Pie Pal: DR. STEVE HOORN & The A.R.T. Of Wellness at The Humble Abode

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Pie Place: Sweet Lady Jane, 8360 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069  

Health and wellness doesn't get more healing than at The Humble Abode  Spa, Pilates and Wellness Center, an unexpected oasis of sublime mind and body care services, smack in the middle of West Hollywood. It's where Dr. Steve Hoorn, D.C., Master Level Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) Practitioner treats clients who otherwise might not be walking around - totally vertically (this pie pal included).

A.R.T. - aka- the gold standard of soft tissue healthcare - has made Dr. Steve the go-to guru of spinal alignment, pain reduction, range of motion improvement, and flexibility. I suggested we go to nearby Sweet Lady Jane to talk about how he came to be baking it in West Hollywood, but no such luck. Dr. Steve is way too booked. So he answered my questions standing up by the reception desk, and I went to Sweet Lady Jane by myself. No problem. Mixed berry pie, a cold capuccino, and a friendly hello from Rod soothed the pain. 

WHAT STARTED YOU ON THE A.R.T. ROAD?

Before chiropractic school, I'd had surgery for an impingement and gone through rehab but still only had about 70% of my previous strength and function.  An intern at Palmer West Chiropractic College asked if I'd be willing to let him treat me with a combination of extremity adjusting and a "new" method known as Active Release Technique that focused on restoring motion patterns and releasing adhesions in the joints and muscles.

Over the next few months, with the combination of A.R.T. and shoulder adjustments, my range of motion and strength returned.  The intern also arranged for Dr. Mike Leahy, the creator of A.R.T., to work with me during a sports symposium, and I realized that the combination of Chiropractic Adjustments along with A.R.T was a much more effective treatment than either alone. I went on to become a Master Level Active Release Practicioner as well as becoming proficient in both Upper and Lower Extremity Adjusting, taking as many additional courses as I could find to increase my knowledge and technique.

WHAT WAS THE THING THAT HAPPENED THAT YOU KNEW YOUR PRACTICE WAS TAKING OFF?

A client came in with a friend, who was getting shoulder work. When I adjusted his friend's shoulder, he asked if it could help him? He hadn't been able to raise his arm above parallel since a high school football injury eight years before, and had just "learned to live with it. His ortho had told him it was healed but may always be restricted. I worked on him for three visits, and he had a full range of motion restored.

WHAT FREAKS YOU OUT AT 3:00 AM?

That insurance companies are so money- focused that they're reducing or completely ending patients' abilities to seek alternative holistic therapies, and cutting benefits to Chiropractors and Accupuncturists, yet are willing to pay for expensive and often unnecessary surgeries to quickly solve problems without realizing that their "quick fix" can lead to other injuries and health problems down the road.