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Our Response To COVID-19

At StoneBridge Chiropractic, the current state of public health has led us to critically assess our ongoing efforts to provide our community with necessary chiropractic care, and our desire to balance these efforts with the need to protect the health and safety of every person that enters our clinic. 

As determined by the governing bodies of the State of Minnesota, chiropractic clinics are an essential business – reducing the burden on medical clinics and hospitals by addressing the physical health concerns of people who may otherwise use resources being reserved for COVID-19 response. 

With this goal in mind, we will be re-opening our clinic on Monday, April 13th to anyone that would otherwise seek care elsewhere; therefore, we are implementing higher-level office policies to our existing safety measures to ensure continual safety for all of our patients from the viral illness at hand.  Please see below:

Things we will continue doing, and new clinic policies to reduce the stress of your visit:

  1. All appointment times will be scheduled in strict 30 minute blocks: Beginning at your scheduled appointment time, up to 20 minutes will be devoted to your treatment with the last 10 minutes reserved for transitioning between patient visits (i.e. sanitizing the treatment room for the next person, avoiding contact between patients, etc.). Please plan to reschedule if you will be late to your appointment for any reason: We will be strictly enforcing this policy.
  2. We are waiving late cancellation fees: If you are feeling unwell or uncertain about your visit, please exercise extreme caution and cancel your appointment at any time with no penalty.
  3. Patients only attendance: To keep occupancy down, we ask that you leave non-patients at home or outside if the weather allows. Please leave kids at home unless they are being treated.
  4. Doctors will be wearing masks for your protection. 
  5. Patients will now be asked to begin each visit by washing/sanitizing hands: Doctors will continue washing/sanitizing hands between each patient visit.
  6. Patients’ temperatures will be screened at the beginning of each visit: Temps of 100°F or greater will be sent home immediately.
  7. We will sanitize the treatment room/table and any area with which the previous patient came in contact: All patients will be asked to leave their belongings in a designated area for ease of sanitizing this area after each visit.
  8. Use of equipment may be restricted due to limitation of resources and for sanitation purposes. 
  9. Our goal is to eliminate or reduce waiting areas. You are welcome to wait outside until your appointment, and new patients will be asked to fill out paperwork ahead of time.

Your Health Is Our Priority; Your Safety Is Our Focus – Be Well & Stay Safe!

Dr. Shane Smith & Dr. Simon Anderson

“Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!

Three Ways Chiropractic Care Helps Treat Whiplash

Being involved in a car accident can be downright scary. Some car accidents can happen so quickly that they appear to be over before you even get a chance to realize what’s going on. One thing that tends to happen to most people in those quick moments is whiplash: the sudden back-and-forth movement of the neck in a whip-like fashion. In fact, whiplash is the most common injury we see in our clinic from patients involved in an automobile accident. 

woman injured in an automobile accident

When whiplash occurs, muscles and ligaments in the neck are stretched past their normal range of motion. Pain won’t always occur right away, like it would with a fractured bone, which leads people to falsely believe that they didn’t sustain any injuries. However, pain from whiplash usually sets in in the following days and, if left untreated, can persist for a very long time.

Thankfully, chiropractic care can help. At StoneBridge Chiropractic we’ve helped many patients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Here are three ways chiropractic care tends to help people who are suffering from whiplash symptoms:

1. Pain Reduction

This is the clear and obvious reason everyone seeks out chiropractic care: Help me get out of pain! And thankfully, chiropractic care has been shown to do just that. The path to recovery isn’t always a straight line from point A to point B; there can be some ups and downs along the way, especially with auto accidents. Chiropractic care helps people recover faster and reduces the number of setbacks (ie. down days) that people would otherwise experience.

2. Increased Function

One of the major setbacks that people will experience from whiplash is a decrease in their neck’s range of motion. Looking over one’s shoulder when checking their blindspot when driving can be a very challenging example. Chiropractic care helps restore the neck’s natural range of motion after sustaining damage from injuries like whiplash.

3. Decreased Headaches

Many people suffering from whiplash pain also suffer from headaches. If not for other reasons (ex. hitting their head), whiplash tends to cause cervicogenic headaches: structural damage in the neck that causes a headache. Therefore, chiropractic care to the neck can help decrease headache symptoms and severity.


If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, don’t wait to be seen. Some injuries, like whiplash, can take time to develop in severity if left untreated. At StoneBridge Chiropractic we offer free consultations. Give us a call today.

“Chiropractic works in harmony with the basic healing forces of the body, whereas the allopathic, western medical establishment doesn’t have nearly as holistic a vision.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!

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Chiropractic Helps You Recover Faster

Because a chiropractic school curriculum teaches students how to treat back and neck pain without pharmaceutical help, a doctor of chiropractic is uniquely positioned to help people who have been injured (i.e. athletic, work, car accident injuries) avoid the prescription drug cycle. Don’t get me wrong, pharmaceutical therapy has its place: But in many cases, prescription or over-the-counter drugs are meant to be a temporary chemical solution to symptoms for a person who is also taking steps to correct the cause of their symptoms via physical solution, with both the help of a trained professional (i.e. chiropractor, PT, nutritionist, trainer) and healthy lifestyle modifications to daily habits (i.e. physical activity, diet, social engagement, mental health practices)

Using a variety of drug-free techniques, from spinal adjustments to electric muscle stimulation to rehabilitative exercises, chiropractors can:

Relieve pain. Soft-tissue injuries may take months to fully heal, but a chiropractor can often provide pain relief much quicker than that. In both work-related and car accident victims report up to an 80 percent reduction in discomfort after just a few weeks of chiropractic care when compared to car accident victims who went untreated.

Restore mobility. The soreness and stiffness from a sports, work or car accident injury can inhibit movement due to the slow development of sub-dermal scar tissue. Chiropractors work with patients to help get them moving again as quickly as possible so they can regain full range of motion before scar tissue develops.

Support long-term healing. The muscle weakness and compensated movement patterns resulting from an injury due to a sports, work or car accident can leave patients vulnerable to re-injury. Chiropractic care often involves rehabilitative exercises that improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine. This is a critical element that many providers will neglect because of its time-consuming nature; therefore, it’s important to choose a doctor that will commit to providing all of the care that your injury deserves.

Visiting a doctor of chiropractic as soon as possible after an auto accident can boost a patient’s chances of making a fully recovery—without resorting to prescription drugs or surgical procedures later in life.

“Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!

man in car experiencing whiplash

Should You Go To A Chiropractor After A Car Accident?

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents—and often one of the hardest to treat. Nearly 300,000 whiplash injuries occur each year, many at low speeds. It takes only a 2.5 mile-per-hour change in speed to injure the neck.

Although half of all whiplash injuries are the result of rear collisions, they can occur from an impact in any direction. Frontal crashes account for 30 percent of motor vehicle neck injuries.

When a part of the body is whipped back and then forward beyond its normal limits, micro-tears can develop in the surrounding ligaments. Yet many accident victims don’t notice any pain at first. It’s not until the micro-tears start to swell that the symptoms set in.

Soft-tissue injuries like whiplash can take a long time to heal. One study found that more than 70 percent of people who visited the emergency room after a car accident were still in pain six weeks later. Other researchers have noted that nearly half of whiplash sufferers continue to experience symptoms three months later, while 25 percent remain symptomatic for six months.

Without proper treatment, some injuries can continue to cause pain for years. As soft tissue injuries heal, they develop scar tissue. If the spine is not aligned and full range of motion isn’t recovered before scarring sets in, it can ultimately inhibit normal functioning and even lead to spinal degeneration.

This is where chiropractors excel: We are the foremost experts on treating injuries of the neck and spine without invasive surgeries or drug therapy. So, if you have been in a car accident of any severity (this includes basic “fender benders”) then you should go see a chiropractor for an initial physical evaluation. If you are already working with a chiropractor then they are perfectly positioned to compare your pre-accident function with post-accident function, and help develop a plan to address any underlying injuries that will eventually lead to problems for you down the line.

“Chiropractic is founded upon different principles than those of medicine.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!

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Stuck At Home? Stay Active.

“Surreal” is how I would describe the state of the world right now. It feels strange to look outside and see less than half as many vehicles and pedestrians out-and-about, especially since the weather is so nice outside and, as Minnesotans, we spend 6 months per year in-doors waiting for days like today. While the surreal-ness of our distancing efforts is unsettling to be certain, it is absolutely necessary to ensure the well-being of those at greatest risk of COVID-19 related death. As disruptive to our normal lives that these events might be, it’s important to remember that you’re not restricted from being outside in your own back yard. To continue supporting both our mental and physical wellness in fun and relaxing ways is important in managing the stress of the current situation, heavy as it is. So, while you spend some time exploring your own back yard soaking up some Vitamin D, here are some easy ways to add some physicality and help you feel your best:

  1. Get outside (your norm): Move in ways that feel outside your normal movement patterns, but also feel within the core of your competence. For example, try a side lunge or “warrior pose” for the yoga enthusiasts. Ask yourself “How does this movement make my body feel?” Does it comfortably “test” the limits of your range-of-motion? If so, remember that feeling and play around with other unusual positions – the sky is limit!
  2. Awareness is king: Stay alert to how your body feels as you move it in space. Feel your muscles stretch and contract. Can you name the muscles as you feel them turn on or off? Mindfully engaging in movement is critical to breaking the monotony of our usual, repetitive, mindlessly-routine activities. For example, rather than ignoring points-of-tension, mindful movement pushes us to connect with areas that may “feel off” and to address these problem areas through intuitive motion.
  3. Have fun: Exercise and physical activity shouldn’t feel like a chore. If you make it FUN, you are more likely to make it a part of your daily life. So, while gyms, parks and community centers are closing, find alternate ways to stay active while having fun. For example, play like your kids play. In fact, play WITH your kids. You’ll probably end up getting an even better workout than if you were at the gym lifting weights or running in a straight line on a treadmill. Better yet, you’ll probably end up looking forward to doing it again.

“Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!

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5 Tips to Stay Active

Time to dust off your running shoes; Spring is almost here and with it the possible realization that Winter has left you out of shape. We never fail to see an influx of runners in pain every Spring for this exact reason. The most common complaint we get is… KNEE PAIN! So, rather than wait for it (or any running injury) to happen to you again this year, here are some tips to keep you moving:

  1. Warm-up first: 5 minutes of light aerobic warm-ups will get your muscles loosened up and help to avoid muscle cramps and strains.
  2. Stretch BEFORE running: The common belief is that you should stretch after running, but much evidence exists to indicate that optimal benefit to your overall flexibility occurs by stretching after a warm-up but before starting your run.
  3. Static stretching is good, DYNAMIC stretching is better: Once your muscles are warmed-up, going through a basic routine of dynamic stretches will give you the greatest benefit to not only improving your range of motion but also helping you maintain that benefit far after your run is done. Dynamic stretching occurs when you move your joints from one end-point of motion to the opposite end-point with SLOW and CONTROLLED movement. For example, while standing and keeping your knees at the same level bend your right knee to bring your heel as close to your glutes as physically possible, then fully extend (straighten) your knee until your feet are together again. Repeat 15-20 times. You’ve now dynamically stretched most of your quadriceps and hamstrings muscles!
  4. Drink plenty of water: Whether you are a “sweater” or not, you will perspire while being physically active. Replenishing your water stores is absolutely necessary. At baseline, you should drink 1-2 liters of water a day. On days you run, you should be closer to twice that much or more! Don’t forget your electrolytes, but try to avoid beverages with added sugar.
  5. Get plenty of sleep: There is no better way to fall out of your new exercise routine than to not get enough restful sleep. Sleep is critical to your body’s recovery process, but only if it is deep, restful sleep. 7-9 hours a night is a must. Aim for the same bedtime every night. Avoid electronics and screen time for at least 1 hour before bed.

Whether you are a runner or not, following these recommendations will help you return to your favorite outdoor weather activities, and avoid injury. We only get a few months a year with great weather, so don’t waste that time laid up with an injury.

“Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!

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Chiropractic Care To Help Cure Migraine Headaches

Headaches are common in people across the globe. The majority of us have experienced a debilitating headache more than once during our lifetime. It can seemingly strike at any time out of the blue. A headache can be very complex to diagnose since there are different types of headaches. Migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches are some of the most common types that affect millions of people at any given time. Here is how chiropractic care can help cure your headaches.

A headache can have a number of causes. It can be triggered by certain foods and even lifestyle factors such as:

  • Excessive stress
  • Alcohol – especially red wine
  • Processed meat and other processed foods
  • Poor posture issues
  • Lack of sleep
  • Skipping meals

A headache can be caused due to other reasons such as pain that results due to the actions of the body structures and soft tissues in the neck area. This type of headache is known as “cervicogenic” – because it originates from the cervical spine and the surrounding structures. Tension-type headaches present a band-like tension around the head while migraines result in pain on one side of the head. A person who suffers from migraine may become sensitive to sound and light and have nausea as a side effect. Fortunately, most headaches are not caused due to serious illnesses. But some headaches may require immediate medical attention. Chiropractic care has become quite effective in curing almost all types of headaches. A qualified and experienced chiropractor can help rule out certain causes of your headaches and diagnose the root cause of the issue. That is why chiropractic care is highly effective in curing a wide range of headaches.

A qualified chiropractor is a professional who is trained to deal with various spine, muscle, and nervous system conditions. They are the ideal people to diagnose the underlying cause or causes of your headaches. They use a wide range of examinations to diagnose the root cause of your headache. Your medical history is also considered when diagnosing the actual cause of the condition. They may determine whether any lifestyle choice of the patient is causing frequent headaches after a thorough examination of the patient’s medical history. Diet, stress, and alcohol are some of the most common lifestyle issues that may result in frequent headaches. Once the chiropractor knows the exact cause of your condition, he or she will discuss appropriate treatment options and answer any questions you may have.

Spinal manipulation or mobilization, soft tissue therapy, electrical stimulation, rehabilitation, ultrasound, acupuncture, education, and lifestyle changes are some of the most effective chiropractic care techniques to cure headaches. If you have a posture problem, the chiropractor may prescribe exercises to correct your posture. In case you are suffering from any type of headache, you should immediately consult a qualified and experienced chiropractor in the area. These professionals should be part and parcel of your healthcare team. They can help you cure different types of headaches quite effectively. The best thing is there are no invasive methods or drugs used to cure the condition when you consult a chiropractor.

“Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!

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3 Conditions a Chiropractor Can Help Treat

A chiropractor will diagnose and remove interference’s to your natural state of health and well-being. There are 24 moving bones in the spinal column of an individual. The loss of motion or dysfunction of one or more of these bones can impair the functions of the nervous system. A chiropractic professional will work by restoring your innate health and well-being and letting your body heal itself. There are no invasive methods or drugs used to restore one’s health. Chiropractic care can treat a wide range of health issues. Here are some of the common health issues a chiropractor can help treat.

Chiropractic care believes in aligning the spine of an individual to help his or her body to function optimally. Optimal nervous functioning is important for the long-term health and well-being of a person. Nerve signals move without any interference when your spine is perfectly aligned. Since your nervous system controls every cell in the body, a properly functioning nervous system is vital for your optimal health and well-being. That is why chiropractic care is so effective in treating a wide range of health conditions.

Carpal Tunnel
– Chiropractic care effectively treats carpal tunnel conditions. This condition can result from multiple causes and become complicated at times. The condition is rarely an impingement at the carpal tunnel. Since the nerve can have multiple levels of entrapment, the chiropractor needs to trace back the carpal tunnel nerve to the neck. That is the only way to treat the condition for good. The healthcare provider will apply chiropractic treatments at the wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck or somewhere in-between depending on the entrapment area. Correcting the condition without surgery or drugs is what chiropractic care is all about.

Headaches
– A large number of headaches occur due to the tension in the muscles around the spine and under the skull. The cervical genic headache is one of the most common types of headaches that occurs due to issues in the upper cervical spine. When an individual spends a lot of time in front of the computer, his or her neck muscles will develop a chronic knot. It may trigger many kinds of headaches. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment method for these conditions. Chiropractic care adjusts your upper cervical spine and releases the knots. Your headaches will disappear within a short period of time with effective chiropractic care.

Auto Accidents
– Auto accidents mostly result in soft tissue injuries rather than broken bones or fractures. A car accident may injure the muscles and connective tissues in your body. A chiropractor will make the necessary adjustments to decrease muscle spasms and swelling. They use massage type manipulations by hand or electrical stimulations for this purpose. On the other hand, the adjustments will put the individual’s bones back in the right place and let the soft tissues to heal properly. The injured person can return to his normal lifestyle in a very short time.

“Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!