My journey to becoming a Chiropractor began as a patient in my early teens. I was being treated for some debilitating migraine headaches that would take my vision from me. I began to get adjustments and these went away. Continued treatment then kept them away. When the time came to make some career choices in high school; I chose Chiropractor, FBI agent, and stuntman (The Fall Guy was my favorite TV show and the impetus for this choice). Due to my natural aptitude in science, my experiences with my own issues, and my overwhelming desire to be able to help in any situation I could; I made my choice.
I was educated my entire life inside the State of Iowa. First attending and graduating from Waldorf College with an AA in pre-med. I continued on at the University of Northern Iowa and then the Palmer College of Undergraduate Studies earning my BS in General Science. I finished my education graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa March of 2002. I have practiced in Michigan continuously since moving here in April of 2002.
My wife and I have 2 boys and a girl which keeps us very active. We have been living in nearby Grosse Pointe Woods for 8 years and stay very active with the local schools and churches. My work ethic was shaped by growing up on our family farm outside my hometown of 500 people. My parents worked full time jobs and I played 5 sports in high school, so we farmed at night when everyone else had gone in for the night. If something broke we were up as long as we needed to be to get ready for the next night.
I have always been around athletics. After high school I was a 2 sport athlete in college on scholarship for both football and wrestling. I continued to receive Chiropractic care through these years specifically after severely spraining my left knee at the end of my freshman years. Once those ended I changed my focus to rugby. I was on scholarship for it through my chiropractic college. My playing career ended in 2012. I played in 2 countries, countless states, and for 6 teams (including a cameo for the Navy). I have coached both the men and women of Detroit. For the last 7 years I have stayed active with refereeing. I have been taking care of athletes nearly 20 years starting in our rehab department in college, treating the whole rugby team in college for a year, and then being the on field trainer and chiropractor for all of the teams I played on and coached for 17 years here in Detroit.
The Wobble Chair
The Wobble Chair is one of our Pre-Adjustment resources we use to help the body prepare to receive the full benefits of the adjustment. The Wobble Chair provides exercise motion needed for lumbar disc mobility, re-hydration, nutrition delivery, and waste elimination. It also, aids in reducing back pain. This motion is necessary to bring in nutrients to the disc while carrying waste products away. This therapeutic exercise device is used to deliver multiple functions of rehabilitation which expedites the healing process.
Wobble Chair Benefits:
Warms up the discs prior to spinal molding to reshape the spine more easily. Reduces stress in the low back, aids in the prevention and recuperation of injuries. Hydrates and re-inflates the lumbar discs; it keeps them young, strong, and flexible Assists in the healing of disc bulges, disc herniations, and annular tears Enhances oxygenation of blood and stimulates metabolism, which is necessary for the prevention of disease. Helps circulate CSF (fluid that nourishes the brain & spinal cord). Stretches Tight, Sore Muscles Nutrition Delivery & Waste Elimination
Great warm up if you have been sitting for any length of time or before beginning any activity.
IASTM (INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION)
IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration. As in any Manual therapy treatment ,supplementation with exercises and additional modalities e.g. joint mobilization designed to correct biomechanical deficiencies by addressing musculoskeletal strength and muscle imbalances throughout the entire kinetic chain should be used in conjunction with IASTM. Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.
The introduction of controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.
ROCKPODS THERAPUETIC CUPPING
“RockPods use mechanical DECOMPRESSION to create space in the tissues, thus improving interlayer fascial gliding and assisting with blood and lymph flow. Additionally, it is believed that application of RockPods can induce a neurochemical response while also having a neurosensory effect, both of which can help to mitigate pain and improve movement. Bruising is NOT necessary in order for treatment to ‘work’, although a histamine response (skin redness) may occur as a byproduct of the treatment and should generally go away within minutes to hours. RockPods can be applied to the skin using either the plunger method or the inverted method, and left on for 3-90 seconds, depending on the desired technique. RockPods are not designed to glide, but can be used to traction the skin in specific vectors for an external glide, or used in conjunction with movement for an internal glide
Cervical Traction Exerciser
This cervical traction system helps hydrate discs and aids in relief of stiff and sore neck muscles, helping to reduce neck pain. It is used for gentle neck stretching and to help restore the natural curve of the neck. The rhythmic movement it employs allows for comfortable yet effective treatment to all aspects of the cervical spine: stretching the muscles, mobilizing the spinal bones, unloading and hydrating the spinal discs, and aiding in normal ligament repair. It is another integral tool we use to prepare the cervical spine (neck) to receive the full benefit of the adjustments.
Once Your care progresses to more at home than in office; it is available for home purchase and can be an essential tool to your continued success.
It is lightweight, height-adjustable and includes a doorstop for over-the-door use anywhere.
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering you the support you are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It is used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities within the clinic and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.
RockFloss which utilizes COMPRESSION to improve range of motion, assist with fluid dynamics, mitigate pain, and promote recovery. RockFloss is a 7-ft long latex rubber band that comes in both 2-inch and 4-inch widths. RockFloss is designed to be wrapped around joints, limbs, and the torso, creating a compressive force at the tissues underneath. Once the treatment area has been wrapped, the practitioner or patient can use the tack of the floss to move the tissue underneath the floss for an external glide (more superficial fascial layers), or the patient can actively move through range of motion internal glide (deeper fascial layers).
RockFloss can be used before working out as part of a warm-up routine, or after as part of mobility training.
II have worked with many chiropractors in the past 15 years and I can 100% say that Dr. Nelson has been the most thorough and caring doctor that I have ever worked for. He absolutely loves what he does and is the absolute best at it. When my daughter was born, he was the only one that I trusted to adjust her as an infant. Look no further, this is the BEST chiropractor around, hands down.
Dr Nelson is simply the best! I have been to many chiropractors that get you in and out and send you on your way with your fingers crossed. Not him.. He’s here to help you. He takes his time, and is very knowledgeable and understanding. I feel very comfortable with him and will not go anywhere else. If I could rate him 10 stars, I would.
I have known Dr Nelson for many years. He is kind, gentle and thorough. (Don’t get me wrong, he can use this hands with strength and confidence). I had an “emergency” with my 15 month old granddaughter. She took a bad fall and I was worried about her neck and back. He was so good with her, she let him do his thing. (she never lets anyone touch her). With great confidence, he assured us that she was going to be OK. He listens and cares about your health. I highly recommend Dr S Nelson.