Doctor of Chiropractic Kim Miller considers herself part of a team. During appointments at Balance Your Life Chiropractic, she works closely with clients to uncover the source of their ailments before devising a treatment plan. Her passion is working with pregnant women and children, and a certification in the Webster technique allows her to gently correct pelvic misalignments to help babies move into ideal positions or graceful arabesques prior to birth. She’s also certified in the Graston technique, in which she uses stainless-steel instruments to break down scar tissue affecting patients’ mobility. Whatever the treatment method, Dr. Miller follows up with patients to ensure their health has improved and their problems have ceased.
Inside Balance Your Life’s newly remodeled office, patients wind their way through an x-ray suite, massage room, and children’s treatment room that boasts bright blue walls and a treatment bed balanced atop a giant, yellow fish. Out in the waiting lounge, a flat-screen TV flashes entertaining programming and x-ray sightings of celebrity spines.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.
At Delta Chiropractic Center, Doctors of Chiropractic Roost and Dail solve back problems with the help of computerized techniques, which has helped them gain recognition from City Pulse and become the official chiropractic office of Lansing's semipro football team. During the exam and consultation, the doctors determine the best course of healing action and read bones' most telling diary entries. The one-hour massage helps to relieve musculoskeletal pain, encourage circulation, increase range of motion, and bring up the patient's relaxation quotient by 10 points on a scale of one to beach. Delta Chiropractic Center realigns body kinks with a variety of techniques, including the ProAdjuster, for which Dr. Roost is the only Class III-certified ProAdjuster doctor in mid-Michigan. A handheld device connected to a computer, the ProAdjuster gently taps the body to analyze and realign the spine with a combination of current technology and traditional chiropractic adjustment techniques.
Licensed massage therapist Bilky Joda-Miller believes that massage can do more than just loosen tight muscles. That’s why her signature services go beyond full-body massages—including those for children and infants—to include regimens geared toward the pain relief and detoxification of fertility and prenatal clients. Her belief in the healing nature of her art also extends to cancer survivors and their caregivers, whom she grants special discounts. Whatever their background may be, clients begin their treatment by settling onto a cozy massage table as soft notes of soothing music keep their minds centered and their spirits providing beatbox accompaniment.
Total Health Chiropractic’s well-rounded team of chiropractic doctors, nutritional coaches, and rehab assistants uses its vast knowledge of the human body to improve each client’s overall well-being. The staff aims to not only eases bodily aches with adjustments, decompression therapy, and 50 forms of spinal traction, but also to help clients reshape their physiques with weight-loss programs, Power Plate machines, TRX fitness classes, and boot-camp classes. The center uses advanced technology to further analyze clients’ physical conditions, including digital x-rays and BioSpace’s InBody520, which measures body mass, body fat, and body water.
Owner Annette Bennett's background in bodywork goes back nine years, a large portion of which she spent helping chiropractors alleviate injuries associated with auto accidents and modeling for surrealist portraits. Those years proved so influential that she's currently working toward her own chiropractic license. "I want to be all about total health," she explains.
This holistic philosophy informs every aspect of Cloud 9 Therapeutic Massage, from the bodywork itself to an atmosphere designed to promote deep relaxation. A soundtrack of Indian flute music greets visitors to the dimly lit treatment room, as do the botanical fragrances of aromatherapy oils. Annette seems to derive as much satisfaction from these oils as her clients. "I like the Oriental-style essential oils,” she admits. “Sometimes I'll open the bottle and smell it, and it calms me right down."