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 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.
As a Vietnam veteran, Ellen Ona, L.Ac., is no stranger to physical and emotional pain. She served as a medic and surgical scrub technician in the U.S. Army, and after graduating from the esteemed Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and traveling to Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China to study Chinese herbal medicine, Ona went on to become a licensed practitioner and a nationally board-certified diplomat of Oriental medicine. She utilizes her extensive training to treat a wide variety of conditions with 2,500-year-old traditional Chinese medicine techniques. Ona performs acupuncture treatments and dispenses Chinese herbs to address stress, chronic pain, or the inability to ferret out Magic Eye images. As a gesture of goodwill and support, Ona offers complimentary treatments—including the "Battle Field Acupuncture Protocol"—to other vets suffering from back, neck, or joint pain or post-traumatic stress disorder.
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.