Nathan Baxter found his dream career in a not-so-comfortable way: by getting a concussion. In a high-school wrestling practice, his opponent tossed him into a solid metal door, and when he woke up, he had whiplash, as well as a nasty bump on the head. When his prescription didn't seem to help with the problem and he continued to miss school, his family doctor referred him to a chiropractor, and a few adjustments later, he was sleeping soundly and back in class. That experience set him on a path that would lead to founding his own chiropractic office, and to 5 years of helping other people overcome their injuries, structural problems, and discomfort.
Inside Holten Wellness Center, a spacious fitness area bustles with trainers, wellness coaches, massage staff, and clients of weight loss services. Nutrition experts guide clients of all ages through the Weightloss to Wellness program with nutritional, physical, and laser-pointer-chasing exercises. While exercise has its place, the center also acknowledges the role of relaxation in holistic health. Massage therapists offer seven massage modalities whose goals range from spa-like pampering to therapy during serious illness or surgery.
Conventional medicine certainly seems logical: treat the symptoms of a disease when they occur. Unfortunately, sometimes treating symptoms doesn't get at the heart of the issue. Doctor of chiropractic Nicholas Curry believes there is better way. The professional chiropractor has studied sports science and rehabilitation long enough to know the limits of conventional medicine and the benefits of healthcare that actually treats ailments before they occur. At Integrative Health + Sports Performance, Dr. Curry and his staff—led by licensed massage therapist Grace Norwood—holistically heal bodies with services that range from sports massages to chiropractic adjustments.
Patients who visit The Chiropractic Center won't fine any scalpels on the table or bottles of pills in the medicine cabinet. It's not that Doctor of Chiropractic James H. Alexander thinks these medical tools can't heal patients; it's just that he believes their own bodies can do it better. During adjustments, he uses his bare hands in attempt to tap into this self-healing ability, focusing on freeing the nervous system of impingements—such as slipped disks and pinched nerves—that can cause pain and disrupt overall health. But he won't administer any of his noninvasive techniques without thoroughly evaluating the patient and explaining how the treatment works.