Chiropractor makes needed adjustmentsn in DickinsonShawn Berger begins making adjustments for residents today. Berger Family Chiropractic is now open.
Shawn Berger begins making adjustments for residents today. Berger Family Chiropractic is now open.
Berger, a family man who grew up near Dickinson, was a massage therapist for 17 years and went back to college to learn chiropractic.
“I’ve always wanted to do chiropractic and finally decided to give it a shot,” he said. “A lot of the people, when I gave them a massage, they also had vertebrae out of place. As a massage therapist, you can’t adjust them so I could only partially help them.”
Berger, like all chiropractors, works to align the spine and joints.
“By aligning the spine, you can take pressure off the nerves,” Berger said. “If there’s pressure on the nerves you might have headaches and you might have your arms falling asleep. By adjusting the neck, the upper back or anywhere in the spine, we can relieve a lot of the numbness, tingling, aches, pains, headaches, legs falling asleep, all those areas.”
He can adjust the lower back in pregnant woman to make labor easier and can make adjustments to relieve migraines, he said.
“Until you’ve actually had an adjustment, you just don’t know what it feels like,” Berger said. “And when you have a bad migraine headache and you finally get it adjusted just right and the headache is gone and you can feel the blood finally flowing again — it’s amazing what chiropractic can do.”
He took over Bauer Chiropractic, since Blair Bauer retired last week.
Bauer has been practicing chiropractic in Dickinson since 1980 and is goign to miss his proffession.
“I’m going to miss seeing patients,” Bauer said. “I’m going to miss the professional interchange with people in my profession. I’m going to miss the wonderful health care medical staff here that treat me so professionally and the rest of my colleagues.”
His wife Janet is retiring in June and they want to spend more time together, Bauer said.
“Maybe we can get back to going out for dates and going to movies and doing volunteer work or whatever,” he added.
He will work with Berger to help ease the transition with patients.
Berger will no longer offer massages, but has equipment that can mimic the affects of massage so his adjustments are affective.
“It’s not that I don’t like massage because I love it,” Berger said. “I love doing it, but it’s quite time consuming.”
He offers interferential therapy which uses electrical current to relax muscles, he said.
“Somebody that’s really in acute pain … there’s no way I can adjust them because they’re just too stiff — the muscles have tightened up,” Berger said. “So you put one of these therapies on for maybe 15 minutes and adjust the patient and they adjust very easy.”
Acupuncture is another therapy he specializes in. Even those who fear needles can get a comfortable acupuncture treatment because patients generally don’t feel them, Berger said.
“They’re so tiny,” he said of the needles. “That too helps to promote healing and relax an area.”
Berger Family Chiropractic is at 745 State Ave. N. Suite A in
To make an appointment, call 701-483-0800.