Dr. Damon Thornton has called central Florida home for more than 43 years. After graduating with honors from Parker College of Chiropractic, he opened this clinic with the hopes of assuaging pain and boosting health in his own backyard. His office specializes in chiropractic care, which differentiates itself from other branches of medicine by seeking to treat the whole body rather than simply squashing symptoms as they arise. A variety of services, including physical therapy and spinal decompression, aims to realign the body’s operating system to alleviate chronic pain and uninstall unwanted Sudoku apps. Dr. Thornton also hopes to fend off health issues before they start through nutritional counseling. In addition to overseeing a lineup of facial and body rejuvenation services, he supervises a team of licensed massage therapists, who treat soft muscle tissues to the revitalizing touch of massage and bodywork.
Kari Stoppenbach spent 16 years honing her craft as an aesthetic technician, working alongside cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists while developing her own organic skincare line. These experiences inspired her to open her own spa, where she performs cutting-edge medical-grade procedures, including ultrasound therapy and custom chemical peels designed to remove acne scars or sun spots and leave skin with a firm, more youthful look.
Using her knowledge and experience with cosmetic procedures, Kari designed her Skin-Kari line of products made from organic ingredients. A range of lotions and creams moisturize, exfoliate, and renew skin. Kari also conducts training seminars on beauty treatments ranging from chemical peels to LED light treatments.
Acaj Salon's collection of talented stylists stay up-to-date on the latest fashion and styling trends by sharpening their skills in quarterly continuing-education courses. Their commitment to learning manifests itself in flattering layers, bold highlights, and classic colors. Acaj is a departmentalized salon, which means people who specialize in giving haircuts give haircuts, people who specialize in color do color, and people who specialize in straightening straighten clients' ties as they get their hair cut. As the proverbial cherry on top, Acaj's staff provides a complimentary moisturizing conditioner treatment with each and every service.
Victoria Danico has accumulated a litany of cosmetic skills. She's certified in microdermabrasion, lymphatic drainage, chemical peels, microneedling and microcurrent, and body wrapping, using her powers for good as the head of Victoria's Salon Secret. In addition to overseeing advanced skincare treatments and subduing supervillains with detoxifying wraps, Danico and her team eliminate fuzz with waxing, confer sun-kissed hues with bronzing, and tend to craniums with haircut and color services.
The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment?and the stresses of physical work?play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon?s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They?re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness?a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn?t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body?s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the muscles to spasm so they will generate heat and keep your blood and any baby chicks in your coat pockets warm.
As an undergraduate at UCLA, Dr. Gene Wei was considering a career in Western medicine?until studying abroad in China and Brazil took him down an unexpected path. Chronic pain and illnesses had afflicted Dr. Wei throughout college, and the care he received abroad succeeded where traditional therapy had failed: it alleviated his symptoms. This experience inspired him to change the focus of his studies and work toward becoming a practitioner who viewed sickness and pain as the results of underlying imbalances in the body's systems, which the practitioner must correct to restore optimal health.
At the Center for Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Wei fully embraces this philosophy, using alternative medicine to treat the root causes of a client's condition rather than simply addressing the symptoms. Acupuncture, massage, oxygen multistep therapy, and Chinese herbal medicine are a few of the treatments that Dr. Wei and his team employ. In addition to helping alleviate chronic pain, they can serve as a complementary form of care to traditional Western medicine.