Pain Free Lifestyle

Pain Free Lifestyle

Many years ago I had an accident and a lot of trauma to my body. I had been waking up every morning in so much pain that some days I needed help out of bed. I had migraines so severe that I couldn’t manage my days. I was only in my 20’s and was thinking this was “my” new normal. I was also unpleasant to be around and moody. I was referred to Active Life and that has been the best thing I have ever done in my history of pain. I have been seeing Dr. Sara and Dr. Doug for about 5 years now.

In the years of coming to Active Life, I have improved every aspect of my life. My mood is great again. My pain is essentially gone. I am able to handle stress so much better and it does not affect my body as much as it has in the past. I have been able to do more activities that I never have been able to do, such as fishing, hunting, Zip-lines, and hiking. I now love to be outside doing activities.

I did not realize how much chiropractic care has improved me in many more ways. I no longer am on iron supplements for anemia, which I have been on since I was a young child. I also no longer have GI issues.

Dr. Sara and Dr. Doug and the staff are so awesome and always very friendly.  I recommend them to anyone in any pain.  Not just back and neck pain!

- Nicki W

Chiropractic and Cerebral Palsy

Chiropractic and Cerebral Palsy

Jill was diagnosed at a very young age with Cerebral Palsy.  She did not walk until she was 3 years old, she had a very choppy gate, and had multiple surgeries to lengthen the muscles in her legs and achilles tendons.  Jill had surgeries to help the nevres in her back, and suffered from constant hip pain.  She and her family tried many different avenues in health care to give her some relief.  When Jill was six years old they decided to give chiropractic care a chance.  Jill stated to get adjusted by Dr. Sara and in a few short months they started to see huge improvements! Jill now walks very smooth and fluent. Jill stated getting her legs and feet adjusted helps her walk better! She does not have the hip pain and feels her hips can function better.  Getting adjusted has given her the freedom to enjoy 4-H activities, riding horse, showing cattle, and other activities on the farm!  When asked what she would tell someone who was concerned about getting adjusted; she said “You will feel better! Try it, you have nothing to lose!”

Jill was recently in a car accident:

This fall Jill was involved in a high impact car accident.  She experienced neck pain, headaches, and her other symptoms had come back. In three months of care with Dr. Sara, she is back to normal and functioning at her best! This is a normal response for people who follow through with maintenance chiropractic care.

Overcoming Torticollis

Overcoming Torticollis

Piper is a three month old baby that suffered from torticollis; a condition in which the head becomes persistently turned to one side, often associated with painful muscle spasms.  Piper’s mother speaks out about their success with chiropractic! “We hesitated on taking her to a chiropractor! My husband and I thought it would be someone cranking on her little neck and that just seemed awful to do to her; but it is nothing like that! It’s gentle to the touch, massages and stretches. It is one of the best things I could have done for my daughter!

BEFORE

  • She had been diagnosed with severe torticollis and had been going physical therapy weekly for 1 ½ months, with little change.
  • She was losing function in her left eye, neck muscles and arm, as the nerves in her neck were not able to function properly.

AFTER 2 Months of Care

  • After following the recommended treatment plan her eye has improved as well as her ability to use her left arm.
  • She is able to hold her head straight and steady.
  • Seeing my daughter’s improvements is the best part about coming to Active Life Chiropractic! 

21 Day Purification Program

21 Day Purification Program

Our entire family has been coming to Active Life for years and so for a long time Dr. Doug had been trying to get me to do the Standard Process 21 Day Cleanse.  I knew it would be beneficial to me, but there were always excuses, too many things going on with the family, not organized enough, wanting to have my husband do it with me but he travels a lot.  Well, it finally happened.  I had gotten to the point of no longer liking what I saw in the mirror each day and wanting to really do something about it.  Also, my 16 year old daughter, who was in between sports seasons, was willing to join me, so we went for it.  We started the cleanse on Monday after Thanksgiving and some thought we were crazy.  We had to sacrifice the delicious food and goodies that would be served at multiple Christmas parties in the 3 weeks of our cleanse, however we thought if we could be determined during this time of year, we would be able to do it again any time of the year! 

The results were AMAZING! In 21 days, I lost 11 pounds and a good portion of my “Muffin Top” tummy.  My daughter’s skin cleared up, we both felt like we had lots of energy and didn’t feel deprived or hungry because of the shakes/supplements that the program has.  It taught us the importance of drinking a lot of water.  My water intake was so great that I noticed my muscles toning and my adjustments with Dr. Doug were much easier, especially my middle back area that I struggled with for years.  I didn’t have the “caffeine” headaches and at the end of 21 days, didn’t really care to have a pop anymore or as much wine that I used to enjoy.  We were also amazed at how little food you really need to eat to sustain a healthy diet (it’s all about WHAT you eat).

Don’t get me wrong, there are challenges along the way, eating fruits and vegetables for the first 10 days and the ways to serve them – my daughter and I found creative and imaginative ways to serve fruits and vegetables.  Also, this time of year it’s not easy to find good fresh fruit so we used frozen fruit for our shakes, and fresh fruit when we were craving something sweet.  The recipe book that came with had recipes that we enjoyed and that our other family members said they would eat regularly.  As well, Dr. Doug, Dr. Sara and the staff at Active Life helped keep us motivated and cheered us on when we came in for adjustments.  It also proved challenging to cook a meal for myself and daughter, and then another meal for the rest of the family, but again, I just learned to be organized and plan ahead as much as possible.

We would recommend this cleanse to anyone who is sick and tired of feeling bloated, tired, overweight, unhappy with your appearance and just wanting to do something really good for yourself and your family.  So go ahead, what have you got to lose?

 

Life Changing

I have been seeing Dr. Weigel for several years and have always been pleased with the service provided.  My life changed on October 10, 2007 when I was injured by a rocket attack in Baghdad, Iraq.  I was MedEvac'd to Landstuhl, Germany with multiple injuries.  During my road to recovery, I have had numerous operations and months of traditional medical rehab.  My therapy regimen was working yet pain persisted.  I started seeing Dr. Weigel to assist with pain management, and she was incredible in not only reducing the daily pain issues, but astonishingly, she assisted with my hearing loss.  Dr. Weigel and her staff are wonderful and will continue to see me for years to come.  I am a firm believer in chiropractic care and receive the best from Active Life Chiropractic.

-JP

Chiropractic for the whole family

Chiropractic for the whole family

Before coming to Active Life, my back and neck pain prevented me from being active at home because my job is physically demanding. Now, I get adjusted regularly and I am able to work all day and spend time with my family at home without being in constant pain.
- Dylan Moore

 

Before coming to Active Life, I had a lot of pain, mostly in my upper back, even though my job isn't physically challenging. Dr. Sara has been so helpful! I look forward to my adjustments and my posture has improved so much! Our son Jeffrey got adjusted for the first time when he was 6, and I wish I would have brought him in sooner. Our daughter Isabella has been coming to Active Life since she was a newborn, and we can tell the difference between her and Jeffrey, since we waited so long to have him adjusted! She has great posture and rarely got sick or ear infections when she was a baby. If you are hesitant about going to a chiropractor, just remember that chiropractic care is an investment in your health!
- Laken Moore

Routine Maintenance

Routine Maintenance

Before seeing Dr. Doug, I had hip and back pain almost constantly due to my job.  My husband started seeing him before I did, and he convinced me to make an appointment after we had to stop short in our vehicle to avoid a collision and hitting my head and really hurting my neck.

After even my first week of treatment, I could see all of the benefits of chiropractic care thanks to Dr. Doug and the amazing staff of Active Life.  My pain was going away, I was sleeping better, I had more energy and I was in a better mood.  All things I was skeptical about at first.

Every time we come in for our adjustments, we are greeted with smiles and asked what is good in our world.  They all have a positive outlook on life, and it really is contagious.  We truly do see them as part of our family and look forward to our appointments.

Any chiropractor I had been to before was a “come when you need it” type of place, and I truly believe the routine maintenance that Dr. Doug and staff suggests is a way better approach to overall comfort and health.  I have been seeing Dr. Doug for about 2 years and can’t imagine how life would be if we didn’t find him.

Thank you Dr. Doug, Dr. Sara and staff for making me a believer! 
-Kara Timmreck

 

For the past several years my line of work keeps me behind a windshield driving down the highway. As a result I spend several hours a day sitting. When I am not driving for work, I have my face in a computer documenting the days activities. It has made my middle back a bit of a wreck. Prior to seeing Dr. Doug, I was resorting to Ibuprofen, heat wraps, trying to talk the wife into rubbing my back (I still do that now anyways :) ). The consistent ache in my back effected my sleep, my mood, my attitude, my life! I honestly picked Active Life Chiropractic at random. I didn't read reviews or talk to peers, they were just the first place I saw. I am to this day truly glad I found them. I "drank the juice" and got care as often as recommended by Dr. Doug. The bottom line, maintenance doesn't cost, it pays. I feel much better in my day to day life and I can wholly attribute that to excellent chiropractic care from Dr. Doug and his team. Thank you Active Life Chiropractic!!!
-Jaimie Timmreck

Bad Back Pain….

I knew I was in trouble. Returning to Bismarck from a ski trip in Colorado, I grabbed the duffel bag off the carrousel and the pain in my back literally took me to my knees. I tried to stretch and take care of my back. After two weeks the sharp pain was radiating from by lower back down the back of my legs to the knees. I went to the doctor and they did X-rays. He noted moderate Arthritis of my lower back and said I probably had a pinched nerve. I did a month of physical therapy and religiously did my exercises twice a day. I did have some relief at first but my left foot started getting numb and my left leg would flop when I walked. I thought I would be crippled with Arthritis like my father.

I decided to try a chiropractor. I talked to a few people and decided to call Active Life. Everyone at Active Life Chiropractic is great. You’re greeted by first name when you walk through the door. I went through an evaluation and Dr. Sara obtained the X-rays. We discussed options and started a course of treatment. The pain was better after a few visits. After just four weeks, my foot is almost back to normal and I am walking much better. I’m looking forward to a hike in the Black Hills, another trip to Denver and next year hiking in Glacier Park. I am happy I decided to call Active Life Chiropractic.

-Phil Viton

“Chiropractic… WILL save you money”

“Chiropractic… WILL save you money”

My name is Michaeland I have been a delivery driver for 8 years. I have been seeing Dr. Weigel for 6 or 7 years. Being in the business of driving a truck and constantly delivering product I could not survive without the treatment I get from Active Life. I have aches and pains in my neck, wrists, back, hips, and down to my knees from my job. No matter what my situation Dr. Weigel always has been able to help me get through it and recover from it. An example would be my wrist.

I was having major pain in my right wrist, I could barely grab anything without tremendous pain in my wrist. I thought I would need surgery for sure. I went to see Dr. Weigel and I was 100 % pain free in about a month. I truly believe in chiropractic care because for one you WILL save you money in the long run by using chiropractic care instead of going to the clinic and maybe getting some surgery you don’t need. For another it has helped me in my life to continue forward without pain. For the people that have never been to a chiropractor because they say once you go they mess you up more then you were I tell them that is a myth and actually in the long run they will help and you will be pain free. I couldn’t survive without Active Life. Thanks guys!

Gentle Adjustments for Our Baby

Gentle Adjustments for Our Baby

At 8 month old our daughter, Ella, continued to show “colicky” traits such as inconsolable crying and general discomfort. I was apprehensive about seeking chiropractic care, as I thought it would be invasive and scary for my baby. However, the care at Active Life was just the opposite. The adjustments were gentle and everything was explained before treatment was given. After the recommended treatment Ella seemed so much more content, happy, and interactive. Her first week of treatment, she even started crawling and regularly sleeping through the night! Eight after Ellas was adjusted, she would look up at Dr Weigel and five her a big smile as if she was saying, “Ahh, Thank you!” After witnessing the positive changes chiropractic care had on my child, I decided to seek care for the first time when I was training for the Fargo 10K.  Usually when I ran long distances, my shoulder muscles would be tight and painful. With adjustments from Dr. Weigel, I experienced absolutely NO discomfort in my shoulders while running, and the resulting increased energy was just incredible! I highly suggest Active Life Chiropractic to anyone experiencing discomfort; you’ll be amazed at how much better you and your family can feel or perform in sports!

-Cassy and Ella

Heart Burn Free

Heart Burn Free

For about a year and a half, I have had really bad heart burn. It affected everything I did from staying fit to showing animals with 4H. I went to several doctors, walk in clinics, family doctors, and even allergists. I got diagnoses such as asthma, vocal cord dysfunction, hay fever, allergies, heartburn… and the list goes on. I was on a lot of daily medication and I had a choice to make. Did I want to continue taking pills for the rest of my life or change something? I began going to Active Life Chiropractic to see Dr. Sara Weigel. She has helped tremendously; even to the point where I am no longer taking any pills! With Active Life Chiropractic, I can enjoy the things I love without worrying about my heartburn. I will forever be grateful for Active Life Chiropractic and Dr. Sara!

-Mara B., age 14

Health For The Whole Family

Health For The Whole Family

Our whole family has started coming to Active Life Chiropractic! Our son Gavin was the first to come in. He was 9 months old, and was not wanting to sleep through the night. Now after only 10 adjustments he is sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night! He always has a big smile for everyone when we come in to see Dr. Sara!

I started coming just a couple months after Gavin first came. I was having pain and stiffness in my hips and in my upper back after having Gavin. It is amazing!! Nine months of living with pain and it is so much better now after 8 visits! It is so much easier carrying my little man around!

Dad, Wade, started coming the same day that I did! He was having some lower back pain along with his scoliosis. And with 7 visits his pain has diminished and can enjoy playing with Gavin again!

I am so glad we found Active Life!

-Heidi M.

My life has totally changed!

My life has totally changed!

Dr. Sara and the staff at Active Life have helped me in so many ways it will be hard to wrap it up within a few sentences. When I began seeing Dr. Sara I was overweight, I was tired and I was in constant pain. Looking back at it now, I was sick. The past 5+ years she has encouraged me to find my way into a healthy and active life style while helping treat the physical pains that were holding me back! Thanks to her continued care and advice I have minimal headaches, hip aches and back aches. I’m maintaining a 50+ weight loss and I’m now happier and healthier than I was in my teens!

The staff at Active Life are irreplaceable. They know you by name and greet you with a genuine smiling face at every appointment. They take the time to prove they care. It’s not a shuffle in and out the door. If you have concerns or questions about your health they will address it and help! Not only have I benefited from Dr.Sara’s care. I have family, friends and even my own babies have been helped Dr. Sara. She and her clinic are a true blessing and I look forward to our standing monthly appointments.

It is almost unthinkable how much Chiropractic care helps me in my day to day life. Honestly, I’ve benefited more than having an adjustment done. The wisdom and knowledge she and her staff have about living an active lifestyle have been so beneficial to me. I am now using a standing desk, thanks to the recommendations of Dr.Sara. I’m thinking about the way I sit and stand and how much water I’m drinking. I take time to workout, stretch and take care of my body. I’m now able to live the active life I have created…pain free!

Thank You, Active Life. Thank you all of you for helping me and encouraging me to be the active and healthy person I was meant to be. I cannot thank you enough!

- Sarah M.

It’s too good to be true!

It’s too good to be true!

Before chiropractic care, taking Advil and being in pain of some sort was the norm in our family. It seemed as if we didn’t have enough energy to even keep up with our children. Our kids were constantly complaining of headaches, their back hurting, and bed wetting. We finally had enough and wanted to take charge of our lives. When we were first told the value of maintaining chiropractic care, it was almost too good to believe. It didn’t take long before we were believers. My husband and I started to take less Advil and had fewer aches and pains. Since we felt good, we had more energy and wanted to go out and enjoy activities with our kids. Sitting on the sidelines definitely became less of a norm. Our children have also benefitted from receiving chiropractic care. Our oldest child complained almost daily of having headaches. We took her into our family doctor and the eye doctor, but nothing was solved. She started seeing Dr. Sara, and we learned her neck was extremely out of place. We no longer have any tears or have to hear her saying her head hurts.

Our second child also complained of headaches and her lower back hurting. Since we had such great results with chiropractic care, we knew this was the route to go for her as well. As a parent there is nothing worse than having your child come to you saying they hurt, but there is nothing you can do to help. After visiting the chiropractor regularly she no longer complains either. Our third child never really complained about anything hurting, but he was extremely clumsy and we noticed when he was riding his bike he did most of the work with his one leg. It even got to the point where he just got off his bike and pushed it. He also had a lot of trouble with wetting his bed. Dr. Sara checked him out and we found out his pelvis was out of place. He now pedals his bike without any trouble and when he does wet his bed we know it is time to take him back in to get adjusted. The baby of the family is definitely the luckiest! She came along as we were discovering all the benefits of chiropractic care. Her first visit was when she was about two weeks old. She was the best baby! She slept good, ate good, and hardly cried. She was the only one that didn’t need a special formula and rarely needed gas drops. We continue to take her in as she reaches different mile stones to help her maintain her health.

This is just a glimpse of our story and the benefits of maintaining chiropractic care has had on our family. We wanted our children to feel good and be healthy, and we wanted to feel good too. Taking charge of our life is the best thing we could have done for our family. We are truly blessed to have found Active Life Chiropractic because they have made this possible for us.

-Thanks for all that you do!

Chiropractic care can help with potty training?

Chiropractic care can help with potty training?

Our 3-year-old daughter, Bria, was struggling with constipation.  We had tried months of medication, fiber supplements, prune juice and most other tricks recommended to us with little to no results. We heard chiropractic care was also used to treat constipation in young children and decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did! Within a few treatments with Dr. Sara we were noticing a change in Bria, and a month into the treatment plan she was going regularly. We also went from Bria not being potty-trained to being fully trained as she went through her chiropractic treatment plan. She looks forward to seeing Dr. Sara and the staff at Active Life, and is completely comfortable at her appointments.  We are so thankful for what Dr. Sara and chiropractic care has done for our daughter!

-Kylie B.

Chiropractic gave me my ability to run back!

Chiropractic gave me my ability to run back!

The feel of a start line is unlike any other. The building adrenaline, excitement, the body’s anticipation of the challenge that lays out ahead. The pure passion of the sport. To think at one point of my life I was told that running was something I needed to put up on the shelf. That with 70 years still left to live (at least) I needed to give up something that made me feel alive. The most terrifying and saddest part of it all was I listened. Then life has a funny way of putting things back in your path when it knows you are ready to find your way over the mountain. After years of reciting, “my body just doesn’t run” I decided that I needed to figure out a way for this to become a part of my life again. This is when I stumbled over chiropractic. I was clueless at the possibilities, but I thought it was worth a shot.

So, there I was the morning of August 23rd. 6.55 miles lay ahead of me of the Half Marathon Relay I had committed to with my best friend. I had never been as scared at a start line as I was that foggy, rainy morning. Two weeks previous I had been sporting a walking boot since June, after a very heartbreaking foot injury and I hadn’t ran more than 3 miles since then. A part of me knew taking on this race was crazy and a part of me knew that I could do this.

A year ago, before I started getting adjusted I would have never been at this place. I wouldn’t be standing at this start line, I wouldn’t be trusting my body’s ability and I wouldn’t be mentally confident to trust what I knew it could do. I probably would have listened to someone tell me that my foot was in no shape to run again, that I needed to pollute my body with medication and that this injury was defining me instead of allowing me to grow from it. On the surface simply put, chiropractic has given me among many things, my ability to run back (Not once, but twice now!). It has allowed my bodies nervous system to function in the capacity that it needs to carry me the miles. Underneath the surface though, chiropractic has given me a new perspective on the beautiful thing that our bodies are when we take care of them. Every race I run, I do not do them for the medals or the miles or the T-shirts. I do them mostly because I can. I was given this gift back and I treasure every run, the good and the bad. I run every race for someone and always allow the race to define who that person is and that is who my finish medal goes to. On this foggy morning I knew undoubtedly half way through, that this race belonged to Dr. Ness for helping to give me this gift back and for helping me to see my bodies potential to be awesome.

-Autumn E

One of the best things I’ve done!

One of the best things I’ve done!

I decided to go to Active Life Chiropractic about two months ago because I was experiencing headaches causing me to miss work. Since beginning Chiropractic care I have only had a few headaches and have not missed any time from work. I have also been dealing with allergies for over 3 years, my regular doctor told me the day before to use my Flonase and other allergy medicine religiously! It has now been over 5 weeks since the last time I used my allergy medicine. Choosing to start chiropractic care with Dr. Sara was one of the best decisions that I have made!  

- Brooke J

No More Weekly Trips For Antibiotics!

No More Weekly Trips For Antibiotics!

My husband and I were apprehensive about bringing our 6 month old, Nora, to the chiropractor.  But we are so glad we did as the outcomes have been amazing! Our little girl was extremely fussy, had continuous ear infections, was not sleeping well, and needed to be held all the time.  After two adjustments, we noticed she was more content, sleeping better.  Eventually, the constant ear infections were not an issue.  No more weekly trips to the doctor for antibiotics!

We want to thank Dr. Sara for everything she has done.  We appreciate the kindness, energy, and positive attitude from all the staff at Active Chiropractic!

– Karmen S.

I Want Everyone to Experience This!

I Want Everyone to Experience This!

My first experience with chiropractic was when I was in my second trimester of pregnancy with my first son. I was suffering from pain and tingling in my lower back, hips, and legs due to my sciatic nerve being pinched. I also had carpal tunnel issues in my arms and wrists. My friend, Dr. Sara, suggested I come to Active Life to give chiropractic a try. I came in for an initial consultation and for my first adjustment. They explained the whole process and I got instant relief after my first adjustment. I was a believer in the power and effectiveness of chiropractic since that first adjustment. I continued to come in for adjustments and the rest of my pregnancy, along with labor and deliver, were undoubtedly made easier because I was receiving regular chiropractic care at Active Life.

Over six years and three kids later, our family has benefited from chiropractic care at Active Life in many ways. Our three sons have been adjusted since birth. My husband, our children, and I utilize chiropractic adjustments to recover quickly from injuries, general aches and pains, and even illnesses and we also utilize maintenance care. If we notice something is out of alignment, or if one of our kids seems to be coming down with an illness, our first call is Active Life!

Just as importantly, Dr. Doug and Dr. Sara both provide great insight and advice regarding nutrition and overall wellness. Both have spent time researching specific issues our children face, focusing on getting to the root of each issue or problems, and not just trying to mask symptoms. They truly care about the health and well-being of everyone they see at their clinic, and that means the world to us.

I recommend Active Life to almost everyone I know, and even people I don’t know via local Facebook moms groups. I know the amazing difference it has made in our lives and I want everyone to experience that!”

-Sara, Maddux, Alex, and Zach