The nationally certified personal trainers at Summit Fitness motivate clients to reach wellness goals with the gym's cardio, circuit, and weight-lifting equipment. Punctuated by the metallic sounds of weights settling into racks and RoboCop crying after his first loss at arm wrestling, the instructors sculpt fitter frames in one-on-one personal-training sessions. In group fitness classes, which include Pilates, cardio cross training, and interval workouts, they tap into energy reserves with up-tempo music, and on-site baby-sitting is available to occupy tykes. After leaving elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and treadmills, students walk past tanning booths to locker rooms. Electronic locks admit guests at all hours to the 24-hour gym.
Certified in plastic and general surgery, Dr. James McAdoo transforms fading facial façades into enchanting visages at both of his clinic locations. Botox treatments safely flatten furrows by paralyzing wrinkle-causing muscles with miniscule injections of toxins, leaving skin as soft and smooth as a kitten on a Segway. Side effects are generally minimal, with most patients reporting only a mild stinging that quickly subsides and a precognizant tingling that warns of oncoming danger. Treatments last from 15 minutes to an hour and are effective for up to four months.
Having trained at Healthy Soles School of Reflexology, certified reflexologist Gretta Anderson employs an encyclopedic knowledge of extremities to help alleviate patients' pains. During each 50-minute session, Gretta presses zones on palms and soles that correspond to areas of bodily tension, causing stress to melt away faster than a snowman eating a habanero pepper in a hot tub. When appropriate, this body mender will employ essential oils or hot-stone therapy to enhance the results of her relaxing treatment. Well-aimed pressure can relieve discomfort, enhance immune response, and prepare clients for future "This Little Piggy Went to Market" competitions.
Rockford Pain Management?s team of doctors helps patients combat chronic ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and migraines and heal from accidents and injuries with an eclectic set of noninvasive methods. The specialists first meet with patients to determine the sources of their issues, and then develop treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. Their treatments range from classic deep-tissue massage to the Graston technique, a rare therapy that employs six handheld, curved steel instruments. By rubbing the instruments over inflamed areas, physicians can speed the breakdown of scar tissue and promote the healing of soft tissue. The clinic?s team can also assuage aches with specialized techniques such as physical therapy, epidural injections, and spinal decompression, which is often needed after clients try on unitards that shrunk in dryers.
ThinFast MD's team of weight-loss specialists?including physicians, nurses, and dietitians?works together to design custom programs for patients of all sizes and ages. With focuses ranging from appetite suppressants to diabetes and nutrition counseling, they help regulate the body's intake of food and spotlight the healthiest choices for each patient's body. They also work with the Optifast meal-replacement program, which kick-starts weight loss with 16 weeks of nutritious meals, custom transition diets, and regular labs and monitoring as needed. Every patient receives a complimentary initial consultation so that the doctors can divine realistic goals. At the root of those goals is the recognition that the best reason to adopt a healthy diet and start exercising is not simply to lose weight or make a lazy pet jealous, but because it feels good and develops a sense of overall well-being.
Backed by a team of medical staffers with a minimum of eight years of experience each, Intelligent Lipo of Rockford’s Doctor of Chiropractic William B. Erickson treats chiropractic ailments and revamps aesthetic appearances. As a former football player, Erickson is familiar with injuries and bodily aches. He treats sore backs with chiropractic techniques such as stimulating muscles with electricity or commanding spines to straighten with drill-sergeant impressions.
Patients with aesthetic concerns can sculpt physiques with the i-Lipo laser fat-reduction system, which won Best Slimming Treatment at France’s Victoire De La Beauté. The system's laser beams break down fat cells into components small enough to exit the cell walls and pass out of the body through the lymphatic system before they reconstitute themselves into a double cheeseburger.