NORTH LIBERTY–You could say Dr. Luke Carlson of Johnson County Chiropractic got his start through a taste of what became his own medicine.
While attending the University of Iowa as a Physical Therapy student, Carlson experienced some pain, and thus visited a chiropractor.
“He got me fixed up, and I immediately thought, ‘That’s what I want to do,’” Carlson said.
Carlson, a native of Iowa City, earned his Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, and worked with another chiropractic firm in Indianola before starting his own business here. He has lived in North Liberty for eight years, has served on the North Liberty volunteer fire department for five years, and he and his wife Julie have an 11-month-old child.
Johnson County Chiropractic office, at 4 Hawkeye Drive, opened May 11.
“I believe in basic, hands-on chiropractic care,” said Carlson. “All-around chiropractic care can improve all aspects of your life.”
Carlson said people find it surprising that chiropractic treatments help more than back pain.
“Because the nerves in your spine innervate your whole body, working on your spine can help with things like indigestion, sinus issues, headaches, and joint mobility, even in your elbows, knees, hips or ankles,” he explained.
And chiropractic care is not just for adults, he added, but can help babies with colic or earaches and older children with bedwetting, sinus infections and even congestion. It’s also a good practice for teens.
“If kids want to be 100 percent in sports, chiropractic care can assist and maintain them at their highest personal level,” Carlson said.
Carlson practices what he calls the “Palmer Package,” including the Gonstead technique and diversified techniques that allow him to adjust patients from different positions. Carlson is skilled in using traction devices that open up disc space between vertebrae, and he also offers treatments with an electric stimulation activator, when appropriate.
“Everybody is different, and everyone responds to different techniques,” he said. “This is a higher speed, lower force tool that we might use for clients when a regular adjustment might be too much pressure.”
A no-wait policy, a child-friendly waiting area and on-site x-rays are other services patients can expect from Johnson County Chiropractic, said Carlson.
“I show patients their x-rays and teach them what I’m looking at,” he said. “Patient education is a very important part of chiropractic care.” It’s why Carlson takes the time to offer information about various health issues, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises clients can do at home to maintain their own health.
“I want people to feel surprised by the amount and quality of service they get here,” he concluded. “I want them to walk out feeling like they got more than they expected.”
Johnson County Chiropractic
4 Hawkeye Drive
Suites 1 and 2
Hours: M-W-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tues. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thurs. 7-11 a.m.