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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 72

Des Moines, Iowa
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
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3 OT7 V On Your Mark... Get Set m m m Train for your next win at the YMCA Healthy Living Center " Lap pool dedicated to lap swimming Facility connects to the Clive Green be It Trail for the true triathlon experience State-of-the-art spin studio Plus, refresh at our Gateway Market with a recovery smoothie! r- . r v - ft f) ... dr si-4' 7 -Vi h 'to . , .(,': 1 7- J .a.Sjr" Bring in this coupon for a VRsr i4Mv 'a3SS(- 'taa- -- 1 ri el i A' ' -: Jims? ' .ff ,rb'SWW!flff ', '' . ONE-WEEK PASS C";r v-!'.d for new members on!y. Exp. 73110 L':i:::.yLiYir.3 CcUrm 124:3 Unfverr'-y Ave., Clive, IA 50325 c::)2:-ixr22r 9 'GiLhomigs yoio can learn from a chiropractor BY CARA HAUL Special )o Juice Iowa native Dr. Brett McDonough, 29, discovered chiropractic as a college athlete, and worked in Minnesota and Wisconsin (including experience with members of the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins), before opening MaxLife of Iowa in Johnston in 2008. "Dr. Brett" takes a proactive approach with his care, focusing on whole body wellness. 1. Chiropractic doctors are different than traditional medical doctors. Though they have as much classroom time (or more) than medical doctors, chiropractors perform spinal adjustments and offer health recommendations, rather than prescribe medications or perform surgery. "It's not about white coats and stethoscopes in here," McDonough said. 2. The technical term for kinks in the spine is subluxation. Chiropractors believe the improper position of the spine creates neurological tension in the body. "Getting rid of subluxation allows the body to normalize and come back to a more balanced state," he said. 3. Much of your whole body health comes back to your spinal health. Nerves branch out from your spine to all parts of your body. So when there's something wrong, "it sends a stress signal to the brain, which can cause decreased energy, poor sleep, anxiety and concentration issues," McDonough said. 4. Adjustments aren't scary or painful. The average appointment lasts only 10 minutes. "Nine times out of 10, people who come for the first time get up and say, 'that was it?'," McDonough said. "Many times the actual adjustment has no noise, jerking or popping." 5. Your treatment may go far beyond a spinal adjustment. For those patients who want it, McDonough works with them on goal setting and accountability. He offers seminars l'v, 1 3 Otufcf mini , ft - j'j " I I Brett McDonough of MaxLife Chiropractic inside his Johnston office. Eric RowleyJuice and classes on subjects like nutrition and weight loss, and has taken field trips to gyms. He even talks to them about relationships and their mental and spiritual health, as a sort of wellness coach. "I help people take control of their lives," he said. 6. You may see a chiropractor for a few visits or a few years. Some people who come in just want relief, and others want long-term solutions for 6-12 months, or even years what McDonough calls "corrective care." He personally gets adjustments every 10 days, just to maintain a healthy spine. 7. Chiropractic can help with more than just back pain. McDonough has been able to help people who have fertility problems, depression, digestive issues and attention deficit disorder, and many have been able to get off their medications. "It's about helping people find a solution besides medicines," he said. 8. You don't have to be injured to see a chiropractor. Though many people come in complaining of sore backs, McDonough said Dr. Brett McDonough's offices MaxLife of Iowa, 8671 Northpark Drive, Johnston, 515.278.2782 Max Life Chiropractic Center of Ankeny 102 S.E. 30th Street, Ankeny, 964-9644 Downtown location coming soon More info: you don't have to wait until you have pain to see a chiropractor. He likes the phrase "it's not how you heal, it's how you feel." 9. There is no quick fix or magic pill in chiropractic McDonough said sometimes patients come in wanting him only to perform an adjustment But he encourages them to look at the bigger picture of their health, which usually involves changes in diet, exercise or relationships. "Sometimes people think I'm crazy, but at least it gets them thinking," he said. 32 July 7 -13,2010

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