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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:30 pm | Updated: 10:07 am, Fri Oct 4, 2013.

Dr. Robert Grimm said he always had a vision of making his chiropractic office a one-stop shop. The St. Joseph doctor is now well on his way, with the additions of a massage therapist and reflexologist.

“Whatever my patients need to get well,” he said. “That’s the key. They work hand in hand.”

Wilma Randall of WJ’s Reflexology joined Dr. Grimm a year ago at the Grimm Southside Chiropractic, 6408 King Hill Ave. The Oklahoma native has been practicing since 1996. But reflexology dates back to 2330 B.C.

“Think about it,” she said. “Mankind has been taking care of themselves for eons. Modern medicine is just that. Modern if you consider history.”

The standard method of reflexology used by Ms. Randall was brought to the United States by Eunice Ingham in the 1930s and incorporated into the teachings at the International Institute of Reflexology. Ms. Randall attended school at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Focus is at the feet, which has thousands of nerve endings. The breakdown is simple, if you look at your feet as voodoo dolls. Every aspect of the body can be found on the feet. The lungs and breasts represent a large center area, while the appendix, eyes, ears and gall bladder are located in others.

Ms. Randall works her way around each foot, feeling every inch with her fingertips. It could be mistaken for reading braille, and she said it feels more like bubble wrap and a sandbag.

“I will tell people it’s similar to therapeutic massage, which works from the outside in. But I work from the inside out,” Ms. Randall said. “It’s all about bringing you back to a balance.”

Marla Ramseier, For The Health Of It, has rounded out the trio at Grimm. The massage therapist has been in practice for six years.

“We all deal with the (body) structure, the neurology, but just come at it from different angles,” Dr. Grimm said of himself, Ms. Ramseier and Ms. Randall.

The business is having an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 19. Beside activities and prize drawings, all three staff members will be on hand to offer information and demonstrations.

For more information, contact Grimm Southside Chiropractic at (816) 238-1200.

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