Ingbretson helps you thrive, not just survive

Dr. Heather Ingbretson uses Rapid Release, a special technology used to help break up scar tissue and relax muscles.

Dr. Heather Ingbretson has practiced chiropractic health care for 12 years. She uses models like the one pictured to help patients understand what she will be doing during their clinic visit.

Walking into Ingbretson, visitors see a sign that says it all: “Most people don’t know how GOOD their body is designed to FEEL.” 

This message gets to the heart of what Dr. Heather Ingbretson does: She helps people feel the best they can feel.

Chiropractic isn’t just about caring for people who have had injuries. Yes, Dr. Heather sees patients who have been in accidents or have injured themselves and are in need of treatment. But once they start their treatment plan, they say their general health improves in ways they never anticipated.

“Most people I see have come in with an injury,” Dr. Heather says. “They find they feel so much better, they become clients for good.”

Ingbretson Chiropractic is seeing a growing number of people coming in for consultations who may not have an injury and instead say they simply want to improve their overall physical well-being.


Helping live a better life

Dr. Heather’s practice has shifted its focus from seeing people who are in pain and treating specific areas of concern, to a more holistic approach to health and wellness. 

She explains that chiropractic is a form of health care that emphasizes non-invasive approaches to healing that does not use drugs or surgery.

“Chiropractic is really only about one thing: performance. Performance of what controls every aspect of the body,” Dr. Heather says, adding this includes the brain and the nervous system, and their communication to the rest of the body.

Pain is going to bring most people into the clinic for a first visit, but what keeps them coming back on a regular basis is they find chiropractic care is a natural form of care that enhances their quality of life.

Patients frequently say they receive more personalized care from Dr. Heather than with other health care professionals. That could be because she always tries to get at the root cause of patients’ conditions.

Dr. Heather does cranial work on all her clients. She also adjusts hands, elbows and feet on each patient. This is done to positively impact the nervous system and bring more balance between the two nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for “fight or flight.” Dr. Heather says most people in modern societies are sympathetic dominant.

“We’re stressed. We’re highly stressed,” Dr. Heather says.

Adjusting the hands, elbows, knees and feet helps stimulate the opposite part of the nervous system known as the parasympathetic system. 

This means she stimulates the part of the nervous system that’s responsible for relaxation, digestion, repair and immunity.

Rapid Release is a special technology that Dr. Heather often uses for pain relief. This isn’t an actual massage. Instead, Rapid Release is a tool that utilizes high frequency vibration to resonate with scar tissue and relax muscles. 

“It really cools down tight muscles, but also goes straight to the scar tissue and breaks it up,” Dr. Heather explains.

Dr. Heather says she thinks of herself as a health coach and as a center hub of health care. 

She earned her bachelor of science degree in biochemisty/molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She received her chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2005.

“Between chiropractic treatment, nutritional coach and detoxification guidance, I can help people with almost any issue.” 

She has been voted a top chiropractor by Minnesota Monthly and was featured in the magazine in 2015 and 2016. 

At any age -- clients range from newborns on up to age 90 and beyond -- the benefits of Dr. Heather’s holistic health care are clear. “I can help you thrive in life, rather than just survive.”

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