- Tara

“I originally came to Congruent Life towards the end of my second pregnancy because I had high blood pressure. I had a lot of anxiety and fear because of the high blood pressure and because of how I felt after my first birth. After my first baby I was all over the place emotionally. I felt like my hormones never really regulated. I like to be active and go out to do things, but after my birth with Liam we just had to sit at home a lot. I just felt like I couldn’t function like I wanted to. If things didn’t change, not only was I worried that I’d be on blood pressure meds the rest of my life, but I was worried I would have to live my life without the adventures I loved!

Things are so different during this postpartum journey! My only regret is that I didn’t come in sooner! Not only has my blood pressure continued to improve, I honestly feel like I did before I had babies. I bounced back so much quicker after birth, and my midwife actually said “you should have 10 more babies!” because of how well I was doing. It was so much different than the first time. After my first pregnancy, I even questioned whether I wanted to have more kids… because I just didn’t want to go through feeling like that again. I felt like I was going to be so limited in the way I could live my life… but now I have hope! After my first pregnancy I felt sluggish and anxious, which made me feel like a failure. Now after having my second baby, I should in theory be more stressed… but because of my care I am doing so much better! I wake up excited to do things with my kids!

I had gone to the chiropractor before, but my experience with you guys was much different. Rather than just going when I had “issues”, you guys put a plan in place for my OPTIMAL health and life! I felt hope immediately because Dr. Mike and Dr. Nikki took the time to listen to me and care for me as a whole person. The care wasn’t fear based like I had experienced in the past, but instead it gave me joy because I didn’t have to be afraid anymore!

Now that myself and my two children are all under care, I feel so confident having this a part of our lifestyle. Our family is on a positive health trajectory now! We don’t have to be limited thinking about the “what if’s” anymore. Instead we can spend our time thinking about what we want to do as a family! We know we are doing the best we can do for our health! We are putting in the time and work now, so we don’t have to worry about our health later!”

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- Britney

“Before care at Congruent, I was in chronic pain and discomfort; it seemed like I was sick all the time. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 13 yrs old; that’s when my chiropractic journey began, but I continued to deal with chronic back pain and continual health issues for years until I found healing at CLC.

Additionally, the doctors told me at a young age I wouldn’t be able to have children naturally because of the way my ribcage was shifted (spoiler alert: they were wrong!!). I began care at CLC when I was pregnant with my first, and while being under weekly care I was actually able to have 2 natural births, and my 2nd was even at home! It’s crazy to see the results when you allow your body to do exactly what it was designed to do, despite external limitations doctors place on you, it’s opened our eyes so much.

With prenatal chiropractic care, both of my pregnancies were a breeze, which is something I honestly wasn’t expecting, especially because of my scoliosis. I was under the impression that pregnancy was not going to be comfortable, it was going to be very hard, but both of my pregnancies were enjoyable. I had no complications and there was hardly any pain.
In my 15+ years of prior chiropractic care, I NEVER experienced the pain relief and overall health that I’ve experienced since starting at CLC. My prior experience was more like a “band-aid” approach. Every time I went back to get adjusted, it was always the same symptoms over and over again, it was never really getting to the root of the issue.

Every visit here is different. If there is something new that comes up whether it’s allergies, constipation for the kids, going through a big transition in life… the doctors discuss it with us and we are adjusted accordingly. We are also scanned frequently to see how our bodies are functioning internally, which was something we had never experienced before at our previous chiros. It seemed like we were always having the same problems every week because they were never truly getting resolved. When we come here, we come with a problem and leave with a solution. There’s times when we bring the kids in and they are sick, and with chiro care, they are able to breeze through that illness without us having to use other interventions like medicine and additional doctor visits.

It’s been an empowering experience to be able to have an advocate on our side. Before coming here, we didn’t have that. We were just trying to “mask” our symptoms. If we had a headache, we would take ibuprofen… coming here has completely changed the way we view our health, we have the tools now to allow our body’s to heal and function at their very best. It’s allowed us to be advocates for our children and choose a different route of “standard care”. When sicknesses happen, they last a very short period of time. Sicknesses no longer take our household out for 2 weeks, it’s more of a 48 hr window and then we’re back up and running without needing other interventions like the standard meds and antibiotics we were always relying on before.

At CLC, you find the source of the problem rather than masking it. My whole life was essentially masking symptoms. Taking ibuprofen, doing whatever I could do to suppress the pain. Now, we address the source from the inside and use holistic ways to support our bodies run the course of what they need to go through to actually heal.

If we hadn’t started at Congruent before having kids, their lives would have been so much different. Changing our mindset around health is going to allow our kids to have better lives and change how they are going to view health and healing.

We lived 20+ years in the paradigm of taking medications to mask symptoms and nothing ever worked to make us ACTUALLY feel better or restore health. Here we are a couple years into care at CLC and we’re viewing our health through a completely different lens than we did before. Our lives are completely changed, and now we get to pass that down to our children as they grow.”

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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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- Emily M

I started coming to CLC when I was in the last few months of my pregnancy and had horrible pain in my hips and low back. I work at a school and even just walking up and down the halls was getting to be unbearable. Trying to care for my daughter at home was getting difficult to navigate with all the pain I was in. I love being active and exercising for the sake of having a way to release emotional stress, but I wasn’t able to do that anymore either.

When I initially came I thought it was going to just be a “quick fix” for pain because that’s all I’ve ever been used to when I’ve gone to other chiros, but then I learned about ALL the other benefits of getting adjusted consistently. I was so excited to get started after my initial appointment. I learned about how chiropractic can help provide a better birthing experience in general, promoting a more optimal position for baby, and by helping to prepare my body and nervous system for birth. My dream was always to deliver naturally and my first baby was born via C-section. I knew that this would help prepare my body naturally for the VBAC I was shooting for. I also learned how chiropractic can help prepare my body better for that postpartum healing journey. I didn’t realize before how beneficial chiropractic care was for regulating your hormones and your thyroid.

CLC was so different than every other chiropractor I’d ever been to. There was never any follow up with my other chiropractic experiences, it was all based on pain and then they’d just tell you to come back when it hurt again. I started to realize that was all just a band-aid for an underlying issue. It was never enough to truly get to the root of the problem. In contrast, I came to CLC and you did neurological scans to help pinpoint where the stress was in my nervous system, and the organ systems that could be effecting. You gave me a plan to get to the root of that stress so we could help better prepare my body for birth, postpartum, and proper hormone regulation.

I shared my history with you and you were able to give me an explanation behind why I may have thyroid issues. You could literally see it on paper when we did the scans that that region of my nervous system that controls my thyroid was really stressed! I was close to having postpartum depression with my first, and I wanted to do all that I could to help prevent that this time, going on medications was something that I wanted to avoid if possible. I learned the nervous system and chiropractic plays such a huge role in regulating all those postpartum hormone fluctuations.

The way you explain every adjustment and how that could be impacting my body is so helpful and again, unlike any other chiropractic experience I have had. I don’t just get “cracked” and sent on my way, it’s so much more than that here. I feel like I know so much more about how my body functions in general now, you certainly don’t get that when you go to the doctor. You’re just given a medication that will “fix” the problem, but in all reality, that isn’t really addressing the root of the issue.

After the first adjustment, I got in my car and started to tear up because I felt intense relief in my neck and my head felt like it got completely clear. I remember thinking “wow, I haven’t been able to just sit and be relaxed like this in so long”. The pain I felt in my pelvis was causing me to be in tears every night and I finally felt like I found someone who could help me. I felt so much relief in knowing that there was an option to help my thyroid function better more naturally.

I’ve gained so much knowledge on how to support and nourish my body properly as well, during both pregnancy and the postpartum time to help with that improved hormone regulation. I learned there is such a big drop in so many hormones after delivery, I feel like I was able to support my body so much better this time around with adjustments and some of your supplement recommendations so I didn’t feel such a massive dip and that postpartum depression that can come with it. With this postpartum period, I never had those days where I felt like I couldn’t function that I experienced with my 1st. I also had a successful VBAC which was one of my biggest goals!

I was super skeptical about new borns getting adjusted, I was imagining baby adjustments being the same as how I got adjusted, but they are SO GENTLE! Through my pregnancy I saw so many babies in here getting adjusted and would hear conversations about how much chiropractic could benefit infants after the baby experiences so much stress to their neck during the birthing process.

My son was 1 month old when we brought him in to get scanned because he was developing a flat spot, he was so stiff and rigid, he couldn’t move his head both directions, and it was really hard to comfort him. We could’ve either gone down the road of getting a helmet for him for the flat spot, or we could try and prevent it all together with chiropractic. Sure enough, once we started getting Gavin adjusted, he became so much more relaxed, he could move his head both ways, and his flat spot completely rounded out. I know that the health benefits of getting Gavin adjusted long term are so much better than that “quick fix”. We can be so much more preventative and proactive, and avoid things that that stress in his neurological system could have developed into in the future. He is SUCH a happy baby now!

After my son and I’s experience at Congruent Life, we cannot stop talking about you guys. Everyone is so kind at CLC and I feel like the doctors are almost like my life coaches! I tell everyone to come here!

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- Nicole

“I started coming here when I was 17 weeks pregnant because my ears were blocked with fluid and I was experiencing hearing loss because of it. They tried antibiotics to help clear the fluid, but they weren’t working. They told me the next course of action was to have tubes put in. I was really panicked. I work in surgery, I know the risks that come with being pregnant and under-going surgery and anesthesia. I was really worried about how that could affect my baby and myself. I didn’t want to experience permanent hearing loss either. I was scared.

I wanted to find some relief that didn’t involve surgery. When I came to CLC I felt like my problems and concerns were really listened to. I loved your approach. You did scans of my nervous system to see how I was functioning internally. I like the way you could find the pinpointed spots of the most stress on my system and just correct the areas that were NEEDED rather than a “crack, crack, crack” approach.

I always felt like everyone knew me, you guys made me feel so welcomed and comfortable right away. I started feeling better within the first few weeks of coming here! I came back one day and my hearing was completely restored. I was on the verge of tears, it was so amazing. All the fluid was gone and I didn’t have to put myself and my baby through the risks of a surgery.

I also always heard people talking about how labor was really hard and painful. I was getting adjustments during pregnancy and the stress in my ligaments and spine were being addressed, I feel like it made labor and delivery a lot easier for me. I feel like my body was just ready to give birth. Now with this pregnancy, I’ve been getting adjusted since the very beginning instead of waiting the 17 weeks. I feel all around better. My back doesn’t hurt nearly as much. I am carrying myself better. And I have NO FLUID in my ears this time around.

Chiropractic care has helped us avoid frequent doctor visits for illnesses. If I’m ever feeling run down or under the weather, I always come to the chiropractor first. I’m much more empowered and proactive in my health now.

I’ve also always had chronic lower back pain which is rarely an issue for me anymore. I know if I was struggling with back pain like I was before coming to CLC, I wouldn’t be able to be active with my daughter like I am now. It’s also helped with my daughter’s ear infections. My husband had a history of ear infections and tubes, but we were able to prevent that from happening with my daughter. My husband also comes and has experienced a lot of relief.

Chiropractic has just made life easier for all of us, we look forward to our adjustments every week! We can be active as a family together, we are healthier and happier because of it!”

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- Olivia

I began care when I was pregnant with my goal of having a natural, unmedicated birth. I wanted to give myself the best chance and I learned that chiropractic care might be able to help with this!

My husband was so supportive of me continuing chiropractic care postpartum because of how amazing our birth experience was. My birth was 3 hrs and was completely unmedicated! Even my husband was adamant that my consistent chiropractic care played a huge factor in how wonderful our birth went! I felt so confident and empowered during labor with all the knowledge, empowerment, and support I received during pregnancy at CLC. You took care of my body physically to optimize birth preparation, but also your culture here is just so supportive for mothers. I felt more supported here than anywhere else during pregnancy.

When I shared with my midwives that I wanted to have an unmedicated birth, it was a scenario where I had to continually remind them about my wishes and them continuing to remind me it was okay if I wanted an epidural. Here it was so different, the doctors knew that this was my goal and did everything they could to support me in that decision and help me achieve that goal.. I didn’t feel like I had that experience with any of my other practitioners.

There was so much doubt introduced from not only other practitioners, but also my family and friends.

Everyone was very skeptical of me being able to have a natural labor, reminding me of my very low pain tolerance. It would make me question “can I actually do this??” But I knew whenever I walked through the doors at CLC, I would be fully heard and supported.

Here, I learned those pain signals during birth have a purpose to continue to give information to the brain in order to progress labor. I learned how it allows you to have control over your pelvic floor muscles rather than just blocking all the sensors. It was a whole different perspective on the incredible design of natural labor and I felt so empowered in my bodies ability to be able to do this!

I continue to feel that support during this postpartum journey. As a new mom, I have learned there’s a lot of areas of new stress in my body that come along with nursing and caring for my baby. With the increase in stress in my lower neck from nursing, I started to get tingling into my hands. When I came in to get adjusted you knew exactly what was happening in my body and we were able to resolve the issue right away.

We got our daughter adjusted within the first week of her life. Before coming to CLC, I had no idea babies’ spines and nervous systems endure a lot of stress during the birthing process. If Joanna is going through a big developmental leap, I now know that keeping her nervous system as calm as possible and adjusting her in areas of stress can help optimize that development. Or when she is sick, I know that getting adjusted can help her immune system function more optimally and speed up her recovery process.

One time I brought her in and she had been spitting up so much, I was starting to get concerned. You did some adjustments in the areas that help with her digestive system and it helped so much! The fact that we can bring her in for an adjustment when she is constipated and she is able to go poop before we even leave is mind blowing!

I had been to other chiros in the past, but CLC was so different! I had never experienced a technologically integrated chiropractic approach. Because of the scans, I am able to see and understand the stress in my body so much more. One of the coolest things I have learned is the way our spine and nervous system is connected to everything else. By getting adjusted, I know that all the organ systems in my body are able to function better. It has allowed us to be a lot more proactive in our health rather than reactive.

There have been multiple times that we’ve come to get adjusted and I haven’t even told the doctors about what’s going on with Joanna or myself, but they already know based on where the stress is at in our nervous systems! There was one time you identified the EXACT thing that was happening in our life before I had the chance to even tell you and I was completely shocked!

It blows my mind, through identifying stress in our spine, you’re able to tell what’s going on in our lives. The fact that that is possible communicates your spine and nervous system is clearly connected to how everything is functioning in your body and your quality of life; therefore you should proactively maintain that!

I’ve learned it’s not about “oh I’ve just got in a car accident I should get adjusted”, but rather “I just rode in the car for 6 hours and that was stressful to my spine; I should get adjusted and address that stress right away” …. or “I’m postpartum and breastfeeding, which also puts a lot of stress on my system and it’s important I maintain my nervous system health so I can continue to heal optimally and function my best as I’m caring for my new infant.” People don’t really think about all the small things that stress your nervous system on a daily basis that can add up to larger areas of stress and problems if left unaddressed.

I think the best thing about congruent life is the supportive culture. I don’t know any of your other patients, but yet it still feels like a family whenever I walk in the door! The doctors are empathetic and encouraging; CLC is great in every way.

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- Hannah

“When I began chiropractic care at Congruent Life there were two main things I wanted to address: finding relief from acid reflux and having as healthy of pregnancy as possible. I first began experiencing acid reflux in college and have struggled with it off and on for the past nine years. While I had identified certain foods and stress as triggers for my acid reflux, I could never get off of and stay off of acid blocking medications, like PPI’s. Going into my pregnancy, I wanted to be off of the PPI I was taking, as I knew it had negative side effects for my own body and I did not want to risk any possible side effects it might have on my baby. I am now in my third trimester and have been off of the PPI my entire pregnancy AND (most importantly) have only experienced a few episodes of acid reflux. The big difference with these instances has been that they are better the next day instead of lasting weeks. Despite heartburn being one of those traditional pregnancy “symptoms,” I am pleased to say I seem to have experienced it less frequently than most women, which is a REALLY big deal for me!

My other main reason for choosing chiropractic care is ensuring that I am doing everything I can to proactively prepare my body and mind for pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. When I first came to Congruent Life, I had just found out that I was pregnant. As a result, it was very important to me to be cared for by a team that places prenatal chiropractic care as a priority. I feel comfortable knowing that the doctors are certified in the Webster Technique, and I trust that my regular visits to Congruent Life are helping to ensure my baby is in a good position for a natural labor and delivery. I also have high hopes that my commitment to weekly chiropractic care will result in a faster labor that progresses smoothly. But probably most importantly, my time interacting with everyone at CLC has helped me establish a positive outlook on labor instead of an outlook centered on fear. They have played a significant role in helping me learn to trust my body and its ability to do big things.

I feel really fortunate to have found a chiropractor and team that genuinely care about me, my health, and the health of my baby. They never fail to put a smile on my face (even during first trimester morning sickness), and I thoroughly enjoy my time spent in their office. I never leave an appointment sore from an adjustment (which I have experienced at other offices in the past) and instead leave looking forward to my next visit. I am excited to continue my care through the remainder of my pregnancy and afterwards, and I trust that they will provide excellent care to my little one once he or she arrives!”

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- Abbi

“I started having migraines during my first pregnancy, and they continued after baby. Every time I went to the doctor I was just given hardcore meds – pain blockers, daily blood pressure meds, ect. with no attempt at helping me pinpoint the cause, since there are “too many” possibilities of what could be causing my migraines. I felt brushed off and like I wasn’t being taken seriously.

I felt like I could cry at my first appointment with Dr. Mike when he affirmed that I didn’t need to suffer that way, and that I didn’t need to just continue to medicate my symptoms – but rather eliminate the root cause.

I actually found out I was pregnant for the second time shortly after starting care at Congruent Life. I expected the migraines to return at full force like they did with my first pregnancy, but they didn’t. I’ve also had hardly any back pain or ligament pain this pregnancy (drastically different from the first) and I’m now entering my 3rd trimester! It feels so amazing to feel good this pregnancy. To not have back pain, to be sleeping well and to have NO MORE MIGRAINES!”

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- Jess H

“The first time I decided to try CLC was when I was around 28 weeks pregnant with my first child. I was having severe pelvic floor pain as my body was stretching and adjusting to prepare for labor (I couldn’t even go on a brisk walk!). The pain was completely gone by the end of my pregnancy and I had an enjoyable, successful vaginal birth. Once I was pregnant a second time, I knew I wanted to continue care at CLC. I started a little earlier this time (around 20 weeks) to be more proactive and I can say with confidence I had MINIMAL aches and pains my entire pregnancy (besides the normal growing that comes with it).

What drew me to CLC was the community and atmosphere. I had only been to one chiropractor in the area, but the moment I walked into CLC’s doors it felt beyond welcoming and warm. Every single employee has treated me with love and always has my best interest in mind. I knew chiropractic care was beneficial for me when I got my first adjustment! After I leave an appointment I tell people I feel like I can go run a marathon (yes, I even said that at 39 weeks pregnant!). But when I really take the time to reflect and ask myself WHY I go to CLC, especially during pregnancy, it’s because I was able to go into both of my labor & delivery experiences feeling physically and mentally confident. My body felt GOOD and I knew it was helping set myself and my children up for success.

Now that I have received chiropractic care for both of my pregnancies and have experienced the way it has made me feel both physically and mentally, I am so grateful for my CLC family. Whether it’s for my next pregnancy or a completely different reason, Congruent Life Chiropractic will be in my future.”

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