The reformer classes at Body by Pilates rely on the BackSmart techniques pioneered by author Dr. Adam Weiss. During the 50-minute, full-body workouts, instructors coach students through a series of cardio and muscle-sculpting exercises that burn fat and build strength more intensively than jogging through a spinach buffet. Up to 10 students stretch hips, glutes, and abdomens on the versatile reformer machine, which uses resistance to alternately lengthen and contract muscles while reducing the risk of injury. The specialized classes cultivate improved posture, core strength, and flexibility, leaving students invigorated and limber enough to happily crabwalk home.
At N.E.W. Chiropractic, Dr. James R. Stegner knows about pain. When he was in school, a trampoline accident gave him a herniated disc in his lower back and sidelined his wrestling and gymnastics pursuits. But the accident had a secondary effect, too: it introduced him to the healing involved in noninvasive chiropractic techniques.
Dr. Stegner has been performing his drug-free techniques for more than 11 years now, helping clients overcome pain and ailments of all kinds. Also skilled in acupuncture, he often combines his chiropractic adjustments with acupuncture treatments as a way to maximize the body's ability to heal. Whereas spinal adjustments take pressure off pinched nerves, acupuncture needles free up energy pathways and encourage overall wellness. When used together, these methods have been shown to correct a range of conditions, from headaches and back pain to digestive issues and trouble sleeping.
Unlike many others in her field, Doctor of Chiropractic Irene Wallace believes that spinal adjustments and mainstream medicine can work together. At Comprehensive Chiropractic she draws from her 14 years of experience to relieve her patients' pain. However, though her own noninvasive treatments require no medication, she refers patients to medical doctors when she feels they can benefit from them.