At Connelly Chiropractic, Dr. Michael Connelly transcends the practice of targeting symptoms. Instead, he investigates each patient's nervous system until he has found the root cause of their pain as well as indicators of future pain. Then, he applies noninvasive, drug-free chiropractic techniques such as spinal adjustments, massages, and nutrition counseling designed to stimulate the body's self-healing properties.
Not content to merely determine prescriptions, optometrists and staff members at the Brandywine Vision Associates also manage eye disease, conduct LASIK consultations, and procure high-end eyewear from brands such as Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, and Prada. After an exam determines patients' prescriptions and algebra skills, they pick out frames furbished with lenses in ultrathin, scratch-resistant, polarized, or high-def varieties, or grab contacts. Customers can visit on weekdays, evenings, or weekends.
Jennifer Anello, BodyRide’s owner, is a certified spin instructor—and while BodyRide is a boutique spinning gym, Jennifer’s love for dance still shines through in her classes. Songs such as Rihanna’s “Phresh Out the Runway” and Skrillex’s “Bangarang” motivate students as they bike. Her workouts also blend pedaling with her signature upper body moves such as lifting weights, pushups, and crunches so that, like dancing, her classes tone the full body.
These BodyRide classes, for which her studio is named, are just one of eight available spinning class styles. Other variations focus on intense calorie burning, or recreate the experience of outdoor biking with simulated hills, roads, and honks from encouraging drivers.
In 1975, MaxOut’s founder, Dr. Michael Mac Millan, began a study of muscle development that culminated in the invention of his proprietary MaxOut tower. Designed to increase weight training’s effectiveness, the system became the basis of the gym's trademark 60-minute, once-a-week workout. According to Mike Barwis—MaxOut’s head strength and conditioning trainer and a veteran college coach—the tower “allows us to put our bodies under stress safely … which can in turn increase our results in a short period of time.”
This dedication to achieving a measurable outcome is reflected in every aspect of MaxOut’s workout facility. Here, clients heft specially designed weights in the state-of-the-art strength studio or practice yoga, spinning, or Zumba during group fitness classes. Small-group and personal-training programs offer more individualized attention and motivation. Sprinter Matt Crowell teaches a specialty speed-training regimen, building athletes’ quickness with high-speed treadmills instead of migratory winged sneakers.
Although chiropractic is more than a century old, Dr. Rick Racioppi of Progressive Rehab Family Chiropractic has kept it up-to-date. He treats patients with such advanced methods as cold-laser therapy and spinal decompression--combining them with good old-fashioned heat, massages, and spinal adjustments. These treatments work in tandem in an effort to trigger the body's self-healing abilities, thereby eschewing the need for drugs or surgery.
Like building a home, losing weight involves the interlocking of several pieces. The weight-loss architects at Physicians Weight Control build healthy physiques upon four pillars. Diet plans personalized to the client’s lifestyle control intake of nutrients and fat, fueling the clinic's aerobic-exercise plans. The last two pillars—appetite suppressants and vitamin supplements—combine to keep energy levels up and re-create the rush of swallowing a candy bar whole once the client starts eating smaller meals.