Chiropractic vs medical costs

Chiropractic vs Medical Costs

Certain expenses as we go through life become unavoidable like housing, clothing, medical, and everybody’s favorite, taxes. These expenses, especially medical, often only continue to grow as people age. In fact, many people in retirement budget to meet their maximum out of pocket for their medical insurance every year of their retirement. On average most American couples plan on spending nearly $300,000 in medical expenses alone throughout their retirement! This doesn’t factor in any medical expenses previously spent prior to retirement either. Many people know that the best way to mitigate these costs is to take care of your body throughout your lifetime, but they often forget the major benefits of chiropractic care along the way. With this in mind, we wanted to compare chiropractic vs medical costs to help people quantify the benefits of seeing a chiropractor!


Let’s take this common scenario under consideration. Imagine preparing your lawn and garden for spring in Colorado. After a weekend of pulling weeds, mowing the yard, lugging the hose around for the first time of the season you’re tired and sore. After standing, walking, and kneeling all day you’re tired and ready to call it quits for the day but you’re in pain and can’t get any rest. Little did you know, during the day when you tossed that bag of mulch over your shoulder or you stumbled over your garden hose, you injured your back. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the pain still won’t go away no matter how much over-the-counter medication you take. This means a call to your regular doctor and an office visit for a check-up and diagnosis.

This initial doctor visit can cost between $60 and $300 depending on the severity of your pain, the specialty of your doctor, and your insurance. The doctor notes that you’ve probably “strained” your back from working in the yard. They recommend you “take it easy” for a few days and in the meantime, take a prescription medication for your pain and to help you sleep at night. This prescription likely costs another $20-$100 depending on your insurance and the prescribed medication. This sounds like a pretty routine appointment for millions of Americans. The problem lies in the fact that in this example, the doctor is treating the symptom (pain) and not resolving the problem (a structural alignment issue in the spine).

Although the doctor means well, this scenario often leaves patients back in pain after you’ve taken all of your pills. You’re left with the decision of going back to the same doctor and paying for another visit, living with the pain, or going to see a specialist where costs on average start around $200 and can climb quickly. At this point, the initial issue of the spine being out of alignment has had time to develop into a more severe problem. The muscles have been tense from the pain and there is likely swelling and a restriction of the nerves in the spine. The ongoing pain begins impacting your daily life and after putting off seeing a specialist, now your pain is not manageable and you find yourself having conversations with your doctor or specialist about being a candidate for spinal surgery (average cost in the United States is about $14,000).


If you’re feeling like that escalated quickly, imagine how those patients feel! We see patients looking for “2nd opinions” often after being told they may need spinal surgery. Fortunately, our expert team is often able to provide relief and correct the underlying issue through chiropractic care even at these later stages. However, the costs incurred to that point still add up and leave patients feeling helpless and frustrated by their lack of improvement. Imagine instead with the above scenario that the patient chose to visit a chiropractor after the initial soreness developed. The average cost to see a chiropractor can be between $50-$100 depending on the chiropractor, insurance, and the length of the visit.

A skilled Chiropractor can correct the alignment of the spine and relax the muscles around the afflicted area. When done quickly after the initial injury the body has not yet adjusted to the improper spinal alignment. This means that patients not only get quick relief from their pain, they often only need one or two visits to correct the underlying problem before it becomes a larger issue. This may seem unrealistic for patients who don’t see chiropractors regularly, however, our patients have countless stories of similar scenarios.


The benefits of chiropractic vs medical costs only increase over time. Chiropractic offers many benefits as a preventative treatment option as well as a reactive treatment to an injury. Patients who regularly visit a chiropractor have better digestion, better sleep, and better mobility throughout every stage of life. Not coincidentally, these same areas represent leading reasons for patients to seek medical attention throughout their life. Furthermore, as regular chiropractic patients age, they experience a significantly increased quality of life for longer periods than their counterparts. This can be attributed because chiropractic care unlocks the body’s potential to heal itself and maintain itself more efficiently.

Contact us to schedule your appointment today and don’t forget we also offer massages! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Chiropractic Care For Slips Trips and Falls

Chiropractic Care for Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are the leading cause of injury and worker’s compensation claims in the nation annually. In fact, OSHA requires many different industry professionals to attend specific training for slip and fall scenarios. Their goal is to prevent these types of accidents from happening. While we believe this is an admirable goal and we sincerely hope patients aren’t dealing with slip and fall injuries, we understand that accidents happen. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont provide chiropractic care for slips, trips, and falls.


Slips occur when there’s a loss of traction between your foot/shoe and the surface you’re walking or standing on. Trips happen when you are moving with some momentum and your foot strikes an object causing you to lose balance. Falls create the most opportunity for injury and are described as the sudden loss of balance resulting in an impact that suddenly stops the momentum. These differences may seem subtle at first, but they often change the types of injuries sustained as a result.



Slips often occur unexpectedly. This means that a person who slips goes from a relaxed state to a very tense state as the body prepares for what may become a fall. This sudden transition from relaxed to tense, especially when the body is not balanced or aligned, can lead to back and neck pain. The muscles pull the skeletal system out of alignment which pinches nerves and causes pain. Patients who’ve experienced a slip may not notice feeling pain immediately but often find themselves sore later. If left untreated, the body “learns” this new alignment, and thus, learns to remain in a state of discomfort and pain.


Trips also occur unexpectedly – sometimes over an object left in the way, or even over our own feet. The sudden change from the body’s expected momentum on its previously charted path, to its new, off-balance trajectory creates immediate cause for concern. The body tenses up again preparing for the fall that’s sure to come. Regardless of whether a person falls or not, the act of tripping alone is enough to lead to injury. These injuries can be more obvious such as bruises from the object that was tripped over. Or they can lie in strains and sprains to the muscles or ligaments. Patients who’ve tripped may overstretch a muscle or bend their extremities in less than optimal ways out of instinct to catch themselves.


Injuries from falls vary greatly. They can be minor bruising and scraping, or they can be larger compression fractures and anywhere in between. This depends greatly on the height the fall occurred from and the surface the person lands on. For example a fall from a great height onto a trampoline would likely result in no injuries, whereas a fall from tripping on the street could result in strained muscles and broken bones. From most falls, many people don’t notice severe pain immediately because the body begins producing adrenaline quickly to mask the pain. It’s important to seek medical care earlier rather than later in most cases.


The correct treatment for patients dealing with injuries from slips, trips, and falls will depend on the injury and the patient’s needs. Some require X-rays, some require other forms of diagnosis before treatment will be administered.  Treatment for many is the manual correction or adjustment. If a patient is uncomfortable with manual adjustments, an activator tool can be used to target and move specific musculoskeletal elements. As with any patient that we treat, our doctors will follow our award-winning treatment process. This will combine manual adjustments or manipulations with dolphin neurostim treatment and finally soft-tissue massage to help retrain the muscles to hold your body in proper alignment for longer. Each of our doctors is trained to see and feel any irregularities, but their most important tool when treating patients isn’t their hands, it’s their ears. Our doctors listen to your needs and to your account of the accident. They use this information to know where to begin your treatment.


The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer patients relief from their pain and the stability to help ensure the injury doesn’t return! Furthermore, we listen to our patients and follow an award-winning treatment process to ensure they get the results they need. Contact us to schedule your appointment today and don’t forget we also offer massages! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care for slips, trips, and falls in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

How To Prevent Back Pain While Working From Home

How To Prevent Back Pain While Working From Home


Many patients seek chiropractic help because they experience pain in their back, neck, and shoulders. Unfortunately, while working from home has its benefits, it creates issues for people’s long-term health. The doctors at the Chiropractic Center of Erie and the Chiropractic Center of Longmont noticed a large uptick in patients complaining of pain and discomfort since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This pain stems from poor ergonomic habits created due to the quick adaptation to working from home. We decided to provide some key tips for teaching patients how to prevent back pain while working from home in Erie and Longmont.


This answer shocks many patients because of its simplicity. Incorrect posture creates debilitating musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries, if left untreated, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, blood flow issues including deep vein thrombosis, and in extreme cases nerve damage. Don’t let these things cause added stress to working from home, take some time to read through these steps below to create a healthier working environment within your home. Whether you’re working from home part-time due to the pandemic, or working from home full-time, these tips are sure to save you pain and potentially costly medical bills.

  • Keep your neck straight as often as possible when viewing your computer screen or documents

A comfortable height for your computer screen provides much-needed relief for the muscles in your neck. You should not need to look up or down to view your computer screen from your desk. Raise your monitors off your desk by purchasing a device that can be adjusted to any height from sitting to standing or more frugally approach such as stacking them on books, cardboard boxes, or other household items (keeping safety and balance in mind of course). Documents can be placed on a stand to help keep them at eye level without the need to hunch over your desk to view them. Also, avoid working with your laptop actually in your lap. Laptops were designed for work to be completed quickly between more permanent setups. Whenever possible, your computer should be placed on a flat surface and at a distance that keeps you from hunching to view the screen.

  • Place your keyboard and mouse at a comfortable height in front of you

People would do well to consider following the guidelines laid out by ANSI for the best ergonomic typing position. It requires your keyboard and mouse to be roughly at the height of your elbows. They should be close enough to your body that you don’t have to reach too far for them. Your back should be able to remain against the back of your chair while typing and using your mouse.

  • Sit all the way back in your chair

Your lower back naturally curves toward the front of your body. This is called lordosis, the most relaxed posture for the lower back. This position puts the least pressure on the discs in your spine. When you lean forward, the lumbar spine bends out, called kyphosis, placing added pressure on the lumbar discs. This means people should sit in a way that allows the natural lordotic curve to be supported. Many people find it’s worth investing in a comfortable ergonomic office chair if they will be working from home for a long stretch of time. If this isn’t in your budget, try sticking a pillow or rolled-up towel behind your lower back. It’s not as effective as a new chair, but provides some additional support.

  • Rest your feet flat on the ground while working

People who let their feet dangle freely from their chairs, cross their legs or who tuck their feet under them created added pressure under their thighs. This might not sound like a problem at first, but this posture can lead to DVT or deep vein thrombosis from lack of blood flow to your lower legs not too mention the misalignment created in the pelvis and lower back. DVT can be particularly dangerous because it causes blood clots. These clots, if left untreated, can be potentially fatal if they travel through the body and obstruct the heart’s ability to pump blood. If your feet don’t reach the floor, consider a pile of books, boxes, or another type of footrest that keeps your feet flat on the floor.

  • Don’t stand too long in front of your computer

Standing desks have grown drastically in popularity since the start of the pandemic. They appear to be a great option for people not used to the sedentary lifestyle of working at a desk. While standing desks offer many benefits, they also have some lesser-known drawbacks. Standing for prolonged periods of time causes more harm to your body than constant motion throughout the day. Standing still and typing adds more pressure to your lower legs and causes more stress on your circulatory system. Take a break and walk around every 20-30 minutes and alternate sitting and standing throughout the day to ensure your muscles get the rest they need.


The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont recommend following these five simple tips for improving your working from home environment! While these are great tips and will help keep your body feeling better for longer, our experts still recommend maintaining regular visits to the chiropractor. These maintenance visits will help ensure the long-term health of your back, neck, and shoulders. These visits become increasingly important for those with a sedentary lifestyle and working from home. Contact us to schedule your next chiropractic visit today and ask for more advice on setting up your home office! If you’d like to learn more about treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Dry Needling for the Pudendal Nerve can provide patients relief

Dry Needling for Pudendal Nerve

This week the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont will cover a sensitive topic for many people. Dr. Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN, hesitated in sending out this blog as it is a very sensitive subject for those who suffer from this condition.  He has recently had a number of patients confide with him about their painful dilemma and Pudendal Neuralgia.  Because Dr. Dave has seen dramatic improvement from these patients and realizes how many people are affected by this syndrome, he is now giving consent to release this blog in the hopes of giving patients relief from pain that has been quoted as; “12 on the scale of 10.” “Like razor blades.” “I sometimes think that death would be better.”

Many patients suffer from pain in their pelvic region and are often too embarrassed to talk about it. This pain, discomfort, or numbness shows up in different areas of the pelvic region including, the genitals, anus, or other nearby body parts. This type of pain makes it difficult to use the restroom, have sex, sit down, or in extreme cases even wear undergarments. Often, this pain gets improperly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all and patients suffer for extended periods of time. Experienced and trained, the Dry Needling expert isolates and treats this type of pain and many times successfully provides relief for patients by treating the Pudendal Nerve.


According to WebMD the pudendal nerve runs from the back of the pelvis to near the base of your penis or vagina, where it branches off into other nerves. It sends messages to the brain from your genitals, anus, and other nearby body parts. It controls the sphincter muscles that open and close when you use the bathroom. Pain stemming from this nerve is diagnosed as Pudendal Neuralgia. This simply refers to the condition of pain, discomfort, or numbness throughout the pelvis, pelvic floor, and genitalia.


Now that you know about the Pudendal Nerve and Pudendal Neuralgia you’re likely thinking “There’s no way you’re getting anywhere near there with needles!” While we understand this initial reaction, we strongly encourage you to reconsider. Dry needling treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia targets the specific pudendal nerve at the back of the pelvis which is the source of the problem and not into the areas that typically register the severe pain. Think of accessing the nerve at the back of the pelvis like a switch that turns on and off a light. The points needled for the Pudendal Nerve are like the switch that can shut down the pain at the end of the nerve. It reduces pain and increases blood flow to the afflicted area. Dry needling for the pudendal nerve also helps relax the surrounding muscles and takes the pressure off of the nerve. Many patients report not feeling the needling process at all and experience relief typically with 2-4 treatment sessions.

Our experts in Erie and Longmont specialize in dry needling safely to treat a number of conditions. Our patients regularly experience the extreme benefits of dry needling in Longmont and Erie. Our advanced dry needling expert, Dr. Dave, ensures that patients are comfortable throughout the treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia and answer all questions before, during, and after treatment. As you learn about his knowledge and experience in the treatment of this area, you can feel comfortable talking about discomfort stemming from the pelvic region and the pudendal nerve.


The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer patients relief from their pelvic region pain! Furthermore, we make patients comfortable sharing this type of pain and explaining treatment options. Dr. Dave utilizes dry needling for the pudendal nerve to provide quick relief for patients suffering from Pudendal Neuralgia. Contact us to schedule your dry needling appointment today and don’t be embarrassed about mentioning your symptoms! Our doctors and staff are very sympathetic and caring and strive to ensure you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about dry needling in Longmont or Erie our other treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

y-strap adjustments in erie and longmont

Y-Strap Adjustment


Many patients seek chiropractic help because they experience lower-back pain. This pain often stems from an injury or compression of vertebral discs. This type of injury often leaves patients unable to move normally and in extreme pain and very frustrated because they don’t understand their situation. Enter the Y-Strap Adjustment or y-axis traction strap, to use its formal name. This tool gets its name from the clear “Y” shape of the strap and from the fact that the force through the strap is applied to the Y-Axis of the body aligned with the spine.

This adjustment requires a skilled chiropractor and a trusting patient. The strap goes around the base of the skull and around the head to provide a sturdy and safe foundation for the doctor to pull. Another form is called an APA where the patient’s hips are stabilized to the table and the axial traction is applied using the physician’s hands. Depending on the patient and their needs, our skilled doctors apply force in either a slow and smooth fashion or a quicker movement known as HVLA. High Velocity, Low Amplitude (HVLA) creates a vacuum within the spinal vertebrae that allows nutrients to flow into the discs.


Now that we’ve answered, “what is Y-Strap style Adjustment?” we can answer the next most common question regarding this chiropractic treatment. “Are Y-Strap and APA adjustments safe?” Put simply, yes! This technique travels through hundreds of years of history and throughout multiple cultures as an effective treatment for back and neck pain. In fact, Y-Strap adjustment creates less opportunity for risk due to the lack of torque involved. Many chiropractic manipulations require perfectly applied torque to move the joints into correct alignment. This application of torque, when applied incorrectly, can cause pain and damage to the spine. Y-Strap adjustments pull the body in a way that elongates and decompresses the spine without torsion, reducing the risk involved.

Our expert chiropractors in Erie and chiropractors in Longmont specialize in safely treating our patients following our award-winning treatment process. The Y-Strap adjustment in Erie and Y-Strap adjustment in Longmont provide a further treatment option for patients. We offer these adjustments to ensure that we always meet the needs of our patients and provide the best chiropractic care in Longmont and Erie.


The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer Y-Strap adjustments to help patients suffering from back and neck pain! Our expert chiropractors utilize Y-Strap or another form called an APA (Automatic Priority Adjustment) adjustments to further our treatment options to provide patients with the relief they need. Contact us to schedule your next chiropractic visit today and mention APA or Y-Strap adjustments! If you’d like to learn more about our other treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Patient receiving cupping therapy treatment at Chiropractic Center of Longmont

Cupping Therapy


According to Healthline, cupping therapy is a type of alternative therapy that originates in China. It utilizes cups placed strategically on the skin to create suction. This suction facilitates increased blood flow to the area and according to Chinese tradition and teachings promotes the flow of “qi” throughout the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning “Life Force”. Cupping was first used to balance yin and yang throughout the body. Although cupping has come and gone throughout history, The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont believe that cupping can help treat many patients.

It appears that cupping is making another comeback nationally and is becoming more regular throughout pop culture. In fact, as we approach the 2021 (formerly 2020) Olympic games in Tokyo we have more and more people asking, “What is cupping therapy?” This comes from the often talked about dark circles on Michael Phelps back and shoulders during the 2016 Summer Games. Cupping isn’t only for Olympic athletes. Many athletes use cupping therapy in Longmont or cupping therapy in Erie as part of their training and recovery plans.


Now that we’ve answered, “what is cupping therapy?” we’d like to move onto the next question we get asked. “What are the benefits of cupping therapy?” Whether you’re interesting in cupping therapy in Longmont or cupping therapy in Erie this question always presents itself. The answers can go into extensive detail in specific cases. In order to keep this article short, we cover the three largest benefits our patients see when visiting for cupping therapy.

  • Local Pain Relief

  • Muscle Relaxation

  • Increased Blood Flow

  • Helps to Break Up Stubborn Scar Tissue

Our expert cupping therapy providers in Erie and cupping therapy providers in Longmont specialize in maximizing these benefits. When coupled with chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue massage, and dolphin neurostim, cupping therapy often provides patients additional relief for those stubborn and sore areas. The increased blood flow that results from cupping helps loosen sore muscles quickly. This benefit increases because the cupping technique opens blood vessels wider allowing the blood to quickly flow through the afflicted area.


The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer cupping therapy to help patients recover quickly so they can get back to training at their best! Our expert cupping therapy providers blend the art of Chinese cupping with the science of modern technology and equipment to help patients lead healthier lives. Contact us to schedule your next chiropractic visit today and mention cupping therapy! If you’d like to learn more about our other treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!


Woman experiencing lower pack pain prior to seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy

Chiropractor During Pregnancy

Pregnancy illustrates the incredible power of the human body. Unfortunately, it also causes a lot of strain on a woman’s body. Even more unfortunate for some women, a lot of pain medicine causes harmful side-effects during pregnancy for both mom and child. This leaves several pregnant women in discomfort and outright pain in many instances without any idea of how to find relief. That’s where skilled and trained chiropractors come in! A skilled chiropractor, trained properly to treat pregnant women, can help provide the relief these new mothers deserve! Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy provides pain relief, improves the body’s ability to naturally communicate and help itself, and in many cases provides a smoother birth for baby and mom.


During pregnancy, the body increases the production of hormones dedicated to loosening joints and ligaments. These hormones help the body grow and make room for the new baby safely. They also allow your weight to shift down and lowers your center of gravity. During this period of time, the mother’s body is rapidly changing and shifting. These rapid changes couple with the hormones to relax ligaments, pull the body out of natural alignment and create more discomfort for the mom. Nearly all pregnant women suffer from back pain during the course of their pregnancy. The likelihood of a strained muscle increases as well since many women struggle to find balance with their ever-changing center of gravity.


Safe Treatments During Pregnancy

As always, the first thought when working with pregnant moms is safety. Our doctors are trained to treat pregnant women safely. This means changing adjustment positions to ensure no pressure is added to mom’s belly. Furthermore, we stop the use of Dolphin Neurostim and other modalities on pregnant women to ensure no complications for mom or baby.

Chiropractic Adjustments During Pregnancy

We understand the changes a mom’s body goes through to make room for the new baby. We also understand that the body prepares not only to grow the new baby also to give birth. We help the body keep proper alignment during the pregnancy to provide pain relief for mom and an easier passage for the new baby to enter the world. By keeping the spine, neck, and hips aligned our chiropractors provide the adjustments women need for themselves and their soon-to-arrive little one.

Chiropractic Massage During Pregnancy

As ligaments grow and the body adjusts to carrying weight in different positions and adding new weight, it’s common for muscles to tighten under the strain. A skilled chiropractor, like our doctors, know the layout of the specific muscles and ligaments and are trained in relaxing them. This chiropractic massage for pregnancy provides pain relief and a more comfortable period of growth for the mother. We also have trained massage therapists on staff.


Chiropractors specialize in putting the body into proper alignment. This alignment provides pain relief and relieves stress on ligaments, joints, nerves, and muscles as the body begins to grow and change. While these benefits are fantastic, perhaps the most important benefit for expecting mothers is the body’s improved lines of communication from the brain to the body through the nervous system. By keeping the spine in proper alignment throughout pregnancy, the body’s systems are able to naturally provide what mom needs through unimpeded nerve signals. A properly aligned spine opens up the nervous system, digestive system, and endocrine system. This helps the mother’s body naturally help itself through this changing time.


According to the CDC, over 3 million American women gave birth in 2019. Each one of them experienced some of the most wonderful feelings and changes of their lives. Unfortunately, pregnancy takes a toll on the mother’s body and often creates a lot of discomfort. Our skilled chiropractors and their patients can attest that seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy provides relief and in many cases, smoother labor. If you’re interested in learning more about seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy in Erie or Longmont, schedule your consultation for treatment today. We are dedicated to being the best chiropractor serving Erie, Longmont, and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

Man sitting on bed suffering from sciatica prior to chiropractic treatment

Sciatica Pain Relief

According to Mayo Clinic, Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont understand that sciatica pain relief changes patients lives. Patients suffering from sciatic nerve pain often deal with leg pain, tingling or burning in the legs, numbness, loss of strength, mobility issues, and more. As expert chiropractors in Erie and Longmont and the surrounding areas, we regularly treat patients with sciatica with our award-winning treatment process.


Sciatica pain relief can be particularly hard to find for many people simply because it often goes undiagnosed for long periods of time. Many people disregard the pain and numbness entirely or chalk it up to other issues without getting to the root of the problem. Lumbar herniated discs represent the largest percentage of sciatica cases in the United States. This happens when the herniated disc compresses nerve roots within the spine. This can be complicated by misaligned vertebra which closes down the openings where the nerves pass from the cord into the body. Other causes of sciatic nerve pain include degeneration, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. A skilled chiropractor can provide sciatica pain relief in all of these situations and help the body heal naturally with a treatment plan.


Provide Proper Diagnosis of Sciatica

As always, the first step to solving a problem is correctly identifying the problem in the first place. Our expert chiropractors shine in this area. We focus on finding the root of the pain for our patients and not just on treating the presenting symptoms. Our doctors ask insightful questions and listen to the answers. They are trained and complete continuing education to spot sciatica and diagnose it correctly.

Chiropractic Adjustments / Manipulations for Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief

After proper diagnosis, our expert team of doctors will ensure proper skeletal alignment to reduce the stress and pressure on the sciatic nerve. By relieving this pressure on the nerve, swelling can begin to decrease in the nerves and discs and the area can begin the healing process.

Dolphin Neurostim for Sciatica Pain Relief

While dolphin neurostim does not involve actual time spent with these lovely sea mammals, it’s still just as amazing for chiropractors. Our doctors use neurostim to target specific neurological points using the same naturally occurring direct current found in the human body. This helps normalize the nervous system, helps muscles relax, relieves pain, and helps patients heal faster.

Chiropractic Massage for Sciatica Pain Relief

The final step in our regular treatment of sciatica is soft tissue massage. Our chiropractors in Erie and Longmont have found that utilizing soft tissue massage combined with chiropractic adjustments and Dolphin Neurostim help the body release oxygen and blood flow to the afflicted areas. This soft tissue work relaxes the muscles and helps them re-learn the correct position of the structural areas of the body that have been corrected. By combining soft tissue work with the adjustments and neurostim treatment our patients experience relief sooner and hold their adjustments longer than through chiropractic adjustments alone.


Many Americans suffer from sciatica daily. Our skilled chiropractors successfully provide sciatica pain relief through our proven treatment process to fix the root issue of the pain, starting with alignment of the vertebra, progressing to nerve treatment for pain relief, and finally to teach the muscles to help hold that proper alignment. Through proper diagnosis, adjustments, neurostim, and soft tissue massage our patients experience quick, long-lasting relief. If you’re interested in learning more about how chiropractic can help treat sciatica naturally in Erie or Longmont, schedule your consultation for treatment today. We are dedicated to being the best chiropractor serving Erie, Longmont, and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

Woman Experiencing Stress with kids in background

Chiropractic and Stress

2020 has caused many Americans an unprecedented level of stress. The American Psychological Association discusses those impacts HERE. In addition to adjusting to the impacts of a rather stressful year, the holiday season often causes stress for many people. People rush to complete last-minute shopping. They strain their bodies cleaning the house or hanging holiday lights. Winter driving creates more stress and tension behind the wheel. In short, the holiday season is magical but can raise stress levels and wreak havoc on your body. Below we discuss common symptoms of how stress manifests throughout the body. We also explore the relationship between chiropractic and stress relief.


Absolutely! Stress manifests throughout the body in many ways. Tension builds throughout the body as a result of stress. In addition to tension, many suffering from stress experience digestive problems, neurologic problems, and other problems that often appear unrelated. Chiropractors spend countless hours and years learning about the entire human body and the communication and collaboration of its’ systems. This means that chiropractors often successfully treat stress-related symptoms and help patients find more complete relief than they initially expect.


Chiropractors specialize in the spine and neck, also called the cervical spine. These areas represent a major structural component to the body. Perhaps more importantly, they also represent the major network for communication from the brain to all major systems in the body. This means that chiropractors understand the broad impact of stress throughout the body. By treating the body and opening up the key communication networks, chiropractors help treat stress holistically. Examples of different ways chiropractors help alleviate stress include:

Reducing Muscle Tension

Stress causes muscles to tighten and tense throughout the body. As these muscles tighten they can pull the body out of alignment or further exacerbate improper alignment issues. These tense muscles lead to discomfort and even pain in many people. This new pain and discomfort create sleeping problems. The pain from the tension throughout the body, combined with poor sleep leads to further stress. This stress creates more tension and the cycle continues without many patients understanding their options for relief.

A trained chiropractor helps a patient release tension throughout the muscles in their body. They also provide adjustments to realign the body’s spine providing relief for the muscles AND a break from straining harder than necessary. Once the body is aligned our skilled doctors provide a combination of dolphin neurostim and soft tissue care for the patients. This helps retrain the body to hold alignment for longer periods of time and relieves the natural tension caused by the stress, thus breaking the physical side of the vicious stress cycle mentioned above. Learn more about our award-winning treatment process here!

Fix Communication Channels for Major Body Systems

As mentioned above, stress can create tension throughout the muscles making it easier to pull the body out of alignment. When improperly aligned, the body not only experiences pain and discomfort, it causes communication issues for the body’s major systems. This can cause patients to experience stomach issues, headaches, neurological issues, and more. Chiropractic adjustments help the body maintain proper alignment, which allows the body’s systems to work more effectively. Proper alignment not only allows increased blood flow to areas of the body, but also opens up the nervous system to provide relief throughout the body. Many patients visit us expecting pain relief, and they get it. They often also report feeling relief from gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, and other ailments.

Provide Chronic Pain Relief

Many Americans overlook stress or consider it a part of their daily lives. This causes many patients to live with the side-effects of stress for long periods of time. They often only seek out help when they’ve experienced chronic pain that keeps them from performing their regular daily activities. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont specialize in treating chronic pain as well as helping the body hold proper alignment to stop the pain from returning. Chiropractic and stress relief through daily routine changes can transform a patient’s quality of life.

Provide Regular Maintenance to Help the Body Cope With Stress

Everyone experiences stress differently and for many people, it’s an unavoidable fact of life. We understand that life must go on and our patients will have a variety of reasons to need to learn to cope with stressful situations. We only ask that you let us help. Our doctors can help patients drastically reduce the symptoms from prolonged stress through regular visits. Many patients are familiar with the required maintenance for their vehicles, but they often overlook the value of regular maintenance for their bodies. Through regular treatments, patients can maximize the incredible power of the human body and teach it to navigate stress more effectively.


Many people in America suffer from stress. They often experience tension in their muscles, problems with sleep, trouble with digestion, and other symptoms. Although it would be great to live a life without stress, we understand that’s simply not possible for most people. We believe we are able to help patients learn to use their bodies to cope with their stress more effectively while providing the relief they need. Whether you need relief from the tension, better communication throughout your body, help with chronic pain, or regular visits to minimize the effects of stress, we’ve got your back (pun intended)! If you’re interested in learning more about how chiropractic can help relieve stress in Erie or Longmont, schedule your consultation for treatment today. We are dedicated to being the best chiropractor serving Erie, Longmont, and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.


A women lying down suffering from TMJ symptoms

TMJ Awareness Month

November marks the beginning of the Holiday season in the United States. Many people prepare to sit down with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, several million Americans will be concerned about their ongoing jaw pain as they sit down to this dinner. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and the Chiropractic Center of Longmont would like to help spread the word about how chiropractic care can help you find relief from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. We figured what better time to share this information than during November, which also happens to be TMJ Awareness Month.


The term TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. It not only describes the joints between the upper and lower jaws, TMJ often refers to the disorder which presents as pain in those joints as well.


According to the Mayo Clinic, many patients experience the below symptoms.

  1. Pain or tenderness of your jaw

  2. Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints

  3. Aching pain in and around your ear

  4. Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing

  5. Aching facial pain

  6. Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth

Some patients also experience a clicking sound or grating feeling in the joints as well as the typical pain associated. Clicking sounds or grating feelings in the jaw without pain can exist without requiring treatment for TMJ.


There are many factors that increase the likelihood of experiencing pain related to TMJ. Although some patients experience TMJ-related pain without the underlying cause being identified, most TMJ cases are caused by the below factors.

  1. The disk between the cartilage and the bone erodes

  2. The joint moves out of its proper alignment

  3. The joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis

  4. The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact


The short answer, yes! However, many people experiencing pain related to TMJ consult their dentist first. This makes sense on the surface; when you’re dealing with pain around the mouth or jaw you often talk to known experts in those areas. At the Chiropractic Centers of Erie and Longmont, we value and appreciate dentists’ opinions and work. However, many dentists recommend medications to treat the pain. In some cases, they recommend orthodontia or oral surgery to adjust your bite. What if we told you, that we’re experts in the joints and muscles in your jaw as well?

As chiropractors, our doctors can successfully treat TMJ in most cases without taking any of those steps. We focus on aligning the TM joint to improve joint alignment and function and, subsequently, normalizing the bite. Our doctors follow this up by targeting the muscles and joints surrounding the afflicted temporomandibular joints. Our Chiropractors help relax these muscles by utilizing massage and trigger point therapy. This helps ensure proper alignment. They take treatment one step further by applying Dolphin Neurostim therapy to calm the nerves and sedate pain in the area. A skilled doctor can manipulate these trigger points located throughout the neck and jaw to relieve the pain associated with TMJ and even prevent TMJ from recurring in the future.


Many people in America suffer from pain related to TMJ. They often experience pain throughout their jaws, neck, and face and this pain recurs regularly. As part of TMJ awareness month, we want to offer patients suffering from TMJ an alternative to over-the-counter medication or dental surgery. We treat TMJ without invasive procedures or harmful medication. If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ treatment in Erie or Longmont check out our dedicated service page here. If you’d like to schedule your consultation for TMJ treatment, contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.