Learn About Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?

We are excited that you have made it to this page. Part of delivering excellent care to our patients is to help them understand the power that lies within the field of medicine called chiropractic.

Even though more than 15 million Americans annually choose to work with a chiropractor for the non-invasive relief of back pain, neck pain, headache, sciatica, and other discomforts, many do not realize the capacity of chiropractic medicine to improve health and wellbeing.

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges describes chiropractic medicine in this way: “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”

The wide range of chiropractic care

Because chiropractors are often visited by individuals experiencing pain from an injury or wear and tear, and because chiropractors apply gentle force to bring the spine into alignment, it is a common belief that chiropractic care is intended for pain relief. Though there is some truth to this, there is much more to chiropractic care!

The objective of chiropractic medicine is to aid in the natural functions of the body by preserving or restoring communication between the brain and the various muscles, nerves, and organs. In this way, chiropractic treatments truly are intended to optimize health.

Chiropractic medicine is based on extensive scientific research and discovery. As scientists and physicians learned more about the intricacies of the body, they pinpointed the nervous system as the “control panel” to the living cells within the body. Through the nervous system, the various functions of cells, organs, and tissues are maintained. The nervous system only begins in the brain. From here, it spans downward as the spinal cord and nerve roots. This vital system is encased within the spinal column.

Due to the close relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system, structural and biomechanical problems within the bones and tissues of the spine can lead to irritation. Because of tissue injury or pressure on nerves, inflammatory biochemicals are released into the body. This irritation, coupled with the initial pressure on nerves, can lead to dysfunction within the tissues, organs, and cells linked to the affected nerve.

Effects of a compromised nervous system are many, since the nervous system controls the whole body. Your experienced chiropractor has been educated and trained to understand the various potential effects, and to treat them accordingly.

What chiropractors look for are, technically subluxations. A subluxation is a structural change within one or more vertebrae that compromises the integrity of neural communication, or the transmissions from the brain to the body. Subluxations block messages, and therefore negatively affect the body’s ability to remain optimally healthy.

Chiropractors are trained in a number of highly refined techniques to recognize and treat subluxations, also called misalignment. Using gentle force, your chiropractor can move misaligned vertebrae into their proper position, restoring nervous system function. In addition to providing spinal adjustments, however, chiropractors may also incorporate physical therapies such as massage and exercise, and counseling on lifestyle modification and nutrition to help patients achieve optimal health.

A different approach

Chiropractic medicine is set apart from conventional medicine in that symptoms are only important to the diagnosis of an underlying problem. Your chiropractor does not seek to treat pain or other symptoms with medication or surgery, but instead designs treatment that aids in the body’s own natural abilities to operate functionally.

We believe that our patients gain long-term benefits through this approach, and invite you to experience the many advantages of chiropractic medicine by calling our office for your consultation.

Testimonials

We love Dr. Besser and his wonderful staff. I suffer from chronic back pain and I have never felt better. I trust him so much

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We love Dr. Besser and his wonderful staff. I suffer from chronic back pain and I have never felt better. I trust him so much I bring all three of my kids in to see him. They are friendly and really listen. It is a wonderful environment for the whole family.

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Besser or his staff. After years of chronic back pain I decided to seek help and I'm

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I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Besser or his staff. After years of chronic back pain I decided to seek help and I'm so glad I did. In just 4 months the improvement to my back pain is unbelievable! Dr. Besser does great work and (this is super important to me) is very honest. I started with 3X a week and then as I improved it was 2X to 1X to now every 1X every 2 weeks.
I also have to note how friendly they are and what a pleasure it is to be welcomed with a smile.
Seriously - give them a chance. Your body will thank you for it.

1. I started coming to Dr. Besser because I had continual pain in my neck that prevented me from turning my head completely. Every rotation

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1. I started coming to Dr. Besser because I had continual pain in my neck that prevented me from turning my head completely. Every rotation of my head caused my neck to hurt extremely bad.

2. Driving was difficult, looking sideways when someone was talking to me was hard. It was really interfering with many aspects of my life.

3. I had gone to a M.D., physical therapy, and taken pain meds but nothing would help for a prolonged amount of time.

4. I started seeing Dr. Besser and within two weeks the pain had improved. My ability to turn my head back & forth had returned & the aching in my head from my neck hurting was gone.

5. I have improved so much from the work & effort Dr. Besser has invested in me. My daily life is an example of what good listening, excellent ability and long term benefit of getting my chiropractic work done at Back Pain Relief Center.

6. I have and will continue to tell everyone I know how excellent the services Dr. Besser offers are. He also has an excellent office staff who answered all my questions, checked on my insurance benefits, and made me feel welcome and comfortable from the very first phone call I made there and who I still look forward to seeing each time I go in for an appointment.

Amazing skill, amazing treatment, happy and professional in all aspects of Dr. Besser's Back Pain Relief Center.

On the advice of my insurance agent after being rear-ended in my car, I went to Dr. Besser within a few days of my injury.

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On the advice of my insurance agent after being rear-ended in my car, I went to Dr. Besser within a few days of my injury. I was experiencing severe neck and shoulder pain that limited my movement.

The pain varied in severity and location from day to day and Dr. Besser was able to work out a variety of treatments depending upon my symptoms. For example, at various points in time during my treatment, I couldn’t sleep due to the pain in my neck, shoulders, and back. At each variation in symptoms he willingly and thoughtfully created a new plan to help relieve my discomfort.

I tried heat, ice and Tylenol to relieve the pain, to no avail. Once I got into Dr. Besser’s capable hands and began his treatment, he was able and very willing to modify the plan to respond to my ever-changing pain locations and levels.

After his personal analysis, x-rays and examination, Dr. Besser developed a plan using a variety of techniques available through his chiropractic clinic, fully willing to modify his plan and techniques to mitigate my pain as needed.

My ability to move my neck and shoulders has increased, but it continues to be problematic, and I still need Dr. Besser’s help to control my symptoms as my treatment seems to continually need modification to address the changing levels and location of pain. I am confident he will pay close attention to a plan that will help me get better.

I have never experienced such personalized attention and involvement in my medical well-being from any other medical professional in developing a personalized plan to address my needs. His office and staff reflect his commitment to his patients in a very positive environment. Needless to say, I have already referred one of my friends to his office and will continue to do so. This has been my first experience with chiropractic and, all in all, it has been very positive.

I had a radiating pain on the left side of my lower back. I was having a hard time sleeping, walking, bending, etc

Most all

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I had a radiating pain on the left side of my lower back. I was having a hard time sleeping, walking, bending, etc

Most all of my activities were impacted. I was not able to sleep, play hockey, or lift objects. Even sitting at my desk at work was painful.

I iced my back and took a lot of ibuprofen as well as did a lot of stretching. Nothing helped.

The adjustments, massage, and STIM helped a lot. Once the swelling went down, I was also able to do some stretches and exercises that helped.

I feel stronger, I can sleep and move with no pain at all. Even before I hurt my back, I always experienced some pain and soreness, but not anymore.

Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. I called in pain and they were able to get me in an hour later. I would and have recommended them and will continue to do so.

Fell down stairs – pain right lower back – difficulty picking stuff up or back squat. And right arm falling asleep frequently.

Crossfit stuff –

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Fell down stairs – pain right lower back – difficulty picking stuff up or back squat. And right arm falling asleep frequently.

Crossfit stuff – pick up heavy things, back squat

Avoided movements that aggravated it, rest, some pain medication

The adjustments, muscle STIM and of course massage were so helpful. The whole combo

Stronger, less pain – able to do the Crossfit movements I couldn’t do before. My right arm doesn’t fall asleep anymore.

Hmm… Great place. I refer everyone. Even people that don’t have pain.

My elbows were very painful, especially the right elbow. I have had that pain for over two years. Shooting pain from the hands all the

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My elbows were very painful, especially the right elbow. I have had that pain for over two years. Shooting pain from the hands all the way to the neck.

I could drive, but it was very painful

I went to physical therapy it did not help at all. Cortisone shots helped but they gave me cysts on my hands (wrists). I tried Aleve, but it hurt my stomach.

My elbows are better after the Dr. worked on them and gave me stretching exercises for maintaining my pain.

After several visits I am sleeping better, my elbow pain is much better. I can lift my hand (arm) better than six months ago. My arms and back feel stronger.

Dr. Besser and Gloria are awesome. They both worked with me so I could get treatment. Very accommodating with smiles and positive attitude. I have told my friends, they will be calling.

When I first came in I had a lot of back pain and have had it for a while

It would affect me standing for

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When I first came in I had a lot of back pain and have had it for a while

It would affect me standing for long periods of time

I tried to take Advil and muscle relaxers

Dr. Besser adjusted my back and it felt better

I am feeling much better

Dr. Besser and Gloria are very friendly and very helpful. I would refer friends and family

After I fell – hard – on my back, the muscle spasms in my lower back caused agonizing pain. Hot pads, creams, and over the

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After I fell – hard – on my back, the muscle spasms in my lower back caused agonizing pain. Hot pads, creams, and over the counter medications were little or no help at all. I realized after four days that there was no improvement.

Fortunately, I have had help in the past from a wonderful Chiropractor but he retired years ago, so I had no idea how I was going to find someone new. Serendipitously, on my way to work, I spotted a banner just down the street from my office. It announced that Dr. Stephen Besser was accepting new patients! Kismet!

My boss was kind enough to stop into Dr. Besser’s clinic, was very impressed by the facility and the friendly reception. Fortunately, Dr. Besser’s assistant, Gloria, was able to make time for me that same day.

Dr. Besser’s examination was gentle but thorough. He determined what treatment would best alleviate my condition. Dr. Besser worked with me, not on me to control the conditions that were causing the pain, (I was impressed!)

Did I mention Magic Hands? Dr. Stephen Besser knows by touch where the trouble is and how to relieve it.

1. My major complaint/symptom was
Lack of movement in my neck area, Pain in right knee

2. Things I tried on my own to get








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1. My major complaint/symptom was
Lack of movement in my neck area, Pain in right knee

2. Things I tried on my own to get rid of my symptoms
Hurt too much to try things on my own. Dr. Besser relieved the pain and gave excellent exercises to increase my mobility

3. What Back Pain Relief Center did to help me
Adjusted my neck back into place giving me a wider range of motion. Trained me with proper exercises to enable further pain-free motion

4. Things I could not do because of my symptoms
Difficulty in driving because of lack of mobility in the neck area

5. How do I feel now?
So much better! Night & day difference

6. How Back Pain Relief Center improved my health?
Overall improved quality of life

7. Would you recommend Back Pain Relief Center to your friends and family?
Yes

8. Why?
Dr. Besser took time to listen to what the problem was and treated the situation with therapy and recommended exercise

9. What do you like the most about Back Pain Relief Center?
Personal concern and touch


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