Meet The Owner Dr. Michael Henrichs
Chiropractic Care Puts You On The Road To Recovery
It can be difficult to get a doctor to spend more than 5 minutes with you nowadays (and doctors are much more likely to prescribe pills or recommend surgery instead of taking the time to figure out the “root cause”).
But at Iowa Spine and Performance, we understand that every single person who walks into our treatment room is different and has a unique story, body type, and set of goals and desires…
One of the biggest mistakes so many people make is focusing on the ‘symptom’ of pain, without taking the time to properly evaluate and assess the true “root cause.”
This is the BIGGEST reason why so many people suffer from pain much longer than they should.
What exactly does “root cause” mean?
The “root cause” of an injury can be one, or many parts of the body that may be stiff, weak, or lack the proper stability which can cause other parts of your body to “compensate” and cause pain elsewhere.
What may be difficult for people to understand about these “root cause” areas is they may not actually be painful! Some examples of these might be:
- “Tight hips” pulling on your lower back causing inflammation and scar tissue to build up
- A “pinched nerve” in your neck causing “referred pain” down your shoulder or arm
- An old ankle injury that didn’t heal properly which could be causing your knee to “compensate” for your injury
At Iowa Spine and Performance, this is why getting to know you and finding the root cause is so important and is our first step in our 3-step process.
We WILL take the time to listen to you, your story, and fully understand what you’re going through, and the frustrations you may have.
We will also take the time to learn what your goals are, so we can create a highly personalized plan of care that is perfectly tailored to you and your needs.
- Whether you are afraid of having to STOP exercising and want to know every possible way to continue
- Or you keep getting injured in the gym or just to afraid to START
- Or you want to enjoy life with your friends, family, kids, and grandkids without feeling the constant fear or burden of pain
- We will create a plan that is catered around YOU.
Using our joint by joint movement assessment, we can quickly and efficiently find out where your joints may be stiff or muscles are tight. Even more, we will find where your body is compensating. We uses the same systems as many NFL and MLB teams.
Once we capture your movement, we will confirm what we see through hands on, joint and muscle assessment. We will take the time to analyze not only the area of pain but also, above and below to make sure we capture any compensation that we find
Watch Your ‘Sport’
While it seems obvious, a large piece of the Iowa Spine and Performance system is watching you do the activity that troubles you. So if ‘deadlifting’ hurts, we must see you do it! If picking up your baby hurts, we want to see you do it OR at least simulate it as best we can. This ensures that we leave no stone unturned and that all possibilities are considered to get you back doing what you love.
How do we do this?
What makes us unique and different from ALL other chiropractors is that our unique treatment involves a combination of ‘hands on’ techniques and corrective exercises.
Let’s break each one down:
Our doctors have spent literally HUNDREDS of hours training various manual therapy and manipulation techniques to ensure you get the best possible results.
These techniques will help to get those chronically stiff and achy joints and tight muscles to start loosening up and end the cycle of pain you are experiencing.
Chronically stiff muscles and joints can cause you problems such as:
- poor postures
- lack of flexibility which will restrict your movements in the gym
- scar tissue and inflammation
Some of these techniques include…
- Trigger Point Release Therapy
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation
- Cupping Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Joint Manipulation
Will These Hurt?
A common question that gets asked is whether these types of treatment will “hurt” or cause “more pain".
I want to assure you that is NOT the case here.
While these techniques may sometimes cause a small bit of soreness, it usually comes in the form of that “good pain” in that you know something positive is happening inside your body.
We often talk to people about working out for the first time after a long time off. The muscles and joints are a ‘good sore’ when you finish and this is what often happens with manual therapy.
But I also want you to know that YOU will be in control of what happens to your body.
Before we perform ANY treatment, we will take the time to thoroughly explain every single technique or treatment to you, and how you will benefit from it, to make sure you understand and feel comfortable with our methods.
When we ask our satisfied patients what makes us different than the ‘typical’ chiropractor, the unique approach to corrective exercise is most often the answer.
This is what we refer to as “Phase 2” of your treatment (and also the step where most other chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists miss the boat).
Our Iowa Spine and Performance system ensures that our doctors have an intimate understanding of exercise. This includes classic weight lifting, powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, CrossFit training, Yoga, strength and conditioning, and high performance training.
Some of our patients DO perform these activities at a high level while others just want to feel good and be healthy. Either way, our system caters to each need.
And rather than just talking about it, we actually guide and coach you IN THE TREATMENT session. You see, many chiropractors claim to understand exercise but most will claim they simply don’t have the TIME to do it with a patient in the treatment session.
We know that finding a long term solution is about ensuring that you exercise properly and safely and we will make sure you can do this with us!
Exercise is an important aspect of healing from an injury, but we often see and hear from people that do the “wrong exercise” or don’t understand how to exercise with “proper form” which often leads to more pain and injury down the line.
It’s been said that “Movement IS the best medicine.” It can also cause you MANY injuries if done improperly.
Our goal is that your exercise makes you STRONGER and more CONFIDENT to live the active and healthy life you desire!
After steps one and two, we want to ensure we have helped you achieve your goals and are able to get back to doing what you love, THE GYM!
So the last step is to make sure you have received the care you’ve been looking for.
We have been witness to people who have avoided back surgeries, even when doctors have said nothing else can be done…
We have seen powerlifters who were ready to give up training set national records! WITHOUT taking a handful of pain pills just to get through their lifts.
We have seen patients who thought their only option for relief was pain pills completely avoid them with natural treatments we offer right here at Iowa Spine and Performance.
There will be no magic pill or simple fix to complex problems.
But we DO promise to use every single tool, resource and ounce of knowledge we possess in order to make improvements in how you move, how you feel, so that you can achieve the outcome you are looking for.
We are NOT a practice that uses a few machines or gives out sheets of exercises.
We ARE a practice that specializes in doing everything and anything possible within our scope of practice to help people make significant transformations within their confidence, mobility, and quality of life… without needing to take pills or have unnecessary surgeries… even if all other conservative options have failed.
If you would like to learn more about what it is that we can do for you BEFORE you commit to working with us, I highly recommend our free 30 minute discovery sessions.
A free discovery visit is a free consultation with us, where we will first get to know each other and make sure that we are a good fit for each other BEFORE we start treatment or assessment.
Please keep in mind that we are very selective in who we work with as we choose to only work with the people that we believe we can have an impact on.
Due to demand, our availability is limited. Don't delay requesting your first session!