- Sinus problems
- Ear Infections
- Forward Head Posture
- Stiffness/loss of mobility
- Neck Injuries
- Herniated/Bulging disc
- Deteriorating Posture
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Pain/ tightness/ limited motion in Shoulder
- Pain in Elbow/ limited motion
- Radiating arm pain
- Numbness/tingling into hands and fingers
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Upper Back/Mid Back
- Pain between shoulder blades
- Chronic bronchial and lung infections
- Slumping Posture
- Digestive problems/ reflux
- Low Back Pain
- Failed back surgery
- Herniated Bulging disc
- Hip and Groin pain
- Loss of movement/ flexibility
- Lumbar stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Menstrual difficulties
- Pain/ Stiffness in Hip and Groin
- Abnormal Gait/ uneven hips
- Radiating pain into legs/feet
- Knee Pain/ stiffness
- Numbness into legs/feet
- Heel spurs/ plantar fasciitis
Here at Complete Wellness Chiropractic, Dr. Angie Monthei treats the body as a whole entity- mind, body, and spirit. This holistic approach to the body is a preventive care medicine that does not just treat symptoms, rather, finds the root or cause of symptoms.
Dr. Angie believes that each person is unique and requires different needs to attain optimal health, and will recognize those individual needs to provide the body with the proper requirements to heal itself. Improving posture and proper spinal curves are essential to allow the nervous system to have a path free of interference and proper energy flow throughout the entire body.
To allow whole body health, nutritional support, exercise, and proper eating habits are also required, again tailored to each individual. Our goal at Complete Wellness Chiropractic is to get you out of pain and restore function and movement. Once this goal is achieved we strive to maintain a wellness state by significantly reducing visits to the office and creating a home care regimen where you can take an active roll in your health at home.
Dr. Angie is very compassionate to help you achieve a healthy mind, body, and spirit- creating a healthier happier you!
Dr. Angie Monthei grew up in Iowa and received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Simpson College in Indianola. While growing up, Dr. Angie was involved in showing horses, and suffered a few acute equestrian injuries. When she began getting headaches everyday around the age of 13 that even the strongest, most expensive medications wouldn’t touch, her mom, took her to their family chiropractor. After a couple of adjustments her headaches were gone and she was living a happier life headache free.
She continued to show horses and was on a path to veterinary medicine. After applying to veterinary college she was showing her horse at an open show in Des Moines. Upon entering the her Class, she was dismissed because her horse was lame (limping). Close to tears and concern for her horse, her mom called on the horse chiropractor and acupuncturist. Twenty minutes later her horse was not limping and she went into her next class and received 5th place! This was a turning point in Dr. Angie’s life when she chose the road to chiropractic.
Dr. Angie Monthei graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX, where she also became certified in animal chiropractic. Dr. Angie has also completed over half of the pediatric diplomat through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), and is Webster Technique Certified (see FAQ for "What is the Webster Technique?").
After graduating from Chiropractic College, Dr. Angie continued to gain life changing experiences. She spent time in the Dominican Republic on a chiropractic mission trip, where together with a team of chiropractors, delivered chiropractic care (at no cost), to thousands of people even in the most remote villages. She then Moved to New York City where she worked under one of the most highly regarded doctors in New York, and learned first hand the most innovative spinal techniques.
After all of Dr. Angie’s wonderful life experiences, there is no place like home. She is excited to be close to her family and friends again. Dr. Angie Monthei is very compassionate about her work, and is driven by her passion to help others.
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Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
: American Chiropractic Association- http://www.acatoday.org/index.cfm
Dr. Angie Monthei uses Flexion-distraction technique with a combination of other techniques, including but not limited to: diversified, thompson, and activator. Flexion-distraction technique has become the most widely used approach to treating symptomatic disc injuries involving back pain and the often-accompanying leg pain. Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine and which allows the chiropractor to isolate the area of disc involvement while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm. There is no pain involved in the treatment.
Dr. Angie also practices a form of the Pettibon Technique, where posture rehabilitation is key. After meticulous evaluation of the patient’s spine, a global postural and spinal strengthening care plan is determined for each patient. This individualized care plan will contain home exercises so you can take active part in your wellness lifestyle and so you can help yourself and not become dependant a constant, repetitive chiropractic adjustment. These care plans are designed to help regain normal postural curves. Normal postural curves provide a spinal shock absorbing system, and when these curves are lost, so is the natural sock absorbing system causing abnormal pressure build up on the nervous system, eventually presenting as symptoms.
Nutrition also plays a significant role in a healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating, such as eating organic whole foods and maintaining a balanced diet and supplementation provides vitality, strengthens immunity, prevents disease, slows the aging process, and boosts your mental and emotional state creating a healthier, happier you. Again, supplements and nutrition recommendations are different for every individual and Dr. Angie will create a program of whole foods and supplements that are unique to your body.
- Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.
The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Imbalances in the vertebrae of the neck, which may be associated with neck pain, some types of headaches and other symptoms described in our website, often involves realignment of these misaligned vertebrae. Gentle mobilization of the bones of the neck, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve the joint mobility of the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm and irritation to nerves. This helps to relieve pressure and tension in the neck area.
Neck mobilization is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, there is no clear understanding of any such connection. The occurrence of such is extremely rare: 1 in 5.85 million manipulations based on the clinical reports and scientific studies to date. While being evaluated by us for upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help us offer the safest and most effective care including if necessary, referral to another health care provider.
It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain -- prescription and over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) -- as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.
- Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Infants can get adjusted as early as the day they were conceived. The birthing process can cause major strain on the delicate and developing nervous system, especially the cervical spine (neck).
Dr. Angie Monthei has started her pediatric diplomat through the ICPA.
- Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.
Dr. Angie is Webster techique certified and adjusts pregnant mothers on a specialized pregnancy pillow and table that allows a comfortable and safe placement of the growing belly.
Chiropractic care has also helped in cases of babies who are in a breech position. The ligaments of the uterus are connected to the pelvic bones. Working with the ligaments of the uterus and maintaining proper position of the pelvic bones though out pregnancy will help the uterus and baby maintain its proper position, and provide more comfort for the mother throughout her pregnancy.
- What is the Webster Technique?
- The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which reduces nerve system stress, and improves pelvic biomechanical function. Its purpose is to detect and correct sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The Webster technique is commonly used throughout pregnancy as a specific sacral analysis and adjustment that corrects the effects of neuro-muscular imbalance in the pelvis. Adjusting the sacrum via Webster analysis and working with specific ligaments throughout pregnancy will minimize aberrant uterine tension, fetal constraint and possible malposition at the time of delivery. Throughout pregnancy it is very helpful and important to have the Webster technique performed, especially if your baby is in any breeched or malposition.
Does chiropractic care require a referral from a medical physician?
No, a patient does not need referral by an MD before visiting a doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors are first contact physicians, and are so defined in federal and state regulations. Following a consultation and examination, the doctor of chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis and make a determination as to whether or not referrals to any other care providers are necessary.
- What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.
In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). Making permanent positive structural changes of ones spine requires force over time, similar to braces on a child's teeth or lifting weights at the gym.
To institute a spinal correction, a patient needs to be in our office more frequently at the beginning of the care.A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. We specialize in creating a personalized home care program to make the necessary postural and spinal corrections. We will let you know out the outset, exactly what type of time commitment you can expect. Our practice philosophy is to empower you to fix your own spine and not become dependent on us.
- How quickly will my symptoms subside?
Every individual responds differently to care. It also depends on how long the symptoms have been present. That being said, in our clinical experience, most patients' symptoms will begin to subside within a few days to a few weeks.
- Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
An audible popping or cracking sound heard with an adjustment is perfectly normal and is simply the sound of gas bubbles being released in the joint fluid as they're compressed. This is exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released. The presence or intensity of the sound can vary from person to person, or even treatment, and is not indicative of an effective treatment. There is no pain involved.
- Does the adjustment hurt?
The adjustment is a painless procedure. If a person is already in pain any movement of course can be uncomfortable, but the adjustments are designed to ultimately reduce and eliminate the pain.
- What is a “sublaxation”?
A subluxation is a misalignment of the bones that house and protect the spinal cord. Any misalignment puts unnecessary pressure on the nerve system and damages the nerve supply to different parts of the body. Vertebral subluxations that are left undetected and unadjusted for many years can lead to symptoms of pain, diseases, and an unhealthy expression of life.
- What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Chiropractors base their care on the detection correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spine, to improve nerve system functions and reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths use drugs, surgery, and other traditional medical therapies and only occasionally use manipulative procedures.
- Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?
No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.