Give me four weeks, and there’s a 90% chance I can dramatically ease your low back pain!

Let me guess. You are in pain. Whether you just injured your back recently or you’ve been struggling with low back pain for years, your back hurts. A lot. It’s interfering with your enjoyment of life. It’s keeping you from doing the things you want to do. And you’re sick of it.

You’re sick of waking up in the morning feeling stiff and sore.

You’re tired of not being able to sit comfortably in a restaurant while everyone else lingers contentedly over dessert.

You’re fed up with not being able to do simple things like picking up your grandchild or helping your spouse move a bookcase.

You may even feel angry or depressed that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, back pain is a constant in your life. There may be times when you think it’s going to go on forever and worry that you’ll never be rid of it.

If you’re like most back pain sufferers, you’ve tried nearly everything in the book to get rid of your pain: ice and heat, massage, back braces, pain meds, exercises, acupuncture, a new bed, and maybe even surgery. But chances are these changes only brought you temporary or partial relief. No wonder you’re frustrated!

Since you’re reading this, one thing is clear: You haven’t given up. You still believe there is something out there that can give you significant relief. You just need to find it.

That’s just the kind of patient I like to see in my practice.

Could this be the “something” you’ve been looking for?

My name is Dr. Marc Heller. My wife Beth and I have both dedicated our professional careers to helping free people from their pain. In my 30-plus years as a chiropractor, I have treated 150,000 patients, led 16 seminars for other chiropractors, and published more than 100 articles in a highly regarded chiropractic journal.

I practice chiropractic because I love the work, but I also have a more personal reason. When I was in my early 20s, I started having low back pain. I know what it’s like to feel pain every day and how frustrating it is to try treatment after treatment that doesn’t work. I was lucky enough to meet a chiropractor who helped me break the cycle of pain, and I realized right then and there that it was my calling to pass that gift on to others.

Over the past three decades, I’ve seen literally thousands of patients suffering from the exact type of pain you’re suffering from right now. And my experience is that 90% of the people who come into my office complaining of low back pain experience some level of relief within four weeks – oftentimes much sooner.

But before I explain to you how I’ll make your low back pain better, it’s important to understand one thing.

Why your low back is hurting

Any time you injure your low back — whether from a car accident, lifting something heavy, taking a fall, working in the garden, or something you can’t even recall doing — certain key muscles in your back stop working. And unfortunately, they don’t start working again automatically.

Essentially, your body’s “software” (your muscles) gets rewritten by your brain with the wrong code. As a result, your muscles stop working, and you lose muscle tone.

More often than not, though, your body’s “hardware” (your spine) is still intact. That’s great news! It means that to get relief from your pain, you simply need to “reboot” your system so you get those inactive back muscles to start working and supporting your spine again.

Why your MRI doesn’t matter

“Well, my hardware really is screwed up,” you may be thinking. If you’ve gotten an X-ray or an MRI, the doctor may have told you that you have a bulging, herniated disk, arthritis, degenerated discs, or some other structural problem that is causing your pain.

Doctors have a lot of authority. They’ll tell people, “Oh, you have a worn-out back, you’re lucky you can walk.” Or they’ll say, “You have a bulged disc, you’re going to have pain for the rest of your life.” And we believe them!

But consider this: 50% of people over 40 have bulging, herniated disks show up on their MRIs, but only 10% of them actually have any pain. So even if your spinal hardware is damaged, it doesn’t mean you have to live in pain!

The problem with most doctors who treat back pain is that they look for “what’s wrong” with the bone or joint. But that misses 90% of the cause of all back pain. So if you’ve been told you just have to live with your pain, my message to you is: Don’t buy it!

The reason most people have lower back pain is simply because certain key muscles in their back have stopped working to support their spine. And the body is really good at reproducing what it’s used to. So once your nervous system starts to experience pain, it may keep reproducing pain signals even after the original injury has healed.

It’s time to reset your system and get out of pain!

I was fortunate to be referred to Heller Chiropractic after spending the summer as a professional patient. I had met with 16 doctors before arriving on the doorstep. My pain was crippling, and I had a raft of painkillers that were not addressing the cause of the pain or treating me as a person. In fact, the pain was increasing. After my first treatment, I could walk without pain. After follow-up visits, I was able to throw away the pain pills, and now I am back in my Pilates class, I can walk without pain, I can sleep at night, and my posture is so much better overall. Thank you! —Doreen O’Skea

But I’ve tried chiropractic before, and it didn’t work …

If you’ve tried chiropractic before, don’t despair. There’s a reason other chiropractors may not have been able to help you. I call it “the lost art of the personal history and exam.”

I am not a fan of cookie-cutter solutions. I’m a big believer in finding what works for you, the individual. And to do that, as a doctor, I really have to listen to what 1) you are telling me through your personal history and 2) your body is telling me through your physical exam. That way, we can figure out what’s really going on with you.

I’m not opposed to X-rays or MRIs. But certain problems are just not going to show up on that kind of imagery. Sacroiliac misalignment is not going to show up on an X-ray. Rotation dysfunction is not going to show up on an MRI. Those types of problems are strictly going to show up on a good physical exam done by somebody who knows how to assess joint and muscle movement.

Even if you have tried chiropractic before, I invite you to try a new approach. Make an appointment with me at my centrally located office in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, and we’ll work together to free you from your low back pain.

I have had lower back problems for over 10 years, and in that time have gone to several chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists. Dr. Marc Heller is one of the few doctors who do not assume the same treatment will work for everyone. He took the time to talk about my entire medical history, find root causes for my pain, and go over what had been tried in the past. He gave me stretches and exercises not only to alleviate the current pain I was in but also to prevent future occurrences. Dr. Heller and his staff enabled me to finally break out of the cycle of pain I was in, and they substantially improved my health and well-being. I highly recommend them to everyone. —Natalie Case

Here’s what you can expect from your first appointment:

  • I will take your personal history to learn all about your pain. We’ll talk about when your pain started, what makes your pain better, and what makes your pain worse. We’ll go through your whole history of injuries, including ones you may not think are associated with your low back pain. (You’d be surprised how an injury in one part of the body can affect another part!)
  • I will give you a physical examination to look at how well your muscles are working, where they are weak or loose or tight, if you have any tender points in your ligaments, what your range of motion is, and which movements bother you.
  • Next, I’ll develop a personalized plan for you that includes three elements:
  1. Gentle, low force adjustments to the joints to get you back in proper alignment.
  2. Soft tissue therapies to allow your muscles to release their tight hold. Depending on your specific condition, these might include cold laser to speed healing and reduce inflammation, massage therapy to release muscle tension, and a revolutionary Russian electrical stimulator, which often markedly reduces pain patterns immediately.
  3. Rehabilitation exercises and stretches that “reboot” your system, activating those key muscles so they do their job of supporting your spine.
  • If necessary, I will coordinate with my trusted network of health care providers in Southern Oregon to get you the care you need outside of my office.

If you are like most of my patients, you will feel better after the first few treatments. Within two to four weeks, should you feel dramatic relief from your pain.

Will I get dependent on chiropractic?

I understand that many people fear they will become dependent on chiropractic. They don’t want to have to keep coming back in just to feel good. So let me answer that fear with a saying you’ve probably heard before: Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat forever.

My highest calling is to teach people how to fish. What got me into chiropractic was a pure desire to help people. I just love the fact that I can take someone who has been miserable for weeks, months, or even years and make them feel significantly better through low force adjustments, soft tissue therapies, and rehabilitative exercises.

But here’s the catch: The results you experience are largely up to you! The more committed you are to doing your take-home exercises, the better and longer-lasting results you’ll have.

Please call me today at 541-482-0625 to set up your first appointment and let me help you move toward a life without pain.

In health,

Dr. Marc Heller