Chiropractic Care

Feel better and experience less pain when your spine is in proper alignment. Get hands-on treatment for a wide range of health conditions from a doctor of chiropractic (DC) at Essentia Health.

What's a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)?

A doctor of chiropractic (DC) is commonly called a chiropractor. A chiropractor is a health care professional with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.

When to See a Chiropractor

Turn to a chiropractor when you have neuromuscular (nerve, muscle, bone, and joint) pain. Chiropractic treatments can help restore motion, ease pain, reduce muscle tightness, and heal tissue. You should see a chiropractor if you have:

  • Headaches
  • Lower back pain or sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain

Your Spine Health

When you have an injury or painful condition involving your nerves, muscles, bones, or joints, you may feel discomfort throughout your body. Your chiropractor may perform spinal adjustments to correct spine misalignments and:

  • Reduce subluxation (out-of-position bones in your spine)
  • Release joint pressure
  • Restore proper nerve function
  • Help your body heal

Chiropractic Services

At your first appointment, your chiropractor will review your health history, perform a physical exam, and may order X-rays and lab tests. They will use this information to evaluate your condition and create a personalized treatment plan which may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustment – Applies precise, hands-on force to a specific part of your spine
  • Electric muscle stimulation – Causes muscle contraction to increase circulation and range of motion
  • Massage – Kneads your soft tissue to improve circulation and reduce swelling
  • Ultrasound therapy – Uses sound waves to heat injured tissue, muscles or joints and reduce pain and promote healing

Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections

Chiropractic: Ear Infections Video Transcript

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The Essentia Health logo rotates and appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Medical Insight. Videos play of toddlers tugging at an ear, as well as a photograph of a doctor checking the ear canal of a young boy.

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TRACY BRIGGS: Health experts say 75% of children will have at least one ear infection before the age of three, and half of those will have more by the age of four. Parents know the signs all too well. Fussiness, tugging on the ear, and a fever. Many times antibiotics are the answer. But there is another option. Dr. Allison Klug, a chiropractor at Essentia Health in Fargo, says chiropractic care for childhood ear pain helps because of what's happening inside your child's ear.

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Dr. Allison Klug, chiropractor, presses gently under the ear of a patient lying on her back. Back in her office, Dr. Klug speaks to the camera.

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DR. ALLISON KLUG: We find that it's smaller in kids, and it's a little bit more horizontal. So draining some of that fluid is a little bit harder for them. TRACY BRIGGS: That fluid buildup can mimic an infection or become a breeding ground for one. Dr. Klug says chiropractors can help by working on the upper part of the spine.

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Dr. Klug holds up a model of a human spine.

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DR. ALLISON KLUG: So when we get that upper cervical spine relaxed and moving through an adjustment, those muscles are able to relax and fluid can drain through that lymphatic system.

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A toddler in a high chair rubs an index finger around his ear canal.

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TRACY BRIGGS: Getting the ear to properly drain can prevent a full blown infection from happening. But if the infection is currently raging, Dr. Klug says working out of a major health center like Essentua means she can easily get additional help. DR. ALLISON KLUG: That's what's great about being here, is I'm able to reach out to a pediatrician, saying, hey, I'm treating this child. We're not getting the best results. What's our next steps here? And working with whether it's antibiotics, whether it's putting in the tubes, whether it's trying more chiropractic care. You know, that's a win-win for all of us. TRACY BRIGGS: Dr. Klug says for parents cautious about getting their children adjusted, it's important to remember adjustments are modified based upon the size of the patient. And because children have less muscle tension than adults, they tend to respond to treatment much more quickly. So if you're up all night with a baby crying from ear pain, chiropractic might be worth considering. With this Essentia Health Medical Insight, I'm Tracy Briggs.

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The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Medical Insight.

Chiropractic Care for Desk Jobs

Medical Insight: Chiropractic Care for Desk Jobs Video Transcript

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The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Title, Medical Insight.

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TRACY BRIGGS: When you think about health hazards at work, you might not think people with desk jobs are at high risk.

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A man sits at a desk typing on a laptop. A woman leans her chin against her palm, her elbow on a desk, as she looks down at a mobile phone.

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But the truth is people that work behind computers and at desks are becoming increasingly susceptible to developing medical conditions associated with poor posture. DR. ALLISON KLUG:

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Text, Dr. Allison Klug, Essentia Health Chiropractor.

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Sitting has actually become the new smoking. Because over time, sitting for prolonged periods of time can really start to add detrimental effects to your health. TRACY BRIGGS:

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Text, Tracy Briggs, Essentia Medical Insight Host

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Allison Klug is a chiropractor at Essentia Health in Fargo. She says in addition to back and neck issues, sitting for too long can lead to poor metabolism, poor circulation, weight gain, and a lack of concentration. Worse yet is how we're sitting. Klug says, once seated, it takes the average American less than three minutes to start slouching.

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She bends her shoulders inward, leaning forward slightly.

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She says this poor posture can lead to wear and tear on the joints and in the disks of the back. To prevent that, she recommends moving more during your workday, alternating between sitting and standing at an adjustable desk. DR. ALLISON KLUG: If you don't have that sit-stand desk, set a timer on your phone for 30 minutes. Stand up at that 30 minutes, walk around your office. Sometimes I've recommended patients, if you're on the phone, stand up while you're on the phone, because you don't need to be on your computer at that time. TRACY BRIGGS: Klug says there are simple exercises you can do right at your desk to keep injuries away, including stretching your hamstrings and extending your back. DR. ALLISON KLUG: Put your hands up, take a deep breath in, and then extend out and just squeeze those shoulder blades together.

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She places the backs of her hands on her forehead, elbows bent pointing out to each side, then straightens her arms and reaches outwards.

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And then, I always stretch the forearms.

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With one arm straight and palm facing down and away, she uses her other hand to pull back her fingers.

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These get really tight from typing. Go the other way.

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She does this with both hands, then turns her head from side to side

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And then, I always just bring the neck through normal range of motion. TRACY BRIGGS: Klug says her job as a chiropractor is to help you get the joints in your spine moving again. And physical therapists at Essentia can also work in a series of exercises that are right for you. So work can be a little less painful. With this Essentia Health "Medical Insight," I'm Tracy Briggs.

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The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health, Medical Insight.

Will Insurance Cover Chiropractic Care?

Call your health insurance company and ask if your plan covers chiropractic care.

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