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Dr. Dave and his family celebrate with you!

CELEBRATING our patients’ successes along with them. And when there’s something good happening in our lives, we feel inclined to share it with others, right? Using personal stories to share the power of chiropractic with others is one of the most valuable tools our practice can use to encourage others to give chiropractic a try – a decision that can be life-changing! We love sharing pictures and stories of our patients in the interest of showing others that real people are getting great results here at Hanson Family Chiropractic. Has Hanson Family Chiropractic made a difference in your life? We’d love to hear about it! Please share your story with us.


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What Our Patients Say

Attentiveness, Passion, and Skill

Kyle E. photoI sought chiropractic care after struggling with radiating upper-back pain for 6-7 months. It was an increasingly painful ache that went up to my neck and limited my activity. It began by limiting my physical exercise, then how long I could walk, until finally interfering with my work. I’m a high school teacher, and at my worst I couldn’t lift my arm to write on the whiteboard and I was limited to my desk for lessons. The pain was slowly, but surely crippling me; leaving me to drag through my day to rush home to a heating pad. My physicians had prescribed me muscle relaxers and physical therapy, but that was covering up the core issue with a band-aid.

I’m training for a 5K. I was able to run 2 miles immediately after receiving care. My physical activity has no restrictions. I can exercise to my limit 7 days a week. Finally, I’ve found freedom to live my life!!!Recently, my friends and I were able to spend an entire day exploring Starved Rock and I didn’t question my abilities once.

My first impression of Dr. Hopper was thorough. I had recently seen another chiropractor in the area, but the stark contrast in my health came from Dr. Hopper’s attentiveness, passion, and skill. My expectations are often exceeded from the promptness of my care, to the cleanliness of the facility, to the genuine, friendly staff.
- Kyle E.

I Can Ride Again!

Eric H.Walking in, or trying to walk in on my first day, I was at my worst point. I blew my back out the day before and collapsed to the floor in pain, due to my lower back nerve being pinched. Lower back pain has been an issue for me for awhile. I work in a trade that impacts my body on a daily basis. Currently, at the age of 37 years old, it was taking longer to heal and the pain kept getting worse. I tried going to massage therapists and it only “fixed” the issue temporarily by relaxing tightness in the muscle.

Since attending Hanson Family Chiropractic, I’ve been able to get my mobility back – no more lower back pain – and I’ve been able to stand upright properly. I ride motorcycles and when my lower back wasn’t aligned it was tough to ride. I can ride again!

The whole team is great and treats me with respect. They are flexible with my work schedule and they all treat me as a friend, not just a patient.

- Eric H.

Huge Weight Off My Shoulders

Doctor and Mira in exam roomMy back had been hurting from cosmetology school. It began hurting really bad back in November. My anxiety also caused a lot of pain. My stomach would feel so upset that I was constantly hunched over. My anxiety has affected me my whole life. I wanted to be home all the time, but now I am almost never home! I have tried multiple different therapists and medications. The therapists made everything worse. However, the last medication I found has helped me so much mentally. And coming here makes everything 10X better!

I can come home at the end of every day feeling good and energized without my back and neck being in excruciating pain. It helps me sleep better at night without being so anxious, and I just feel a huge weight off my shoulders overall.

Everyone here is so kind and welcoming! I haven’t been coming for long, but I already feel like a part of the tribe. They are so trustworthy and I feel like I can tell them anything.

- Mira P.

I Feel So Much Better

amy-p-2019.Over 4 years ago, my left ear started popping and “whooshing” leaving me feeling disoriented for about 8 seconds of EVERY minute of EVERY day. These episodes would initially last a few weeks and then leave just as mysteriously as they started. Over time, when it would start up again, it would last for months and maybe disappear for weeks before returning almost constantly for the following years. I saw an ENT and I had an MRI and everything was inconclusive. I found some relief in vestibular physical therapy, but it wouldn’t last longer than a few days. My brain would be so tired by 2 or 3 o’clock in the afternoon from constantly compensating.

The “tape” that I played repeatedly in my brain when I felt like waving the white flag was, “This is inconvenient, but you’ll live, keep going, stay positive, this is your new normal, gut it out.” I’m a positive person and I wouldn’t whine about it very often, but deep down it impacted my mood, my feelings about being social, going on vacations, exercising, working, etc. I powered through, but it was not fun to do it all with a brain that felt so worn out. My dear friend, Wendy, started working at HFC and sharing with me how interesting it all is and how much she loved learning about what good chiropractic care could do. I wondered, “Could it help me? How could it help my ear?” Wendy gently steered me in for a consult and got my journey to wellness on the right path

AHHHHHH!!! So much! I feel so much better. I had 23 consecutive symptom-free days in March. (But who’s counting??) Then I traveled a lot for 3 weeks and the symptoms came back, BUT with regular adjustments since I’ve been home, they have dissipated again. The tape that plays in my brain on repeat now is “OH MY GOSH I FEEL SO GOOD! I FEEL TERRIFIC! I CAN DO HARD THINGS! I FEEL SO HAPPY!” No joke…it’s on a continuous loop. Not only is my ear quiet and the disorientation (which was the worst of it) gone, but my shoulders don’t hurt. I have also realized that I am no longer raiding the nurse’s office at work for ibuprofen every day like I used to for various headaches, neck aches, and shoulder aches. I can do, and have fallen in love with yoga and can hold my head upside down without falling over from an ear-popping dizzy spell. Yippee!

“I’m naturally bent towards the sunny side. But when I came in your office those first few weeks, I was hurting and feeling vulnerable and worn out. Oh…and I cried a lot. (haha) You ALL made it all okay. You stayed positive when, on the inside, I was scared and very uncomfortable. You loved me through it and you hugged me through it. You mean oodles and oodles to me. And I love that Dr. Hanson didn’t give up on me when I got wimpy. He kept my best interest at heart and he stays positive about what my body can and will do when operating at full throttle. I’m super grateful for that. Make no mistake, God uses ALL of you to do GREAT things. Yay HFC!

- Amy P.

They Are All So Friendly And Kind!

heidi-kI came in search of a new chiropractor out of desperation due to severe, debilitating headaches and nasal congestion. It was also my 3rd trimester of pregnancy and I had a “wacky” changing pelvis with the aches and pains pregnancy can bring. With the congestion and headaches, I was unable to “mom” and “wife” well, if at all. I was in full survival misery. I was eating clean (zero sugar, dairy, gluten, soy, or processed foods), taking extra supplements (vitamin C, echinacea, ACV, and bone broth), used and diffused essential oils, drank lots of water, and got lots of rest… but I wasn’t improving fast enough. Thus chiropractic came to my desperate aid!

I literally called HFC for an appointment Monday morning and was crying on the phone. Natasha gave me an appointment slot for an hour and a half later. The entire first week of being adjusted daily, I was a tearful mess and the staff was so gracious, helpful, and understanding. The congestion and headaches slowly but surely cleared up and I was able to recount baby steps of improved health with each day and treatment at HFC. 1 week after treatments (yes, daily adjustments!), I was drastically improved! After 2 weeks of treatments/adjustments, I was back to good health! The HFC family welcomed me so warmly and the adjustments have improved my health so much!

Every time I come into the office, it’s a lovely welcome. A comforting environment, where my kids love coming. They are all so friendly and kind! I’m so impressed with the staff. I appreciate each of them immensely! High Five HFC!”

-Heidi K

I Love the Personal Touch & Family Feel

What “pushed” me to chiropractic care was an auto accident. My primary physician did not have an appointment available and directed me to urgent care. I did not want to have unneeded x-rays or medications. My daughter suggested it was a good time to try chiropractic care. In reality, the pain started in 1996. I’m a Registered Nurse and I was assaulted while at work in a hospital. I ended up with a fractured jaw and an L4-L5, L5-S1 injury. I spent the next 13 years in extreme pain. Medical procedure after medical procedure, physical therapy, lots of pain relievers, and muscle relaxers. Over the years, I gained almost 150 pounds because it was too painful to move. I stopped doing all the activities that I enjoyed. My left leg dragged and the sciatica pain was awful. I utilized PT, radiofrequency lesioning, steroid injections, massage therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, medications, medications, and more medications. Never was chiropractic care suggested. Honestly, I am not certain I would have been open to it then. Fast forward to 2018. I am witnessing positive changes in my grandson, as he receives chiropractic care. My daughter continues to encourage me to try it. I have a car accident and I have a headache that won’t quit. I end up at Hanson Family Chiropractic and my life begins to change!

Since starting chiropractic care: I can sleep through the night, I rarely feel pain, I have begun to lose weight, and am already down 4 sizes. I can walk around Disney! I feel stronger, healthier, and happier. I can physically do things I have not done in many years. My lab work has improved. I bought an exercise bike. It will NOT turn into a clothes hanger!

The “front line” staff make a great first impression. I love the personal touch, use of client names, and the “family” feel. The accommodations of my need to change appointment times are great. Dr. Hanson and Dr. Hopper are amazing. They are professional, yet down to Earth, approachable, “normal” people, with life-changing touch. I would advise to put your preconceived beliefs aside and just try chiropractic care!

- Julie M.

Completely Symptom Free

jake-sI started care due to a herniated disk in the cervical area of my spine. I had been under the care of another doctor previously and had been neglecting the issue after stopping treatment due to relocation. I was a professional horse trainer for a number of years primarily working with 2-year-old colts. During that time, I noticed a small amount of neuropathy in my left hand. Over the years, this got worse eventually leading to complete numbness in my left hand. Chiropractic care has saved me from surgery that was recommended by my doctor.

Since under the care of Dr. Dave Hopper, I have been completely symptom free and have noticed less issues with the rest of my spine.

The level of service provided by Dr. Dave and his team is unparalleled. From the front desk to the adjustment table, they are a class act. I would recommend their services to anyone serious about chiropractic care. They are consummate professionals who will work to solve your individual needs while doing so with a smile.

-Jake S.

Change is Unbelievable

Mari Ellen DI joined Hanson Family Chiropractic because I exercise a lot and thought I had a sports injury. My arm hurt, my back ached, etc. I couldn’t sleep at night because of back pain and I could hardly pick up a cup of coffee. My workouts and daily life were getting hard because of the pain. I got tired of taking pain meds all of the time.

Since joining the Hanson Family, the change I feel is unbelievable. Not only does my arm feel better, my back hardly hurts when I sleep. The bonus is that I learned about how chiropractic care affects my whole body. Not only did they help me with my initial problems, I hardly have any headaches anymore and my whole body feels better.

I have never met a nicer group of people. They are always eager to make me comfortable and help me in any way they can. They changed my whole schedule around just because I wanted to come in 10 minutes later. Both doctors are outstanding and I would recommend them to anyone!

-Mari Ellen D.

Everyone knows me by name

Dr. Dave with Lexi I started coming to chiropractic care because I really wanted to improve my moods. I have had anxiety and depression since I was a child and it goes in phases, but has been worse as an adult. I have always wanted to find another alternative to medication or just improve my moods in general. I also came to HFC to become more aware about my body alignment. I am a yoga instructor and I wanted to find the weaker points to help make them stronger and more flexible.

I was recently in a car accident, where my car was totaled and HFC was amazing. Making sure I was ok and helping me heal. I went in for a few adjustments and I felt good as new! Not to mention, the large range of motion I now have in my body. That surely helps me with yoga! I have also had slightly clearer thoughts and a more positive attitude. It could also be the kind and compassionate attitude of the HFC family that helps as well, since I see them 3 times a week! :) But, either way, I am improving and I can’t wait to reap even more of these benefits in the future!

Everyone knows me by my name and that is incredible! It means a lot since I have been to places before where it feels like it’s the first time meeting them every time I come in. Both Dr. Daves have been very fun to be around. Asking me genuine questions about my life and answering any questions I may have as well. I feel so welcome every single time I am in the office. It just makes coming to the doctor that much better! It is so quick when I am there too. I rarely find myself waiting around to see the doctor Daves.

-Lexi B.

Chiropractic Care has improved my quality of life.

alicia-h-2019I started chiropractic care because I wanted to see if it could help with my TMJ pain and headaches. I have had TMJ and slept with a mouth guard since high school. I had the most jaw pain and cracking in the morning, which was a very unpleasant way to start the day!

Chiropractic care has improved my quality of life by eliminating the pain I experienced from TMJ. I still have occasional jaw cracking, but the pain is gone. I also experience less frequent headaches and I’ve noticed that my sleep and posture have improved!

Everyone at HFC is extremely friendly and caring! The atmosphere is nice and calm. Dr. Hanson and Dr. Hopper are both very knowledgeable and care about their patients.

-Alicia H.

I ALWAYS feel cared for and welcome.

Dr. Hanson and MI struggled with neck pain that would radiate down my arm, on and off, since 2009. I lost range of motion in my neck, couldn’t check my blind spot while driving and could not use my upper body to work out without my neck locking up and the pain radiating down my arm. I tried physical therapy and acupuncture, spent thousands of dollars but saw nearly no results. The neck pain eventually came on during running along with a newly developed knee and hip pain. As a person who had a career in fitness, my value is health and wellness. Exercise is foundational to those values and this injury was turning my world upside down. For about five years, after exercise my neck would lock up for weeks at a time. I found a miraculous massage therapist that was able to relieve the pain and restore range of motion within one session but as soon as I used my upper body during a workout, it would lock up again for weeks. I could “sleep wrong” and wake up in pain that would last for weeks. I was able to restore some function on my own with myofascial release techniques to the point of starting and maintaining CrossFit workouts in 2014. but I would often have massive tension headaches post workout. My former CrossFit coach gushed about Hanson Family Chiropractic so I decided to try it in 2015/ The function was fully restored within a month without tension headaches. I have had only a few setbacks since, and an adjustment always gets me back on track. My hip and knee pain also resolved within that month as well. Now I run and lift without fear of neck, hip or knee problems.

I am a nursing student under constant pressure to perform mentally and physically. When I come for an adjustment my body and mind feel an instant relief. It’s not uncommon for me to ask if I can simply stay on the table for a minute or two after the adjustment if there isn’t a patient directly after my appointment. It sometimes feels like the first time I’ve had peace in a week. I’m so grateful to have started care at Hanson Family Chiropractic.

Oh, I’ve had my fair share of tears due to this office :p. There are dozens of quirky stories to reflect on from each staff member that make coming to the office a joyful experience. Sometimes it’s so joyful you’ll cry due to laughter or you’ll be so overwhelmed with their genuine care for you and your week being that you’ll be moved to tears. I live with depression and that makes socialization tough at times. I try not to speak in absolutes but I ALWAYS feel cared for and welcomed coming into the office and that makes it a place I want to be-an appointment I don’t want to miss. There is always a great big smile and genuinely warm welcome when I walk in the door and a warm farewell when I leave. It’s a wonderful concept, to get joy and caring as part of my healthcare plan. It helps me begin some of my days, and when I’m struggling, and they often don’t know it, the staff help me remember joy…and then I cry.

-M.

Dr. Hopper and Dr. Hanson have gone above and beyond

jess-v-picAt a routine visit for my son, Dr. Hanson gave me an adjustment after noticing I was overcoming a cold. After just one adjustment my head started clearing and my nagging lower back pain eased. I had no idea my hips were uneven or that I had two stubborn ribs constantly causing me to throw out my back. In my quest to “take care of mom” this year I decided to get a full evaluation and was taken back at my scans and how they described the exact fatigue my body was feeling. I chalked so much of my aches and pains up to being 8 months postpartum, not realizing I had many issues going as far back as my deliveries with my children.

Sleep! I’m finally getting into a deeper sleep and waking up feeling like I have more energy than I have in quite some time. I’ve had a few setbacks with pulling my back, but lugging a baby soaring in the 97th percentile will do that to your body, but with extra visits I’ve gotten back on track much quicker than I ever have in the past. I’m feeling stronger and my lower back ache is completely gone even though we’re still working on correcting the issue. Dr. Hopper and Dr. Hanson have gone above and beyond with tips on how to improve my posture at home and how to use a foam roller on day’s I’m not feeling my strongest.

Oh gosh, where do I even start. This is a family. They invite you in and take care of you every second you’re there. They’re so accommodating to my families insane schedule and understanding when I need a last minute schedule change. My little guy isn’t a huge fan of mommy getting adjusted as we’re in the height of “stranger danger” and the girls take Liam in as if he’s their own. It’s So reassuring knowing we are taken care of and we’re back on the healthy and healing track in this chapter of life.

-Jessica V

I highly recommend Dr. Dave

Every time I got the least bit of a cold, it would turn into a cough and I would have it for months. I went to numerous doctors and specialists, and never was able to improve or find an answer as to what was causing the coughing. I was embarrassed as I felt like I was always coughing!

Then about 8 months ago I started experiencing a stiff neck. I would wake up, and barely be able to turn my head to the right. My range of motion was very limited, and I could not seem to figure out what was causing it. I switched pillows, tried using a lighter purse, and worked on stretching my upper body, but the stiffness only seemed to intensify.

The frustrations felt never ending as I really didn’t know what the cause of either problem was. I was beginning to think this was something I had to deal with forever, which was extremely depressing!

I started seeing Dr. Dave for both of these issues about 6 months ago. He started with an initial evaluation, which included body scans. I immediately felt relief in my neck, and the stiffness and range of movement improved immensely within the first week! I had a couple of colds in the last few months, which turned into coughs, but each time they went away within a week!

I was and still am so grateful and relieved that there has finally been someone able to help me with these issues. I feel like I’m 10 years younger as I am able to move without stiffness and pain! Life is so much more satisfying and I am able to easily do simple tasks throughout the day without feeling tight or stiff. The coughing was an issue I never thought would go away. I am overwhelmed with joy that Dr. Dave was able to help me, and forever grateful. I highly recommend Dr. Dave for his knowledge and professionalism! Thank you!

-Debbie H.

My whole family loves the Hanson Family Chiropractic Team

cait-bI started chiropractic care due to three different problem areas. I have been having right hip pain since June and have been unable to run (which I enjoy). Constant stomach pain and hormonal/reproductive problems resulting in several tests and no results. Lastly, for stress.

I am able to move my shoulders/back with ease since seeing both Dr. Daves. I did not even know this was an issue until after my first few adjustments. My digestion is better and I am able to move my joints/body so much easier with less pain and more movement.

My whole family loves the Hanson Family Chiropractic Team. They are very welcoming. I was very nervous at first to start chiropractic care due to my history with Chiari Malformation but both Dr. Hanson and Dr. Hopper made me feel comfortable and at ease. I am so glad I started Chiropractic care with your team!

-Cait B.

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Top-Notch!

“I started chiropractic care for an ongoing issue with a herniated disk in my back and chronic migraines. Riding and competing with my horse is my hobby and passion, so being laid up with back pain took me out of the saddle. I also had trouble comfortably completing my job day in and out of massaging horses. Bringing health and comfort to these large animals means my body has to be working at its best. I’ve taken pain meds and had physical therapy during the worst points with my back, but chiropractic care has given me the best longterm relief and kept me from having surgery.

I have successfully been able to stay active and healthy in the many facets of my life – being the best mom possible to my two girls, riding daily and competing nationally in jumping competitions, growing my massage business to a full-time job, and still having time for self care.

This office is a gem! The energy is upbeat and welcoming from the moment you walk in the door. The team is helpful and sweet. Dr. Hanson took his time explaining my initial findings and talking through my care plan. Dr. Hopper listens to issues I’m having throughout my care and always makes me laugh. I’ve been in chiropractic care for over a decade at different offices, and this place stands out as the top-notch! :)”

-Katie H.