Licensed doctors Tim Erickson, Lori Portnoy, and Eric Eickhorst eschew needle-based acupuncture, instead easing myriad ailments with gentle electrical stimulation, fingertip pressure, and metallic balls. After a consultation to determine the appropriate treatment itinerary, patients receive full spine x-rays and an exam. Next, a brief relief treatment stretches spines to help reduce muscle spasms and aches while preparing patients for International Crabwalk to Work Day. The acupuncture treatment usually lasts fewer than two minutes and helps to attack causes of corporeal discomfort, such as ulcers, abnormal blood pressure, and headaches.
Sherry Methling had settled comfortably into the corporate world when life threw an unexpected curve ball her way in the form of chronic, unexplainable pain. She waded through a sea of unhelpful prescriptions and proposed cures from Western doctors before stumbling upon the only thing that promised relief: alternative healing. During the process, Sherry unearthed a special talent for sharing in others’ pain—known as clairsentience—that granted her a unique level of empathy with the afflicted. With that discovery in mind, she sculpted her background in science into a new career as an energy healer, massage therapist, and practitioner of emotional-freedom techniques.
Sherry’s studies primed her to open Ancient Healings, where ancient healing techniques are the building blocks for her treatment plans. Though the methods differ in application, they all share a common goal: the removal of the mental and spiritual blockages that manifest themselves physically by assessing and treating the source. Some of the treatments Sherry enlists, such as massage and meditation, are familiar to the average client. Others inclue energy healing, charka balancing, color therapy, and spiritual healing. Crystal and sound healing, draw their power from unusual catalysts: sounds that calm and crystals that, in their unswerving stability and day job as footstools, encourage balance.
Doctors of Chiropractic Zachary Ryan and Ashley Ryan, the husband-and-wife team behind A to Z Chiropractic, both honed their healing skills at Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose. After graduating, they went on to open their own practice in Winnetka. There, in a welcoming space decorated with drapes and potted plants, they help patients achieve and maintain whole-body health.
The doctors specialize in an array of treatments, all of which are designed to benefit patients' musculoskeletal and nervous systems. They perform therapeutic massages and relieve pressure on spinal disks with chiropractic adjustments. These treatments can alleviate a wide range of issues, including neck and back pain, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and headaches caused by head bobbing to a song that's been on repeat for hours.
The trained practitioners at A Center for Oriental Medicine treat bodily ailments from generalized pain to stubborn winter flus with treatments derived from ancient eastern healing practices. The team includes two published authors trained and certified in China and the United States—one of them the president emeritus of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the other a fertility acupuncturist whose work has been featured on Fox Thing in the Morning and CBS Evening News with Dan Rather —and an expert reiki acupuncturist. The staff brings multiple specialties to the North Shore clinic, treating everything from fertility problems and depression to elder-care-related issues with a blend of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and counseling.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
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