1. How Your Loveland Chiropractor Combines Services

    If you’re dealing with ordinary neck pain, back pain, headaches, or other chronic pains, you have a choice: treat just the symptoms with pain-relief drugs, or treat the cause of the symptoms with drug-free, non-invasive therapies. That’s where Scott Family can help. Our massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and chiropractors in Loveland are happy to work together and find the perfect combination of treatments for your chronic pain.

    You might ask: What are my treatment options? How can I combine different modalities for the best results? In this blog, we’ll discuss a few potential options for treatment within our one-two-three-four punch of integrative health services. Of course, your chiropractor will diagnose your health issues and guide you toward the right path(s) of treatment, but this blog with give you a clearer picture of how our modalities work together to relieve pain, reduce stiffness, and improve your holistic health.

    Start with Chiropractic!

    Your chiropractor at Scott Family Health is the perfect place to start. After all, proper spinal alignment and function is an essential part of treating surrounding muscular and nervous system ailments. At Scott Family Health, you’ll be paired with a chiropractor who understands their discipline within the context of all systems of the body — they’ll be able to recommend the perfect combination of treatments for your complex and unique symptoms.

    Chiro + Massage

    While chiropractic care keeps the spine aligned and functional, adding massage therapy to the mix is a great way to improve function of neuromuscular systems as well. Massage therapy isn’t just relaxing — it can help alleviate headaches, muscle tension, anxiety, and even pain from temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

    Deep tissue massage, which is a slower, more forceful form of massage, is excellent for influencing autonomous nervous system regulation and relieving pain due to pinched or irritated nerves. Combined with chiropractic care, massage therapy is an excellent way to relieve pain, improve flexibility, and live a happier, healthier life.

    Chiro + Massage + Acupuncture

    Sometimes, chiropractic and massage therapy aren’t enough to fix neuromuscular problems dealing with neck pain, back pain, or headaches. This is where acupuncture is often an effective choice. Acupuncture “resets” nerve systems by stimulating nerves using tiny needles (much smaller than hollow hypodermic needles), which has been proven to relieve pain, relax muscles, and improve blood circulation.

    Acupuncture is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to pain relief — and trust us when we say that the needles are painless and virtually imperceptible. It only a takes a minute or two to place needles, and after that, you spend your time relaxing!

    Combining these three modalities is a holistic and effective way to ease pain and improve neuromuscular function — learn more by scheduling an appointment at Scott Family Health!

    Chiro + Massage + Acupuncture + Posture Correction

    For those of us who sit in front of a computer screen all day long, proper posture can become a challenge. We hunch our heads and chins, slump our shoulders forward, and put pressure on the muscles in the back of the neck and the shoulders — all of which can cause stiffness, muscle strain, neck pain, and even headaches or migraines if the problem is serious enough.

    A combination of chiropractic, massage therapy, and acupuncture is effective for treating biological problems in the musculoskeletal and nervous system — but it’s physical therapy in the form of posture correction that can improve your symptoms from a behavioral perspective.

    By training to improve your posture, your spine will be better aligned, which puts less strain on the musculoskeletal system and nervous system and eventually minimizes the risk of developing symptoms. Improving your posture isn’t an easy task, but the hard work will certainly pay off.

    Choose any combo you need!

    Everyone is different — that’s why some modalities work better than others. If you notice that a combination of two or three modalities is working particularly well for you and your symptoms, keep with it! Everyone has unique symptoms and react to chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy in different ways, so listen to your body and its response to our services!

    No matter what types of treatment work for you, the Scott Family Health team is happy to help. Schedule an appointment with us, and learn more about your treatment options!

  2. Unexpected Benefits of Massage Therapy

    Many people would consider massage therapy to be a luxury—something that can temporarily relieve muscle tension and increase feelings of relaxation. However, there’s much more to massage therapy than that noodly feeling you get when you leave the massage table.

    In this blog, the Loveland integrative health professionals at Scott Family Health will teach you about some of the unexpected benefits of massage therapy. With routine visits to your massage therapist, your body and mind are sure to feel refreshed!

    Massages improve your sleep quality.

    The professional world can take a toll on your physical and mental state, leaving you feeling sore, achy, and stressed out—and when you’re experiencing pain and stress, it’s going to lower the quality of your sleep. Fortunately, massage therapy can relieve the aches and pains caused by sitting or standing too much during the workday, and can leave you feeling carefree and refreshed so you can feel asleep easier and stay asleep longer. Sleep on that.

    Massages can boost your mental acuity.

    Similar to our last point, massage therapy has a way of relieving stress and clearing your head, which leaves your mind feeling clear and focused. This can help you become more productive and attentive to your tasks during the workday—and when you accomplish more at work, you (hopefully) have less to stress about in the first place.

    Massages can improve the look of your skin.

    Massages have been proven to remove tension in the skin and muscles, and improve circulation throughout the body. With better circulation comes dilation of skin surface capillaries, which makes your skin look healthier and more lush—plus, this accelerates the rate at which sebum (your skin’s natural oil) is produced. With routine massage therapy, your skin will be healthy, strong, and luscious to boot!

    Massages can improve your athletic performance.

    This one might not be a surprise for hardcore athletes, but routine massage therapy can reduce recovery times, improve range of motion, and increase the amount of oxygen delivered to muscle tissue. This will leave you feeling stretchy, relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on your competition in your next sporting event.

    Schedule your massage today!

    Scott Family Health is happy to provide massage therapy to residents of Fort Collins and Loveland, to help people ease their stress, improve their athletic performance, and help them look and feel better. Schedule an appointment today!

  3. Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, or Both?

    If you spend your days working hard and being active, there’s a solid chance you’ll develop some stress, muscle tension, and pain. So how do you treat these health problems? Massages are always an appealing option—just hearing the word “massage” can bring about thoughts of relaxation and relief. But sometimes, chiropractic is a more intense and more effective choice to fix what ails you.

    Both practices offer thorough, drug-free pain relief, and promote better posture and deeper relaxation. So which do you need?

    In this blog, the integrative health specialists at Scott Family Health will help you decide the right course of action for relieving your specific kinds of pain, tension, and stress. Maybe you need a massage, maybe you need a chiropractor, and maybe you need both! (You probably need both.)

    When You Need a Massage

    Massages target soft muscle tissue, relieving muscle spasms and tension while creating a deep sense of peace and relaxation—but we don’t have to tell you that. If you’ve had a massage before, you realize massage therapy can help with anxiety, headaches, muscle strains, immune system resistance, and mild joint pain.   

    Unlike chiropractic, massage therapy does not manipulate the spine; massages are meant for more mild and muscle-based ailments. So if you’re feeling stressed, tense, or worn down from too much work, a massage is an excellent option for you.

    When You Need a Chiropractor

    Chiropractors deal with musculoskeletal and nervous systems, with a direct focus on hard tissue instead of soft tissue. Chiropractors use manual spinal manipulation, as well as some massage techniques, to relieve tension, headaches, tendonitis, moderate joint pain, and even insomnia. Because of its ability to realign the spine, chiropractic also helps to improve posture and lower the risk of spinal trauma, slipped discs, and sciatica.

    If your pain goes beyond the stresses of everyday life, directly affects your spine, or makes it difficult to perform simple, everyday activities, a chiropractor is a great choice. They provide adjustments that can relieve pain and promote proper spinal alignment. Within a few chiropractic sessions, you’ll see vast improvements in your levels of pain and discomfort, and you might just feel a little taller, too!

    So Which Do You Choose?

    Luckily, you don’t have to choose! Massage therapy and chiropractic provide relief for different systems of the body, and can be used in tandem for speedier healing from injury, improved muscular function, and deeper stress relief and relaxation. Plus, you can take care of both in one place!

    With Scott Family Health, you get a different approach to healthcare. Our Loveland and Fort Collins integrative health centers offer top-notch chiropractic and massage services, as well as physical therapy and acupuncture—so no matter what ails you, we can deliver highly effective, drug-free care and excellent patient service. Plus, with our variety of services and quality healthcare professionals, we can offer integrative health solutions for the whole family! Improve your health on multiple levels—schedule an appointment today!    

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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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  10. 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.