Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Drs. Michael Peters and Jason Price of Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. The vision specialists help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they’re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers’ Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
The professional optometrists at Wendell Eyecare Optometric and Knightdale Eyecare Optometric pamper peepers with a panoply of stylish sight enhancers, including brand-name frames and high-quality lenses. Customers perch Liz Claiborne frames ($170) or a variety of other designers' wares atop their noses. Groupon purchasers can also select from the offices' range of single-vision, anti-glare lenses ($170–$230), which deflect bright glints and disapproving stares. High-index lenses keep chins up with their thinner, lighter shape, and progressive lenses ($295) help correct for poor near, middle, and distance vision without succumbing to bifocals' pesky lines or annoying complaints about identity crises.
Part of the University of North Carolina's healthcare system, Rex Wellness Centers promote accessible fitness methods. Each location boasts a laundry list of amenities and equipment, including stair climbers, cross-country skiing machines, free weights, and medicine balls filled with cement. For aqueous exercisers, saline indoor pools stoke soothing heat and stay purified thanks to a twinge of salt water. Group exercise sessions also take place at all four gyms, both by land and by pool. Water aerobics shelters muscles in a sea of impact-preventing water, and floor-bound classes such as Zumba, yoga, and step teach tendons the most energetic, peaceful, or rhythmic ways to rid themselves of squatter calories.
At Uzima Springs Massage & Wellness, licensed massage therapists counter chronic pain, injuries, and stress with nine styles of massage. Since the staff knows that many clients are seeking relief from specific ailments, they begin each session with a private consultation, during which the client can describe the location of their pain and relate the exact words from the Necronomicon that precipitated its development. Once they've established the most pressing concerns, the therapists adapt each modality so that it focuses on these trouble spots, modifying the thera-cupping technique to treat a strained hamstring or the medical massage to relieve an achy back.
The Foot & Ankle Associates of NC, PLLC's presiding quartet of doctors tackles the various woes of lower appendages with a repertoire of techniques that ranges from routine checkups to corrective surgeries. At each of its three offices, the medical team rights a variety of foot-related wrongs, such as plantar fasciitis and toenail fungus. The doctors also address orthopedic issues, prescribing special shoes for diabetics with poor circulation and aspiring Fred Astaires with not enough pep in their step. Determined to stay on the technological vanguard, they employ modern cryosurgery equipment to treat tarsal-tunnel syndrome, plantar warts, and neuromas with quick, minimally invasive sessions of icy therapy.
Dara Van Deusen has been in the massage-therapy game for 10 years—plenty of time to master seven different massage styles. Her specialties range from gentle Swedish massage to intense deep-tissue massage, and they even include pregnancy massage, a style which soothes the aches of carrying a baby or a prairie dog shaved to look like a baby all day long.