EARLY – Tori Wheeler, Director of Innovation Wellness Health Spa at Early, knows first-hand the values of treatments including Infrared Light Therapy, Compression Therapy and Cyrotherapy – therapies available in the five-year-old company.
Wheeler was a multi-sport athlete from Blanket High School when her father, who was also her coach, brought her to Innovation Wellness. “He brought me through my seasons to keep me healthy,” Wheeler said. “I had a lingering injury and that helped me fight that. I wanted to work here.”
Innovation Wellness, at 919 Early Blvd., is owned by insurance professional Bill King and his wife Nancy, and their son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Janessa King.
“The main thing we do is help people reduce pain and inflammation,” Bill King said. “The services we provide do not require a prescription. They are not considered medical services.”
A brochure further explains the mission: “to help eliminate chronic inflammation more naturally and support the body’s innate ability to heal itself.”
Innovation Wellness therapies can aid healing and recovery in areas such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, heart disease, PTSD, pain, nerve pain, surgery pre/post, insomnia, anxiety/depression, weight loss and muscle tears, the brochure says.
According to an Innovation Wellness information page:
• Philosophy – “We believe that God created our bodies with the ability to heal themselves naturally. Our innovative spa equipment has been selected to help reduce pain and inflammation more naturally and to support the body’s innate ability to to heal.”
• King said, “I have been in the life and health insurance industry for over 40 years. During this time, I have seen the exorbitant cost and sometimes devastating side effects of pharmaceutical pain and inflammation medications. It was exciting for me to have an opportunity to provide natural treatments at a reasonable cost with minimal risk of side effects.”
Innovation Wellness staff, along with Bill and Scott King, toured the company’s rooms and equipment and explained the therapies in more detail.
“I think the most amazing thing is the fact that we have it here in Early, Texas, in Brown County,” said Kim Atkinson, who does marketing for the company. “Typically it’s in a big city like San Antonio or Dallas.”
Customers can purchase individual subscriptions or services.
According to the brochures, the therapies include:
• Infrared Sauna – Uses infrared light to heal the body from within; reduces pain and inflammation; skin tightening; stimulates the cardiovascular system; promotes relaxation; reduces stress and anxiety.
• Compression therapy — involves a compression device that wraps around your arms, legs, or hips; reduces lactic acid buildup, deep swelling, inflammation, restless leg syndrome and the appearance of varicose veins.
• Cyrotherapy – uses the effect of cold on the human body for physiological and/or therapeutic purposes; reduces muscle tension and pain; improves sports performance; reduces pain, inflammation, swelling and bruising; improves sports performance; helps with areas such as arthritis, post-surgery, pre/post exercise, back pain, depression and anxiety, fibromyalgia, bursitis, multiple sclerosis and migraines.
• Celluma Therapy – reduces pain and inflammation; kills acne-causing bacteria; reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Floatation therapy – reduces stress, anxiety and PTSD; reduces insomnia, pain and inflammation; deeply relaxing; moisturizes hair and nourishes skin and nails.
As of April 1, Innovation Wellness will have an esthetician, a person who will provide skin care and beauty services.
“We have all kinds of athletes who come here and we call it the trifecta because what they’re able to do is infrared light therapy, compression therapy, and then get into the cyro machine,” said said Atkinson. “And then they’re feeling like a million bucks. We also have athletes who improve their game, like throwing faster even after injury, running faster on the track. If they improve their activity at the cellular level, they will of course be more efficient.
Referring to infrared light therapy, King said, “A lot of people don’t realize infrared therapy is well studied. There are hundreds of articles on the benefits of infrared therapy. But for ordinary mortals, it is only light. Many people wonder “how can light help me so much”. Light therapy is not really new. Two-thirds of the things we offer involve infrared light.
“Infrared therapy was studied by NASA as they were looking for a way to help astronauts heal faster. Many studies started there. 99% of our molecules are water. Two-thirds of our weights are water.Infrared therapy stimulates, energizes water.This causes a change in the electrical structure of the water that is in the body.The most important thing is that infrared therapy stimulates and energizes the cells of the body.”
King provided further explanation via email, saying, “Much of the basic research has been done by NASA, but our NovoTHOR device that treats the whole body in just 12 minutes was developed in conjunction with Harvard. Medical School and military forces in the United States and Great Britain.
“It is manufactured in the USA to applicable standards required by the FDA and is used in hospitals, spas and pain clinics around the world. In addition to our facility, there are seven other units located in spas in health and pain clinics in Texas and another that is located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.”
Besides its use on wound healing and pain relief, it’s also popular with professional sports teams for faster recovery, King said. “The US Olympic team used it to prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio and even sent the device there to be used between events,” he said.
Wheeler, the head of Wellness Innovation, said she received compression therapy, infrared light therapy and cryotherapy as a high school athlete. Wheeler said she found the therapy “very, very helpful.”
“He sold me when I was in high school, so it’s easy for me to sell him now. I believe in what he does. I know what he did for me.”