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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Mar. 4, 2019 1 year ago

Therapist uses new technique for pain

Also: January real estate report
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Back in Balance Bodywork has opened at 50 S. Yonge St., Suite 4, for those seeking relief from pain. Derrick Brantley, manual message therapist, calms nerve receptors to control pain using a technique called RAPID. 

Brantley said his patients are often recommended to him by another professional such as a message therapist, physical therapists, acupuncturists, etc.

“We all work together,” he said. “If I can’t help someone, I send them to someone who can.”

Before opening the office, Brantley worked at other clinics for two years, learning from chiropractors and others. He developed a clientele after he learning the RAPID technique.

“I get a lot of people off pain pills.”

DERRICK BRANTLEY, manual therapist

“My business really took off,” he said. “That’s my niche.”

He has worked with whiplash, sciatica, frozen shoulder, migraines and those struggling to get off opioids.

“I get a lot of people off pain pills,” he said.

His practice is different from traditional massage. Clients do not come to relax, but rather for specific issues that need to be resolved.

His number one client category is laborers, then nurses and then, surprising to some, hair stylists. Brantley said stylists must hold a hair dryer, wheel people around in chairs and can suffer from repetitive strain injury.

Brantley, from DeLand, chose Ormond Beach because the demographics show people are interested in health and wellness. Also, he draws clients from north on south along the Interstate 95 corridor.

“It’s a very welcoming community,” he said. “You go to a restaurant and people know your name.”

He hopes to build his business and open a clinic with a staff.

Clients come for five to 10 sessions, and return as needed. It’s a cash business.

Visit or find him on Facebook. Call 386-801-0642.


Home prices up, condos down


The median sales price of single-family homes in the Daytona Beach area rose nicely in January after some stagnation of prices in December while the number of sales dropped, according to an analysis of MLS data by Daytona Beach area Realtor Ron Wysocarski, broker and CEO of Wyse Home Team Realty in Port Orange.

For January, the Multiple Listing Service reported that 275 existing single-family homes were sold with a median home sales price of $238,000. That’s a 10% increase in median sales prices and more than a 6% drop in sales compared to the same month one year ago.

“Home sales in January were a little slower than we’d like,” Wyse said. “But the drop wasn’t worrisome and it’s good to see median prices were up.” 

Wyse also analyzed data for key areas where homebuyers shop. For example, the median sales price of beachside homes is up by more than 30% to $340,000 from just $259,900 in January, 2018, MLS data shows.

Wyse also said that as temperatures plummeted across the Daytona Beach area in January, so did condo sales and prices. 

An analysis of MLS data showed there were just 79 condo units sold around the Daytona Beach area in January. There were 100 sold in the same month one year ago.

Median sales prices also fell hard in January. MLS reports show the median condo sales price around the Daytona Beach area in January was $176,000, down 17% from the same month last year, $212,500.

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