He can’t say that he invented the laser light, but Doctor of Chiropractic Frank Carella does take credit for the development of laser spine care. During each laser-therapy treatment, he stimulates acupuncture points across the body with a laser light and manipulates the spinal nerve root with an LED light. The therapeutic glow from these devices helps soothe chronic pains, such as sciatica, spinal stenosis, nerve-root irritation, backaches, neck aches, and post-handshake shudders. Though not all of Dr. Carella’s treatment techniques—which include acupuncture, chiropractic care, and hypnosis—are his own inventions, he performs each with the same level of care that has earned him the nickname “The Gentle Chiropractor.”
Dr. Carella has mastered his technique throughout more than 40 years in business, a lengthy and accomplished career that even Dr. Carella himself didn't predict. He was diagnosed with a structural lumbar dysfunction, which led him to research its treatment methods. That's when he discovered the field of chiropractic care. He wrote a textbook on hypnosis in 1975 and contributed to a book that offered treatment methods for those suffering from back pain. He also belongs to several medically based associations and academies, and his skills have brought him such high-profile clients as football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell, Grammy Award–winner Roberta Flack, and professional wrestler Harley Race.
A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
In her quest to relieve clients' chronic pain, Dr. Shawnda Gross of Natural Body Works LLC embraces the intersection of Western chiropractic care and Eastern medical philosophy. A board-certified chiropractor and chiropractic acupuncturist, Dr. Gross believes in the importance of using minimally invasive procedures to address pain while also targeting underlying structural and energetic imbalances. With the help of manual and instrument-based chiropractic techniques, she bolsters neurological function by restoring alignment along the spinal column. Her acupuncture treatments, meanwhile, jump-start the body's natural healing processes with thin needles or laser heat trained on key energy meridians, easing the pain caused by anything from sciatica to constrictive bubble-wrap clothing. Similarly, the center's massage therapists help ease skeletal, muscular, and neurological aches with specialized modalities that locate and treat trouble spots.
The instructors at Zona Yoga have all taken different paths to get to where they are today. They've all studied under numerous mentors, and some have even traveled around the country learning, sharing their wisdom, and picking up different skills. Kelly Colln, for instance, has completed 1,000 hours of education, and is certified to teach restorative yoga. That diversity manifests itself in Zona's schedule, which features a varied selection of yoga approaches: some more fitness-focused, others more therapeutic.
NKC CrossFit's dedicated coaches lead students through intense, constantly varied functional movements, which build cardiovascular and respiratory endurance as well as strength. Coaches strive to help each client surpass their personal best during workouts that change daily, which may include exercises such as lunges, weightlifting, or opening pickle jars using only your teeth.
Though the CrossFit program is well known for its intense exercises, NKC’s coaches ensure that no participant gets left behind. They help each client slowly build up their strength and skills, and thoroughly explain each workout to avoid injuries. They also bolster the effects of their training programs with nutritional counseling, keeping clients from backsliding into old, unhealthy habits.
RAW Fitness co-owners John Jackson and Dani Guerrero understand the challenges of losing weight, as both had struggled with obesity. But through hard work and training, they lost the weight and got in shape, and they hope to help others do the same in a workout space that is a far cry from traditional. Their boot-camp classes forgo treadmills, machines, and mirrors in favor of high-intensity interval training and lifting and moving objects such as giant tires, enabling exercisers to serve on monster-truck-race pit crews.