Friday, June 17, 2022

How to Treat the Root Cause of Back Pain

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Do you have chronic back pain?

Are you tired of canceling plans and even having to call out of work because of pain? It’s time to start treating the root cause, rather than temporary pain relief. A specific structural correction chiropractor treats the root cause of your pain, not just the symptoms. Why is that so important?

If you pluck a dandelion flower from your garden, the weed seems to be gone for a few weeks, only to return again. However, if you dig up the dandelion’s root, it does not come back. It is the same for issues caused by an underlying structural problem.

If you’re tired of treating the same symptoms, give something new a try. Sit down with a professional at Pivotal Chiropractic and tell them about your conditions.

After an examination, you may learn that a real solution is not as far as you might think and chiropractic care could be what you’ve been looking for. 

Read more on our website!

Come to Pivotal Chiropractic in Ann Arbor for a Chiropractor Who Puts You First!


We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Tips for Managing Back Pain

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Did you know back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work? It’s also a leading cause of disability worldwide. 

Back pain can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). It can either feel like a sudden, sharp pain, or a dull, constant ache. While acute back pain can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, chronic pain can last for months and often requires medical care to go away, while acute pain usually gets better on its own. 

If you suffer from back pain, you know how debilitating it can be. How can you prevent back pain? Going to a chiropractor regularly can help reduce your pain and even get to the root of your issues, but there are also things you can do in between adjustments to keep pain away. 

  1. Do gentle muscle stretching exercises at least 2-3 days per week. 
  2. Fix your office space ergonomics, this includes adjusting your computer monitor, keyboard, and chair height. 


Come to Pivotal Chiropractic in Ann Arbor for a Chiropractor Who Puts You First! 


We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Home Remedies vs Chiropractic Care for Injuries


Using ice for 10-15 minutes to reduce inflammation, then letting the tissues return to normal body temperature, followed by the application of heat for an additional 15-20 minutes to increase inflammation seems to help injuries recover faster.  As the level of pain goes down, adding in controlled active range of motion will further assist in this process. Think of this hot, cold, movement combination as a pumping action to flush out the injured area.

However, the PRICE method interferes with the inflammatory process by reducing it all together. View this time when your injury is inflamed as the first and maybe most important step in the healing process. If this initial phase of healing is completed properly it will ensure that you bounce back to 100% or in some cases even better than you were before the injury.

How can Chiropractic Care Help with Micro and Macro Injuries?

People who have injuries from a micro trauma, or one that is repetitive in nature, respond well to specific corrective care. These individuals may require stretches or general rehabilitation in addition to their regular spinal corrections. The key to bouncing back is to make sure the body has time to heal and most importantly help to facilitate the healing process.

Learn more on our website!

Get Back to Spring and Summer Activities with Help from Pivotal Chiropractic!

Chiropractic care can be beneficial to athletes, or just those of us who are more active – avid walkers, runners, cyclists, and people who work out regularly.

Outdoor activities and exercises performed with proper technique should not cause pain, even if you feel a little bit sore after a long hike or working out.

If you’re prone to injuries due to working out, weight lifting, or CrossFit, we can help you too! We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options for a chiropractor in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Chiropractic Care to Help with Injury Recovery


Spring is underway, and with warmer weather comes more time spent outdoors running, hiking, cycling, or starting a landscaping project.

These activities are great ways to spend more time with family and get some fresh air, but they also come with risk of injury.

Whether you’ve pulled a muscle or done more damage, being laid up for the summer is no fun. Make sure you take care of your body by healing properly and getting the care you need to get back to the activities you love!

What Happens When You Have a Muscle Injury?

When an injury occurs, soft tissue like muscles, ligaments, or tendons are damaged. This occurs through a macro or micro trauma. Macro is a large trauma usually resulting in a fracture, dislocation or laceration.

Micro is commonly referred to as an overuse injury. These types of injuries include tendonitis, bursitis, muscle strains and even disc bulges. Due to the constant repetitive stress, tissues break down over time and become weak. This also leaves them susceptible to macro trauma due to the weakened state of the tissue.

Read the full article on our website! 

If you’re prone to injuries due to working out, weight lifting, or CrossFit, we can help you too! We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options for a chiropractor in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

What Triggers Headaches and How do I Find Relief?

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According to the World Health Organization, roughly 50% of the global population is affected by headaches and headache type disorders. Among these individuals, 30% reported migraines.

Additionally, headaches that last 15 days or more per month affect 1.7-4% of the world’s adult population.

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? Does the pain keep you from doing activities that you love?

Here’s some facts to keep in mind:

  • The brain doesn’t have pain receptors! The structures around the brain and skull, however, do feel pain.
  • A headache occurs when there are mixed signals between the brain, blood vessels, and nearby nerves.
  • When the suboccipital nerves are compressed or obstructed, it can cause blood vessels to swell. This increased blood flow that leads to swelling can cause increased sensation of pressure in the head.


Read the full article about headache pain relief through chiropractic care on our website!

If you’re tired of managing headache pain and want to find long-lasting relief, specific corrective care may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

When you visit Dr. Gessert, he’ll provide a complimentary consultation to talk about your pain and what the course of treatment might be for you.

Every person in our practice is treated for their specific needs and symptoms. If you feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of constant headaches, but you haven’t tried chiropractic care, now is the time.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Gessert today
to finally feel relief from tension and migraine headaches!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Find Pain Relief with Chiropractic Care in Ann Arbor

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For many people, the most common causes of headaches are:

  • Stress
  • Sitting with poor posture at a desk too long
  • Spending too much time looking at your phone or computer
  • Eating certain foods
  • Dehydration
  • Old whiplash injuries
  • Environmental factors such as light and noise
  • Poor sleep habits


While over-the-counter medication offers temporary pain relief, they won’t get to the root of the problem and solve what is really causing your headaches. This is where Dr. Gessert steps in!

Read the full article about headache pain relief through chiropractic care on our website!

If you’re tired of managing headache pain and want to find long-lasting relief, specific corrective care may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

When you visit Dr. Gessert, he’ll provide a complimentary consultation to talk about your pain and what the course of treatment might be for you.

Every person in our practice is treated for their specific needs and symptoms. If you feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of constant headaches, but you haven’t tried chiropractic care, now is the time.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Gessert today to finally feel relief from tension and migraine headaches!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

How can the Chiropractor Help with Neck Pain Due to Whiplash?


According to the Insurance Research Council, “nearly one third of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic.” 

According to a 2012 study on the Epidemiology of Whiplash, “manual therapy (i.e., cervical mobilization and or manipulation), together with exercise appear to be the most effective noninvasive treatments for patients with acute whiplash related neck pain.” 

After a whiplash injury, you may not feel immediate pain. Sometimes, symptoms don’t show up for days or even years after an accident has occurred. Typical symptoms of whiplash are neck pain, back pain, vertigo, nausea, weakness, headaches, and numbness and tingling in the extremities.

Providing no fractures have occurred from your accident, Dr. Gessert will do an examination to see the extent of damage or any change in your spine. By doing orthopedic and neurologic tests, a range of motion test, posture and palpation check, and x-rays, Dr. Gessert can determine if an MRI is needed, and refer you out to one if necessary.

After this exam, a treatment plan will be created for you. This plan could include passive and active exercises, chiropractic spinal and extremity adjustments, and therapies such as traction to correct the spinal position.

Read the full article about relief from neck pain due towhiplash on our website!

Get Relief for Neck Pain Today!

The sooner neck pain is treated, the better. Don’t wait to get relief – contact Dr. Gessert today! You don’t have to live your life in pain. We can help you get back to the activities you love.

Contact Dr. Gessert for a complimentary consultation today to see if chiropractic care is the right solution for your neck pain.