- Emma B

“I started coming to Congruent Life when my husband and I started talking seriously about my need to go to a higher level of care for my eating disorder. After two hospitalizations in the past three years, I knew it was time to try something completely different than the psychiatrists, therapists, and medications. When I started going to Congruent Life, my mood was very unstable and anxiety was extremely high, especially regarding food and exercise, I was at a weight much lower than my healthy range, and I had lost my menstrual cycle for over a year. When I found Congruent Life, it all started to make sense- I had never heard anything about my nervous system from my previous care providers. True recovery from my eating disorder would not happen until I started taking care of my master controller, the nervous system!

For the first time in a LONG time, I feel SO hopeful, empowered, and excited about the healthy life that is ahead of me, a life I was not sure I’d ever be capable of. Since starting care, my anxiety levels have reduced significantly and I am better able to adapt to stressors coming my way. The connection between my body and mind has improved in amazing ways. After just a few adjustments, my hunger signals started to return and I was better able to nourish my body in appropriate ways, thanks to the education from Dr. Mike which has really changed the way I view my body and the awesome ways it functions. Also because of this, I have been able to restore weight at home instead of in the hospital. Getting to stay at home with my husband, puppies, friends, and everything I love has been absolutely priceless. And my menstrual cycle has returned. It has been so amazing to be able to have to fun talks and dreams with my husband, excited that we will one day be able to try to have a family. I have been told many times that it was highly unlikely I’d ever be able to get pregnant or carry a child and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Mike for giving us hope again. On top of all of this, I am sleeping better, I am able to better focus and engage in relationships and conversations, my body has physically felt amazing whether it’s been increased flexibility in yoga or boosted endurance while running. I have heard so many awesome comments from family & friends about how much better, happier, and healthier I seem and I am so happy that I can agree 100% with them.

Dr. Mike is truly unlike any healthcare provider I have ever worked with. He always addresses me with compassion, understanding, and curiosity. At my first appointment, he allowed me to share my struggles with mental illness and he was able to both provide comfort and so much information and educate me in ways to help me understand how normal these illnesses are and how treatable they are through chiropractic. For people struggling with mental health who are being told they will likely never get better or have to take medication for the rest of their lives, I truly want to yell from the rooftops that chiropractic works. Getting adjusted is always a highlight of my day. Everyone deserves to receive this quality of care. I am so grateful to Dr. Mike, Mady, and Victoria for the passion they practice. Congruent Life has saved and changed my life!”

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- McKenzie

“I originally came to Congruent Life because I thought they might be able to help me with my anxiety, which would allow me to decrease my medication. My anxiety held me back from doing a lot of fun things with my daughter. We wouldn’t go out into the heat because I might have a panic attack and pass out. I wouldn’t do anything that involved heights, because my anxiety was just too high. I missed out on a lot of experiences with my daughter. My anxiety also caused a lot of stress in the workplace. If I wasn’t performing perfectly, I was terrified someone might be mad at me. I felt like I was trying so hard, and my only option was medication. I didn’t want to rely on medications, especially since I was still struggling. My anxiety caused me to suffer in many areas of my life, rather than explore life.

Since starting care at Congruent Life my anxiety levels have definitely decreased and I am so much more care free now. They were so different because they put an actual plan in place and tracked my progress along the way with the neurological scans. It really helped me put my full trust in them. I’ve been able to decrease my anxiety medication for the first time in YEARS, and I have hope that I can continue to decrease!

My daughter and I are connecting so much more now. I’m able to give her attention rather than just getting through the day. I’m able to actually BE with her, and not just in the same room! I’m just so hopeful looking into the future!”

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- Mayra

“I originally started care because of a back issue I was having, but I had also been suffering with anxiety and depression for a long time. My depression and anxiety really started when I was pregnant with my now 5 year old, but I just let it go. Then when I got pregnant with my youngest, it continued to get worse. I was always against going on medication, but I was at my breaking point. My kids needed me, and I didn’t know what else to do. I tried to get out of the house and do things for myself, but nothing was working. Ultimately I decided to get on medication to help me.

I had been on 3 different medications, with multiple doses for the last 3 years. They kept increasing doses, and I felt dependent. I knew I wanted to try something different. What I was doing just wasn’t working for me. My son started care at CLC, and after seeing the great results he was getting I decided to take the jump and start care as well.

The big difference with CLC was the freedom that came with being truly heard. You actually helped me figure out the cause of my struggles and I felt hope that I could find help without covering up my symptoms! You listened to my actual needs and told me WHY I was struggling. Seeing it on paper with the scans, and hearing you explain it made perfect sense. I finally understood why I was feeling so down, depressed, stressed and anxious.

After a few weeks of care not only was my back issue improving, I didn’t need that extra cup of coffee in the morning. I actually wanted to get up and start my day! I wanted to keep going to get better! My mom even started to notice my extra motivation for things! It’s truly amazing to go somewhere where they actually care about you, and how your week is going. I’m so glad Dr. Mike gave me the extra push to get myself scanned and start care, because I didn’t know I could feel this good! It’s nice to know there are good people out there that really want to help you!

Coming here is the highlight of my week! I feel like I am being truly heard and healed! Since starting care, this is the best I’ve ever felt! Things aren’t perfect, but my anxiety isn’t constant anymore and I can deal with it now. I can just breath and know my body is healing. After taking medication for 3 years, I am finally off it all!!”

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- Emma W.’s mom

“Emma struggled with separation anxiety, and cried all the time about not being “normal”. She struggled in school and had to go to the counselors office to help her cope and make it through the day. She was missing class all the time, and was always having to make up work. She was self conscious, and as a mom I was worried about her being made fun of and the impact that would have socially.

Emma really wouldn’t leave her room. She was sad, and stressed from all the school work she had to make up. When I had to leave and go to activities, she would cry and hold on to me. Someone would have to physically pull her off of me. She missed out on a lot because of her stress and anxiety. She was on 3 medications, taking 8 pills every day.

After starting care at Congruent Life, we noticed a difference in her happiness right away. We stopped her tick medication pretty soon after starting. After 2 months we decreased the other meds, and after several months she is COMPLETELY OFF ALL HER MEDICATIONS!!

What does life look like for Emma now? A couple months ago she went to a friend’s house and spent the night, she was SO proud! She is happier, and no longer has a facial tick. She is going to school FULL days and doesn’t have to go to the counselors office. She’s more confident, and she even tried out & performed in the school talent show ALONE in front of the whole school! She’s even thinking about getting into b-ball this year! Emma can just be a regular kid and be more social without anxiety or fear!”

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- Emily

I started bringing my baby here and I was able to learn how chiropractic care could help my overall health as well. I was interested in seeing what the scans would show about the stress in my body. I’ve always had problems with regulating my blood pressure, bowel movements and my anxiety.

All I ever really knew was being in a state of fight/flight. I was wired to always focus on the risks of everything. Whether it was in a big social gathering or doing an activity we were doing with the kids; rather than finding the joy in it my brain would always just revert to “what are the risks”. While those are still important, I’ve been able to just enjoy my life more now that my nervous system is more balanced and in a calmer state. I didn’t want to continue with that fearful mindset because I was worried how that could potentially impact my kids.

It was so interesting to see the scans, learn where my blood flow was shifting throughout my body, and how that correlated to function. I learned about how my nervous system was stuck in a sympathetic state. Protection mode was all I ever knew because I was operating in fight or flight for so long. It’s really all I ever knew before starting here. It was a vicious cycle.

Having high blood pressure and a high resting heart rate was something that has always been noticed by my primary physician, but they have basically just said “well this is your baseline”, “you’re up here and everyone else is down here but that’s how you’ve always been”. I was just looking for a more wholistic approach rather than trying to take medication to bring my “baseline” down. Being able to see the scans and tracking that initial heart rate compared to what it’s at now has been really cool. We’ve seen big reductions in not only my resting heart rate, but in my blood pressure as well since addressing the imbalance in my nervous system and getting more into that parasympathetic, calm state. Even if I start to feel my blood pressure increasing now when I’m under a state of stress, getting adjusted almost immediately helps lower it again.

After my first adjustment, I remember being able to feel the shift in the blood flowing throughout my body and head, it was a really cool experience. After 2 weeks of getting adjusted, I started having DAILY bowel movements which I’ve never experienced before. I used to go up to 8 days without any movement. It was so exciting to experience this because I always just attributed it to “running in my family”. It was so uncomfortable. My entire body is in a relaxed state now so it’s able to function the way it is supposed to.

Since coming here I can find that calmness so much easier. I’m able to handle things like being alone at night with the kids, or going to a big gathering. I can enjoy these moments with my kids without fear now. It’s not super stressful like it once was. My brain doesn’t automatically revert to “oh what if something happens to me and the kids are too young to call for help” or “what happens if we have to evacuate and we aren’t the first ones out”. It’s hard living like that. Even wearing my glasses out wouldn’t be something I would’ve done in the past because I was always too concerned if I got in a car accident and I couldn’t find my glasses I wouldn’t be able to get to my kids. Now I’m sitting here wearing my glasses because I just don’t think like that anymore since I’m out of that constant state of fight or flight.

You guys do a fantastic job with the education and always giving your patients additional resources to help optimize their health. It’s been so exciting to learn a lot about how the nervous system works and the direct correlation it has on my health. It’s been so cool to see that as the scans have improved, so have things like my energy, digestion, anxiety, resting heart rate, and blood pressure. Chiropractic care has helped me become a better wife, mom and colleague. It’s all been so worth it.

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- Lexi

Last November I was getting super nauseous in the morning. I was a huge breakfast eater and the overnight, I felt like my life changed. I was nauseous and sick all morning, at first I felt like I had an illness. I’m a teacher and I was having to leave work because I just couldn’t function. But then this started to happen every morning, I knew something bigger was going on than just having a sickness. I felt like the nausea I was experiencing was rooted in anxiety. It was something I couldn’t ignore anymore because it was disrupting my life.

I started looking into how chiropractic could help and had heard great things about Congruent from my coworkers. I came to Congruent in December. Right away, I felt so heard. It was a whole different experience than what I was expecting. I felt like I was getting help that day. The background knowledge I gained on how nervous system stress can impact your body and how it’s functioning was something I had never heard before. You were able to connect everything that was going on in my body from the scans you did. The words were taken right out of my mouth, the stress on the scans were able to explain exactly how I was feeling. It was very validating.

I had been to a chiropractor before, and this was nothing like what I’ve experienced in the past. On the first day I didn’t just come in, get adjusted, and get pushed out the door. You did neurological scans and sat down with me for an hour going over my history, and then educating me on how chiropractic could help with my specific concerns. You connected everything that was going on in my body. That never happens when you go to a doctor. I was finding answers finally.

The scan that you did measuring the energy in my muscles was stressed in all the same areas I was feeling pain in constantly (which I no longer experience since being under care!). I’d never seen anything like it.

The relief almost felt instant. Within a few weeks, I was finally starting to feel hungry in the morning again, rather than nauseous. I hadn’t felt that way in so long! I wasn’t having to leave work in the mornings anymore. Being nauseous had just become my new “normal”. It felt so reassuring to finally feel good again. My body was able to handle the stress at the end of the school year so much better than how I had ever been able to handle stress in the past. Even with the stress I still have in my life, my body is able to tolerate it well.

With getting adjusted regularly, I feel like I’m able to read my body better than I ever have before. I don’t think I’ve ever been in tune with what my body was trying to tell me before, which you don’t even realize until you start to establish that connection. When I do have times of increase stress now, I’m able to recognize that right away and support my body to work through that stress more optimally. I was so scared coming in last November because I truly didn’t know what was happening to my body. I’ve learned so much from Congruent on ways to help myself and support my body during times of stress. I don’t feel helpless anymore. I feel way less anxious, my nausea is gone, I can eat breakfast again, I just feel so great now!

Additionally, you were able to help me with my PCOS diagnosis and I was able to restore my cycle naturally!

Bottom line, I’ve felt more heard here than any other doctor I’ve ever been too. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have Congruent.

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- Becca

I was fresh postpartum when I started care at CLC. I brought my colicky baby in first, and within a few adjustments he was a completely different baby. I was learning about all the ways that chiropractic care can help your whole body function and feel better and after seeing it first hand completely change Bo, I knew I wanted to help my body navigate all the hormonal and emotional changes that occur in this season as best as possible.

Postpartum was such a whirlwind and life felt crazy. I was so overwhelmed, I didn’t know where to start, I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. Bo was so colicky before finding CLC. He wasn’t do well at all, which lead to a lot of stress in my brain and body. I didn’t know what was wrong with my baby, or how to help him. CLC was the only place I found that could help Bo, pretty soon he was a really calm, easy going baby, which in a round about way helped me so much.

When I took Bo into the doctor and said he was crying all the time and I knew something was wrong, they tried to put him on acid reflux meds when the real issue was rooted in the stress his nervous system and neck went through at birth. Same thing for me. With the anxiety, the depression, all they wanted to do was give me meds as opposed to asking what the root cause was. I am loving the more “real” approach that CLC takes as opposed to “here are some meds to cover up your symptoms”.

I had been struggling with anxiety and depression for 6 years, and then postpartum took that to a whole new level. Everything seems so much more intense during that time. I had gone the medication route in the past, I took them for a year but then I stopped because I didn’t want to be on medication and just dealt with the symptoms of anxiety and depression for a long time before finding CLC. Within a few weeks of a care, I already felt so much more calm. I was able to work through every situation in a calmer state, as opposed to just panicking. I felt like motherhood went from being in survival mode all the time, to feeling natural.

I am now pregnant again. It took us over 2 years to get pregnant with our first. That was really hard to go through emotionally and physically. I ultimately had to take meds to start a cycle and get pregnant. We took the meds for months and months and months, and then finally got pregnant with Bo. This time around with regular chiropractic care, I was able to conceive naturally within a few months of trying! My body was a lot more calm and ready for a pregnancy. I’ve learned so much from everyone here on how to nourish my body well, how to regulate my hormones… things they never teach women about… things that everyone needs to know but it seems like no one does because no one is willing to talk about it like you do at CLC.

My body feels great during this pregnancy, and emotionally I feel really good. I’ve learned so much in here about how to prepare my body more optimally for labor and delivery as well. I’ve learned that I have a say in how my labor goes, I’ve learned about the pros and cons of different interventions, I’ve learned about how a woman’s body progresses naturally during labor and the hormones that are involved in that…with my first pregnancy I feel like I didn’t know anything ahead of time. It’s been a lot more empowering experience overall and I feel really good about labor and delivery, rather than fearful. Every woman should have the opportunity to learn these things ahead of time.

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- Jake

My twins and wife started at Congruent, and when I saw incredible changes in them, I knew it was something I wanted for myself too. I was dealing with anxiety and panic attacks that would happen at least once a week. I couldn’t hardly go to work on the days that I was having panic attacks. I would be so down into them I wouldn’t want to do anything but sleep. I also was experiencing pretty severe tingling into my arms that would keep me up at night; I had a terrible time sleeping. Additionally, I used to do a lot of concrete work and would get really bad pain right above my tailbone every morning.

Since beginning care at CLC, I am able to handle stress so much better now. I don’t fly off the wall like I used to. I don’t get very angry anymore, I used to be able to snap so quickly. My anxiety and panic attacks I used to have are slim to none now. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had one. I truly believe a lot of that has to do from getting my adjustments. Now that I’m not easily tempered, I feel like I am a better husband and dad.

Additionally, I don’t have any tingling in my arms anymore, so that is no longer disrupting my sleep. The pain in my tail bone is gone. If I don’t have my weekly adjustment, my body definitely feels it. My whole body feels so much better after getting adjusted both physically and emotionally. Receiving chiropractic care here has changed my entire family’s life.

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- Ari

I started at Congruent to get my hormones in check, to help restore my cycle that had been missing for 3+ years, and just to feel better in my body overall. I didn’t feel like myself for the longest time with all the stress, sleeping problems, anxiety, and bloating. I feel so much better overall after coming to Congruent!

When I found Congruent, I had been struggling with all of these things for years. It was really stressful and frustrating because I didn’t understand why I was experiencing all these problems. All these symptoms led to so much more stress because I was worrying “would I would ever have a normal cycle again?”, “how is this going to affect my fertility in the long run?”, “am I always going to feel like this?”.

For the longest time I felt so unheard. I tried going to my normal physician and then he recommended just getting back on birth control after hearing that was not what I wanted. Then I went to an OB and they recommended the same thing, birth control, as well as another medication to induce a fake period. I felt like no one was understanding why this was important to me or understanding what I was going through.

Then I came to Congruent and I was given so many more options to help heal my body and restore my cycle rather than just being put on another pill. You let me go at my own pace. It felt good to finally be heard. I liked how you did a lot of new testing, and with everything you did you explained what you were doing and why you were doing it. After every adjustment, you talk about what you did and how it will help heal my body in different areas that are showing signs of stress. I felt way more educated about what was going on with my body. I think the understanding helped me feel more in tune with myself. I’m a lot more aware of when my body is stressed, and ways I can do to help navigate that stress more optimally.

After coming to Congruent, I overall feel more at home in my body. After the first couple of adjustments, I was already starting to notice my mood was improving. I wasn’t as irritable and moody. My boyfriend has even mentioned how I’m a completely different person now. I felt so hopeful that he was even noticing the changes that were happening in me. Before, certain things would really stress me out, I wouldn’t have energy at night… that all started to improve almost right away. I started to experience a lot better sleep, my energy levels improved, I can handle stress so much better… because of that I have so much more time to do things I enjoy because I’m not so stressed about my to-do list every day. My digestion and bloating improved as well. After a couple months of care, I had my first period in over 3 years! It makes me really hopeful for the future!

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