Nickum Chiropractic’s namesake physician channels 22 years of back-adjusting experience to realign off-kilter patients. The 45-minute appointment begins with an examination, in which Doctor of Chiropractic Nickum addresses lingering pains and identifies bodily imbalances that could affect the landing scores of competitive trampoline somersaults. Equipped with the exam results, Dr. Nickum smoothes away hypodermic discomfort with a firm-pressured deep-tissue stretch-therapy massage. A chiropractic adjustment properly situates spinal columns set off-balance by sports- and fitness-related injuries, among others, refitting bones and muscles into harmonious accord.
Unless informed that it was the name of history’s coolest dinosaur, most 6-year-olds would have trouble even pronouncing the word “chiropractor”—but after a 6-year-old Devin Luzod received successful chiropractic care for severe allergies, he told anyone who would listen that he wanted to be a chiropractor when he grew up. By 2000 he had received his certifications from NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association), and his Las Vegas practice was booming.
NUCCA, a branch of chiropractic care, focuses on centering the weight of the head over the neck rather than on forceful “cracking” of the spine. Using gentle shifts and adjustments, Dr. Luzod sends healing energy throughout the body to ameliorate ailments such as headaches, limited mobility, and pain induced by repetitive motion or working all day in the same beanbag chair.
The wellness wizards at Greenawalt Chiropractic diagnose body ailments and unbundle tightly wound bodies with a host of massage-therapy treatments. Sessions begin with kinesiology consultations, which explore patients’ health concerns and possible treatments such as Body Talk, Total Body Modification, and hugs from surrogate mothers. Following the consultation, clients choose a one-hour massage from eight massage types including Thai foot, French lymphatic system, and hot stone. For pinpointed relief, a French lymphatic body massage stimulates the efficient removal of lymphatic drainage, whereas a Thai foot massage administers localized pressure to leg hands, relieving tarsal tension and improving muscular function. To alleviate deep-seated aches and boost body circulation, hot-stone massages prod human posteriors with heated river rocks, which transfer warmth and entertaining tales of river life to stressed dorsal muscles.
For Doctor of Chiropractic Maria A. Giacalone, chiropractic care is a family affair. She comes from a line of chiropractic physicians that spans more than 40 years, as well as practices in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, where she herself worked as a licensed chiropractor before relocating to Vegas in the early ’90s. Today, Dr. Giacalone draws upon more than 20 years of experience in the field, and has stayed current on industry techniques by embarking on a full year of training in rehabilitation and sports injuries in addition to taking classes on topics such as nutrition.
Services address problems such as chronic back and neck pain, whiplash, or arthritis, but also help clients maintain total well-being through diet, exercise, and health-related workshops led by guest speakers. Treatments may use both nonforceful techniques and traditional adjustments, as well as heat and ice therapy, helpful for easing chronic discomfort or testing whether old Hypercolor T-shirts still work.
Doctors of Chiropractic Michael J. Sobran and Matthew J. Emmons are both passionate about sports and fitness, so they know firsthand how important it is to keep the body in peak condition. Their holistic medical knowledge gives them insight into the causes of aches and ailments, which can often be traced back to the spine's motherboard. The massage therapists on staff bolster the chiropractors' treatments with gentle kneads that reduce stress and tension.