The Path To Good Health Begins Here
At Scott Family Health, we have spent decades providing patients with superior chiropractic care and adjustments that help to alleviate aches and pains in addition to improving alignment, relieving tension, and helping patients reach optimal mobility and overall health. Our mission is to find the source of your pain in order to provide you with long-term solutions that will help you live a healthier life. Our chiropractors in Fort Collins offer comprehensive chiropractic care supported by the beneficial opportunity for acupuncture, massage, or physical therapy when necessary. We aim to educate you on your condition so that you can feel equipped and empowered as you set forth on the path to good health. After a comprehensive consultation and meticulous testing, Scott Family Health will provide you with a customized health plan that is created to meet your individual needs.
About Our Fort Collins Location
Conveniently located near Timberline and Caribou in Fort Collins, Scott Family Health is a clean, comfortable, warm, and positive place where our patients can feel safe and confident in the quality of their care. We have ample space suited for a variety of healing modalities including physical therapy activities, warm and welcoming rooms for acupuncture or massage, and high-end examination areas for diagnoses and chiropractic adjustments. Supported by our team of caring and friendly professionals, our facilities are designed to provide you with the highest quality of care.
Our Scott Family Health team is dedicated to providing superior, compassionate care from our providers in addition to friendly and professional service from our front desk and administrative staff. We are available to answer any questions you may have about our office, scheduling appointments, membership packages, and more. Call us today to learn more!
Our Chiropractic Practitioners
SCOTT L. HESSLER
D.C. / CHIEF OF STAFF
- Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, 2004
- Bachelor of Science from University of Wyoming, 1994
LICENSES & CERTIFICATES:
- Doctor of Chiropractic, 2004
- Certification from National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
INTERESTS: Being a mentor to my two young boys (Jake and Logan). Being a great husband to my wife, Wendi. Camping, fly fishing, 4-wheeling, and golf.
- Doctor of Chiropractic National College of Chiropractic, 1985
- Certificate Chiropractic Orthopedics Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1994
- Fellow in Acupuncture International Academy of Medical Acupuncture 1998
- Undergraduate: University of Arizona 1980
INTERESTS: Family, and to be closer to my daughter and son in Denver. Playing sports, basketball and golf. Riding my Harley and traveling.
official chiropractor of the colorado eagles
Why Choose Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a natural alternative to help your body maintain health. Rather than simply treating symptoms of disease, chiropractic gets to the root cause and promotes and strengthens your body’s own ability to heal itself. A chiropractor will work to correct joint misalignments, particularly within the spinal column, that are often causing problems like joint, nerve, and muscle pain. In some cases, misalignments may even result in organ and tissue dysfunction. If you’re interested in treating the root cause of disease rather than merely attacking the symptoms, chiropractic is an excellent choice.
Because chiropractic care gets to the root issue, we often see clients enjoy the following benefits:
- Relief from chronic pain, including lower back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and more
- Improved joint mobility
- Better circulation
- More energy
- Improved sleep
- Improved digestion
- Relief from constant headaches
- Better organ function
- A stronger immune system
- Less pregnancy discomfort
- Relief from tight muscles (stiffness)
- Reduced stress
- Improved performance for athletes
- Improved ability to think clearly
- Decreased joint and connective tissue degeneration
- Improved nervous system function
- Reduced ear infections and colic
- Surgery prevention
- Improved blood pressure
Chiropractic is an excellent choice, no matter what age you are or the stage of life you are in. The goal of our chiropractors in Fort Collins is to improve the health and wellness of your entire family, from infants and children to our elderly patients, pregnant moms, and everyone in between.
Is Chiropractic a Safe Treatment Option?
First, it’s important to remember that receiving chiropractic-type adjustments from friends, family members, or others who are not licensed to do so is not safe. However, spinal manipulations performed by trained professionals are widely recognized as safe, non-invasive treatments for neck and back-related ailments. While no medical treatment is ever 100% free of all risk, risks connected to chiropractic are minimal.
Consider the fact that chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-invasive therapy. Chiropractors treat their patients using a controlled, specific force to spinal joints to bring alignment and ultimately encourage your body to heal itself. This is an alternative to prescribing pain relievers or other medications (and a host of side affects along with them) that may never attack the root cause of the ailment a patient is experiencing. In a pdf upload by ahip.org, the writer highlights that alternative treatments like spinal manipulations can “improve symptoms with little risk of harm.”
Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?
A chiropractic adjustment will cause little to no pain. In fact, most patients will say that chiropractic adjustments are painless. However, some may experience a level of discomfort if they are not able to relax and, as a result, involuntarily resist the adjustment. During an adjustment, you’ll feel pops and cracks as your spine is realigned but it’s uncommon to feel intense pain.
It’s important to also mention that some experience mild soreness and aches within the 24 hours following chiropractic treatment but that soreness usually won’t typically last longer than a day or two. According to Mayo Clinic, some may also experience a headache or fatigue after an adjustment.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Aches and pains in the shoulder, neck, lower back, and hips are part of the experience for a majority of pregnant women. Statistical data shows that approximately 50 percent of pregnant women experience pain in the lower back at some point before delivery.
You will experience physical, psychological, and hormonal changes during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. Some of these body changes will have a strong impact on your comfort and posture and can lead to misaligned spinal joints. Furthermore, your center of gravity shifts with an increase in weight, and your body tries to adjust the posture accordingly. Other uncomfortable physical changes that may cause troublesome symptoms during pregnancy might include:
- Increase in the curve of your back due to a protruding abdomen
- Adaptations to your posture
- Changes to your pelvic structure as your body begins to prepare for the growing baby and labor.
Regular visits to a chiropractic specialist during your pregnancy can address physical issues. One collaborative medical and chiropractic study revealed that 65 percent of pregnant patients who receive chiropractic care reported pain relief. Plus, spinal adjustments designed to re-establish alignment and balance to your spine and pelvis will do more than just make you feel better. In addition, regular chiropractic care while during pregnancy can offer the following health benefits:
- Help you maintain a healthier pregnancy.
- Help to control symptoms of nausea.
- Relieve pain in the back, neck, shoulder, and hip joints
Always get your physician’s approval before getting chiropractic care during pregnancy. It is not typically recommended treatment option if you are experiencing the following:
- Moderate to severe toxemia
- Vaginal bleeding
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Placental abruption
While all licensed chiropractic specialists receive training related to pregnancy, some specialize in prenatal care. Get a referral from your doctor or ask your chiropractor if they specialize in this area to avoid complications.
How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Recovery After A Car Accident
Car crashes can have a significant and lasting impact on your body. If left untreated, the consequences of motor vehicle accidents could include persistent pain, worsening symptoms, and other health complications that can impact you for the rest of your life. According to car accident statistics, there is an average of 6 million car accidents each year in the United States. Each year, 3 million people suffer from injuries as a result of a car accident.
Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to mitigate the painful consequences of a car accident; seeing a chiropractor is one such decision. Many health professionals recommend going to a chiropractor after a car accident as the first line of defense against troublesome symptoms afterward. This is particularly true when you have symptoms such as muscular pain, migraines, or even mild headaches as your body starts recovering from the trauma of the car accident.
Where Chiropractic Care Can Step In
A victim of a car accident may be surprised to leave their physician’s office with only a handful of prescription drugs and not much else regarding a definitive treatment plan. Backaches, neck pain, restricted range of motion, stiffness, and soreness are common for all people who were recently in a motor vehicle crash. A chiropractic specialist can identify why these symptoms are occurring. Instead of subsiding them through medication, a chiropractor can perform physical therapy, spinal decompression, and other chiropractic adjustments to treat the underlying cause. Through multiple chiropractic sessions, many patients may experience the following primary benefits as a result of treatment:
- Reduced Scar Tissue
Muscles can get injured after a car accident, causing soreness and stiffness. A chiropractor can target these muscles and help break down the scarring quicker than if the scar area was left to heal on its own. Quick healing and less scar tissue mean the affected person is likely to feel better much faster.
- Reduced Inflammation
Micro-tears in the muscle fibers and ligaments are common following a car accident, and cannot be identified through an x-ray. Spinal adjustments can bring the slipped and herniated discs back into alignment – producing anti-inflammatory properties to assist with pain and discomfort from these tears.
- Decreased Need for Medication
Prescription pain killers can be very addictive for the majority of people. Taking a heavy painkiller medicine in the short-term may turn into dependency. Chiropractic adjustments make sure that the actual injury is being treated and that pain is not merely being masked with the use of pain-relieving medications.
- Long-term Benefits
Receiving chiropractic treatment promptly after a motor vehicle accident can help avoid minor injuries from worsening into severe conditions down the road.
- Restored Range Of Motion
Back or neck injuries can result in reduced mobility. It may be challenging to turn your spine or move in other ways when your muscles and ligaments are inflamed. Chiropractic adjustments of the vertebrae can help restore range of motion by mobilizing the spine and encouraging the healing process.
- Reduced Pain
With spinal adjustments, an affected person can have pain reduced in not only the affected bones and muscles but also relief throughout their entire body. Immediately following an adjustment, many people express feeling notable relief, which could be due to the anti-inflammatory effect and release of pain-reducing hormones.
Chiropractic Therapy for Chronic Pain
As people seek alternative therapies for chronic pain conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and pelvic pain, many choose chiropractic treatment. It is estimated that about 35% people in America visit chiropractors annually for various musculoskeletal issues. Of these, 7 million are seeking relief from spine and back pain secondary to various causes such as accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Other major complaints include headaches, neck pain, and pain in the arms and legs.
A recent study has weighed the pros and cons of chiropractic therapy for treating various chronic musculoskeletal problems. Researchers enrolled 750 military personnel who complained of spinal or back pain. 375 or half of them were assigned to receive traditional care (including self-care, medications, and physical therapy) while the remaining ones received traditional care plus up to 12 sessions of chiropractic treatments.
After six weeks, those receiving a combination of traditional and chiropractic care reported:
- Less intensity of pain
- More improvement in function and less disability
- Less dependence on pain medications
- Higher satisfaction with their therapy sessions
While no serious adverse effects were reported during the study, about 10% of participants who received chiropractic care described mild side effects such as stiffness in the muscles or joints. However, interestingly, five percent of those who only received traditional care also reported similar complaints.
Another 2016 study showed that about 14% of people with neck and back pain had consulted a chiropractor in the last year. Out of these people, 33 percent said chiropractic treatment was safe and effective compared with the 10 percent who said physical therapy and pain-relieving medications are more reliable. Also, 28 percent say chiropractic therapy is safer than pain medication for those with spinal or back pain, while 22 percent prefer pain relievers over chiropractic care.
At Scott Family Health, we’re passionate about providing relief for chronic pain with alternative care to pain relievers that come with a large host of side effects. If you’re looking to treat the root cause of your chronic pain rather than mask the symptoms, it may be time to consider help from our chiropractors in Fort Collins. Learn more today by visiting our page for new patients.
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