At Citrus Ridge Health Center, the staff aims to ramp up overall health using traditional medicine and physical therapy as well as chiropractic and holistic treatments. Appointments start with thorough evaluations that lay the groundwork for customized treatment plans. If a client suffers from back or joint pain, a physician might start a regimen of medical pain management, gentle chiropractic adjustments, and hugs from people in pillow suits. Migraines, on the other hand, are treated with a blend of nerve-blocking nasal applicators and biomechanical back and neck adjustments. The clinic also helps visitors shed pounds using inch-loss body wraps and natural hormone therapy.
The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment?and the stresses of physical work?play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon?s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They?re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness?a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn?t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body?s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the
Creative Hair Solutions, Inc.'s commitment to client satisfaction shows in the training and guiding philosophies of its skilled stylists, aestheticians, and manicurists, who all strive for perfection in their services. Nail technician Ingrid Rodriguez follows these principles and works to ensure that each guest leaves with impeccably polished fingers and radiantly glowing pinky toes. Sessions conclude only when patrons—whether being tended to by Rodriguez or receiving a stylish haircut or pampering facial—are satisfied. Staffers extend the courtesy by imparting tips on keeping hair, nails, or temporary “you're gorgeous” tattoos maintained between appointments.
For more than 16 years, MB Skincare aesthetician Minan has worked to improve clients' appearances with advanced treatments. Among her specialties are waxing, eyelash extensions, and chemical peels that smooth complexions and diminish fine lines or blemishes. Patrons may also opt for services such as back facials with Dead Sea mud or Parafango body wraps that smooth away cellulite.
As a young woman, Tracy Teclaw cared for her ailing parents, who passed away before her freshman year in college. The experience left Tracy dissatisfied with Western medicine, so she earned certifications in holistic healthcare and founded Energy Wellness Center.Today, she practices alternative medicine in the company of an acupuncturist, massage therapist, holistic nutrition guru, podiatrist and QRA practitioner, and biofeedback technician. With homeopathic treatments, nutritional counseling, and capsules of chicken noodle soup, the wellness professionals try to help bodies heal themselves.
In 2005, stress pushed Michelle McCormack to the brink of spiritual and physical collapse. Though her fast-paced finance job tested her limits, it had the happy consequence of awakening an interest in yoga, relaxation therapies, and holistic healing. Soon, she drew up a business plan and founded IHP Clinic Solution, a practice that serves the mind, body, and spirit of its patients. Today, at Aviva Health and Wellness Clinic, McCormack oversees the operations of wellness professionals who help patients become healthy inside and out.
Instead of just prescribing drugs or spoonfuls of sugar, Aviva's medical professionals thoroughly evaluate each patient. Then they recommend treatments that combine the best practices of conventional and alternative medicine. Medical services, including treatments for diabetes and heart disease, improve physical health, whereas spa and wellness services, such as acne treatments and body wraps, simultaneously improve looks and confidence. Treatments target a wide range of health- and beauty-related desires, helping patients lose weight, recover from illness, or reverse signs of aging.