Chiropractors, medical doctors, and massage therapists come together at Sugar Hill Wellness Center to provide patients with a comprehensive blend of holistic and clinical treatments. Patients, ranging from student-athletes to their grandparents, regularly stop into the center to relieve pain, recover from injuries, or simply relax. Chiropractors use adjustments to remove subluxations—misaligned vertebrae that cause nerve pressure—and medical doctors diagnose injuries before recommending physical therapy or scratch-and-sniff bandages. Friendly massage therapists grant patients whole-body relaxation through Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
At the age of 17, Aleshia Wilson suffered severe injuries in a car crash. She followed doctor's orders, but never shook the pain until she was 20 and had her first professional massage. Aleshia instantly realized how much more effective the therapist’s kneads were than the treatments she had previously tried and decided to earn her own degree in massage therapy at Georgia Medical Institute.
Now, she brings clients the same relief at Hopeful Heart Therapeutic Massage. Myofascial release is her specialty; during sessions, she applies pressure to stretch out compressed muscles, soothing pain and tension all over the body. Swedish massages sooth mental stress from long hours of work or grueling games of Battleship, and pampering details such as aromatherapy and heated foot-booties complete the spa experience.
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The holistic experts at Optimum Health fuse Western medicine and alternative therapies to tackle clients’ health and wellness concerns. While chiropractors identify and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, physical therapists treat injuries and disabilities by crafting custom protocols composed of therapeutic exercises, hot and cold therapies, and neuromuscular re-education. Similarly, skilled massage therapists employ deep-tissue, myofascial, and trigger-point therapies to loosen and restore tense sinews. Doctors and nurse practitioners target pain at its source rather than merely covering up the symptoms with painkillers or a plastic tarp. Additionally, Optimum Health's specialists craft custom treatment plans for patients struggling with weight loss, nutrition, and stress as they target the underlying causes of health issues.
At Cuvée Day Spa, licensed massage therapist and licensed esthetician Julie Austin eases muscle aches or persistent pain with Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal modalities, available in her studio. She also creates beach-ready looks with custom airbrush spray tans.
Gyrotonic's restorative methods are in its name: "gyro" means spiral, and "tonic" means tone. Performed on a special Gyrotonic apparatus, this therapeutic exercise uses circular, low-impact movements to stretch and strengthen bodies—especially in the joints, spine, and abs. This mode of healing exemplifies the type of nontraditional practices the therapists and Pilates instructors at Above Physical Therapy often rely on, in addition to classic physical therapy.