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.
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.
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.
Signature Service: Therapeutic massage with aromatherapy.
Brands Used: Soothing Touch Ayurveda Lotion
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Relax and enjoy. You will be asked to fill out a form that will help me personalize your experience.
Licensed therapist Autumn Pinnix believes that massages shouldn't be limited to times of great pain or stress. Even when you're at your best, she contends, a massage can help you stay at peak health. And not just any type of massage; Autumn's skills extend beyond the typical Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to include therapeutic modalities such as acupressure and myofascial release. To make each session as relaxing as possible, she personally blends all of her aromatherapy lotions by hand, making sure to leave out any chemicals that might make you grow a third shoulder blade.
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.
Grace, the licensed massage therapist behind Hands of Grace Massage, kneads away tension and pain in a studio located within a grand white house in Winston-Salem’s historic West End neighborhood. She also pampers clients with spa treatments such as skin-softening paraffin baths for the hands and feet, and sells organic bath and body products such as whipped body butter infused with coconut oil.