The staff members at Synergy Sports and Medical Rehabilitation embrace three distinctive treatment modalities to boost overall health and wellbeing. At the forefront of the center's approach is physical therapy, which targets a range of neurological, orthopedic, and musculoskeletal concerns. Over time, the therapist-developed treatment programs can help alleviate the symptoms as well as the underlying injuries that contribute to everything from headaches to chronic back pain. Massage is one tool that can be used to complement a physical-therapy regimen. Although many massages are viewed as a means to relax, Synergy's therapists use the treatments to increase joint flexibility, soothe strained muscles, and increase circulation to areas where it is needed most. The third facet of the center's approach is acupuncture, which attempts to restore balance to the natural flow of the body's energies as a therapist inserts thin needles into key locations across the body, removing energetic blockages and popping any overly clingy balloon animals.
Hoboken Women's Wellness founder Mollie Bollers decided to devote her massage-therapy skills to caring for pregnant women, new mothers, and infants after the birth of her own daughter in 2004. Each massage therapist on her team has completed a minimum of 750 hours training each, in modalities such as Swedish massage and shiatsu, as well as 70 additional hours of pregnancy and baby-centric continuing education. Inside the soft lavender walls of the wellness center, therapists work with women in all stages pre- and post-pregnancy, working to help relieve discomfort, muscle cramping, and bad dreams about accidentally swallowing a beach ball. Mollie also strives to give back by offering massage to women at clinics in low-income communities and to the nurses at the Hoboken University Medical Center's labor-and-delivery unit.
If you didn't know Joseph Canova is a board-certified doctor of chiropractic, you might find it odd that he loves talking about stress. As a seasoned lecturer, he has traveled to numerous universities and organizations to discuss health-related issues such as stress management and treatment for injuries caused by automobile accidents. His words are echoed at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, where he and his seasoned staff alleviate pain and conditions using integrated wellness services such as acupuncture, physical therapy, and spinal decompression, which is the simple act of telling aggravated vertebrae to “chill out, man.”
Chiropractor Dennis Barteck doesn't need scalpels and medication to cure what ails you. Instead, he practices noninvasive chiropractic techniques that advocate a gentler, more holistic approach to wellness. Using manual spinal adjustments, Barteck realigns vertebrae so they no longer pinch delicate nerve tissue or interrupt internal monologues with bursts of static. He also dispenses cold-laser therapy, which is designed to leave the skin unharmed as it helps the blood circulate at the site of injuries, and nutritional advice that can help patients lose the weight that stresses their bodies.
A steamed ball glides along the spine, the herbs inside it shifting with its twists and turns. This is Thai bomb therapy, a traditional treatment of acupressure zones that can trace its current incarnation back to Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, and it's one of several eastern-influenced therapies available at Enliven Body Work. The rest of the services are more familiar—deep-tissue massage, waxing, and a lineup of eight facials. The attention to detail that allows aestheticians to customize each of these facials to the client's skin type extends to the spa itself; when not being used for a service or as a practice surfboard, treatment tables are decorated with a pyramid of rolled towels topped with a flower.
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Dr. Ching Chen, licensed D.O. and graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, got into the medical practice for a somewhat surprising reason: she considers herself accident-prone. So, when considering her life’s path, she was naturally drawn to a field that would give her the ability to heal her own injuries and help others while keeping her clear of falling anvils. Through her current practice, Healing Station, she melds osteopathy’s approach to medicine—incorporating not only the physical aspects of a patient’s health but also the psychological and emotional—with such services as acupuncture, yoga, and nutritional analysis. Her specialties are physical medicine and rehabilitation, helping clients overcome maladies that range from headaches and minor sports injuries to obesity and sciatica. Before beginning any treatment, Dr. Chen sits down with the patient for a consultation, in which she openly communicates about the issue at hand and develops a treatment plan.