Complementary Health Care

Complementary medicine includes therapies, such as therapeutic massage, yoga, and aromatherapy that can "complement" conventional medicine. The purpose is to enhance and improve the ability of the patient to heal or be relieved of symptoms.

Massage therapy

Massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness. Massage therapy is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intending to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation.


Massage therapy benefits include:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Lessens pain including pain caused by fibromyalgia and headaches.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Lessens depression and anxiety.
  • Increases circulation, thus pumping oxygen and nutrients into the tissues and vital organs.
  • Reduces post surgery and post trauma recovery.

Massage Therapy is offered at our Ross location and Oxford Wellness Center.

Visit the NCCAM website for more information on massage therapy.

Our staff

Emily Gerberick-Douglas, CMT, graduated from S.H.I. Integrated Massage School in Lebanon, OH. She interned with Heather Morgan, M.D., Centerville, OH. Emily received her Ohio Massage licensed from the State of Ohio in 2003 and is a member of The American Massage Therapy Association. She has certifications in crania-sacral therapy, integrative myoneural therapy and cervical and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Emily practices both relaxation and medical massage.

Lora Hickman received her massage therapy certification from the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage in 2010 graduating at the top of her class. Her education was focused on the human body so that she could pursue a career that involved integrating and sustaining healthy and functional lifestyles. She has worked closely with chiropractors, where she specialized in cases of injury and chronic pain. Clients appreciate her firm touch, intuition, and specific knowledge of anatomy.

Lora specializes in relaxing Swedish-style massage, incorporating deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports massage and stretching techniques into the massage if needed, focusing on any problem areas you have. Lora has had success treating sciatica, migraine and headaches, postural discomfort, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, and more. She is a licensed and insured medical massage therapist, offering sessions that are committed to relieving the source of your pain, and not simply providing temporary relief.

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