Patient and Family of the Month

Linda Conti

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

Prior to coming to Back to Health, I was a mess.  I was over-weight, under nourished and lop-sided.  I had been neglecting my physical health for years and had developed poor eating habits.  My food choices though filling were not nourishing or healthy.  Standing for any length of time caused pain in my lower back due to my mal-adjustment.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

Since coming for regular Chiropractic Adjustments my uneven posture has been corrected and the pain in my lower back has been eliminated.  I also opted to take the 8 Weeks to Wellness Challenge which is not a diet plan but a life changing program.  It is teaching me to make better life choices for my diet and for my physical well-being.

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

Although 8 Weeks to Wellness is not a diet plan it has taught me how to make better, healthier food choices.  This program includes Chiropractic adjustments, Dietary Education, Massage and Physical Training.  I have lost over 20 pounds and am in better physical shape now than I have been for years.  I no longer feel that I am limited by the constrictions of my body, but that I can do things I had thought were beyond me.  At 74, I feel better now than I did at 40.

June and Frank Trumph

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

Before being introduced to chiropractic care, our health was okay, but not as good as it could be.  We were experiencing headaches, fatigue, and repeated colds in the winter months.  June was suffering from severe back pain that medication would not help.  We began chiropractic care in our home state of Illinois, and after a discontinuation of treatments due to our move to Arizona, some symptoms of back pain returned for June.  We then searched for a Chiropractor in our area, and soon resumed care at Back to Health.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

Brian and his staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and passionate about chiropractic care and wellness.  Brian has helped us to recognize what our bodies are telling us.  June has realized the importance of strengthening the core muscles in order to help with the alignment of the spine.  We are also learning the importance of good nutrition and exercise in helping to achieve and maintain good health.  We have learned a great deal about food and nutrition that we didn’t know before.  Armed with this knowledge, we are making good choices when eating at home as well as eating out.  Each time we come in to the office for our adjustments, Brian always asks 'how is the diet and exercise going?’  We have also attended several educational seminars at the office.  We truly appreciate the concern and support Brian and his staff provide in keeping us on point!


How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

June has MUCH to say on that subject! ‘My back pain was so severe I could not function very well at all and was extremely fearful about my health - my situation bordered on my having surgery.  I chose and began chiropractic care in mid 2007 and my health improved significantly early in 2008.  I have received chiropractic care ever since and will continue to do so.  Currently, neither one of us is on any kind of medication and our number one goal is to keep it that way.  Along with relief from back pain, we have more energy, sleep better, and have not had colds or headaches for a very long time.  Most importantly, our PMA index has gone way up!  We are much happier and are able to enjoy a fuller life!  Chiropractic care is a life long choice for us.

 

Terrie Troise

 What was your health like before becoming a patient at our  wellness center?

 I was in terrible shape!  A full time desk job left little energy or time for exercise.  The pounds just piled on.  Lack of muscle tone creeps up on you and the thought of a lunge or sit up was laughable.  When I looked into the 8 Weeks to Wellness program it seemed like a logical direction to follow.  Best Investment I made for myself.  It’s so worth it.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

I had and still have, a team steering me towards a healthier life through exercise, meditation, and massage.  My personal trainer showed me that my body can do much more than I imagined.  Massage and Chiropractic care soothed the “good pain”.  I learned a better life can be had through nutrition.  My team is still with me with advice and encouragement.

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

I met some fun ladies through my personal training and the Zumba class I joined.  In summer the class is in the pool-what a pleasure!  I discovered the delicious flavors of kale, rapini and fresh spinach and eat them often.  I cook differently, take my vitamins and supplements faithfully.  I’ve lost pounds and inches, feel better and had fun along the way.  I’m a work in progress!


Iniguez Family

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?Our Family has always tried to stay very active.  We enjoy hiking and biking together.  However, our daily work routines would sometimes leave us a little sore and out of alignment.  Chasing 3 young kids around also meant that sometimes we didn’t always make the greater choices in terms of meals.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

Dr. Hester is an excellent chiropractor and is always able to help us with any emergent aches and pains.  His recommendations on proper nutrition have really come in handy and helped our whole family make better food decisions.  Dr. Hester is also an excellent example of living a healthy, active lifestyle.  He definitely Walks the Walk!

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

As a family we have all seen a great improvement in our overall health and a great reduction in the occurrences of aches and pains.  The whole family enjoys seeing Dr. Hester for adjustments and hearing about his latest triathlon or long distance race.  Thank you to Dr. Hester and your wonderful staff.

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Donna Gloshen

"When I first started going to Back to Health I could not move my head very far to the side in either direction, and I had stress pain across my shoulders.  Through Dr. Hester's work over the past couple of years, I now have great mobility in moving my head, and the shoulder pain is completely gone.  I am very happy to recommend his services to everyone who wants to improve their quality of life."


The Whitman Family

Back To Health Chiropractic has been a part of our family for 10 years which includes My husband Don, and 3 children Bryce -16 Boston 13 and Sophie 11.  We love the office and everyone in it.  Its like walking into CHEERS - where everybody knows your name.  We are a very active family and try to live a very healthy lifestyle and we couldn't do that without the care of Dr. Brian. Our son Boston was very sick as an infant with RSV.  In his toddler years , every time he would catch a cold it would settle into his lungs and we would have to give him breathing treatments.  Over time Dr. Brians care resolved this issue. Our children have only missed 1 day of school in all their years.  Its not that we never get sick its that when we do it is very short lived. We strongly believe in being proactive with our health not reactive, therefore we come in once a week to maintain our good health. My kids will often say " I need to see DR. B and get cracked".  They know the benefits not because we tell them but because they feel the difference. Research will confirm all the benefits of chiropractic care but until you believe  it and experience it, will you know how amazing it truly is.  We are  blessed to be a part of this practice and pray that our children will continue this healthy lifestyle as they get older."        _______________________________________________________________________________________

Teresa Colman

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

I was always feeling old. My back and knees hurt and were stiff. I couldn’t sit on a stool, and had trouble getting down on the floor to play with my grandchildren, so was limited to having them come up on the couch to play. My balance was becoming an issue also. It was depressing to think it was going to get worse.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

Every visit I would be asked how much water I drank that day, or what I was having for lunch. They were always challenging me to make better decisions and educating me on food choices, encouraging me to put a plan in place.  When I asked about products/shakes, I was introduced to Isagenix, and lost weight and felt great too.  The 8 Weeks to Wellness program has completed the journey, introducing massage, meditation and exercise with mobility as a focus.  Now, I feel like I’m getting younger!

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

I now think of what I’m putting in my body, and I’m aware of how much water I need to drink daily.  Planning my day is becoming more of a routine.  My day doesn’t feel complete if I haven’t walked, or done at least a half hour of exercise.  I’m happier and looking forward to getting stronger and moving without pain and more freely.

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The Gates Family

Before visiting Back to Health our family had never been treated by a chiropractor. I suffered cluster migraines and tension headaches a couple times per month. For years I had been treating the pain and living in fear of the next episode. After a string of migraines in June of 2011 I decided to take a pro-active approach to my wellness with chiropractic care and yoga.

Since beginning treatment I have not had a single migraine and the other headaches are rare. Twice since becoming a patient I have suffered back injuries and had one terrible sciatica flair-up. In every case, I have been seen promptly and often with adjustments and words of encouragement until I was fully healed.

My husband, Sean is a news video journalist. He has seen Dr. Hester regularly over the past 18 months to keep him pain free despite the daily demands of hauling heavy television gear all over town.

In addition to spinal adjustments, Dr. Hester has encouraged our family to drink more water and eat whole foods whenever possible. Having the Back to Health team on our side, holding us accountable for the choices we make as a family is a great resource.

Dr. Hester also helps keep our two, active boys in line and running at full speed (despite the beating they take mountain biking, skateboarding, doing tae kwon do, playing baseball and leaping off the furniture). We’re grateful to have Dr. Hester and the entire Back to Health team as a part of our active lifestyle.

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 Castellano Family: Alexandra, Kaden & Liana

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

Overall our health was good. I often had aches and pains, and could never find the reason for it. I have been pretty healthy up until then so I didn’t think there was much to improve. I fed our family healthy and we are all active.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

The first time I ever had an X-ray taken I found out about my severe lower back scoliosis. I now get regular adjustments, as well as our kids. I can now manage to do triathlons and reach physical goals I never thought possible. Dr. Hester has taught us a lot about dairy, which we overused and was an issue with my daughter.

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

We are aware and know our bodies. My kids ask me to massage on them every night, pointing out where it is needed. I feel more in charge and able to take care of myself and my family. I feel stronger, more self- confident and happy. Thank you Dr. Hester for making me realize I am the only one that can change things in my life. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Ben Kreger

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

When I was 18 years old, I had a terrible accident that changed my life forever. I shattered my right femur bone. For many years I struggled. I had extreme back, hip and knee pain. I needed help and Dr. Brian Hester and his team provided the help I needed to be well again.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

I don’t ever want to have debilitating pain like I’ve experienced before. What I have learned along my journey of Wellness is very simple. Three activities that will save your life are: maintaining a disciplined and healthy diet, exercising every day for at least thirty minutes, and supplementing your body with vitamins and nutrients. That’s it, Dr. Hester takes care of the rest.

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

As a result of my injury, chiropractic care is the only way I can keep my body in line. Dr. Hester recommended that I start using yoga to help my muscles and joints gain flexibility. That has made a dramatic impact to my every day health. I am very thankful for Back to Health Chiropractic and all they do for me. They are a tremendous blessing in my life. They have helped make me well again.

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Liam O’Farrell   Age: 1

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

My health was overall good at (2) DAYS OLD, but I had a hard time turning my head.  It was causing me a hard time to sleep and nurse.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

Since coming to see Dr. Hester, I can sleep better and it made eating much easier.  My Mom and Dad have learned ways to keep my health great and what healthy foods will help me grow.

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

My life is very different now that I see Dr. Hester, he has helped me grow and keep my health in good standing.  I feel stronger for my ever growing body so I can learn to walk and run!

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The Wylie Family: Chris, Amy, Isabella & Sofia

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

We have strived for many years to eat right and exercise. We noticed that without chiropractic care we were unable to maintain our health to the level we desire. Being “active” was increasingly more difficult due to the types of exercise we were doing because we were out of alignment. We needed to get “straightened” out!

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

We know that chiropractic treatment enables us to continue with our active lives without interruption from injury. So many other health issues can be solved by simply getting adjusted regularly. Back to Health keeps us in tip-top shape. We appreciate all this office offers.

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

When we were without chiropractic care, life was so much more difficult. Day to day we were exhausted and feeling down. We are more energetic because of our adjustments. Dr. Hester also reminds us to stretch, which is so important as well. ________________________________________________________________________________________

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

I considered myself in pretty good shape, just “fluffier” than I wanted to be. I walked half marathons, took Zumba classes, and swam at the pool. Frankly, I was motivated by the weight loss success of a friend. Imagine my surprise when my Wellness score came back as “D-“…clearly there was more to work on than just the scale.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

The office was such a positive spot in my day! Massages with Shelley were a highlight of the week. Sandy is such a quiet cheerleader for every patient and offering advice and encouragement. Dr. Brian- what can I say… warm, approachable. The whole program influenced me to take time for ME. Putting oneself first is so often seen as “selfish”. The program gave me official permission to put “me” first. Meditation everyday was necessary to just be in the moment and breathe; a training appointment was written in stone, an adjustment was necessary to move better- all for ME!

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

Well, I lost 17lbs… which allowed me to improve my 5K time by over 6 minutes. I fell lighter in body and spirit. I find I am lighter and clear headed and eating “clean” helped break a carb heavy –no vegetable lifestyle.  I’m cooking more and trying to branch out with different foods. I got used to weekly massaged and movement and feel I “get to exercise”(as opposed to I “have to go exercise”) I am living my life not reacting to life. ____________________________________________________________________________________

What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

I started coming to Dr. Hester’s office because of a hip injury from running.  My health was not where it should have been and it was in dire need of an adjustment.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

It has influenced me to exercise more and be more careful with what I put into my body.  The food choices I make can really affect my performance.

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

I’m training for the Ragnar race which causes me to strive for physical fitness.  My mom also eliminated junk food from our house so I am making better choices.

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What was your health like before becoming a patient at our wellness center?

Our Health was average; we ate healthy for the most part and were exercising.

How has our office influenced you to get healthier and make better choices?

Brian has expanded our knowledge on food and how to best prevent getting sick with consistent Chiropractic Care as well as cutting out things that would hinder our immune systems.

How is your life different now than it was before chiropractic and wellness?

We as a Family get sick much less and even when we do it is for a shorter period of time.  We have made healthy food choice and exercise a priority in our home.  We have more energy and just feel better overall.

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