At a certain age it becomes important to take care of yourself, usually right after your set of baby muscles falls out. Be stronger than your baby self with this Groupon.
$99 for one wellness package (up to a $275 value), including:
- A wellness coaching session ($45 value)
- Nutritional assessment ($75 value)
- Chiro exam, with adjustment ($65 value)
- One hour massage ($60 value)
- Three yoga classes ($10/class $30 value)
Intervertebral Disks: The Spine's Suspension
Chiropractic treatments can help restore proper alignment to vertebrae, but they can also take painful pressure off the disks between them. Gain insight into these spinal pillows with this Groupon guide.
Intervertebral disks are the shock absorbers of the spine. These oval-shaped sacs sit between each pair of vertebrae, cushioning them from the impact of everyday movements. Each disk is made up of two parts: a fibrous shell known as the annulus fibrosus and a gel-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. Much like a waterbed shifting under the weight of a misplaced bowling ball, the disk changes shape whenever the spine rotates or flexes, fluidly adjusting to absorb the motion and protect the vertebrae.
Unfortunately, just as waterbeds eventually mature into box springs, intervertebral disks don't last forever. Over time, the disks begin to lose elasticity and flexibility—a condition called degenerative disk disease (DDD) that affects 60% of people over the age of 40, according to Medscape. This can lead to problems such as neck or lower-back pain or more serious conditions such as herniation, which occurs when the disk’s inner fluids leak through the annulus fibrosus. Although DDD can be the source of chronic pain, treatment does not always require surgery. Often, DDD can be managed with physical therapy, over-the-counter medications, and chiropractic treatments, such as spinal adjustments or spinal decompression.
Brandy Hollaway—armed with an arsenal of certifications from ISSA, ACE, and IFA, among others—educates, motivates, and shapes up her clients through her R.E.A.L. (relationships, exercise, attitude, and lifestyle) method. She and her staff of fitness specialists, athletic coaches, and nutritionists whip corporate teams and individual fitness-seekers into shape with their body-bending fitness, yoga, and boot-camp programs. Hollaway's coaches even travel to homes to lead private yoga and fitness classes. To demystify healthy eating and decode what the all-seeing eye at the top of the food pyramid means, the staff carries out nutrition lessons, holistic life coaching, and tele-coaching to reach out to clients with scheduling or travel limitations.