Dr. Corey Carwile of Tidewater Wellness Centers recognizes that not everyone is an athlete—though Dr. Carwile did play soccer in college— the licensed chiropractor takes the time to customize treatments to fit the needs and health goals of each client. The doctor alleviates headaches, muscle soreness, and body aches with traditional adjustment techniques as well as with computerized instruments from Pulstar and Impulse iQ that chart progress digitally. The office also offers massage from a licensed therapist, exercise instruction, Lipo-Light treatments, and better lifestyle guidance than a Magic 8-Ball inside a fortune cookie.
At Massage Sanctuary, nationally certified massage therapist Brandon Woolard offers his clients the opportunity to relax and receive personalized massages in a soothing atmosphere. After initial consultations—complete with a box full of stress stones if customers need some preliminary unwinding—guests undress to their own comfort levels and fit between sheets, ready for calming massages. As he works, Brandon encourages his customers to speak up about comfort levels in case the heated table is too hot or the aromatherapy ostrich too pungent and squawking. Brandon soothes backs and muscles with a variety of modalities, incorporating Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, hot-stone, and aromatherapy methods into his massages. Afterward, complimentary mints and water rejuvenate the senses as customers, suspended in massage euphoria, go home, take hot baths or showers, and maintain relaxed states.
“Forget about a chiropractor already … you need a real doctor.” Jon Schaier knows his patients are often told this by concerned friends and family. In fact, he himself was told this by his family when he herniated a disc in his lower back and felt pain so excruciating that everyone advised him to go in for surgery immediately. But he followed his instincts and saw a chiropractor, who managed to completely erase his pain without performing surgery, prescribing drugs, or forcing him to be carried everywhere on a litter.
That’s why Schaier believes in the healing powers of chiropractic so strongly. In 1992, the doors opened to Western Branch Family Chiropractic Center, a place where he could prove to his patients that chiropractic can effectively relieve pain. There, Schaier and his team educate patients about inflammation—the main culprit for back and arthritis pain—its causes, and its damaging effects on the body. Treatments such as cold-laser therapy and massage sessions target the spinal column, back, and neck and pair with diet and nutrition counseling to prevent future debilitating pain, whether a result of aging, sports injuries, or furious games of slapjack.
Soothing Hands Body Therapy owner Tara has studied both Eastern and Western theories of massage, so it's fair to say she understands bodywork's potential benefits—improved circulation, lower blood pressure, and decreased stress. Her massages also target the lymphatic system, which defends the body against illness the way the Great Barrier Reef defends Australia against a dolphin D-day. Tara's three massage types—Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue—take place in 60- and 90-minute increments.
The licensed massage therapists at O So Relaxed knead sore muscles with a variety of techniques. They promote relaxation with Swedish techniques, and prenatal massages. They also enhance massages with reflexology, paraffin treatments, and aromatherapy.