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.
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.
Doctor of Naturopathy Inge Wetzel assesses the condition of the human body by studying some of its less conventionally considered aspects. She uses a computerized biofeedback system to monitor impulses emitted by the hand, subsequently drawing conclusions about the body’s balance. Similarly, she reads markings on the iris, the colored part of the eye, to screen for problems that span the body. Kinesiology sessions test for weaknesses in certain muscles to reveal physical or nutritional deficiencies, and biological terrain assessments will show stresses on different organs based on the body's internal environment. Dr. Wetzel also offers personalized weight-loss programs.
As a chiropractor with additional certifications in soft-tissue techniques, such as the Graston technique and Kinesio taping, Kerri Howerton uses a range of approaches to find the best way to resolve back pain. At Active Body Chiropractic & Wellness, Howerton and her staff work to free patients from the pain and discomfort derived from auto or sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and other issues.
Impact Fitness helps customers build stronger and healthier bodies by providing access to a spacious facility filled with state-of-the-art equipment and an expert staff. Speed toward cardiovascular fitness on a True Fitness CS800 elliptical, equipped with a 15-inch touchscreen television to provide inspiration in the form of Alex Trebek’s chiseled upper half. Curl biceps, sculpt triceps, and strengthen shoulders with Hampton Fitness free weights, or pump up with a strength-training machine, such as the XXL-2930 Power Rack, part of Impact Fitness’s arsenal of TuffStuff equipment. Members can check their form and posture in the mirrored walls of the spacious exercise areas, or relive their Star Search days by crooning into a 2-pound free weight. Every cardio machine is equipped with a television with dedicated cable access and an iPod outlet, and 42-inch flat-screen LCD televisions placed throughout the gym ensure that workouts are as entertaining as they are effective.
Crossroads Chiropractic & Massage Associates provides therapeutic massage treatments tailored to each client's specific needs to gently coax tenseness from bodies. Registered massage therapist and local lumbar hero Reiss Rankin escorts clients into clean, comfortable treatment rooms for 30- or 60-minute therapeutic muscle-kneading sessions. The Crossroads approach to massage aims to relieve musculoskeletal pain and promote soothing circulation by tailoring each session to address the client's unique sources of tension, be they chronic pain, injury, or stress. Each session can incorporate an array of common therapeutic massage techniques and styles, including deep-tissue massage, sports massage, and the sweet relief of funnel-cake massage.