I was in pain constantly - walking on the outsides of my feet-couldn't stand or walk for any considerable amount of time. I thought that because I had spina bifida that this was "just how it was going to be." In 2013 my arms started to fall asleep ALOT, my neck hurt always.
But now after upper cervical care I walk with a much more normal gait and stand on more of my foot. I have better balance and NO PAIN. My arms also no longer fall asleep. I feel great and I want everyone to have this benefit. Thank you x 1,000,000!
Sincerely, Amy Barker, 4/10/17


I had significant tension in my neck when I would take a deep breath and sing in my upper register. My right shoulder and arm had pain and tingling from which I found no relief. My fingers in my right hand were tingly most of the time. as a result of these things I felt a sense of unrest and flu-like feelings constantly. After NUCCA care, I no longer have tension in my neck and head when I breath/sing. The constant pain in my shoulder and arm is gone. Thingling in my arm is reduced to very infrequent. Some weakness remains in my right 4th and 5th fingers. I have a renewed vitality. I am swimming 5 days a week and feel a spring in my step. I enjoy singing again!
Sincerely, Beth Fredrickson, January 30, 2017

Before NUCCA care, I could not write without pain in my neck, arms, and hands. I could not sit for more than 30 minutes without pain or stiffness. I also could not walk more than 15 minutes without being out of breath. Now, after 9 months of NUCCA care, my hand dexterity is returning, I've had no headaches for 6 months, and I can perform yoga and stretching without pain.
Sincerely, Mary Flynn 1-24-2017

It started 6 years ago. I broke my hip and used the cane, till I came to Dr. Schalow at the Upper Cervical Care Center. Thank you! No more cane! Also I got help with a lot of other things, like shingles and yeast infection, just with an upper cervical adjustment.
A sincere thank you, Bridgitte W. 5/12/16

Before NUCCA care, I could not go about my daily activities. I would frequently have shoulder injuries that would put me “down” for weeks with a lot of pain! I would lose sleep and stamina that affected the most simple tasks.
After NUCCA care, now I can work confidently and complete the daily tasks set before me. After a hard, strenuous day at work of physical activity, my recovery time is only a couple of hours instead of a couple of weeks! The pain is also minimal. 
Sincerely, Mike Tartaglia 5/4/2016 

Before NUCCA care, I could not walk, climb stairs without pain, use my hands much at all. I had constant migraines and could not think or read. I was in constant pain and had to rest all the time. Riding in a car was painful. I could not feel my hands or feet and many times had to hold my head with my hands. I had constant brain tremors. I felt as though I would not live long and medical doctors couldn't find any answers.
After NUCCA care, I'm not in much pain at all. I can now feel my feet and hands and have renewed energy. Car rides are not painful and I can use my hands again. The brain tremors and migraines are diminishing and I can sleep again. I'm even returning to work gradually. Thanks to NUCCA work I now can live again! Thank you!
Sincerely, Tina Rudnitzki, 4-25-2016

Before NUCCA care, my energy level was non-existent. An area on my upper right spine could feel uncomfortable and heavy...thick. I was depressed. 
After NUCCA care I now have energy, feel positive, happy! This is great - I now think I can embrace my life and move in a positive direction.
Sincerely, Deb McKinney, 3-24-2016

Before NUCCA care, I could not move, rest well, or lift.  I was worried about doing daily tasks as to not hurt my back.  My mobility and health was down, and I was always wondering and worried about when the pain would return.
After NUCCA care, now I can move better and with more confidence.  I feel better and healthier.  My pain and discomfort is gone.  My muscles have rebuilt and regained strength.  I can do my daily tasks with little worry that my back would get hurt again.  Overall a huge improvement in my body and health in a 6 month period.
Sincerely, Gregg Schaffter  10/22/2015

Before NUCCA care, I could not be without leg pain most of the time. My leg pain mostly stopped the first day of my adjustment. I was finally able to get a good night’s sleep without pain meds. I have not taken any ibuprofen since that day. My knee pain improved and my heartburn is improved. I have great hope that the pain will totally go away eventually with NUCCA care.
After NUCCA care, now I can do more physical activities, walk further, exercise more as I gradually get back to things I do for my age. I can eat some things now in moderation that really burned my stomach before. I don’t tire as easily when I do my housework.
Sincerely,
Paula DeRosso 2/23/15 


I came to 1st Step Chiropractic as a referral from a client friend of mine. We always talk every week about what was going on with our health and what we were both doing to try to fix it and get feeling better. I started with Dr. Schalow at the end of October 2008. I have been suffering with lower back pain, scoliosis, neck and shoulder pain, and a two-year battle with dizziness. I had been a faithful patient of another chiropractor for years, but never really had the pain leave me. I have also been to three ear doctors to check out my inner ear, perfectly normal. I have also had other health problems that had me on OTC pain relievers and prescriptions. (That which I find out only masks the underlying problem). I am 49 years old and felt like I was much, much older. The hobbies that I enjoyed doing like golfing with my family, I had to give up. My emotional health was also being tested. I do go to my massage therapist who also keeps me up and running physically and emotionally.
Coming to Dr. Schalow and meeting him, I could tell right away he was going to really listen to what I had to say and then hearing him tell me that he could help me. I have been coming now for four weeks. My whole being has been healing. Dr. Schalow told me it would take time but the results have been very pleasing. The pain in every location I was having has subsided. My massage therapist told me this is the coolest thing ever. She can feel a straightening of my spine when she runs her hands up and down my back. She also said she feels a difference in my skin as far as it being less dry – it’s more hydrated. I also have less tightening and less knotting in my shoulders, back and arms, which I always had when I came to see her. She said I found a gem when I came to Dr. Schalow. I have to agree with her.
I tell everyone I know who is having problems with pain about 1st Step Chiropractic. I have had wonderful results and continue to heal. You can actually feel it happening! There is hope. Dr. Schalow is giving me my life back!
With gratitude and thanks,
Bobbie Reuter

Before NUCCA care, I could not have full range of motion with turning my head from left to right; this is much better now. I could actually feel something ‘slip’ in my neck, it wasn’t painful, but definitely noticeable. I was a sloucher. I was a shallow breather.
After my very first adjustment, I kept getting this internal message to ‘stand up straight’ and ‘take nice deep breaths.’ It was explained to me that without the cervical restrictions, messages permitting and promoting good health could get through!  
*I really did not like chiropractic that ‘cracked’ you anymore. I have 3 friends who told me about 1st Step and how the NUCCA care benefited them – I felt strongly led to make an appointment and am glad I did.
Sincerely,
Paula Story 1/5/15 


Before NUCCA care, I could not get through a day without pain. I have scoliosis with a severe S curve in my spine. I was treated as a teenager with a back brace for one year, refusing the surgery which was the other option. The year of wearing the brace did not correct the curvature in either the lower or upper back. Since then, I have had pain in my upper back that depending on my day and activity level could become excruciating at times with no way to relieve it.
After NUCCA care, now I can live virtually pain free. I came with no expectation of getting completely better and I certainly did not expect Dr. Orem to straighten my crooked spine. That alone was nothing short of a miracle to me. The best part was the day by day feeling the change in my body and having less and less pain. I can say today that as I continue treatment, my upper back pain that was so terrible is non-existent. I only wish this treatment was the treatment I received as a young girl. For me, Dr. Orem is a miracle worker!
Sincerely, Mary Waterbury 12/10/14


Before NUCCA care, I could not sit up straight without being in pain. I could not go a day without being in severe back pain or exercise without being in pain. After NUCCA care, now I can sit up straight and exercise comfortably.
Sincerely, Samantha Ribando 11/8/14

Before NUCCA care, I could not finish daily jobs all in one day because of the pain and lack of energy. After NUCCA care, now I can finish daily jobs.  Although the pain is still there but it's not nearly as bad.  I also have more energy.
Sincerely, Jarid Hammill, 11/5/14

Before NUCCA care, I could not go for more than a few weeks at a time before experiencing back pain in my lower back that would often progress to the point of muscle spasms, making it impossible to complete work during the day.  My neck also seemed somehow out of balance with the rest of my spine.  Sitting for any length of time would cause great discomfort.  
After NUCCA care, now I can work without the pain that caused me to slip into spasms.  I am able to sit longer without pain in my lower back.  My overall balance and sense of well being has greatly increased.  Thanks to Dr. Orem and the entire staff at 1st Step Chiropractic; I now believe I can look toward a time in the not too distant future where I will pain free on a full time basis!
Sincerely, Dan Houston 11/5/14

Before NUCCA care, I could not keep my feet under me. I could not keep from stumbling and feeling very clumsy. Not real bad in the spring and summer, but in the winter it can lead to a real disaster. Also, I did  not have much control over some of my other medical tests. The one test I felt I had lost total control over had to do with my liver and the amount of protein being spilled. My physician threw any number of medications at it; all with little or no success.
After NUCCA care, now I can stand firmly and confidently inside and outside. I have not experienced winter since I began NUCCA care but I am looking forward to seeing how my stance will be affected. I know that I feel much more confident and "firm to the ground" and I think that is half the battle. And Surprise! I just had another set of blood work done and even the doctor was surprised. He said that my liver test result was "spot on" and he was totally flabbergasted at the change. I wanted to make sure that they were looking at my test and hadn't picked up somebody else's results accidentally. I never thought I would be this excited about a healthy liver, but this made my day! Woo Hoo! A healthy liver! What's next on my list?
Sincerely, Michelle Holby, 10/15/14

Before NUCCA care, I could not do the simple things in life.  I could not lie down, I could not play with my kids, grocery shop, walk, or cook dinner for my family.  I was in so much pain.  I had a hard time to think or hold a conversation.  I would lose my concentration because the pain overrode everything in my life.  After NUCCA care, now I can enjoy the simple pleasure in life.  I can play with my kids, grocery shop, walk, and make dinner for my family.  I can sleep 8 hours a day in a bed as oppose to sleeping 1 hour in my chair.  I can hold a conversation and recall memories.  I am back at school.  The pain is no longer in control of my life.  I am pain free today.
Sincerely
Robyn Brown, 10-14

Every fall my fibro[myaligia] kicks up
causing me pain in my upper body, especial my arms.  Every time I have to move my arms in any way, I hurt!  This fall however, I am not experiencing this pain because I have been keeping my appointments with Dr. Schalow who is keeping my neck area in adjustment with the NUCCA technique.
Sincerely
Darlyne Watts-Jurgens, 10-6-14

Before participating in the running clinic, I could only run/jog for short periods of time and distance.  I would start to get shin splints within the first half mile that was shortly accompanied by lower back pain. I would tense up and almost seem like I was jum-limping more than 
running. The results of the running clinic revealed a right hip problem that was easily corrected. Thanks to Alexander lessons and the running clinic, my posture is improving. I find myself not tensing as much and am able to work on correcting it when I do notice. My lower back pain is minimal and I feel like I am running lighter. I can't wait to see the extent of my running adventures!
Sincerely
Rachel Gallagher, 9-22-14

I had very many problems when I came to 1st Step Chiropractic. Lots of back pain all the time so wasn't able to sleep well or have much energy - I now have no back pain and can rest and therefore have my energy back. I had bad sinus problems and lots of headaches and that has improved greatly. I feel great today. My pain has completely gone in so many areas and it's hard to believe. I feel wonderful and my treatment has been an awesome experience for me. I thank God for my improvement and for the great treatment I ave received with the doctors. 
Sincerely,
Sandy Olson, 7-7-14

Dr. Schalow has made quite an impression with my grandson. It reminds me of the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived...this is to have succeeded”.
an anonymous grandmother...5-2014

My neck never felt comfortable. I was always stretching it, turning it, and chronically popping it all day long. It ached constantly. I also had tingling pain down my left arm and hand. After the first NUCCA adjustment, I did not fell the need to stretch, turn or pop my neck. I have not popped my neck once through this whole process. My neck feels calm and natural. The pain down my arm has continuosly gotten better.
Sincerely,
Dawn McGirk 5-14-14

I have been living with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia for a couple of years. I have done exercise, therapy and special diets in order to help deal with the symptoms, however that is what those things do is deal with symptoms. I was in search of a treatment that would actually deal with the problem which is an overactive nervous system. Now, after NUCCA correction, I have more good days than bad, although not 100%. Many of the pain issues that I have been dealing with are either gone or have been significantly reduced. I feel I am on the right path and have appreciated the evidence that the Dr. has been able to show me through xray of my alignment issues as well as the improvement that has been made.
Sincerely,
Angela Fryer 4-21-14

I had persistant tail bone pain since I fell in December. As of my last appointment I am almost completely free of the tail bone pain I had been experiencing. I am able to sit and stand without preparing for the pain I had when doing these normal things in daily life.
Sincerely,
Karen Morris 4-17-14

I was having frequent moderate headaches 2-4x per week and severe ones 1-2x per month. I had sciatic nerve pain 1-2x per month that would last about 3 days and keep me from sleeping during those episodes. After NUCCA care, the frequency of my headaches has diminished and they are less intense than before. The sciatic pain is gone entirely.
Sincerely,
Breanna Mendez 4-14-14

I had problems with my right hip and low back and was told it was arthritis and I would progressively get worse. I also had issues with my neck which included spasms that would send me to the doctor. Some were so severe that I couldn't function. Both of these caused problems for me as far as physical activity goes. Sometimes just sitting was uncomfortable; and it limited my personal training. But then I got a NUCCA adjustment. Now I am able to "sit" and enjoy family and friends; no longer have to stand. I have not had any neck spasms and feel like it is getting better every day. I am more stable on my feet and my personal training is going better than ever.
Sincerely,
Margo Miley, 4/14

I was a mess. I couldn't walk without the walker after a fall. I didn't have good balance. Now, it has taken a little over 3 months to get to the point where I can take some steps without the walker. I'm getting stronger. Now I have better balance, but I still need to be careful. 
Sincerely,
Beverly Hoof 3-2014

I had tightnessin my neck and a painful left side down to my back. Now, a few months after my NUCCA correction, I feel much better and more energetic.
Sincerely,
Tina Messina 3-2014

I had back, shoulder, arm, and leg pain all the time. Now, many months after the correction, my pain has lowered a lot in all my areas of problem. I rarely have back pain at all now.
Sincerely,
Vincent Ribando 3/14

After almost 20 years of not sleeping through the night because I would wake up with my shoulder aching, I now wake up because I feel so good and have no more aches or pains after my treatment:)
It is so nice to feel great after a full nights sleep.
Sincerely, 
Rhonda Whitehead 3/14

Atrial fibrillation was a huge problem, heart failure and leg pain and unsteadiness. With the adjustment and medication I feel like myself again.
Sincerely, 
Barbara Hastings 12/2013

I was feeling a strange nerve sensation throughout the lower half of my body. Sometimes an akward pain or a feeling of a pinched nerve in the groin area and inner thigh. After my correction, I have hardly seen any recurrence of my initial symptoms. My congestion and sinus trouble feels more like a pressure on the bridge of my nowe and that remains. The more noticable symptoms have pretty much dissapeared.
Name withheld by request. 

Trigeminal Neuralgia on left side of my head sometimes for months at a time with no relief. I felt like I was crazy...I had already had the decompression surgery and still had the TN symptoms. After my 1st adjustment, I had relief in my TN right away. I have not had a TN attack in 6 weeks. After my 1st visit, looking at the xrays, I knew I was not crazy. I could see for myself why I was not myself. I'm back!
Sincerely, Kari Ward 1/2013

I had minor back pain and headaches. The headache was my main concern. I had headaches once a week and at least once a month, the headache would turn into a migraine. Since my first adjustment in March 2011, I have not had a headache! I feel great! I've brought my entire family in to become patients. We are all at such a great place in our lives right now and a lot of it is due to Dr. Schalow getting our heads on straight. We're able to enjoy so much now because we're healthy and happy.
Sincerely, Betsy Thirakoune 10/2012

My pain level was, on a scale of 1-10, at 11 when I started care here. I could not sleep longer than 1/2 hour, waking up 8-10 times a night. I was tired all the time. Now, two months later, my pain is somewhere between 2-3, sleeping all night, maybe waking up once. Now very rested and not tired at all. Just turned 60 and I feel like 35 or 40 now. 
Sincerely, Ed Kissick January 30, 2014

I had constant back pain and shoulder pain. The pain would give me massive headaches, which prevented me from doing daily activities. It also prevented me from lifequarding to the best of ability. With lifeguarding, my legs would be bothering me and make it hard to walk straight. But now, after the NUCCA correction, I have a lot more energy and my spirits are flying high! My joints and legs feel amazing and some of my nerves are working again! I am glad I got this treatment! I am so thankful for Dr. Schalow and his staff for making sure that I was given the best care! It feels good to know that I am in good care!
Sincerely,
Sabrina Older, December 30, 2013

I thought I just had stiffness in my neck and minor shoulder and head pain that could be helped when I came to Dr. Schalow. But I was amzed to find that a jammed heel was "fixed" after my 1st Adjustment and shortly after my hands, which had been sore for years started to feel better! I feel healthier overall with the stiffness eased, my heel recovered and my hands no longer aching and tender. I am confident that I will continue with very good health with 1st Step Chiropractic and Dr. Schalow.
Sincerely, Barb Kerr 12/13

From my neck to my fingers my arm was asleep most of the time. Driving, taking showers, using the computer, while sleeping and anything else that I did my arm would go to sleep. I would hold it down straight and move it to get relief. I was awakened one night with a throbbing that wouldn't go away. That was when I came to Dr. Schalow, recommended by a friend. It has been six months and my arm doesn't go to sleep. It is still tender but I see how time will continue to heal my arm. Dr. Schalow made a difference with his care and understanding of my needs.
Sincerely
Carolyn Hunt, 11/2013

I had head, neck, chest, stomach, heart, hip and leg pain. After my first adjustment I could see better, smell better, taste better immediately. Left hip and leg pain gone by the third visit. Stomach, neck and head problems only slight now. I can tell I am getting better slowly. 
Sincerely,
Virginia Kolsch
6-20-2013

I had lower back pain 50% of the time, neck pain, severe left heel pain, lower rear skull pain. Then I got a NUCCA adjustment. Now I have no lower back pain, no neck pain, my heel pain is about 50% better and tolerable, but I still have lower skull headaches. I know in time it will be much better.
Sincerely,
Doug Janes
6-5-2013

Although I'm only 25, I had suffered from terrible migraines for about 13 years. I also had neck and hip pain that made it difficult to lead an active life style or sleep well at night. Now, after NUCCA care, my migraines have decreased significantly in not only frequency but intensity. My neck and hip pain have basically disappeared and my energy level is so much higher. I can finally lead an active life style I've always wanted.
Sincerely,
Kuenzi Dearth, 4/24/13

I had back and neck stress and pain. After my one NUCCA adjustment six weeks ago, I am now energized and relaxed!
Sincerely,
Sherry Emenecker, 4/22/13

I was hurting alot-had bad headaches. Also pain in my back to the point of using a cane. After getting under care at 1st Step Chiropractic over 3 months ago, my headaches are almost gone and the other pain is less.
Sincerely,
Betty Lundstrom 4/17/2013 

I have been asthmatic for most of my life. My latest allergist had me on 6 meds for my allergies - trees, pollen, grasses, mold, pets, etc, you name it. This summer was my best year ever since I began NUCCA care with Dr. Schalow in June! I have cut out over half of my allergy meds. I'm down to only 1 tablet and 2 inhalers. I feel great and breathe much freer now. I also have so much more energy and strength. My allergist is jealous but glad to see that I haven't changed in my test scores in over a year - despite taking less meds. If this is me after 6 months, let's see how a full year goes!
Sincerely,
Deb Kramer, December 19, 2012

I was having a spasm in my neck and shoulder. I had been going to a "traditional" chiropractor for 4 years, but since it hadn't seemed to lessen my issue, I figured I'd give this "new" way a shot. It's only been a few weeks but I can tell things are truly lining up and I have had less issues with muscle soreness and spasms. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.
Sincerely
Sarah Chambers, December 5, 2012

I was in a lot of pain. Everyday movements hurt and were hard. Now, after a few weeks, I have no pain. 
Sincerely,
Katie Hart, December 5, 2012

Chronic neck and shoulder pain, sinus congestion, lower back pain, knee pain was my life when I began NUCCA care. I figured it was something I would have to live with. Now, about 6 weeks later, I am well on my way to recovery with significant reduction in seerity and frequency of pain in the neck and lower back. No shoulder and knee pain - all related to old sports injuries.
Sincerely,
Hannah Fadelle November 2012

I had a lot of back and knee problems due to sports injuries and now being a hairstylist standing on my feet all day. My work took a big toll on me. Then I got under NUCCA care. Now I have no knee problems and my back continues to get better. I feel when I'm out of alignment and it helps me in my job not having to sit down as much.
Sincerely, 
Becca Hart, November, 2012

My body was exhausted, stressed, sore and totally out of whack. I had just made a major move from North Carolina.  I couldn't seem to regain my energy and strength. I wasn't able to get a good nights' sleep. Then I got under NUCCA care. Today I am able to sleep like a baby, I feel very rested. My body feels lighter and my strength endurance is great.  I no longer feel my age! Yea! My legs no longer ache and I don't have to stand still for a few minutes after I've been istting for a while. My mental attitude is much better to to lack of pain. Thanks to Dr. Schalow! :)
Sincerely,
Karen Taylor

When I started care at 1st Step Chiropractic, my right leg was much shorter than my left leg. I had a lift in the right shoe. Also, was having alot of lower back pain and shoulder pain. Today, about 2 months later, my lower back pain is improved - I no longer have the lift in my shoe. My gait is improved!
Sincerely,
Pam Bracken, November 2012

Weak after a heart attack and insertion of 2 stents. Unsteady placement of feet when walking, especiallyoutside. Now, since I have been holding my NUCCA correction I feel much better. I feel stronger and am steady on my feet. I feel optimistic about future progress. 
Sincerely,
Donna Jacobson, 10-25-12

Something wasn't right when I first started care at 1st Step Chiropractic, but I didn't know what. My first alignment I felt a change that I couldn't explain. But it was for the better. I am progressively improving.
Sincerely,
Doug Riley, July 2012

I had been seeing a standard chiro for some time to correct my neck and back pain on the entire right side of my body. Each week, that therapy would pop me into place but come out again by the next week. Since I began upper cervical treatment I have been holding my adjustment.
Today, I still feel remnants of the old pains, but am holding the adjustment and nerves seem to be slowly mending. The aches and pains on the right side seem less and I am noticing more balanced strength on right and left sides of my body.
Sincerely,
Michael Janes, July 2012

I had constant neck pain and very frequent back pain. Then, six weeks ago I had the NUCCA correction. Now I'm seeing an 80% decrease in pain, much greater range of motion and good relief of stress from pain, and feel an overall well-being.
Sincerely,
Mike Preston
April 23, 2012

I had consistent pain in the arch of my left foot. It prohibited me from exercising as often as I would have like and also impacted which form of exercise I was able to do. I had been having arch pain for 10 years. Now, 4 months after my initial NUCCA correction, I am able to exercise consistently with no foot pain. running has always been a part of my life and I have been able to run enough to feel confident running a half-marathon!
Sincerely,
Rachel Rebsom
April 18, 2012

I was really broken. Even lying down flat on the exam table was really painful. My back/shoulder/hip pain came and went. The attacks lasted weeks and even when I wasn't having attacks, it was painful to work in my farm job. I was surprised that even after my first adjustment, my body felt better, like it untwisted right there in the office. I still have a lot of pain someimes, but the attacks last days, not weeks. And if my back starts hurting after a long morning of harvesting spinach, then it gets better after a few hours instead of days. I think because I was so broken, it was easier to see the big help that the NUCCA adjustments can bring. Thanks!
Sincerely,
Raul Casique
March 21, 2012

I was getting weeks long attacks of pain and swelling in my right arm, hand and shoulder when I overdid the jewelry making (using little pliers repeatedly). The symptoms were like repetitive motion injury and arthritis. This even happened after just 20 minutes of working someimes. Also, my right hip was chronically out of the joint. Since my initial NUCCA correction I've gradually gotten better. I can work on making jewelry for hours now (without protective gloves) and have just a little tenderness in my hand that goes away quickly. Someimes my hip still pops out of joint, but it's getting better:). Right away, after the first adjustment, I could tell that my right foot didn't turn out ot the side as much when I walked because my hip muscles were more engaged. Awesome!
Sincerely,
Jenny Hoople
March 21, 2012

I had a great deal of neck stiffness and pain, which was also leading to almost daily frontal headaches. After trying physical therapy, chiropractic and massage with moderate relief from only massage, I decided to seek out a NUCCA practitioner to see how it differed from typical chiropractic. 
After just the first one or two adjustments, my headaches ceased to be an issue. I have been amazed how rapidly and consistently I have experienced relief. While I still have neck stiffness and pain, the magnitude of both is steadily improving, with increases in my cervical range of motion.
Sincerely,
Rod Singletary
January 11, 2012

I had constant headaches, neck, upper and lower back pain, stomach upset. I took antacids constantly. My legs ached. I just always had a pain or felt bad. Then I became a patient at 1st Step Chiropractic. Now I'm a new man. I hardly ever take antacids. Once in a while I will have some neck and shoulder tiredness (very minor) and that's about it!
Harold Nelson
February 9, 2012

I could hardly get out of bed in the morning without sever pain before I started NUCCA care with Dr. Schalow.  I could not brush my teeth without supporting myself, or bend over to pick up things on the floor without pain. Today, my quality of life has improved so much! I look forward to continuing with Dr. Schalow. Thank you!!
Sincerely,
Angela Arriaga
February 6, 2012

My body had always felt lopsided. My lower back and neck had hurt for many years. This past year, I was having a hard time walking my dog for long distances. And standing for a long time put pressure on my right side. Though I knew about chiropractic care, going to one was not easy because of the pain many of my friends experienced. 
Then I got under NUCCA care seven months ago. 
What can I say? A few weeks ago I walked 6 miles without back pain or foot pain. I can do more than I ever have. So my dog is very happy. Walking from the train station in Chicago to work is now effortless.
Thank you so much!
Sincerely,
Penny Matusiak
January 12, 2012

After two sinus surgeries, I read about cranial sacral therapy and decided it was worth a try. After a few sessions of therapy on my head, the therapist announed that my head pain was caused from my neck!! She referred me to NUCCA and Dr. Schalow. How surprised I was! I had never heard of NUCCA. After my initial adjustment I wasn't sure that any adjustment actually took place. I felt practically nothing. Almost immediately, however, I felt different fleeting pains in other places in my head and soon started having hours, then days of an absence of pain. Slowly these times lengthened. I needed to have adjustments every week for the first year, but I was ok with that because between visits I had very little pain.  The pain had been horrible and was wearing me down; coughing, sneezing, bending over and breathing cold air would cause sudden severe pain in addition to the regualr pain and aching I had before seeing Dr. Schalow. I remember going to a football game one chilly night a few weeks after my initial adjustment and noticed I could breath the cold night air and my head didn't hurt! I was so excited and encouraged that NUCCA was really helping me. Now, I can go one to two months between adjustments with no head pain. I am so thankful for Dr. Schalow, his expertise, and continued help and support. He has been a God-send to me.
Sincerely,
Cheryl Walsh
January 5, 2012

I had trouble sleeping because of restless legs and pain in the base of my neck. This lack of sleep resulted in tiredness throughout the day and at times falling asleep while driving. I was also beginning to experience sharp pains shooting from my shoulder to my wrist. 
Then I got under NUCCA care. 
Here it is, two months later and all my symptoms have cleared up and I now sleep peacefully.
Sincerely,
Dude Frank
12/29/2011


I am almost 79 years old. When I was 10 days old, my parents were told I would not walk after age 30. I had my 1st hip replacement at age 39. I have been walking with some combination of 1 or 2 canes or crutches for 40 years, so you can see I am a rather unique case.  I have had a total of 12 leg surgeries. My most recent surgery was to repair a break in the left thigh where the bone was paper thin. The surgeons at the world famous center of Central du Page—Rush Presbyterian, said there were only 4 sites in the world that could do this surgery and I was the worst they had ever seen. I also have more metal in my body than they have ever seen, and they did not expect their surgery to heal. It has healed way beyond their expectations. There have been many times throughout my life when I thought walking was “all over” for me, but God keeps leading me to new solutions. Dr. Schalow was one of those solutions. I have been seeing him for a little over 4 years. I now walk with 2 crutches, but can walk with one. I use 2 for maintaining a better balance and putting less stress on my back and hips. I  still drive, and do some private violin teaching. Thank you Dr. Schalow for giving me another 4 years of independence and hopefully many, many more.
Sincerely,
Mary Kuchenmeister
December 28, 2011


Before I started NUCCA care, my arm and hand would get numb and tingly, and I’d get a hitch in my lower back during my daily walk. Also at night my legs would be jumpy and restless.
Now, no more numbness or tingling in my arms! My back feels fine too. The restless legs are much improved!
Sincerely,
Kelly Epperson
December 26, 2011

I was experiencing pain, stiffness, and restriction in range of motion in my neck and upper shoulder areas even though I have had chiropractic treaments since early adulthood. As a professional, my 40+ hour per week office job further aggravated the discomfort. Now, after approximately four months of NUCCA care, I have sen a significant improvement in my neck head, and shoulder stiffness and discomfort. My roange of motion has improved as well. If I aggravate this area, the stiffness improves in 24-36 hours. with some additional exercising, my level of comfort allows me to experience a greater level of life.
Sincerely, Leland Freberg
December 26, 2011


I had not been to a Chiropractor in over a year for an adjustment and my symptoms, which had been managed by monthly treatments were now back with increased severity. These included stiffness and pain to the neck, back and arms. The pain in my arms would wake me up at night so I was not sleeping well. During the day I was lethargic and moody and my body seemed to ache all over. I met Dr Schalow at a Mount Olive Lutheran Church outreach event where he had a booth describing his Chiropractic technique.
Now, after being under NUCCA care for three months, I feel amazing! I sleep better and have more energy throughout the day. I used to need a nap in the afternoon just to get through and now I rarely need to do that. My overall mood is better too. I do not wake up in the middle of the night in pain and my daily aches and pains have greatly diminished. I am very happy I met Dr. Schalow and would recommend his NUCCA treatment to anyone.
Sincerely,
Darlyne Watts-Jurgens
December 12, 2011


My allergies were out of control, I was sore a lot, and my focus (attention deficit) was bad when I first started NUCCA care. 
Here it is, over one year later, and I feel great! I rarely have issues with allergies anymore and my attention deficit is much more manageable.
Sincerely,
Nic Gaudry, 11/21/2011


I was bent over and had great difficulty walking, and especially walking any distance. I felt stiff and hated to move because it hurt. A few months after my NUCCA correction, I'm still bent over, but I can move much more freely and with little or only occasional pain. My back feels much stronger and my mental attitude has improved greatly.
Sincerely,
Vikki Peterson
November 23, 2011

My life changed the day I heard Dr. Philip Schalow do a lecture-demonstration about the Alexander Technique at Rock Valley College last summer. What he did and how he did it mesmerized me. I remember driving home that day and wondering why I felt so good. The next week, I had my first office visit; x-rays were taken, and I had a "Table Turn." Again, I drove home feeling like a new woman!
Since then I have had a series of NUCCA treatments, and find that my scoliosis is gone, one leg is not longer than the other, and I don't need lifts in my shoes anymore. 
I am so appreciative of his advice about getting out of bed, standing up, sitting down, walking, turning my head, staying balanced, etc.
I have been telling everyone how happy I am to be under Dr. Schalow's care and guidance, and some of my friends have also been going to him for treatment.
Thank you, Doc!
Sincerely,
Carol B. Fosshage
October 4, 2011

Our son has been a very active little boy since the day he was born.  As he grew, impulsivity became more noticeable and affected his relationships and school. He had a very difficult time sitting still in school and focusing. He never really had one toy or activity that he loved more than others...he liked them all! Homework time was always a chore. We had him tested and were told that he would benefit from medication so we tried several of them. The impulsiveness and lack of focus improved, but our son's trademark ear-to-ear smile was gone. The night my pre-teen son laid down beside me and expressed how sad he was and how he didn't know why was the last day of medication for him. It was just not worth it. 
A short time later we met Dr. Schalow and had marvelous results with the NUCCA procedure for both of us, so we decided to have him examine and treat our son. His misalignment was more than double mine! This is such a subtle thing...kind of hard to explain how he has improved. I would say the impulsivity has improved the most. His focus on tasks is much better and he is much more able to begin a long term task and see it through to completion. 
As the pre-teen/teen years passed the maturity gap between him and his peers had seemed to widen...that has completely gone away. His relationships have improved. His self-confidence has risen and now he has a calm about him. He just seems to be more at peace with himself. He has just graduated from high school and is on the road to becoming a professional photographer.  Now his focus has turned to the Navy with hopes of advancement as a Naval Photographer after which he plans to complete a Photography degree at Texas A&M University. I'd say his focus and ability to plan and carry out a project has definitely improved! Thank you Dr. Schalow!! 
Bob & Shelly Gaudry, September, 2011

I had back surgery in August 2010 to fuse L4 & L5 in order to relieve severe leg and back pain. I had been seeing a traditional chiropractor for many years but even though I was going 3x/week, I had neck and back pain.
It has been six months since I started NUCCA care and am holding alignment for about a month at a time. I was diagnosed a year abo with Barrett's Esophagus. The yearly followup endoscopy shoed "no Barrett's" cells. I no longer feel the need to have my neck "cracked." Myposture is greatly improved. My clothes fit better.
I now have my husband and 2 sisters-in-law benefitting from Upper Cervical Care.
I am grateful for his expertise and delivery.
Shiela Snider
June 30, 2011 

Eye pressure, poor eye sight, pain and difficulty hearing brought me to 1st Step Chiropractic in November, 2009. I've had these problems for about three years. Now, at the middle of January, 2010, I  have decreased pain, my eye pressure is normal, my hearing is improving and I can move better too! This care has really impacted my quality of life, especially since I am a piano teacher.
Dianne Matter, January 14, 2010

Constantly wringing hands, severe headache, stabbing arm and shoulder pain have been with me for about six months. I tried massage, meditation and pain medications, all of which helped temporarily. My brother, who works construction, told me about NUCCA care and how it helped some of his co-workers. So I started NUCCA care at 1st Step Chiropractic in December, 2009.  Here it is, two months later and I have much fewer headaches, very little hand-wringing, and my shoulder pain has improved considerably! The NUCCA procedure is definitely the way to go for more permanent help - without medications.
Sheryl Hall, March 3, 2010

For about six years, I have suffered with neck and shoulder discomfort, leg numbness, poor balance, fatigue and sinus drainage. This caused me to be depressed; I had to push myself to participate in life. I slept a lot. 
I started care at 1st Step Chiropractic in December, 2007. Then I began to get better!
Now I have more energy, my neck and shoulder are very much improved. I have more strength and I am able to move more easily. Other people notice these changes too!
Mary Ish, January, 2008

After a minor car accident, I began having severe headaches, especially when moving or lifting things. As a nursing student, I couldn't move patients or do many of my duties. When I had the headaches, it even prevented sleep! I went to the ER, where they did a CT scan and a lumbar puncture and found nothing wrong. I was told to take Tylenol. 
My mother told me to go to 1st Step Chiropractic, and after Dr. Schalow got my head on straight, my headaches vanished immediately. I also experienced an improvement in my breathing and heartburn, which I hadn't even realized was a problem until it went away.
Mychalena M. DeBehnke, January, 2008

For about 15 years, I have been suffering with sleep disorders, stiffness and soreness all over. I had pain down both arms, legs, tingling in my hands. I was told I might have to have surgery. I started care at 1st Step Chiropractic in September, 2005. Three months later, the pain is gone, soreness gone, I can move without pain! I am 100% better! My husbanc says I sleep without snoring any more, and I sleep better too. Thank you 1st Step Chiropractic for really straightening me out!
Norah Huntley, December, 2005

I had vertigo. My right arm and hand would  get numb, I would also have a tight neck. I would bump up against things when shopping with my grand-daughter, like I was doing a "two-step". I was told to take Dramamine.
I began care at 1st Step Chiropractic on June 4, 2008. Now, almost eight weeks later, the vertigo is about 95% better and the numbness about 98% better. The tight neck is about 98% better too! I strongly suggest people try NUCCA care.
Mildred Mousel, July 2008

I could not do my job as well as I knew I should. My neck hurt and I could not look up. My lower back was sore a lot. I tried other types of chiropractic, but it made my neck hurt worse. Now, I'm fine and don't have any symptoms at all. 
Kim Bicksler, December 4, 2008

Rheumatoid arthritis for the past 16 years has given me stiffness and pain in all my joints. I've tried exercise and many, many medications. I started care at 1st Step Chiropractic in October, 2008. The pain has reduced and what's even better is that I have been able to stop two medications and reduce the frequency of two other medications. Medical doctors don't know it all, so it's important to see what's available. I recommend others for NUCCA care at 1st Step Chiropractic.
Lori Hackworth, December 4, 2008

I have Myasthenia Gravis. For 15 years, my nerves did not make proper connections with my muscles. I started care at 1st Step Chiropractic in June, 2008. Now it's very clear that I am experiencing a decrease in the symptoms associated with myasthenia gravis. Other people notice these changes too. I recommend that everyone try this type of care, no matter what your symptoms are.
LaVerne Mousel, December 10, 2008

I had a series of neck injuries over the past three years that significantly changed my life. I also had a fresh injury to my low back, including pulled tendons. My entire adult life has been under chiropractic care, and I am 52 years old, but the care I was receiving was less-than-satisfactory. After witnessing the tenderness of Dr. Schalow's care with my friend, I knew I had found someone to help my own conditions. After the first gentle adjustment to my neck, I felt immediate relief in my lower back, which Dr. Schalow did not even touch. My neck had instant mobility, something I had not experienced in years. After going through the rest of the initial therapy, my back is now "solid," my gait is balanced, my neck is still mobile, my tendons in my back are still healing and are mending. I can now get through the day without pain relievers. So often one needlessly believes there is no help for the pain, and we allow it to become our daily life. I want to encourage others to find true help. Dr. Schalow is genuinely concerned for his patients and allows God to work through him, giving treatment when needed and holding back when it may be better for long-term healing. Dr. Schalow is a rarity in the chiropractic field. Thank you!
Jo Fox, December 15, 2008

I was having difficulty walking more than a mile, numbness in my right leg and dropped foot syndrome. I experienced difficulty in writing due to numbness in the right arm and hand. This has been happening for a number of years. I sought help through a neurologist and acupuncturist without clear success. As a result of my atlas being adjusted, it has relieved some pressure on the nerves and muscles to my legs and arm. It has given relief that I didn't have before. I have even been able to eliminate medications prescribed by other doctors. I feel so much better.
Others have noticed that my arm doesn't jerk and my writing is more clear. My walking is straight and I can walk for longer periods of time without help. 
Joe McCutcheon, March 17, 2008

I've had scoliosis all my life, but never suffered from it until I reached my 30's and my third child came along. At that point I began to experience lower back pain as well as pain and numbness in my neck, shoulders and arms. I had to find creative ways to get my tasks accomplished, such as vacuuming on my knees in order to avoid bending over to get under the furniture. I also found myself being short-tempered with my family. A family member recommended I try upper cervical chiropractic, and even found Dr. Schalow online for me! I began seeing Dr. Schalow in September, 2009, and began to experience relief immediately. In addition to diminished back pain, I am also seeing effects such as increased energy. Some things that I thought were just a part of life, such as stiffness in my hamstrings and "creaky" knees, have gone away as well. My kids have noticed that I'm not as inclined to be grumpy as before, since I'm not in discomfort all the time anymore. Upper cervical  care has given me a level of relief that regular chiropractic simply couldn't achieve. I'm so glad to have found Dr. Schalow!
Gwen Sittnick, October 30, 2009

I'm in a better mood since I started care at 1st Step Chiropractic in November, 2009. I had neck pain and didn't sleep too well. Other people notice the changes too!
Vernon Boehning, February 3, 2010

Mighty Man of God! Thanks for ALL you have done to get me back to the healthy stage of life! With all that God has before me the good health is essential to the world travelling and running an international community development ministry. Please pray for us - Reign Bow Ministry - as we move forward!!
Mike McLeland
April, 2010








Here are a handful of the many stories from our patients  as a direct result of getting under care in our office and being patient with the natural process of healing.

You'll notice that these are examples of widely varying symptoms. 

Why do you think that so many different symptoms can respond to the correction of the atlas misalignment? 

Give it some thought and let us know your answer!

If you still have questions, please call us at 
815-398-4500. 

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1st Step Chiropractic in Rockford IL
Here is a list of other symptoms that have responded well to NUCCA care...

Allergies
Arthritis 
Asthma
Arm Pain
Athletic Injuries
Attention Deficit Disorder
Barrett's Esophagus
Bed Wetting
Cerebral Palsy
Chiari Malformation Headaches
Child Development Problems
Chronic Illness and Infections
Cerebellar Tonsillar Ectasia
Constipation
Depression
Diabetes Insipidus
Epileptic Seizures
Ear Infections
Encopresis
Female Disorders
Hemochromatosis
Herniated Disc
High Blood Pressure
Hyperactivity
Immune System Deficiency
Impotence
Infertility
Incontinence
Knee Pain
Learning Disability
Loss of Sleep
Multiple Sclerosis
Nervousness
Neuritis
Numbness
Parkinson's Disease
Poor Vision
PTSD
Restless Leg Syndrome
Scoliosis
Tight Muscles
Tingling Sensations
Tourette's Syndrome
Traumatic Brain Injury
Whiplash

Call 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C., at 815-398-4500 to make your appointment so you can share the experience of so many others in the Stateline area.