Known for its history as a pioneer town and home to former president Harry S. Truman, Independence welcomes visitors to its storied sites, making them more accessible with free trolley rides. Tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and Museum to glimpse a dwelling for law breakers next to a dwelling for a law keeper, and the clandestine tryst between the abodes that resulted in a museum. The Bingham-Waggoner Estate preserves many of the original art and furnishings of the famed Bingham and Waggoner families, while the National Frontier Trails Museum hails the starting point of the westbound pioneers with bronzed pieces of nuts, raisins, and chocolate bits tracing a path westward.
Greg Beitling refused to stay idle while Americans' lifespans shortened due to obesity-related diseases. Instead, he founded Lit Fitness to help the community retool its approach to eating and exercise. The studio specializes in what they call Large Group Training, or LGT, which challenges students to intense regimens of calisthenics, weightlifting, and short bursts of cardio. Beitling draws upon certifications in personal training and strength-and-conditioning instruction to build workouts that maximize calorie burning and increase lean-muscle mass to help jump-start metabolisms. In addition to increasing their strength, endurance, energy, and flexibility, participants can win prizes such as cash and skinny jeans by tackling the goals they set along the way. Like a trip to the beach with a very modest mermaid, each camp lasts about 50 minutes and requires an ample supply of water and towels. Many of the studio's programs also include nutritional components, which range from healthy-eating workshops to meetings with a dietitian.
Though the emergency room can be a daunting place, The Urgency Room promises a comparable level of care without the stress of a hospital visit. The urgent-care clinic, staffed by board-certified physicians, quickly tends to illnesses and injuries such as broken bones, deep cuts, and everyday sicknesses requiring immediate attention. The staff also tackles standard physicals, drug and alcohol testing, vaccinations, and physical therapy. With a lab, an x-ray machine, and a pharmacy in-house, rarely does a patient need to venture off-site for treatment.
The team at Northland Physical Medicine is comprised of an internist, a nurse practitioner, a pair of chiropractors, and a gaggle of rehabilitation experts, all united in a mission to put patients back on the path to wellness. They specialize in treating chronic structural aches and migraines, as well as acute injuries from accidents, in their state-of-the-art clinic. Treatments range from spinal adjustments and acupuncture to massage therapy and pharmaceutical solutions.
Complete Nutrition provides a variety of nutritional supplements for weight loss, sports nutrition, and healthy aging. For those who have accidentally stored too much food for the winter, the Envision line of weight-loss supplements ($39–$99) can help empty stuffed pouches and cheeks. Herbal cleanses ($16–$59) aid in toxin cleansing and rejuvenation, and Muscle Milk protein powder ($29–$59) flows straight to the muscles, giving them the brawn necessary to finally overthrow the archaic skeletal system. No bodily system is overlooked in the product array, including the immune system, which can recharge via various natural antioxidants ($39–$49).
At Stillpoint Neurofeedback, NeurOptimal technology detects and maps out kinks in the brain waves for better overall well-being. During a neurofeedback session, a trainer first affixes sensors to your head that transfer your brain-wave activity to computerized software. Meanwhile, you'll watch slowly transforming geometric patterns and listen to oft-skipping music—each skip triggers a reset in your brain—that all culminate in relaxation and easing of maladies. Some issues that may be uncovered based on brainwave patterns include depression and anxiety, poor overall wellness or mental acuity, and lacking athletic performance.