Treating tense muscles is like bargain hunting—it can conserve a lot of money in the long run but shouldn’t be done with the aid of a shady character in a dark alley. Amid soothing décor featuring earthy tones and violet hues, clients of Massage Envy begin their 90-minute session with an initial consultation that determines which customized massage will provide the best results. For example, a sports massage provides treatment specific to the athlete’s sport, reflexology targets points on the extremities to balance the nervous system, and deep-tissue massage unties knots while relieving chronic muscle tension. Trigger-point therapy alleviates tight areas within muscle tissue through cycles of isolated pressure and release, while a Swedish massage relaxes the whole body with long, gliding strokes. The professional massage therapists at Massage Envy will apply the necessary muscle treatment with pinpoint precision and buttery smoothness during convenient hours, including evenings and weekends.
More than 20 years ago, Dr. Kevin Sharp started honing the skills that earned him the North Carolina Chiropractic Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. As a fellow in the International College of Chiropractors, Dr. Sharp uses a hands-on adjustment modality—developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead—alongside electrical-stimulation therapy and digital foot scanning. These technologies help Dr. Sharp tailor his treatments to each client while singling out which exact piggy cries, “wee, wee, wee” all the way home. With his guidance, and the help of custom orthotics and a host of online educational resources, clients can continue to heal at home or while driving a dune buggy.
Though challenged by his corporate job in payroll services, Doctor of Chiropractic John Stoetzel never felt passionate about it. But since attending the Palmer College of Chiropractic and opening his own chiropractic office, Dr. Stoetzel has hit his stride as he faces each day excited to treat his patients with treatments from spinal adjustments to traction to hydromassages.
Christina Barrett can do a lot of things, but there's one thing you'll never catch her doing: sitting still. Since her childhood days on the island of Nantucket, she has spent the vast majority of her time running, jumping, swimming, stretching, and training to keep her body in peak form. When she's not qualifying for the Boston Marathon or setting records in endurance races along the coastline of Nantucket, Christina draws on her vast knowledge to help other athletes—and nonathletes—stay in shape. Her signature training program is CoreAlign, which blends a variety of exercises to teach the body how to move correctly. With this in mind, it's fortuitous that Christina found Gray Chiropractic & Sports Associates. The health-and-chiropractic center provides her with all the resources she needs to heal muscles strained while jumping over hurdles or running into a wall painted to resemble a finish line.
Lucia Chiropractic Clinic’s Doctor of Chiropractic George W. Lucia Jr., who speaks English and Spanish, aligns adults’ and kids’ spines with chiropractic adjustments and fortifies bodies with nutritional supplements. He uses techniques such as intersegmental traction to alleviate bulging discs and therapies such as moist heat, ultrasound, and electrical muscle stimulation to treat soft-tissue injuries. He even offers digital scans of feet to determine if there are any imbalances in the feet causing spine problems and ruining competitive race-walking potential.
As an avid sports fan, participant in sports such as hockey and football, and a youth-sports coach, Dr. Lucia recognizes the effects that intense physical activity can have on the body. He treats a variety of athletes at his clinic and is the official chiropractic physician for the Carolina Renegades, as well as the chiropractor for The Camel City Thrashers roller-derby team, a sport whose athletes are as injury-prone as a crash-test dummy’s stunt double.
Doctors of Chiropractic Kristi Mauldin and Shenoa Rondeau helm Lexington Family Chiropractic Center, P.A. and Brentwood Chiropractic. Dr. Mauldin treats patients by combining physiotherapy procedures with natural vitamins and supplements. Dr. Rondeau, meanwhile, has a strong interest in helping pregnant woman work toward an easy labor with ongoing chiropractic care. She’s also knowledgeable about radiology and specializes in CBP, a chiropractic method that improves posture to help patients finally be able to carry their briefcases on their heads.
With their combined skills, Dr. Mauldin and Dr. Rondeau treat an extensive list of illnesses and aches, including carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, and allergies. Their treatment plans often include such techniques as adjustments to realign the spine, rehabilitative therapies and exercises, and spinal decompression. Both chiropractic offices also work in conjunction with a weight-loss facility to help patients slim down through a doctor-supervised program.
Dr. Philip Mahan educates clients and corrects crooked spines with an array of chiropractic techniques. During each exam and consultation, Dr. Mahan reviews each client's medical history, current ailments, and grade-school report cards before taking x-rays, if necessary. Next, technicians concoct detailed reports with the ProAdjuster, which pinpoints any problem areas and creates computer-generated displays to facilitate accurate assessments and track progress during future visits. Clients can opt for a therapeutic massage session to address soft-tissue problems, muscle spasms, scar tissue, or simply to quell the ancient rivalry between muscles and spines.