Tips for Healthy Aging and Fall Prevention

Picture of person walking in sandalsEach year, one in three adults over the age of 65 experiences an unintentional fall, and 2.5 million older adults are treated in the emergency room for fall-related injuries, according to the Center for Disease Control. Join us at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 27 as Nate Wiechmann, D.C., shares tips for healthy aging and fall prevention at the Charles E. Lakin YMCA in Council Bluffs.

Dr. Wiechmann is a board-certified chiropractor and the owner of Pottawattamie County Sports & Family Chiropractic. Originally from Stilwell, Kan., he grew up visiting Western Iowa to help on his family farm. He earned his bachelor of science and doctor of chiropractic degrees from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, where he graduated cum laude. With strong family ties to the region, he moved to Western Iowa after college and opened Pott. County Sports & Family Chiropractic in 2016. Since then, he has helped patients of all ages relieve pain, restore movement and improve function.

During his presentation, Dr. Wiechmann will discuss:

  • Common orthopedic injuries caused by accidental falls.
  • Tips for healthy aging and fall prevention.
  • What to do if you experience a fall-related injury.

To register for the free educational presentation, call the Charles E. Lakin YMCA at 712-322-6606.

Class IV Laser Therapy for Pain and Inflammation

Picture of Class IV Laser Therapy treatment on patient's shoulderRecently our clinic added the industry’s leading and most powerful Class IV Laser. We are excited to bring this service to our patients as a way to help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery times. Read on to learn more about the benefits, or contact us to find out if it’s right for you.

How does Laser Therapy work?

Laser Therapy uses specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects, including:

  • Decreased pain levels
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Increased tissue proliferation and regeneration
  • Accelerated soft tissue and bone repair
  • Enhanced nerve regeneration and function
  • Increased circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Creation of new blood vessels
  • Increased tissue tensile strength
  • Optimized enzymatic responses
  • Increased collagen production

What type of conditions can be treated with Class IV Laser Therapy?

  • Auto and work-related injuries
  • Back and neck pain
  • Burns
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chondromalacia patellae (a.k.a “runner’s knee”)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Edema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Knee pain
  • Lateral epicondylitis (a.k.a. “tennis elbow”)
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Venous ulcers
  • Wrinkles and skin elasticity concerns

Is Laser Therapy approved by the FDA?

Laser Therapy has been widely used around the world in both human medical and veterinary settings since the 1970s. It was approved by the FDA in 2003 as a way to help patients alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery times.

What does Laser Therapy feel like?

Laser Therapy is a pain-free, non-invasive treatment option. With the exception of a subtle warmth or brief feeling of sensitivity during treatment, most patients do not experience any discomfort.

How often should a patient receive Laser Therapy?

Most acute conditions should be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant or debilitating pain. Chronic conditions typically respond better when treatments are received 2-3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week with improvement.

How many treatments does it take?

Treatment times vary depending on the condition. For most acute conditions, 3-6 treatments are usually sufficient. Patients with more chronic conditions may require 10 or more visits. Conditions like severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic treatments to control pain.

How quickly do patients see improvements?

Most patients note improvements after only 1-2 sessions. These sessions may be scheduled at 2-3 times per week for a number of weeks and then 1-2 times a week until the condition is under control. For more chronic conditions, 1-2 times a week is usually recommended.

Can Laser Therapy be used on patients with tattoos or scars?

We take extra caution when caring for patients with tattoos or scars, as the areas can heat up more easily. However, laser therapy can be a highly effective treatment option for healing wounds and scars.

For more information on Laser Therapy or to schedule an appointment, call 712-249-8231.

Sports Physicals at Riverside High School

Nate Wiechmann, D.C., will be offering sports physicals for student athletes at Riverside High School in Oakland on Tuesday, July 30,  from 5-8 p.m. The cost will be $25 per student, with a portion of all proceeds going directly back to the school.

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, athletic injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency visits for kids ages six to 19. Sports physicals can uncover hidden dangers prior to the season, which helps keep athletes safe and reduces the risk of injury.

As a former collegiate athlete, ART® Provider and ACE® Certified Personal Trainer who specializes in treating and assessing student athletes, Dr. Wiechmann understands the physical demands that are required on and off the field. During each sports physical, he checks for the following:

  • Potential muscle imbalances
  • Joint pain or tenderness
  • A curvature of the spine
  • Issues with reflexes

All students in grades 7-12 participating in athletics must complete a sports physical prior to the season in order to address medical conditions and modify training plans. If you haven’t scheduled your child’s sports physical for the 2019-2020 school year yet, this would be a great opportunity to identify potential areas of concern and help keep your child safe.

Unable to attend the event at Riverside High School on July 30? Contact us to schedule a sports physical in Oakland or Council Bluffs before the upcoming school year.

Expanding Our Practice to Serve Western Iowa

Photo: Strada Healthcare

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Strada Healthcare, a Direct Primary Care practice that gives patients unlimited access to primary care providers and other physicians for a flat monthly fee.

“We have a great opportunity to provide more comprehensive care by joining forces with Strada Healthcare,” said Nate Wiechmann, D.C., owner of Pott. County Sports & Family Chiropractic. “What they are doing to make personal and convenient healthcare more affordable for patients is truly amazing, and we are excited to work with them in Council Bluffs.”

Starting today, Dr. Wiechmann will be splitting his time between our Oakland clinic and Strada Healthcare (located at 928 Valley View Drive) in Council Bluffs. He will treat patients at Strada Healthcare on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as at our Oakland clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“While I’m thankful for the support of the Oakland community, I believe this partnership will allow me to better serve current and prospective patients. Many of my patients already drive to Council Bluffs or Omaha for work, so expanding my practice to serve multiple locations just felt like a natural progression,” said Dr. Wiechmann.

Since opening Pottawattamie County Sports & Family Chiropractic in June 2016, Dr. Wiechmann has helped patients in Oakland, Avoca, Carson and the surrounding areas relieve pain, restore movement and improve function. Recently, he added two new service lines to his lineup, trigger point dry needling and cupping therapy.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 712-249-8231.

UPDATED HOURS (AS OF June 24, 2019):

Monday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Council Bluffs
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Oakland
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Council Bluffs
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Oakland
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oakland | 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Council Bluffs
Saturday: By appointment only at either location
Sunday: Closed

Now Offering Trigger Point Dry Needling for Pain Relief

Trigger point dry needlingWe’re thrilled to announce that we are now offering trigger point dry needling! Nate Wiechmann, D.C., recently completed the 50-hour course in Dynamic Neuromuscular Trigger Point Dry Needling in Kansas City, Mo.

Have you ever come across a spot on your neck, back, hip or shoulder that is painful and tight? Found a knot in the muscle that just won’t release? Chances are you found a trigger point, a hyper-irritable spot in a muscle that can be directly treated with trigger point dry needling.

During this type of treatment, Dr. Wiechmann carefully inserts a “dry” needle (one without medication or liquid) directly into a knot or pressure point, which helps release tension in the surrounding muscle area.

Although the treatment is similar to acupuncture, it is not the same. The primary goal of dry needling is to relieve muscle pain and tension, whereas acupuncture focuses on returning energy flow to a state of balance by removing blocked or interrupted chi.

Contact us to learn more about trigger point dry needling.

Expanding Our Services and Hours of Operation in Oakland

We are pleased to announce that we have extended our clinic hours and services in Oakland in order to ensure we are providing the best care possible for our community.

Earlier this year, we announced that we were taking steps to better serve Pottawattamie County by teaming up with Advanced ChiroCare in Council Bluffs. However, we ultimately decided it was in the best interest of our patients to consolidate our time back to one location. We hope to expand our practice in the near future, but in the meantime, we are adding extended clinic hours and services at our clinic in Oakland.

Some of our new services include cupping therapy and dry needling. Below, you can find our updated clinic hours.

Updated Hours (as of March 1, 2019):

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Oakland
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Oakland
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Oakland
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only in Oakland
Sunday: Closed

Pottawattamie County Sports & Family Chiropractic provides convenient chiropractic care for patients in Oakland, Avoca, Treynor and the surrounding areas. We specialize in chiropractic manipulation, functional medicine, soft tissue therapy, mobilization, nutritional counseling and more. From pregnant mothers to weekend warriors and star athletes, we provide a personalized approach to meet each patient’s needs. Contact us to learn more.

Providing Chiropractic Care for Patients in Council Bluffs Starting January 2019

Dr. Nate Wiechmann, Chiropractor

Recognizing the growing need for access to personalized chiropractic care and wellness services, Nathaniel Wiechmann, D.C., is expanding his practice to Council Bluffs, Iowa, starting January 2019.

Since opening Pottawattamie County Sports and Family Chiropractic in 2016, Dr. Wiechmann has helped patients in Oakland, Avoca, Carson and the surrounding areas relieve pain, restore movement and improve function. He saw an opportunity to better serve the Pottawattamie County community by teaming up with Dan Kjeldgaard, D.C., at Advanced ChiroCare in Council Bluffs, while maintaining his practice in Oakland.

“I think it’s important to give back to the community that’s given so much to my family,” said Dr. Wiechmann, whose family has a long history of farming in the region. “Many of my patients already drive to Council Bluffs or Omaha for work, so expanding my practice to serve patients in multiple locations just felt like a natural progression.”

Beginning January 7, 2019, Dr. Wiechmann will treat patients at the following locations:

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Council Bluffs
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Oakland
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Council Bluffs
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Oakland
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Council Bluffs
Saturday: By appointment only in Oakland
Sunday: Closed

Dr. Wiechmann will act as a private contractor for Advanced ChiroCare, treating patients part time in Council Bluffs. Together, Drs. Wiechmann and  Kjeldgaard will offer a broader range of services, including chiropractic manipulation, digital X-ray, soft tissue therapy, corrective exercise techniques, mobilization and nutritional counseling. Dr. Wiechmann will continue to provide similar treatments at his practice in Oakland.

Advanced ChiroCare is located at 7 N. 6th Street in Council Bluffs, just west of CHI Health Mercy Hospital and the Methodist Jenni Edmundson Hospital. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wiechmann at either location, please call 712-249-8231.

Tips for Staying Healthy and Combating Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness for the disease and the important steps people can take to reduce their risk.

National statistics show that one in every eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes. But the disease doesn’t only affect women. Men are also at risk.

Moreover,  studies show that serious health issues, such as cancer and other chronic diseases, are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals and unhealthy lifestyles. In fact, nearly 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women with no family history of the disease. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, including getting regular exercise and maintaining proper nutrition.

Join Nathaniel Wiechmann, D.C., at the The Downtown Family YMCA in Omaha on Sunday, October 14, as he discusses tips for staying healthy and combating cancer. Dr. Wiechmann’s wife, Melissa, will also be leading a 20-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) demonstration, along with other group exercise samplers. Options will be available for all fitness levels and abilities, and you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to attend. Feel free to bring your friends and family…and wear pink!

Download the flyer for more information. To request a guest pass, please contact us.

Nourishing Gut Health: Learn Tips to Balance Your Gut

Picture of weights, measuring tape and healthy appleOur guts are home to a collection of 100 trillion microorganisms (aka gut flora) that inhabits our intestines and have a powerful influence over our immune systems and mental health. Unfortunately, poor diets, overuse of antibiotics and elevated stress can often wipe out good bacteria in the gut, enabling bad bacteria to proliferate and take over. Additionally, certain foods can create inflammation in the gut, which can trigger certain food allergies and sensitivities.

The good news is that there are specific diet and lifestyle strategies that you can adopt to help heal your gut and restore balance.

Join us at the The Downtown Family YMCA in Omaha on Tuesday, August 21, at 10 a.m. as Nathaniel Wiechmann, D.C., discusses:

  • Why gut health is important to your overall health
  • What factors may compromise your gut health
  • What foods can help nourish and restore your gut health.

As a licensed chiropractor, Dr. Wiechmann is dedicated to providing complimentary community education on health and wellness topics such as nutrition, weight loss, sports medicine and injury prevention, backpack safety, stress and pain management, and many others.

This presentation is intended for the active older adults group. Other YMCA members can register by calling Danielle Abbott, Group Fitness Manager at The Downtown Family YMCA, at 402-930-4342.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to eat, drink and learn more about healthy living in an engaging, social atmosphere!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

PCSF Chiropractic Provides Sports Physicals at Riverside High School on Aug. 15

Nate Wiechmann, D.C., will be offering sports physicals to student athletes at Riverside High School on Wednesday, August 15,  from 5-8 p.m. The cost will be $25 each, and a portion of all proceeds will go directly back to the school.

All students in grades 7-12 participating in athletics must complete a sports physical prior to the season to address medical conditions and modify training plans. If you haven’t scheduled your child’s sports physical for the 2018-2019 school year, this is a great opportunity to identify potential areas of concern and help keep your child safe.

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, athletic injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency visits for kids ages six to 19. Sports physicals can uncover hidden dangers prior to the start of the season, which helps keep athletes safe on and off the field.

As an ART® Provider and ACE® Certified Personal Trainer, Dr. Wiechmann specializes in treating and assessing student athletes. During each sports physical, he checks for the following:

  • Muscle imbalance
  • Joint pain or tenderness
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Problems with reflexes

Unable to attend the event at Riverside High School? Contact us to schedule a sports physical at our clinic before the upcoming school year.