Birch branches and miniature smiling Buddhas adorn their peaceful studio.