As a student athlete in college, Dr. Dana Nelson suffered from many overuse injuries, that is, injuries caused by repetitive demands to joints and tissues in the body. For treatment she sought out chiropractic care.
That's when she noticed something peculiar. She found herself back in competition much faster than her teammates that used conventional medicine. Not only that, but her performance increased.
"From then on, I wanted to pursue chiropractic as a career in order to share the benefits with others," she said.
Dr. Nelson owns Active Health Chiropractic Clinic in West Liberty, a business she started in 2007, to provide high-quality chiropractic services to the area and the surrounding communities.
However, she doesn't see herself as just another chiropractor. Rather, she specializes in a variety of other ailments in addition to joint dysfunction.
"We also treat soft tissue disfunction in muscles, ligaments, tendons and more via trigger point therapy, stretching exercise, ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation," she said.
After practicing in Omaha, Neb., Dr. Nelson wanted to get back to the small town atmosphere she grew up in. It was her family and love for Eastern Iowa that brought her to West Liberty.
She believes the community has been incredibly accepting of her practice, and has kept her busy during her years of service.
"Patients are pleasantly surprised with the quality of care without having to drive to Iowa City or Muscatine," she added.
In response, she has attempted to give back to the community. During the last five years Dr. Nelson has chaired fundraising events that have raised over $70,000 for the community and its schools through the West Liberty Rotary Club.
However, her biggest contribution is improving the quality of life for her patients. From toddlers to seniors, she believes her practice helps community members to better themselves.
For children, chiropractic improves their immune systems and helps them fight off sickness. For athletes it helps them return to competition quickly and better than before. For the working class it can provide pain relief and in the elderly it provides joint pain relief, enabling them to be active, according to Dr. Nelson.
Seeing her patients benefit from her work is the most rewarding part of her day, and is the reason she loves her job.
"In our business, great moments involve watching patients go from immense pain to feeling the best they can feel," she said. "This is one of the biggest reasons I love my job!"
For those interested, call the Active Health Chiropractic Clinic at 319-627-6461 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Its located at 1003 North Elm St. Ste 102 in West Liberty. It's open Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Chamber SpotLight: Active Health Chiropractic ClinicWednesday, September 18, 2013