Ashby Chiropractic & Health Center, 931-B Ashby Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-4540, AshbyChiro.com
If you've cultivated damaging notions of chiropractic work, a session with Matt Green will change your vision about the spine forever. A 2002 graduate of Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, Green employs a gentle touch that seems to originate effortlessly from his mellow demeanor and soft smile. He has the uncanny ability to create space for instant relaxation. His experienced fingers dance along your spine looking for clues to each individual troublespot. According to him, the idea behind a visit is "to create a specialized plan to free each body from the distraction of pain." He specializes in working with people who are just beginning to exercise or are returning from a long exercise hiatus. He uses his past experience as a personal trainer, massage therapist, marathon runner, and professional dancer to help inspire activity among his patients. "We only have one body, and we need to treat it with respect," he says confidently. "My goal is to take time to see the whole picture."