By Connor Beach
For over 20 years, Wholistic Wellness Center on Wall Street in Huntington village has been offering relief to people experiencing pain and stress using a wide range of treatment techniques.
Doctor Michael Posner, who operates the center with his wife, Lois, said the treatment approach at the center is “always wholistic” in order to address and treat the underlying causes of patients’ problems.
Posner, of Huntington, earned his doctor of chiropractic from the New York Chiropractic College, and has 35 years of experience combining his skills as a chiropractor with massage therapy to get better results for his patients.
“What makes us outstanding is that there’s a doctor on staff, and we can really evaluate the patient,” Posner said. “We have very seasoned therapists, and we maintain very high standards.”
Posner called massage and chiropractic a “match made in heaven,” but said that the Wholistic Wellness Center could integrate additional treatment methods depending on the needs of the patient.
“Expert massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, weight loss, laser therapy, body contouring all work in conjunction with each other,” Posner said.
As massage is one of the major treatments at Wholistic Wellness Center, Posner said they offer a number of different types of massage to coincide with a patient’s needs. He also said that more and more medical doctors are prescribing massage as an alternative to surgery.
Another alternative treatment method to surgery that the center offers is laser therapy.
“If you tear a tendon or a muscle the laser can repair it as long as it’s not completely torn,” Posner said. “It doesn’t just get rid of the pain and inflammation, it actually rehabilitates tissue and heals it.”
The ability to offer a diverse scope of treatments allows Posner and the staff at the Wholistic Wellness Center to evaluate patients who are suffering from a number of different conditions.
“Obviously we treat musculoskeletal conditions, but we also get people with neurological conditions, such as sciatica, nerve pain or numbness sensations,” Posner said. “We deal with everything from headaches and inflammation to spasms and sport injuries.”
Posner stressed that the staff’s priority at the center is to “treat people, not conditions.” Treating people often requires a more in depth evaluation than simply finding out where a patient has pain.
“When we look at people we look at their lifestyle; how they eat, how they think, what their emotions are, what their posture is like and their professions. We have to understand you as a person and the way you live,” Posner said.
Posner said he prides himself on the personal level of care that each patient receives at the Wholistic Wellness Center, including the education about their condition that they might not receive elsewhere.
He said, “We try to educate people about what health and wellness means, and teach them how to help themselves in their own life so they don’t just have to depend on us.”