Dr. Chris Doyle once had a patient come into Planet Health with an aching neck that would not quit. Everyday pain treatments, such as heat pads and ibuprofen, didn't make a difference, and a series of chiropractic adjustments with the doctor brought little relief. Realizing the true problem at hand, Dr. Doyle ordered custom orthotics to correct her flat feet, and within a week, the neck pain was gone.
Dr. Doyle acknowledges that most people see each part of the body in isolation, but people should instead see the body as an interconnected unit. An imbalance in one part affects another seemingly disparate part of the body. The spine is what connects the nervous system to the rest of the body, and when it is misaligned, it can affect the nerve impulses sent from that area, which in turn can affect the function of faraway organs and muscles. The general tenet of chiropractic care, he says, is that the body is fully capable of healing itself. His work just helps speed it along.
To this end, Planet Health’s services all focus on healing without the use of pharmaceuticals. Cold-laser therapy works to ameliorate inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. During chiropractic massages, muscles shed tension and toxins to increase circulation and flexibility. Acupuncture sessions reroute bodily energy without the need to implant traffic signals below the skin’s surface.
Overseen by Dr. Todd W. Adam, the staff of nurses and technicians at Oasis Salon & MediSpa provides services ranging from haircuts and massages to Botox injections. Inside a chic environment marked by dramatic arches and earth tones, stylists use products from Aquage and BioMega to control unwieldy hairdos. At the med spa, trained nurses and techs wield lasers as they perform photofacials, hair removal, lightsaber sharpening, and other noninvasive treatments.
At Shehla's Beauty Salon & Spa, a friendly face greets customers right as they walk through the door. After sipping on complimentary cups of soothing hot tea in the waiting area, clients are eventually led back their styling stations, where hair artists get to work performing customized cuts and color treatments. More than just a destination for haircare, the salon space also achieves spa-like status thanks to service offerings such as waxing, threading, facials, and massages.
After graduating from Hands-On Therapy School of Massage in 2005, Sara Allen opened her own Angel Touch Massage Studio. In the comfort of a private room, Sara can ease chronic tension with flowing Swedish stokes, hot-stone therapy, as well as relaxing aromatherapy bodywork. Sports massages are also available to temper injuries incurred while attempting to play soccer with a bowling ball.
Drawing on an education that includes a doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College and a bachelor's degree in public health and human biology, Dr. Brandt L. Spies of Lordex Spine Institute treats bodies entangled by such painful conditions as herniated disks, headaches, and spinal arthritis. The doctor upgrades spinal hardware with chiropractic adjustments, and the center's squadron of licensed massage therapists tinkers on soft tissue with modalities that include Swedish, sports, and deep tissue. The institute also boasts the Lordex Lumbar Spinal Decompression System, a padded table with a knee bolster that supports prostrate patrons. During the 30-minute sessions that make use of this system, a gap in the table slowly widens, stretching spines to alleviate lower back pain and add flexibility to overstarched overalls.
At Fit Spa, massage therapists and aestheticians work in tandem to soothe muscle aches and clarify complexions with a full roster of day-spa services. Hot-towel-enhanced reflexology or a pore-cleansing facial revive clients more effectively than a wake-up-call from a swarm of yellow jackets.