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.
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.
A division of the Ohio Institute of Allied Health, Tranquility Mind & Body Spa comforts bodies with holistic medical massage therapy services. After an initial consultation, massage therapists tailor treatments to clients' needs, choosing appropriate essential oil for the aromatherapy treatment ($10). A hand-and-foot paraffin dip ($20) coats appendages in warm wax, softening and smoothing skin. Soothing scents waft through the air and recite poetry during the one-hour medical massage, which targets tight, sore, or injured areas with medical techniques such as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release ($65). Some clients report the heat therapy and resulting boost in circulation alleviates discomfort from chronic pain, sports-related injuries, or excessive high-fiving with feet.