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.
Contrology Pilates makes individual attention its mission. The studio’s instructors tailor every workout to fit each student’s fitness level, and keep class sizes small to ensure they receive ample personal attention. Sessions employ classic Reformers, Cadillac suspension apparatuses, and versatile Wunda chairs to build flexibility and strength. Participants practice in Contrology's spacious studio, decorated with tall mirrors and green accents inspired by nature’s leanest vegetable, the string bean.
Trimcare & Safe Laser Centers founder and board-certified doctor of internal, bariatric, and anti-aging medicine Ivan Goldsmith has been practicing medicine for more than two decades, during which time he has witnessed the challenges faced by people struggling to lose weight and gain self-esteem. At Trimcare & Safe Laser Centers, he helps clients lose weight and keep it off with a combination of appetite suppressants, physician supervision, and behavioral modification. Dr. Goldsmith first uses an InBody biometric scale to analyze body fat. He then injects vitamin B12 and other lipotropic shots into the body to jump-start the weight-loss program and boost the client’s energy. He also helps his patients achieve longer-lasting results with FDA-approved appetite suppressants and a behavioral consultation that re-teaches people how to eat.
In addition to weight-loss programs, the doctor and his team beautify bodies with services such as cosmetic injectables and i-lipo laser body-contouring treatments. They also restore vim and vigor via hormone-replacement therapy, which supplements bodily chemicals stolen by the aging process or desperate bodybuilders.
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.