When Clay Gasparovich dove off the starting block at the US Olympic trials in 2004, he knew that his back wouldn’t prevent him from giving it his all. The All-American Division 1 swimmer was able to participate in one of the more memorable races of his life largely because of his day job as a sports-oriented chiropractor.
When he isn’t keeping himself in peak physical shape, Doctor of Chiropractic Clay tends to his patients’ spinal woes with holistic services that treat the body as a complex, interconnected organism. Manual adjustments and active-release techniques, for example, relieve tension in tendons, nerves, and muscles to improve strength and range of motion. Whichever methods he deems appropriate for individual ailments, Dr. Clay maintains a focus on managing and eliminating pain. Among the advanced tools he uses in his rehabilitation sessions, wobble boards strengthen balancing muscles, and vibration plates tickle stubborn muscles into acquiescence.
Car accidents, invasive surgery, athletic training, a viewing of Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle—all of these can cause lower-back pain. Riverside Ergogenics Medical Massage’s licensed therapist Leslie Saxton wrangles with these problematic muscular structures by using intensive clinical-massage techniques. Before she begins exercising her massage prowess, she consults with the client to pinpoint the root of insistent aches. Leslie also advises clients on how to avoid pain in the future, such as the polite way to decline a back-breaking bear hug.
Licensed Doctors of Chiropractic Josh Keels and Jeremy Willis' firm grasp on the human body stems from their wide-ranging backgrounds. Both graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic; Keels received certifications for personal training and chiropractic extremity practicing, which is the practicing of chiropractic care in extreme conditions such as a polar bear's den, while Willis received certification for non-axial spinal decompression. Both doctors utilize their vast experience at Abner Creek Family and Sports Chiropractic, where they and their staff help patients recover from an array of injuries and conditions. Primary tools include the Gonstead Technique and activator method adjustment technique, but both offices also feature massage therapy, weight-loss programs, and a 24-hour fitness center.
Certified Rolfer Will Schilling helps improve clients’ posture and range of movement through a hands-on manipulation technique that was developed more than 50 years ago. During Rolfing sessions, which include a postural and walking analysis, he reworks connective tissue to relieve tension and long-held patterns, as well as increase flexibility.
Using CosMedix peels, five types of facials, and expertly applied MAC makeup, the aestheticians at Changes Day Spa revitalizes faces. They also draw from a menu of waxing services to further enhance the body's aerodynamic properties, particularly important for launching into space. The team's massage therapists specially design prenatal massages to relieve lower back pain for mothers-to-be, and use hot-stone or deep-tissue treatments to ease chronic pain.
All About Me corrals a salon, a spa, and a boutique in its fetching space, characterized by pitched ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers. Decorated with a soft color palette and fresh flowers, the spa wraps customers in an oasis of comfort on the aquatic enclave of Hilton Head Island. Technicians nurture nails while guests kick back, form kick lines at manicure stations, or recline on plush, massaging pedicure chairs. Meanwhile, the team of seasoned stylists conscripts high-quality Goldwell, TIGI, and Pureology hair products.
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