Like broken stereos and dance floors that spout hot magma, sore muscles can make doing the macarena virtually impossible. Get your groove back with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a 50-minute deep-tissue medical massage at either Gold Coast Wellness or River North Health & Wellness, part of The Chicago Fix Group (a $90 value).
The licensed massage therapists at both the Gold Coast and River North centers specialize in using therapeutic kneading during deep-tissue medical massages to delve into muscles' recesses in search of hidden knots. By applying direct pressure to troublesome sinews, therapists can help ease pain brought on by such ailments as sciatica and herniated disks. Unlike massages that involve a giant panini press, medical massages can uncrick necks and help restore range of motion without making you feel like a grilled-cheese sandwich. Athletes injured during soccer games, marathons, or thorn-bush-wrestling matches may recover more quickly as blood circulates through inflamed tissues. Local artists' paintings and photos adorn the walls of each office, helping guests take their minds off stiff necks and strained muscles. And to prevent mental strain and flaring-induced nostril cramps, the clinics provide online scheduling and complimentary valet parking.
The Chicago FIX
The Chicago FIX brings both traditional and alternative healing under one roof. But whether a treatment plan involves chiropractic services, physical therapy, rehabilitation, or massage therapy, the center’s staff of physicians and medical professionals follows through with the aid of modern technology, from x-rays for diagnosis to custom-made running orthotics. And to prevent mental strain, the center provides online scheduling.