While conventional medical practices can nullify the physical symptoms of a variety of ailments, they oftentimes overlook the interconnectivity of one's physical, mental, and spiritual states. With this in mind, North Suburban Wellness's staff takes an integrative approach to medicine—creating personalized treatments that aim to achieve optimal vitality and wellness by incorporating a number of health methodologies. With chiropractic and nutritional medicine, the doctor boosts metabolism levels and addresses discomfort caused by conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome as the massage therapist relaxes muscles tense from hours of trying to keep one's skeleton from running away. For mental relaxation, the yoga instructor, who has been practicing for nearly 30 years, helps patients tend to worries with calming, methodical movements. Clinical psychology and biofeedback, kinesiotherapy, and Chinese-medicine specialists also lend their talents to the medical team to truly care for patients both inside and out.
Certified hypnotherapist Lynne Nozicka facilitates wellness by helping clients overcome self-destructive inner monologues and behaviors. Her treatments address a wide breadth of issues, including struggles with weight, smoking, and anxiety.
Every appointment begins with a conversation that focuses on the habits, hang-ups, and issues that each individual wants to target. Nozicka then helps clients to envision their ideal, healthful selves before commencing hypnosis sessions that excavate negative thoughts hidden in the subconscious and replace them with adorable motivational cat posters. To supplement treatment plans, Lynne offers suggestions for permanent lifestyle changes.
The Wellness Spot’s 6,000-square-foot facility houses comfortable massage rooms hedged with exposed brick, as well as spaces for personal training and boot camp. Clients hobbled by carrying their desks to and from work can stride into treatment rooms set up in feng shui style for a spine-soothing massage, while exercisers vanish into rigorous boot-camp sessions or one-on-one training with a nationally certified trainer.
Helmed by Dr. William Pollack—a licensed chiropractor with more than 35 years of experience—Pollack Clinic soothes sore backs with therapeutic massages, trigger-point therapy, and spinal adjustments. At each massage appointment, one of four skilled practitioners, each with knowledge of a variety of techniques and decades of experience, unravels muscular knots with the precision of an archer and the nimbleness of a Twister champion. Using a customized blend of kneading techniques, the clinic tailors the massage to the client’s specific ailments, from arthritis, headaches, and fibromyalgia to chronic pain and accident recovery. Each stroke promotes healing and relaxation by releasing tension from the joints and facilitating blood flow in the muscle tissue. The clinic also fights stress with its flexible schedule, which includes evening and weekend availability.
Dr. Pollack's interest in chiropractic care comes from a personal source. When he was in high school, an accidental dive off a wrestling mat resulted in a severe knee injury. An orthopedic surgeon told him his shredded cartilage would have to be removed, which meant a six-month recovery. Dr. Pollack's father, a dairy farmer, needed his son's help on the farm, so they decided to consult a chiropractor before putting his ailing joint under the knife. After an examination, the chiropractor determined that Dr. Pollack had actually twisted his knee, dislodging a bone in the process. One adjustment erased the pain, and he never had surgery. More than three decades later, he still draws upon his youthful introduction to chiropractic care when he and his staff practitioners unravel muscular knots and straighten spines with techniques such as therapeutic massages, trigger-point therapy, and spinal adjustments.
The doctors of chiropractic at Chiro One Wellness Centers put patients at the core of their efforts. Though the centers are spread the country, with locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas, the company's mission remains to help patients and their surrounding communities reach their maximum potential through a combination of customized chiropractic treatment plans and education. This approach doesn't just assuage painful symptoms—it's also designed to uncover the root causes of ailments such as whiplash, insomnia, headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and more.
In their efforts to improve communication in the central nervous system by addressing nerve interference, chiropractors provide spinal adjustments and supplemental treatments such as cervical traction, therapeutic exercise and balance-strengthening wobble boards. Their practice extends far beyond the wellness centers, however: community-outreach efforts take them to health fairs, offsite spinal screenings, and complimentary workshops on a range of wellness topics. They also devote themselves to nonprofit work with several organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. At the Chiros Care Free Wellness Center, they examine and treat Chicago's homeless and HIV-positive population, fueled by their belief that everyone should have access to expert preventive care.
Palm trees gently sway above a solitary islet of white sand, the turquoise waters around it almost indistinguishable from the sapphire sky. This photograph hangs on the wall of Massage Motu's waiting room, and it's a fitting image. In Tahiti, "motu" refers to a small island, and while Massage Motu might not be located in the tropics, its serene confines aim to make guests feel as if they've stumbled onto a secluded beach.
Inside private rooms, Motu's massage therapists customize body treatments to soothe clients' stress and aches. Swedish and hot stone massages melt away built-up tension and layers of frost, while special modalities?including prenatal techniques and hand and foot reflexology?focus on specific points of discomfort. Aestheticians are equally adept at fine-tuning facials to address acne, sensitive skin, or signs of aging.