"I have been a patient of Dr. Olson’s for more than 15 years, and I can say without a hint of exaggeration that he has enabled me to live the life that I want to live. When we first met, I was at a stereotypical point of my life – significantly overweight, in my mid-thirties and working in a very intense career. I had developed chronic pain and had exhausted the typically prescribed options for its management. As such, in consultation with our family physician, I was taking gabapentin as the only means of making things tolerable, which had its own unpleasant side effects. Although I had been somewhat athletic in my younger years, my assumption was that my days of being active had come to an end. As another option, our family doctor referred me to Dr. Olson and this changed my life in a remarkably positive way. Having never visited a chiropractor before, I will admit a degree of skepticism. This was dispelled immediately as I experienced Dr. Olson’s approach in carefully and rigorously understanding the root cause of the issue (nerve bundle entrapment between the C5 and C6 vertebrae) before getting to work. Over a matter of just a few months, I was transformed into living pain-free and without any medication whatsoever. My life had returned in a way that I thought it never would.
Over the subsequent years there were times when the pain returned, however, we managed these through a combination of interventions and maintenance visits. In parallel, I began to rediscover my athletic side and lost a great deal of weight. I was motivated by a friend and colleague to participate in the 2010 Ride to Conquer Cancer and discovered the joy that comes from riding farther than I would have previously imagined. Another very good friend convinced me to begin training for triathlons, which started a new and amazing journey. I completed several races across the full range of distances (including five Ironman triathlons and the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships). Along the way, a new issue emerged, with nerve entrapment in my lower back due to some degeneration of discs. I discovered this in the middle of a training run when I thought I had torn my hamstring and hobbled home. The following weeks were difficult and unnerving. Once again, Dr. Olson worked through the issue with me and we found the path forward. Through regular maintenance and rare interventions, I have been able to continue enjoying the athletic life that I had grown to love.
Through triathlon, I discovered a love for running and began to focus on this more specifically. Surprisingly enough, I was able to qualify and run in the 2018 Boston Marathon. It was a day for the books, with a nor’easter bringing freezing temperatures, strong winds, and heavy rain. It was grueling and wonderful. When I crossed the finish line, I stood and wept.
Since that day, I have qualified for Boston twice more and completed a number of ultramarathons (including the Black Canyon Ultras 100km trail race in 2019, which has been my longest effort to date). Today I have my sights set on new horizons and am optimistic about the future. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Olson."
For many years I was an avid runner and bootcamper. In fact, fitness had always been part of my life. Early in my 40s, that regime abruptly stopped. Suddenly, there were reasons I did not trust my body anymore. My anxiety grew and I became afraid to push myself. Tied up in a myriad of emotions, I walked away from the one thing that made me feel powerful: exercise.
Just over a year ago my body decided it would have no more of this. All the subtle signs that I had given up on it began to speak with full force – culminating in a back injury that made me feel much older than I was. As bad as it was, I wondered how I could turn around when I had gone so far down the wrong road?
Luckily my husband, Ian, had been seeing Dr. David Olson from Edgemont Chiropractic for years and had high praise for his work. Me? I was terrified of chiros, but desperate to be able to walk comfortably again, I went to see him. Dr. O immediately put me at ease. He honored all of my boundaries and within a few quick sessions had me back in working order. He suggested that I try the Back Smart Program, coordinated by Edgemont Chiropractic and It’s Time Fitness. After a Functional Movement Screen, I was put on a manageable program where I slowly started to use those muscles that had been dormant for years.
After several weeks of gentle training, I realized how much I enjoyed the routine and started to feel brave enough to move forward train with Brianna. Taking tentative steps, I would meet with Bri two times a week. In that time, she would gently lead me back down the right road, always with an understanding of how to balance what my body needed with building my confidence around exercise again. I was consistent and gradually I could feel my power start to emerge again – I was willing to risk in order to live a stronger, healthier life.
Every time I walked in the gym, I felt welcomed. I was never pressured to do more or be more than I was at that moment. Sheila’s philosophy of “taking people from where they are” resonates in the gym and the clients have a high degree of success because of it. Bri, Andrea, Dave, Jess, Christina and Sheila all have the right touch: they know how to connect with each person that walks through their door.
Now a year later, I have turned 50 and am stronger than I have ever been. I look forward, not back and can honestly say that I trust my body again. Regular visits to Dr. O and training at It’s Time has given me the tools to go into the next part of my journey with strength and confidence – and for that I am truly grateful."
Luckily, I mentioned this to my GP on one visit – he instantly said that was not the case and I should go to and see Dr. Olson. I knew very little about Chiropractic care but made an appointment to check it out. I walked out after that initial treatment with no pain – for the first time in years. The treatment plan Dr. Olson developed for me got me “back” to living the active life I love – and still keeps me going today! If you’re having any kind of pain from your muscles, bones – even headaches, I highly recommend Dr. Olson at Edgemont Chiropractic."
– David T.
He takes the time to clearly explain what my injury is, possible causes of the injury, what it takes to treat it, and preventive measures onward. Thank you so much Dr. Olson!"
– Elvina L.
The BACK TO BASICS Workshop is excellent! Sheila Hamilton and Lyndsey are guiding me through good posture with all the gentle exercises needed to maintain the healthy back and neck that both Dr. Olson and Dr. Caroon are correcting for us! They give us lots of little hints to inspire me to do these exercises throughout the day.