Scott Family Health



  1. The 1-2-3 Punch of Integrative Health

    Scott Family Health is your path to good health, giving you the most comprehensive and effective integrated health solutions in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Northern Colorado. We’re passionate about helping you achieve holistic health and happiness, which is why we offer a number of different healthcare services to help people improve mobility, reduce pain, defeat stress, and live a happier, healthier life.

    If you think about it, each and every one of our health services has something uniquely helpful to offer to your body and mind. But what would happen if you combined some of our services throughout your daily life for more brilliant health effects?

    In this blog, we’re going to discuss the 1-2-3 punch of integrative health solutions at Scott Family Health, and how the positive effects of these solutions can rejuvenate, heal, and energize your health and your life.

    Chiropractic Care

    Chiropractic care with Scott Family Health doesn’t just help treat your pain—it can help you understand what’s causing your pain, and how your pain is manifesting itself in your body. Everyday pain caused by work, exercise, poor posture, and a number of other activities can leave you with lower back and neck pain, and increase the likelihood of improper spinal alignment and other spinal ailments. Luckily, by scheduling a few sessions with Scott Family Health, manual chiropractic adjustments can alleviate aches and pains, promote proper spinal alignment, and increase your mobility and flexibility.

    But that isn’t all that makes chiropractic care at Scott Family Health so easy and effective. While some chiropractic care centers are extremely vague about the chiropractic process and indifferent about your lifestyle and health problems, our chiropractors will guide you through every step of our chiropractic care, and conduct a thorough examination of current physical state, as well as your past health history. By knowing more about what ails you in the past and the present, we tailor our chiropractic care to your needs for the most effective and helpful results.


    Although acupuncture has been practiced across the world for over 3,000 years, the popularity of acupuncture has skyrocketed in the past two decades in the United States because of its ability to alleviate a variety of pains and ailments through simple, non-invasive acupuncture sessions. In the simplest terms, acupuncture uses extremely tiny needles inserted into strategic spots of your body to treat pain and reduce tension of muscles and connective tissues. While nobody likes the sound of needles being stuck in their bodies, acupuncture sessions are virtually painless, and the entire process is more relaxing than anything else.

    Acupuncture doesn’t just treat pain—it can help reduce the effects of allergies as well. Research indicates that frequent acupuncture sessions can curb symptoms of chronic sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, watery eyes, headaches, and hay fever. Within four to six acupuncture sessions, chances are you’ll be feeling much better—and breathing better, too!

    At Scott Family Health, our highly educated and board-certified acupuncturists are knowledgeable and experienced with older, Eastern-style acupuncture methods, as well as newer, Western acupuncture technology and practices, ensuring that you get the best of both worlds when it comes to your acupuncture treatment. Plus, with some of the friendliest service in Northern Colorado, you’ll feel safe and relaxed throughout your session!


    Massage—it sounds relaxing just saying it. If you’re already feeling happy and healthy from a few chiropractic and acupuncture sessions, then you need a massage to put you in a blissful state of relaxation, well-being, and vitality to top it all off.

    The benefits of getting a massage (or a series of massages) at Scott Family Health are three-fold. First of all, massages will help alleviate your acute and chronic pains that come from a variety of causes, including car accidents, sports injuries, poor posture, and physical stress from heavy lifting and physical activities. You’ll experience less pain, have more relaxed and functional muscles, and see an increase in your overall mobility and energy (although you’ll feel more relaxed and peaceful than energized right after your massage).

    Second, a massage will melt away feelings of emotional stress, bring clarity and peace to your mind, and provide you with an overall sense of happiness. Isn’t that why we all love massages?

    Finally, a massage at Scott Family Health is conducted by one of our friendly and experienced LMTs, who will take your health history and needs into account to give you a massage that’s customized to your body and your health goals.

    With all of these benefits, why wouldn’t you stop by for 30 minutes or an hour of relief, relaxation, and restoration?

    Choose Scott Family Health

    For the 1-2-3 punch of integrative health solutions, and overall wellness, choose Scott Family Health. Our Fort Collins and Loveland medical centers make it convenient to stop by for any of our services, and our top-notch medical professionals will help you heal what ails you. Schedule an appointment (or three) with us today!

  2. Check for Whiplash Right Away After An Accident

    Left untreated, auto accident injuries can become far worse over time.

    When you are hurt in a car crash, it can cause ongoing issues with neck pain and back pain, even if you don’t feel it right away on the day of the accident. Delays in the onset of symptoms are extremely common, and well-documented in medical literature. Discovering and paying attention to potential long-term issues from a car accident right away can make a huge difference to your health going forward.

    Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries. Whiplash happens when a car stops suddenly and the passengers are violently pushed forward against their seat belts and then back again. Whiplash injuries can manifest as neck pain, headaches, fatigue, upper back and shoulder pain, pain or numbness in the arms and legs, low back pain, and cognitive changes.

    Scott family health recommends seeing a doctor of chiropractic for evaluation as soon as possible after an accident, so proper diagnosis of post-traumatic injuries can be documented. According to this diagnosis, treatments including massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic may be prescribed.

    Left untreated, auto accident injuries can become far worse over time. If you are suffering after being in a car accident, please contact our office so the doctors at Scott Family Health can help you determine how severe an injury is, and how to best get you out of pain. We have office locations in Loveland and Fort Collins; call 970-663-2225.


    Scott Hessler - SFH_thumbnail-4x4-83Dr. Scott Hessler, D.C., serves as Chief of Staff at Scott Family Health and Integrative Health. He received his Bachelor of Science from University of Wyoming in 1994 and Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College in 2004. In his spare time, he enjoys being a mentor to his two boys, being a great husband to his wife, Wendi, as well as camping, fly fishing, four-wheeling, and golf.

  3. Stay Active This Summer with Chiropractic and Massage

    Your joints and muscles might need a little extra care after all the fun you’ve been having this summer! Call us at 970-663-2225 for an appointment.

    We tend to be more physically active during the warm months of the summer. Especially here in Northern Colorado, with the miles of hiking and biking trails, beautiful camping sites in the mountains, and swimming in Lake Loveland! But with increased activity we sometimes overdo it and end up feeling discomfort.

    Instead of taking pain pills, please call us to see if we might be able to help you with treatments that will address the underlying problem and prevent future injuries. Chiropractic can be used to realign the spine and extremities, balance the nervous system, relax muscles, and promote healing. By addressing the true cause of your pain or discomfort, you will get greater relief, and help your body grow stronger and healthier.

    Massage therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with chiropractic treatments. Scott Family Health massage therapists are highly trained professionals. We can tailor massage therapy to address your problems specifically. Together, chiropractic and massage can keep you going strong for all your summer plans and activities. Contact our office at 970-663-2225 or visit our website anytime to make an appointment.

  4. Welcome New Providers! Acupuncture and Massage

    We’re pleased to welcome two new providers to Scott Family Health.

    Ellie Grove, L.Ac., MSOM, has joined our team of acupuncturists serving patients in our Loveland and Fort Collins locations. Attracted to the healing arts from a young age, Ellie has worked among talented massage therapists, energy workers, acupuncturists, herbalists, and doctors to refine her skills. She is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in the state of Colorado, and carries national certification by the NCCAOM. She earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Southwest Acupuncture College, with over 1200 hours of clinical internship and 1800 hours of didactic course work. Ellie has specialized training in the use of Nogier Auriculotherapy, Dr. Tan Balance Method, and Japanese-style needling – with additional experience in the treatment of Psycho-Emotional Health, Immune-Compromised Conditions, Motor Point Therapy, Pain Management, and Women’s Health.

    Jennifer Berger, LMT, is currently based in our Loveland office, where she provides therapeutic massage to patients with both acute and chronic conditions, as well as massage for stress relief. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Nutrition and Food Science. Jennifer also holds a B.A. in Exercise Science from Concordia University, 2015, and is certified as a personal trainer. Jennifer received her certification and license in massage from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Incorporating her knowledge of nutrition, fitness and massage into healthy living is her passion.

  5. Using Acupuncture to Cope with Morning Sickness

    morning sicknessMorning sickness is a common and unpleasant symptom of pregnancy. More than 50% of women experience morning sickness, and in many cases the symptoms are not limited to the morning, but can carry out throughout the day and evening.

    Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to smells and foods, lack of appetite and a general feeling of malaise. It is common for women to experience morning sickness during their first trimester of pregnancy, but some women are plagued with it throughout their entire pregnancy.

    Acupuncture is a great treatment option to help combat these symptoms. Not only is acupuncture safe to do during pregnancy, but it can significantly help lessen the severity of nausea. I recommend acupuncture twice a week for two weeks to start, as well as increasing fluid intake, particularly ginger tea and miso soup.

    If you have never tried acupuncture before, I also recommend scheduling it on a day that you do not have a big agenda because the treatment may leave you feeling relaxed and potentially tired. The needles are tiny, and you will be surprised how gentle acupuncture is! Most people feel little to nothing when the needles are inserted, and report the treatment to be quite relaxing.

    So, if you are struggling with morning sickness give acupuncture a try! It will help to strengthen your body so that you can enjoy a wonderful pregnancy.


    Ashley Engler, L.Ac., M.S.O.M., is a licensed acupuncturist who has treated patients at Scott Family Health since 2009. She holds a a masters in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. Ashley has extensive training in motor point therapy and specializes in digestive complaints and women’s health. Her patients are her priority!

  6. Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis 2016 Registration

    Sierra made everyone feel special, always with a smile on her face and a kind word for patients.

    Sierra Krizman worked as the Back Office Assistant for Scott Family Health from 2004-2006. It was such a shock to us when she passed away from bacterial meningitis on April 10, 2007. Read more about Sierra.

    We support and participate in Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis every year. Won’t you join us? Sierra’s Race provides an incredibly valuable service to our community by raising awareness and saving lives. This year’s race will be on June 18 at Foundations Church, 1380 Denver Ave. in Loveland. There will also be a guest speaker, prizes, and free vaccinations.

    Click here to register for Sierra’s Race. You can also register right at our office! Scott Family Health is an official registration location. 100% of registration proceeds and additional donations go to providing free vaccinations and meningitis awareness.

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  7. After Your Massage: 3 Ways to Boost the Benefit

    Whether you’ve had a massage therapy for stress, some nasty tight spots that needed attention, or to aid in recovery from an injury, use these tips to maximize the benefits of your therapeutic massage treatment:

    1. Stay hydrated with water (not coffee!) to equal about half your body weight in ounces. Drinking additional water (not soda!) will help in flushing your system of waste products which were removed from tissue during your massage, and ended up in your circulatory system. Drinking water (not alcohol!) helps move these completely out of the body, helping to prevent soreness, stiffness and symptom recurrence.

    2. If your massage treatment is performed to aid in healing a recent injury, try cold therapy as needed for pain. Ice is ideal for acute injuries (injuries that happened within the last 3-4 days). Cold therapy reduces swelling and inflammation, and decreases the body’s pain response. Use ice or cold compresses for 10-15 minutes at a time only. Longer will result in the opposite effect as the body goes into frostbite-prevention mode.

    3. Heat can be used on older injuries and for chronic muscle stiffness. A nice warm bath, especially with Epsom salts, is very effective. The salt pulls toxins out through the pores and the heat helps re-calibrate changes in tissue. A warm shower works just as well to increase circulation and ease aches and pains.

    Also, take it easy and rest. Some types of massage are like a workout, with your muscles having been stretched, lengthened, and worked. Enjoy the wonderful feeling of relaxation that you’ve gained from this time. To learn more about massage therapy at Scott Family Health, please visit our website or contact us for an appointment today!

    clittlejohn21Chellee Littlejohn, LMT, graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors in Psychology, and from Denver Integrative Massage School with an emphasis on Thai massage and therapeutic techniques. She is also a yoga instructor. Chellee brings a unifying and complementary approach to the care of her patients. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, painting, and the outdoors. She loves the mountains, wildlife, fresh air, and the river is one of her very favorite ways to enjoy nature.

  8. Book Appointments Easily Online or Mobile

    There are several ways to book appointments for any of our services at Scott Family Health, whether you need to schedule chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, or massage therapy. In this week’s post we’d like to review them all just to remind our patients of their options. You can then choose the one that is most convenient for you.


    There are direct links to an online scheduling app from our website. Just look for the large buttons at the top of the page that say “Schedule Loveland” or “Schedule Fort Collins” and click on the location you want to visit. Our scheduling app is administered by Schedulicity. Our patients love it because it’s extremely easy to make your appointments online.


    There is a “Schedule Now” link just under the header image of our Facebook page. This will take you to the same scheduling app, but only for Loveland. We can only have one scheduling button through Facebook. That’s why this link is for our Loveland location only.

    Phone/Mobile Friendly

    Our website, Facebook page, and the Schedulicity app are all mobile-friendly and easily navigated using your smartphone, so you can make appointments whenever and wherever. The mobile app lets you schedule an appointment without typing a single word. In addition, you can easily cancel and reschedule appointments.

    Email and Text Reminders

    The first time you schedule an appointment online through Schedulicity, it will have you create a simple account so you will then have click through options to make appointments quickly and easily. In the process you will be asked to opt in to email and text reminders. The text reminders are especially valuable for busy people on the go. Your appointment reminders will automatically pop up on your phone.

    Call Us

    Of course we’re still happy to hear from patients via phone. If you need to set up, cancel, or reschedule an appointment, just call us at 970-663-2225. We’re here and glad to help you!

  9. Enjoy Spring, Avoid Injury and Pain

    At Scott Family Health, we want you to enjoy Spring while minimizing your risks for aches, pains, sprains, and strains.

    As Spring arrives in Northern Colorado, we enjoy the blooming flowers, greener landscapes, chirping birds, and rolling water. But we also see many patients at this time of year who injure themselves getting back outdoors to more activity.

    Most of us haven’t planted flowers in the yard or hit the trail on a bicycle since last year. Even something as simple as starting your lawn mower can stress your back and shoulders.

    • Mowing the Lawn — Neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain
    • Mulching — Low back pain, upper back pain
    • Weed Whacking  — Neck pain, shoulder pain
    • Planting  — Knee pain, back pain, neck pain
    • Painting/Powerwashing — Neck pain, Shoulder pain
    • Digging — Knee pain, Back pain, Neck pain
    • Fitness regimens — Tendonitis and overuse injuries

    At Scott Family Health, we want you to enjoy Spring while minimizing your risks for aches, pains, sprains, and strains. Here are some tips to help you avoid injuries that are commonly associated with Spring chores and activities:

    Drink plenty of water. Your body is mostly water, and spinal discs are typically 70- 90% water! The discs of your spine help to space out the bones correctly. Well- hydrated discs leave room for delicate nerve roots to your muscles, allowing your frame to function at its peak potential.

    Start slow. Athletes spend up to an hour warming up to prevent injuries. Try a 10-minute walk and stretching so your joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons warm up to your tasks. Focus on your planned activity. For example, if your activity involves your shoulders, circle your shoulders and arms to put them through an active range of motion.

    Use the right tool for the job. Get the hammer before using your hand or fist. Set up a knee cushion for planting flowers. Good tools increase your leverage, allowing physics and inanimate objects to take the stress. You can always get a new rake, but new backs and necks and knees are hard to come by.

    If you’ve already injured yourself, please contact us for an appointment. Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, and functional (nervous system) problems. Though anti-inflammatory medications can help you “tough it out,” people find that chiropractic care not only decreases pain, but also helps you get back to enjoying Spring faster.


    SFH_thumbnail-4x4-112Dr. Josh Hoopes, D.C., holds his Doctor of Chiropractic from University of Western States, 2015. He is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, with certification from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, snowmobiling, soccer, basketball, and golf.


  10. Know Your Rights After A Car Accident

    This is a Guest Post provided for additional information to help our patients, from Melissa Winthers of Fleishman & Shapiro P.C.

    Recorded Statements/Solicitation of Settlements by Insurance Companies: Rules of the Road
    We all know that after a trauma such as a car crash, each and every injury is not always immediately apparent. A patient who has multiple injuries, for example, might feel overwhelming pain from one injury that overshadows other problems. Until the overpowering pain subsides, the patient may be unaware of other injuries.

    Another example is a patient with a brain injury who does not go back to work for some time. It is often not until the patient resumes normal activities that the patient realizes the cognitive difficulties he/she is having. People who have been recently injured are also sometimes unable to clearly articulate the circumstances of a crash, because they are foggy from pain medications or the effects of the injuries themselves.

    It is for these very reasons that insurance companies are prohibited from taking unfair advantage of people in the period immediately following an injury causing accident. Colorado Revised Statute 13-21-301 entitled Settlements, releases, and statements of injured persons prohibits anyone whose interest is adverse to the insured person from negotiating or attempting to negotiate a settlement with the injured patient within 30 days of the incident. Any settlement entered into or any general release of liability given by the injured patient within this time period is void.

    The statute further prohibits insurance companies form obtaining or attempting to obtain any statement, written, oral, recorded, or otherwise, from the injured patient for use in negotiating a settlement or obtaining a release within 15 days of the injury causing event. Any statement which is given by the injured patient in violation of this statue may not be used in evidence against the interest of the injured party in any civil action relating to the injury.

    It is important for consumers to be aware of their rights when they have been hurt through no fault of their own to ensure they are not taken advantage of during a time of vulnerability.

    Winthers-MelissaMelissa Winthers is an attorney at Fleishman & Shapiro P.C. She represents people who have been injured by negligence. For more information contact Melissa at

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