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Why Inversion Tables Are Amazing For Your Lower Back

Lower back pain can be debilitating! Take your back pain recovery plan one step further with Inversion Tables.

Lower back pain is one of the most common health issues worldwide. It affects your personal, family and professional life. Using an inversion table will take your back health to the next level and you can do it right at home for a minimal investment. 

What is an Inversion Table?

As the name suggests, an inversion table inverts your body. It hangs you by the legs, feet or ankles. The inversion causes spinal decompression and relieves back pain as gravity stretches and decompresses the vertebrae in your back.

Inversion table lets you adjust from being in an upright position to horizontal and upside down. You experience a gentle spinal traction without stressing on knees and ankles. In fact, if you have knee or ankle issues, inversion tables help those joints too!

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Benefits of Inversion Tables for Lower Back

Inversion therapy is a non-surgical and gentle way to treat lower back pain. It takes pressure off the weight-bearing joints and lets them rest and recuperate.

Restores the spine back into proper alignment
Relaxes tensed muscles
Strengthens discs
Reduces chronic lower back pain

How to Use Inversion Table – Important Recommendations

Most patients should try the inversion therapy for 10 minutes daily for at least two weeks. Don’t go over 45 degrees below horizontal. You will feel the effect of the therapy in 20 to 30 degrees of recline.

IMPORTANT: Never try a full inversion. It may be counterproductive. It may add trauma to an already torn disc. Use inversion tables properly to avoid injuries and relieve back pain.

Who Should Not Use Inversion Tables?

Inversion tables are not for everyone. People with lumbar instability or spinal fracture should avoid it. Inversion tables are best for treating low back pain only, not for neck or upper back pain.

Moreover, people with high blood pressure, inguinal hernia, heart diseases, and osteoporosis, hip and knee conditions should avoid it. Pregnant ladies and people with glaucoma, retinal detachment, ear infection and pink eye should also avoid inversion therapy.

Advisably, speak to your chiropractic physician before trying inversion an  table to know if it’s the right treatment for you. 

Contact Balance Chiropractic & Rehab - Safe Inversion Table Therapy

Balance Chiropractic & Rehab is a Chiropractic health center, committed to keeping people healthy. We have certified and comfortable inversion tables. Our experienced therapists pay a keen attention to the angle when treating lower back pain using inversion tables. We keep you pain-free and safe!

Contact Balance Chiropractic & Rehab NOW!

Balance Chiropractic & Rehab
300 45th St. S. #315, Fargo, ND, 58103
Phone: 701-893-7878


How Custom Foot Orthotics Decrease Foot and Back Pain

​Do you know half of the back problems, including back pain, root from the feet?

The movement of leg, ankle and foot is intricately connected to the development of pain in back and foot. Regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle prevent the pain, but custom foot orthotics really are worth the investment.


Understanding the Cause of Foot and Back PaiN

Our feet handle our overall body weight as we walk and run our daily errands. Problems arise when feet fail to absorb the shock or handle the body weight. This often happens with people who have Flat Feet in which the arch under the foot flattens and touches the ground. 

[Flat Foot]

The next cause of foot and back pain is over-pronation. Pronation is necessary for dynamic movement of our feet and ankle. It reduces impacts on our body while walking and running. However, hyper- or over-pronation causes the problem.


In people with pronated or flat feet and ankles, the bearing of body weight shifts outside the foot, which causes the pain in the foot and back.

How Custom Foot Orthotics Help?

Foot orthotics improve and stabilize the position of the feet, which in turn prevents back pain. Prescription foot orthotics feature a rear foot post that is usually customized as the unique needs of the wearer. It keeps or shifts ankles back to their correct position. This shift, in turn, reduces the pronation of the ankle and abnormal placement of the knees and hips, thereby stabilizing the pelvis. Prefabricated foot orthotics don’t have this component.

A custom orthotic aligns the foot and ankle into the most efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical devices customized according to the precise imprints of your feet and correct your specific foot imbalance.

Custom foot orthotics reduce strains on your body. They redirect and reduce certain motions and bring your foot back into the right alignment. Custom orthotic fits well into your footwear like an insole. 


Contact Balance Chiropractic & Rehab of Fargo, ND

Balance Chiropractic & Rehab is a Chiropractic health center aimed to put patients at ease and comfort. We have state-of-art kiosk scanner for your foot issues, and BCBS insurance covers one pair per year.  People can also use their health saving accounts or flex benefits for pairs before the year ends.

Don’t wait until the problem worsens!

Contact Balance Chiropractic & Rehab NOW!

Balance Chiropractic & Rehab
300 45th St. S. #315, Fargo, ND, 58103
Phone: 701-893-7878


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                 How Flip-Flops Wreak Havoc On Your Back



As you head into summer, you probably have a pair of flip-flops you’re planning to wear to the pool, on vacation, to the mall, or just out and about. While a lot of people consider flip-flops to be the shoes of the season, you actually increase your risk of lower back pain, strains, and other injuries by wearing this footwear. Here’s how:

Flip-flops offer no support. Poor construction with no cushioning and the lack of an arch, impact how you would naturally walk. Since the heels of your feet are no longer able to absorb the bulk of pressure, your pelvis starts to shift, leading to tension in the lower spine.

Flip-flops make you more prone to slips and falls. Given that these shoes do not provide adequate support for extensive walking, accidents, unfortunately, do happen. Slower strides have a ripple effect, and not in a good way. Specifically, falls can contribute to all sorts of mishaps such as strained muscles, torn ligaments and excruciating lower and upper back pain.

Flip-flops cause lower back misalignment and imbalances. Typically, shoe arches help keep the knees, hips and back in alignment. However, this is all thrown off when wearing flat pieces of rubber foam. Poor posture, pinched nerves, and pain are the end result.

While flip-flops may be convenient and comfortable, they are not the best for your body. So before slipping a pair on, consider the potential problems down the road.

If you are experiencing foot or lower back pain, come in and get checked! Ask Dr. Dan if custom foot orthotics would help your discomfort. We measure your feet for them right in the office!

Schedule Online or Call 701-893-7878 to Schedule Today!

Wishing you a productive and pain-free summer!


Dr. Daniel Pozarnsky 




Dry Needling Makes a Difference

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Dry needling. As the only chiropractor to offer this relatively new modality in Fargo, North Dakota, I have witnessed people go from treatment to transformation in as little as one to two sessions to treat muscle pain, headaches, migraines, head trauma, concussions and more. 

So what is dry needling you wonder?

Based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles, dry needling involves the placement of hypodermic needles to stimulate myofascial trigger points throughout the body. Recent clinical studies have shown it to be effective in helping improve the quality of life for fibromyalgia patients as well as individuals with whiplash and other debilitating ailments. Others have found it to lessen anxiety and allow for a better night’s sleep.

Combined with chiropractic care, dry needling can provide relief for a variety of chronic conditions, ultimately allowing people to lead healthier, happier lives.

If you are interested in learning more about how dry needling can make a difference for you, I invite you to make an appointment to learn more.

Schedule Online or Call 701-893-7878 to Schedule Today!

See what one patient has to say about the benefits of dry needling. Click link Below!

Jerry's experience with Dry Needling

Here is to you feeling better!


Dr. Daniel Pozarnsky


Chiropractic Better for Sciatica Than Surgery

Fargo ND Chiropractic CareBalance Chiropractic & Rehab works with many sciatica patients here in our Fargo office, and many of these patients were concerned that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The latest research shows that many people don't need surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more successful at resolving sciatic nerve pain.

A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.

Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.

Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, around sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find pain relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the higher levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that type of treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Fargo and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Balance Chiropractic & Rehab a call today at (701) 893-7878. We'll help identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.


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  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.

Treating Neck Pain with Chiropractic

Fargo chiropractic neck pain treatmentAccording to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more Americans suffer with chronic pain than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. Furthermore, neck pain is the third most documented type of pain, beat out only by back pain and headaches.

As a result, many patients come to our Fargo office seeking neck pain treatment, and Balance Chiropractic & Rehab has helped many of them find relief. This is a smart choice, as some studies have shown that over 90% of neck pain patients get relief with chiropractic.

Studies Confirm Chiropractic Effective for Neck Pain

A report published in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy involved 64 people who were suffering with neck problems. Approximately half were placed in an experimental group and the other half were designated to a comparison group. Both were given chiropractic adjustments of the neck as well as a home exercise program, while the experimental group also received adjustments of the thoracic spine.

Data was gathered before treatment began and one week after the adjustments. The authors found that 94% of the experimental group claimed "significantly greater improvements" in regard to pain and disability in their neck symptoms. Just 35% of the individuals who received neck adjustments showed the same level of improvement, illustrating that thinking about the entire spinal column is an important part of restoring the body's normal function.

One more study posted in Physical Therapy involved 60 adults who were dealing with neck pain. Each person was randomly assigned to one of two groups--thoracic spine thrust manipulation or non-thrust manipulation--with follow-up exams occurring two and four days after the treatments.

Researchers discovered that the study patients who received the thrust manipulations (the same manipulations that offered such positive results in the first study) "experienced greater reductions in disability" than the group that received the non-thrust adjustments. Their pain was lower as well, which shows that this type of technique offers many benefits.

Help After Failed Neck Surgery

One study even found the same sort of positive results after thoracic adjustments in a woman who had a failed neck surgery. This particular case involved a 46-year-old woman who had recently had neck surgery but still reported neck pain, headaches, pain in her elbow, and muscle fatigue.

The patient reported reduced pain in her neck and reduced headache intensity, immediately after the first chiropractic treatment session. After six weeks of care, which involved chiropractic, exercise, and patient education, the patient still rated her pain at a zero on a scale of 1 to 10. Her neck disability improved as well, with a rating score that represented that it was a "great deal better."

It is studies like these that substantiate the advantages of chiropractic techniques, even if you've already attempted medical procedures that didn't provide relief. So, if you are suffering with neck problems and would like to find a remedy that has a high success rate, try chiropractic. It may just be the relief you're looking for.

We're located in Fargo and Balance Chiropractic & Rehab can help you recover from neck pain. Give us a call today at (701) 893-7878.


  • AAPM facts and figures on pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine.
  • Masaracchio M, Cleland JA, Hellman M, Hagins M. Short-term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine nonthrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43(3):118-127.
  • Cleland JA, Glynn P, Whitman JM, Eberhart SL, MacDonald C, Childs JD. Short-term effects of thrust versus nonthrust mobilization/manipulation directed at the thoracic spine in patients with neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy 2007;87(4):431-440.
  • Salvatori R, Rowe RH, Osborne R, Beneciuk JM. Use of thoracic spine thrust manipulation for neck pain and headache in a patient following multiple-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a case report. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(6):440-449.

Effective Back Pain Treatment

Fargo back pain treatmentWe see many back pain patients in our Fargo office, and Balance Chiropractic & Rehab has been able to provide a lot of them find relief through various chiropractic techniques. However, dealing with back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical therapy, as many individuals utilize both types of care with great outcomes.

Study Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well with One Another

In a report published by the medical journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who claimed both acute discomfort and limited function due to back symptoms. Some of the study participants received treatment via standard medical care, while the remainder received chiropractic adjustments in addition to standard medical care, as the authors wanted to see which patients fared better.

Researchers found that the patients who received standard medical care along with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the patients who received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits in comparison to just 17 percent of the medical care only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at two and four weeks.

Thus, integrating these two forms of treatment can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medical approaches can work together, chiropractic offers some distinct strengths over medical therapy.

Where Chiropractic Wins

Although it might seem as if each approach plays a 50/50 role, there is one major benefit that chiropractic care has over medical care and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, one bit of research done at UCLA2 that was printed in the American Journal of Public Health found that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than people undergoing medical treatment.

According to the experts, the main aspects that patients preferred over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't unexpected, as chiropractors commonly spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can improve their health on their own, as well as outlining more carefully what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Care Offers a Non-Invasive Approach

Certainly, the strategies associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical care, but a great deal of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and wellness. Instead of focusing on simply relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care involves tracking down the primary cause of your pain, which often means greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach such as chiropractic. This means fewer negative responses to prescriptions and more permanent results.

You don't have to deal with back pain or other health issues. Give our Fargo office a call today at (701) 893-7878. We'll work to help you get and remain free from back pain.


  1. Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
  2. Hertzman-Miller RP1, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz EL, Yu F, Adams AH, Harber P, Kominski GF. Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92(10):1628-1633.

Headache and Auto Injury

Fargo ND Car accident and chiropractic careWe manage many car accident cases in in our Fargo office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Why is headache such a common symptom after an auto injury? How can chiropractic care help you heal?

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by a car accident, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a collision, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes swelling and pain. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another common cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Fargo office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to prevent the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Balance Chiropractic & Rehab can help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

Let us help you recover from headache. Balance Chiropractic & Rehab has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Give our office a call today at (701) 893-7878 to make an appointment.



Studies Confirm that Chiropractic is Safe

Fargo ND Chiropractic for familiesWe tend to a large number of people in our Fargo clinic, and Balance Chiropractic & Rehab has helped many people overcome a range of health challenges. Even so, a frequent worry that seems to prevent many women and men from pursuing care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Luckily, according to three different studies (out of quite a few on the subject), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Chiropractic is Safe, According to Australian Study

The first study(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 adults. Each individual reported suffering from some kind of back pain, and half of the patients received real chiropractic care whereas the remaining patients were given two fake chiropractic treatment sessions. Data was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to see if any unpleasant negative effects occurred as a result of the real chiropractic treatments.

The authors reported that none of the patients documented any significant undesirable side effects whatsoever after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some people did state that they got a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) after treatment, but the effects were not serious.

Large US Survey Reports that Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe

A second study(2), also published in the distinguished publication, Spine, was done in an effort to determine the safety of chiropractic care. The study group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

Once again, the experts found no serious negative side effects. The authors determined the risk of total adverse reactions to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the first study, some people did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (16 out of every 1,000 treatment consultations and 15 out of every 1,000 treatment sessions) or a headache (4 out of every 100), and this caused the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Care Is Safe for Kids

This third research paper(3) is different from the first two reports, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this article, researchers analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young children, chiropractors answering the survey documented only three cases where there were adverse side effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on studies like these, chiropractic has been deemed safe and effective for everyone. To discover what chiropractic can do for you, call our Fargo clinic and schedule an appointment today at (701) 893-7878.


  1. Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
  2. Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
  3. Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.

Chiropractic Helps Relieve Herniated Disc Pain

Fargo chiropractic disc herniation treatmentRegrettably, many of our Fargo patients know the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. Fortunately, Balance Chiropractic & Rehab has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have verified that chiropractic can help patients recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

In one report, doctors from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their lower back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each person then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc problem.

Results were obtained after the preliminary treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to find out what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to treating this particular problem. Among the data collected was the person's self-reported changes in both low back and leg pain.

The authors found that, overall, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the study participants stated that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those people who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.

Case Study Shows that Chiropractic Benefits Chronic Disc Herniation Symptoms

In this report, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had suffered with these issues for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how helpful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and relieving the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Fargo office a call today at (701) 893-7878 for a consultation or appointment.


  • Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
  • Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.