Chronic Pain Treatment – Success Stories

Success with Acid Reflux, Severe Headaches, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Arm Pain, Sleep Problems, Back Pain, & Sciatica Leg Pain

Krystina M. Foor

I first became a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center on December 17th 2015. I came to Optimal Performance to get help with severe headaches which had been ongoing for 3-5 years. I suffered from severe low back pain for 4 years, sciatica, and hip pain. The acid reflux began when I was only 7 years of age. I was unable to walk very long distances and my arms would randomly go numb throughout the day. My feet and hands would also go numb when I slept. I always had a difficult time sleeping due to the random numbness. My health conditions made me moody, irritable, affected my attitude and patience, restricted my hobbies and household duties and I felt like my mind and body just wanted to shut down.

Prior to Optimal Performance I saw a different Chiropractor for three times a week for an entire year. Although I did reach minor results they weren’t enough for me to be numbness free. I also tried taking medications such as Excedrin extra strength to manage the pain because my tolerance to pain medications is very high. I can say that after the first year of getting adjustments I had less pain and headaches but they were not completely gone. I was however able to stop taking the pain medications and live with the pain since it now was more mild and not severe anymore. I did always had a hard time sleeping and I almost always woke up with a headache or back pain.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I can now sleep better, I haven’t had a headache since January, my arms and feet no longer go numb, and my back and hip pain is almost completely gone. When the pain does occur it is mild and short term. The pain is no longer as bad as it used to be, and I feel great. I now have greater energy, ability to sleep, stamina, breathing, digestion, ability to stand and work, ability to deal with stress, muscle strength, concentration, and flexibility.

I feel my future will be much better with my improved health. Sleeping better has given me more energy. I am now able to go outside much more since my headaches are gone, my strength has also improved and I also now have the ability to help out more around the house with the daily duties.

I absolutely recommend anyone who suffers from an unnecessary pain to visit Optimal Performance Health Care Center, I have even gained ¾ of an inch back in height!

Success with Hip, Shoulder, & Low Back Pain

Austin Cebula

I first became a patient of Optimal Performance Health Care Center in June 20th of 2016 suffering from hip, shoulder & lower back pains. I had about 2-3 concussions, I play soccer, strained myself playing football & have done weights since 7-8th grade until now. I was dealing with pain for about 3 years. It got to the point where I couldn’t stand it, it was very severe & it was affecting my day to day life.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I used ibuprofen, icing, heating, did some stretches, exercises & shoulder and hip acupuncture 6 to 9 times a week. None of which helped at all.

I was never told by any doctor that I will live with this problem. I knew that something could be done, Dr. Van was that something that was able to fix my problem. Ever since I came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I feel like a new person, everything feels more free & and I’ve gotten more range of motion back.

I feel my future will be better than great. With Dr. Van’s help I’ve been able to get my squat form back into shape & I couldn’t be more happy about that.

With no doubt I would recommend others to Optimal Performance Health Care Center, as a matter of fact I have already recommended a few friends and family. If you have any doubt about consulting a chiropractor put that aside, Dr. Van is amazing at what he does, he will take great care of you & he will also solve your problems fast and efficiently.

Success with Neck Posture, Tendinitis in Knee & Lower Back Pain

Tyler Cebula

July 15th of 2016 is the first day I attended Optimal Performance Health Care Center. I came in suffering from tendinitis in the knee, neck pain & lower back pain. The tendinitis in my knees began when I started football in high school, I couldn’t put weight one knee. My neck and back pain weren’t so noticeable during football but hurt some days worse than others. I also had many bike accidents, the pain was preventing me from standing and from having better movements.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I went to my doctor to find out why my knee was hurting. I tried various treatments for my knees, ice & aspirin for the knee, neck & back pain. I also rested so the inflammation went down. My knees had some reduced inflammation, the pain of the neck, back & knees was only masked by the aspirin. The results can’t compare to the ones I got from Dr. Van Westen.

Since I became a patient here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I’ve noticed my neck has the normal curve back, my back does not have any pain anymore. Knees feel 10x better than before I started with Dr. Van Westen.

I feel my future will be a lot better, I’m planning on keeping it as best as I can, I feel 10x better now than before my care plan began.

I would absolutely recommend others to come to Optimal Performance Health Care Center. I tell people about trigger points all the time. This is the best place to come for anything involving sports or overall health.

 Success with Low Back Pain, Knee Pain, Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain, Jaw Pain, Foot Pain & Fibromyalgia

Frances Hanson

I first became a patient of Optimal Performance Health Care Center in June of 2016. I had been suffering with Fibromyalgia, Neck pain, Jaw pain, Foot pain, Low back pain & bilateral leg pain for many years that had been greatly affecting my quality of life.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I had seen internal medical doctors, I had taken Lyrica, pain killers, Neurontin, I had seen chiropractors, tried ice, heat, ben gay, Aleve, elevated my legs, compression stockings, massage, diet changes & exercise. These treatments only made me gain weight & the pain medication only gave temporary minor relieve & the back also increased. I was extremely frustrated that no doctor could help me.

One of the doctors I saw prior to coming to Optimal Performance told me my low back pain was permanent, another medical doctor told me all I needed to do was to lose weight but he offered no solution or plan, I also had a hard time exercising because of the pain & daily dysfunction from my health problems.

Since I became a patient at Optimal Performance I have had complete relief from my jaw pain, back & leg pain & foot pain. I am even less constipated, & my sleep has improved! I have a better mood, more energy & I feel more motivated to do things.

I now feel my future will be better with my improved health since I am able to exercise better & I am now back performing things that I loved doing like jogging, hiking, swimming, biking & socializing more!

I would definitely recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who suffer with illness like mine, in fact I have already referred four people. I know the treatments work & it is well worth my time & my investment!

Success with Sleep, Insomnia, High Blood Pressure, Digestive trouble, Anxiety, Tight Achilles Tendon & Back Pain

Michael Miller

I started coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center June 9th of 2016, I had daily sleep irregularities & insomnia for a decade, I had digestive problems for just as long. I also had tight Achilles tendon, which caused pain while lifting my right foot, I had problems with my back & also I’ve had high blood pressure my whole life.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I’ve mainly tried over the counter medications, I did not do corrective treatments just symptom moderation. I also tried running, sodium reduction & exercise for my high blood pressure, for my insomnia I tried wine, medical marijuana, fan, melatonin and sleeping tea. These treatments where not so effective for me.

I began adapting my life to live with my problems trying various home treatments.

Since I was accepted as a patient here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I have seen improvements overall in all the conditions that I came in here with. Which is a big relief for me.

I feel that my future will be brighter because my baseline health should launch an improvement in my overall health.

I would highly recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who suffer from health conditions like mine.

 


Success with Failed Low Back Surgery, Left Low Back Pain, Stiffness, Neck Pain & Upper Back Pain.

Richard Kalina

I became a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center on December 4th, 2015  having sharp, stabbing pain and stiffness along with instability in my low back on the left for 4-5 years. I also suffered from neck & upper back pain twice a week for the last 3 years and walking difficulties for most of my life.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I visited a chiropractor for relief care, I took Tylenol for pain, I tried massage therapy, I had back surgery in 2007 & I also had physical therapy. The results of all these treatments weren’t so great I still had ongoing lower back pain. I was concerned about getting the shooting pain in my lower back when walking, lifting or stretching.

No Doctor or previous Chiropractors told me about exercises to relief my back pain, pressure & tightness. Since I came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I have no more severe back pain, no stabbing pain, I have a better posture with my neck & more flexibility. I can do more household chores & everything else with more confidence.

I feel my future will be better because now I am walking better, I am able to perform day to day duties, which is something I wasn’t able to do before coming here. I still want to improve in other areas including stamina in my legs & improve my balance.

I already recommended Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others. It is such a blessing to not worry about back pain. Now I don’t worry about hurting myself when I lift or stretch because I am more confident in doing so.

 

Success with Degenerative Disc Disease, Planter Fascitis, Lower Back Pain & Feet Pain

Danielle Archambeau

On the 30th of March of 2016 I came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center suffering from degenerative disc disease and planter fascitis. The foot pain was a 10/10. I noticed lower back and feet pain in august of 2015, but according to the x-rays Dr. Van Westen performed, I had it much longer than that. I have phase stage 2 degenerative arthritis in my spine.
Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I used ice, heat, bengay, cream. Also tried doing stretches & purchasing new shoes & visited other Doctors and was recommended pain medication and physical therapy. The results of my back pain decreased but was not completely gone & my feet where still in so much pain.
The doctors I visited prior to coming to optimal performance said that the arthritis in my spine was never going to heal. That is not true my arthritis can get better with the right care.
With the help of the Optimal Performance Doctors I no longer suffer from foot or back pain. I feel my future will be better knowing that I can walk around comfortably & I can be able to take better care of my family.
I would highly recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to other people.

 

Success with Hip Pain, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Numbness, Leg Stiffness & Under Active Thyroid

Elizabeth Flores Bustamante

I became a patient here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center June 18th, 2015. I had a lot of issues with, hip pain, back pain, neck pain, shoulder numbness, leg stiffness & under active thyroid for over 2 years. The pain was so severe that I could barely walk, it was also affecting my personal, social & work life. I would stay home instead of going out with my friends & family because I was in so much pain. I felt exhausted, fatigued, overweight & depressed. I was feeling dizzy constantly. I was also having a hard time sleeping & was awaken easily.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I had physical therapy for 6 months & tried muscle relaxers, medication, heat & massage for my hip pain. I also tried diet & vitamins. The physical therapy and medication helped for about a year then the pain returned along with pain in other parts of my body. I always had some type of discomfort when walking or sitting. I began to feel depressed because I would feel a lot of pain.

I was told by other doctors that I would have to live with the hip discomfort and pain for the rest of my life & that I couldn’t walk for long periods of time. Since becoming a patient here at Optimal Performance my hip, back & neck pain are gone. I regained my flexibility, I have more energy, I’m stronger and I’m also able to work out & go for walks without pain.

I am hopeful for my future health because I’ve seen great results. I’m happy with the progress my body has made with treatment. I’m excited to see the end results which is to be pain free.

I would definitely recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others. I’ve actually already recommended it to family and friends. I will continue to recommend Optimal Performance to others who suffer from unnecessary illness or pain. My friends and family noticed the improvements of my posture & comment on how much happier I seem since I started my treatment with Dr. Van Westen.

 

Success with Low Back Pain, Numb Hands, Neck Pain, Stress, Anxiety, & Hip Pain

Michelle Zellmer

In May 6th of 2016 I became a patient here at Optimal Health Care Center, suffering from low back pain, numbness in my hands, neck pain, stress, anxiety and hip pain. The numbness in my hands occurs when I’m sleeping. I was nervous because numbness is not normal, and I had been suffering from that numbness for a couple months. My back problem was on & off for about a year. I also had a hip flexor issue but decided not to come to a chiropractor because of that, the more I learned about the problems I had I realized they were correlated.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I had people in my gym that went to chiropractors & loved them so I decided to go to a physical therapist for my hip but I only had some temporary relief, it didn’t fix the problem. I also tried hand massage. And for my hip & lower back pain I had to stop crossfit.

The physical therapist I went to prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center said that I will probably need surgery or a cortisone shot. My hip actually improved a lot after seeing a chiropractor. As soon as I came to optimal Performance I am able to sleep better with no hand numbness. My neck and back are looser & stronger, I have no discomfort what so ever. I learned how to stretch & how to do daily things to prevent any other subluxations.

I feel my future will be great, I have much more knowledge on how to maintain the improved health. I’m way more comfortable after visiting Dr. Van Westen.

I would definitely recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others, the office is great. I love Dr. Van Westen he is very helpful and caring.

 

Success with Lower Back Pain, Asthma, Allergies & Sinus

Ian Bent

I became a patient here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center July 8th, 2016, I had two bulging disc in my lower lumbar (low Back) area. I injured myself in March of 2012, during initial stages of the injury, The pain was quite severe.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I started with physical therapy. Then met with doctors at Advance Pain for injections & radiation ablation. I was on & off different types of pain moderations. I tried medications, cream, hot, cold, & massages for my lower back pain. The results were not successful, I learned to live with the pain.

I gave up going to other doctors because they were only masking the pain with temporary treatments. I am grateful for Optimal Performance Health Care Center because I have my life back, pain free. I have increased strength, flexibility & minimal to no back pain.

My future will be better now that I have corrected the underlying issues. I can now enjoy activities with my family, play sports & play with kids.

I would absolutely recommend people to Optimal Performance Health Care Center because it’s a holistic approach to health. I wish I would’ve known about this option at the beginning of my injury. Dr. Van Westen and Katie are awesome! Thank You.

 

Success with Neck, Low Back, Upper Back & Knees

Jilon Kramer

I came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center March 23rd of 2016 seeking help for my neck, low back, upper back & knee pain. I was having daily pain for at least 2 decades. My job consists of writing computer programs, so I sit for a long period of time. Some days are better than others. I also strained myself while exercising

Prior to coming to Optimal Health Care Center I tried ice, heat, arnica cream, exercises & body worker. I became frustrated with my neck pain so I also visited various chiropractors that didn’t provide the detailed program that was given to me here at optimal performance. I had minimum results but they didn’t last. My spine went back to an abnormal state.

The Doctors I attended prior to Optimal Performance never told me I had to live with it & if they did I wouldn’t of believed them. Since I came to Optimal Performance I have noticed my head is more balanced and centered, which has improved my posture. I also noticed my neck rotates with no problem & that has helped me tremendously when driving and checking those blind spots!

I feel that in my future I would be able to exercise more without worrying about having neck and back pain during or after the work out. I can sit at my desk without feeling fatigued or achy.

I would highly recommend Optimal Performance Health Care to others who suffer from unnecessary illness or pain. If you maintain the frequency of your exercises you will get a faster result.

 

Success with Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Chest Pain, Fatigue, Poor Circulation, Attention Deficit Disorder, Confusion, Depression & General Stiffness  

Andrew McComb

I first became a patient here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center in May 4th of 2016 suffering from low back, neck, foot & chest pain, also with fatigue. I also suffer from general stiffness, confusion, depression & poor circulation. When I was a kid I fell down the stairs & got hit by a car when I was riding my bike 10 years ago & that’s when my neck began with the problems. I did BMX when I was a kid. I stand for about 8 hours at work. I think that all of these are the leading problems to my misaligned spine.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I tried to diet, and nap  because of my fatigue, for my bad circulation I took ginger tea & for my chest I tried the sweat log. These treatment worked for some time but they kept coming back. When these symptoms kick in is when I start feeling depressed, grumpy, and irritated.  I didn’t realize I had a problem until I received a complimentary scan at a health fair. As soon as I noticed that could be the reason of my problems I decided to take action.

Since I became a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I have a better posture, more strength, no more neck pain. My neck has better range of motion, I am able to balance & better mobility.

I feel my future is brighter, since my body is more healthy now I won’t have to stop what I’ am doing to attend to it. I am more consistent, I think and feel better, I am going to have a better life.

I would definitely recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others. I’ am glad I have the exercises to do daily as it can be hard to self-motivate it’s good to have the ghost of Katie on my shoulder telling me how to exercise.

 

Success with: Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain, Hip Pain, Headaches & Leg Pain due to severe car accidents.

Jose Chavez

I became a patient here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center June 27th, 2016. I was in a severe motorcycle accident in 2013, I began to take physical therapy for my lower back pain, neck pain, hip pain & leg pain. On top of that I was experiencing really bad headaches.

Prior to coming here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I had oral surgery as well as physical therapy due to the accident. I tried ice, heat, baths, icy hot, Tylenol, stretches & massages for my lower back. I missed work & lost sleep due to the constant headaches. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that I wasn’t able to perform to the best of my abilities when it came to sports, especially basketball. These treatments gave minor temporary relief but never truly fixed my problems. This made me frustrated.

I was told by different doctors that I had to live with this for the rest of my life. I now know that was not true.

Since becoming a patient here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I’ve seen improvements in all of the areas for which I came in for. Thanks to Dr. Van Westen I’m back on the court. My back is showing improvements & I’ve had little to no headaches. I feel healthier and happier. There’s no better feeling than being able to do whatever it is that you love doing.

I would definitely recommend Optimal Performance Health care center as a matter of fact I already have!

 

Success with: Weak Sore Muscle, Low Back Pain & Neck Pain.

Lorena Gorum

In October 14th of 2015 I became a patient here at Optimal Performance Health Care Center having severe pain on my lower back, neck & having weak sore muscle. My neck & low back pain began a few years after a car accident and right after starting a new job. The pain was so bad that I couldn’t lift up my head & I did not want to move my body at all.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance health Care Center I was going to a chiropractor every 2 weeks for a year. I also tried heat, ice & electric muscle stimulation. All these treatments only caused temporary relief. It didn’t get rid of my problem completely and I was frustrated with this. When my problems were at their worst I suffered with decreased motion, stiffness, pain, and difficulty moving.

The other providers I saw did not provide me with other options to fix my problems. Since becoming accepted as a patient at Optimal Performance immediately after the 1st visit I felt some relief & a little more strength. Now, I have no more pain in my neck & back. It was much faster than I thought it would be. I feel like I can do anything, work is so much easier & I am so much happier.

I would definitely recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to people, i am so glad I found Dr. Van Westen. I don’t know where I’d be without him.

 

Success with Subluxations in the Cervical Spine causing pain & numbness & weakness into my arms, hands & Low back pain.

Brooke Shawver- Levin

In November 5th, 2015 I became a patient here at optimal performance Health Care Center. I came in with multiple subluxations in my cervical spine with loss of feeling in my arm & hands, I also had low back pain & nerve pain. I had been suffering from this since 2007 & was a result of my career as a professional dancer. The pain became severe enough that I was unable to drive with my right hand. I would be in constant pain and unable to play with my kids as I wanted.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center I went to multiple doctors in Chicago & spent 1000’s of dollars on tests only to be told that it was muscular & that massage was my option to manage my discomfort. I also tried ice, heat, gel, physical therapy, electromagnetic stimulations, stretches & Pilates.

There were no changes in my condition or symptoms, they continued to get worse over the years. After months of testing and no results my husband & I became frustrated and decided this was just my in life.

I had about 3 or 4 doctors tell me I had to live with these problems, but I did not believe them. Since I visited Dr. Van Westen I’ve noticed the numbness & tingling is completely gone, no more pain in my neck. With my exercises I’m able to manage tightness that occurs, I feel so much stronger & taller! I had improvements in my hip with the help of the adjustments.

My future is going to be excellent! I no longer dread having to drive longer than 20 minutes. I can play with my kids again & I was able to take ballet classes again.

I would absolutely recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to other people. You guys rock! Thank You

 

Success with Bilateral foot & knee pain, low back pain & headaches.

Jennifer Hackbarth

When I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on the 16th of February 2016 1 had suffered from severe daily knee & foot pain for over 8 years. I also suffered with mild daily headaches for over 5 years but had progressively gotten worse in the last 3 months. I also suffered with daily moderate low back pain for 5 years. I had placed over 20 years of stress on my body from twisting my ankles 30-40 times to car accidents to falling down the stairs a couple of dozen times to athletic injuries. Even in high school with the feet & knee pain It would kill me to walk around the house barefooted.

I had invested time & money with shoe inserts for my knee & foot pain which never really seemed to help much & when the pain kept me awake at night I would take ibuprofen. The pain just kept getting worse. I went to school for baking & pastry arts so standing on my feet is a must & even with good industry shoes it wasn’t feeling any better. The headaches also kept getting more severe & frequent & were making me not want to move my head or even blink my eyes & I was losing concentration at work & losing sleep at night. I had been adapting my life to live with my health problems & they were only getting worse.

Since I began coming to Optimal Performance my feet, knees, low back, headaches, concentration & sleep have improved exponentially to the point I am excited for my health to continue to improve because the pain I once felt is now a distant memory & no longer a daily annoying occurrence.

I would definitely recommend people who are willing to put in the time & effort to come to Optimal Performance, not just because I now feel great but because they care & want you to reach your Optimal Health & to stay at Optimal Health.

My mom’s motto was always “If you are not dying your fine” while this may apply to some aspects of our lives it does not apply to our health. No one should suffer on a daily basis with something that can be fixed. This is one lesion I have learned the hard way. -Jennifer Hackbarth.

 

Success with Chronic Low back pain due to degenerative arthritis.

Sheila Hall

 

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on September 9th, 2015. I had been suffering from daily back pain for 30 years from multiple car accidents, falls walking the dogs, falls on ice, falls playing soccer and 41 years as a vet tech. I started my day for 30 years with low back pain when I awoke in the morning. Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I had tried heat, ice, exercise and I had seen my primary doctor who took x-rays and diagnosed me with Chronic Degenerative Arthritis and prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxers. I saw a chiropractor who I felt made it better and then worse. I saw different physical therapists who prescribed different exercises. Those doctors and treatments gave me some temporary relief but I still continued to suffer with bouts of extreme pain so then I used the muscle relaxers and pain medication to deal with the problem. I had been told by multiple doctors that I would just have to live a life with daily low back pain. I was totally frustrated with this chronic daily pain. It caused me to miss work, not go hiking, not do photography, I could not clean my floors and the pain would wake me nightly to change sleeping positions.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I can now wake in the morning without any lower back pain! I sleep through the night. I can stand in one spot without any pain for long periods of time! And I do not need to use any muscle relaxers or pain medications and I can spend more time shopping since I can stand and walk for long periods of time without any pain which my husband is not so enthusiastic about me shopping. I am now in control of my back pain and look forward to a future without pain. I can now go hiking and spend more time walking in nature with my two dogs which makes me very happy. I will continue to recommend my friends and family to Optimal Performance Health Care Center. —Sheila Hall.

Success with Migraine Headaches

Bridget Meehan

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center in January of 2016. I had suffered from Chronic Migraines since the age of seven (20 years). These debilitating episodes would last 3 to 4 days and were happening multiple times a month. I also suffered from neck, arm and hand pain. My health problems caused me to miss countless days of school; often I missed out on family functions, activities with friends, driving and they interrupted my sleep and I stopped painting which is something I used to love.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I had tried ibuprofen, Topamax, diet, exercise, massage and ice treatments. I had seen several general practitioners, allergists, neurologist, therapists and a trip to the Mayo Clinic. Those specialists did not have a reason for the debilitating migraines but recommended copious amounts of ibuprofen, Aleve and Excedrin to keep me functioning enough to “just deal with” the migraines and other symptoms. The prescription drugs did not help, I noticed the side effects of the drugs but they did not offer me any relief. Diet changes, though wonderful for my health, did not provide any relief either. I was living on a steady diet of Ibuprofen, anti-nausea meds and an acceptance that “this was it” before coming to Optimal Performance. I grew up being told that some people just get migraines. I learned to push through, though I was often miserable.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance I can’t tell you when my last migraine occurred. What was once an everyday awful norm is now a thing of the past. I now have increased energy, stamina, increased ability to work and deal with stress. I am now free to enjoy life without migraines. My expectations have been exceeded.

I am looking forward to not missing out on life anymore. It is amazing how different my life is in just a short amount of time. I didn’t realize the negative affects the migraines had on my life until now that my migraines have resolved. I would 100% recommend Optimal Performance Health Care to anyone not functioning at 100% health. No one should have to “just live with” an illness or pain, not when there is a solution like there was for me.

curt_pochertSuccess with Neck Pain

Curt Pochert

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on September 1st, 2011.  I had been suffering with low back and neck pain that was on and off for over two years. My pain was so severe I could not workout, participate in sports or work to my fullest potential.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I tried pain killers and different heating treatments. They gave temporary relieve but I had to take more pain killers and use more heating techniques, however; in the long run they did not permanently fix my health problems and the pain would come back.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance my neck and lower back are stronger, my posture has improved, my spine is better aligned and my flexibility has improved.

I believe my future will be better with my improved health since I am able to participate in my hobbies and work activities without pain and dysfunction.

I would recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who suffer from unnecessary illness and pain because they listen first and then come up with solutions to help. They go above and beyond. I think Dr. Van Westen is very great at what he does. He puts the patient’s needs first.

rachel_urferSuccess with Lumbar, Cervical and Shoulder Dysfunction and Pain

Rachel Urfer

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center February 16th of 2012 suffering with Low back, Neck and Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction. The lumbar dysfunction and pain had affected me for the past 18 years and the neck and shoulder dysfunction for 12 years. The severity of symptoms fluctuated but progressively got worse. When the symptoms were at their worst I was immobile and was not able to perform my job. I was cranky and not fun to be around.

Prior to becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I had seen a orthopedic surgeon, took ibuprofen for 10 years and had chiropractic treatments on an emergency basis for 6 years. The chiropractic care had helped the acute pain but I was not going regularly and the ibuprofen helped to keep the pain level down. A doctor even told me that I was going to have to live with these problems for the rest of my life, but that was untrue.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance the pain and dysfunction are almost totally eliminated and I have improved sleep, energy, strength, flexibility, mobility, stamina, breathing, ability to work, ability to exercise, ability to deal with stress, and even my concentration has improved!

I now feel confident to do my work and to engage fully in physical activity without fear of injury or disability!

I would absolutely 100% recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to anyone who suffers from unwanted health conditions such as lumbar, cervical, and shoulder pain. The Multi-Specialty approach is so helpful!

jennifer_hecklerSuccess with Headaches

Jennifer Heckler

I first contacted Optimal Performance on June 25th, 2013 suffering with tension headaches. The tension headaches began in January and they continued to increase in frequency until they were occurring every day, sometimes twice a day. Each headache episode would last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. I was in pain much of the day, I couldn’t concentrate at work or at home, I found it hard to participate and enjoy normal activities with my family and friends.

In February I had suffered with the tension headaches for 5 weeks and I saw my primary physician who prescribed pain/anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxers. The pain medication helped with the pain, but the muscles relaxers made me feel extremely drowsy and made it difficult to work while taking the medications.

I took the medication as prescribed and the headaches would go away while taking the pain medication, but would immediately return when the medication started to wear off. After about 5 weeks of taking the medications I decided to find a chiropractor. This was a decision based upon hearing stories from other people that had suffered with chronic headaches and how they got relief from chiropractic treatment.

My primary physician suggested physical therapy if the medications he prescribed did not resolve the problem. Once I started my physical therapy, chiropractic care, and therapeutic massage at Optimal Performance Health Care Center, it was approximately 5 weeks until I saw a reduction in the frequency and the severity of my headaches. But once I started seeing changes in my symptoms from the therapy, there was a very fast reduction in the frequency and severity of the headaches. Within 7 weeks of the start of my therapy, the headaches completely stopped. I am now headache free and am able to feel good again.
I can now live my life normally again without having pain, lack of concentration, and irritability. I would highly recommend Optimal Performance Health Care for therapies to resolve issues with headaches.

Optimal Performance Health Care Center offers an effective combination of treatments to correct problems quickly and effectively. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Van Westen is knowledgeable and willing to work on not only treating symptoms, but also determining and correcting the root cause of a problem.

john_angleSuccess with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

John Angle

I had injured my back two years ago and had to have a discectomy (a surgical procedure in which some of the disc material between the vertebral bones are removed). I went through a battery of Physical Therapy after the surgery and eventually felt better. Fourteen months ago, the pain returned. As time passed the pain became more debilitating, affecting my sleep, my work, my overall quality of life. I had trouble sitting, standing, walking and laying down.

Prior to Coming to Optimal Performance I had seen no less than three doctors. I tried massage, physical therapy at Athletico and Acupuncture. I spent several thousands of Dollars. At the same time I sought treatment at Optimal Performance, I was taking large doses of prescription pain killers, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory medication. I had temporary relief that would never last more than a day or two. I was told by Several doctors that the best solution was more surgery, specifically a Vertebral Fusion (The surgical union of two adjacent vertebrae to immobilize the joint).

Since starting care at Optimal Performance I have seen results that I didn’t even think were possible. I sleep better, my pain is almost nonexistent, I have more energy, stamina and flexibility. I’m back doing things, like running, that I had discontinued due to my pain. Nothing short of Miraculous. Not only have the folks at Optimal Performance helped me to stabilize my condition, but they have also given me the tools to continue maintaining my body. I no longer view my condition as degenerative, it is improving every day.

I recommend my friends to Optimal Performance and in fact a friend of mine referred me to Optimal Performance. She said, “You will end up wishing you’d gone sooner.”
Chiropractic should be incorporated into general check-ups, as I see it. Had I been seeing a chiropractor ten or even five years ago, I would have avoided surgery, the surgery recuperation and the drug dependency that went with it.

The staff at Optimal Performance have renewed my faith in medical care. They are the most caring and personally invested group of health care professional I have ever met.

ryan_empeySuccess with Degenerative Cervical Discs and Shoulder Dysfunction

Ryan Empey

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center in January of 2012. While on vacation in Mexico I had injured my neck and shoulder and was suffering with severe constant pain that made it impossible to participate in volleyball or basketball and affected my sleep.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I had tried to deal with the pain, pain killers and ice but they did not fix my problems and they got worse to the point that other areas of my body were becoming affected like my arm and I really did not want to see any doctors for these problems.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance my neck and shoulder are stronger, my range of motion and flexibility have improved, my pain is gone, my posture has improved, my spine is better aligned and my sleep has improved.

I believe my future will be better with my improved health since I am able to participate in my hobbies and work activities without pain and dysfunction and I was taught the tools I need to know to help me prevent any future problems and to continue leading a healthy active lifestyle.

wendi_pagacSuccess with Digestive Irritability, Chronic Stomach Pain, and Hip Pain

Wendi Pagac

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on October 19th, 2011. I had been suffering with Digestion problems & Chronic Stomach Pain & Hip Pain. I had suffered with Stomach/Gastrointestinal Issues ever since high school so about 15 years. When I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center the pain was to the point of inflicting on my everyday life and affecting me emotionally.

I had tried over the counter medications, enemas and exercise without any success and the results were minimal and temporary at best. The problems had gotten so bad that I thought I would have to live with them because my mother has similar issues (i.e. a sensitive G.I. system) and because I have dealt with these conditions for so long.

Since I have become a patient at Optimal Performance my results have been fantastic! The adjustments, physical therapy, and nutritional program have given me more energy and the daily pain and discomfort in my stomach is gone and I have not had any stomach problems for over two months for the first time in 15 years.

I didn’t think that was possible before coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center. I think my future will be better with my improved health and I look forward to further improving my health and well-being by continuing my future care at Optimal Performance and by continuing to use the information I have received from Dr. Van Westen.

I am so excited to have a future without stomach and digestion issues. I would recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who suffer from unnecessary illness and pain.

I would like to thank Dr. Van Westen for all of his help! I feel 10 times better than I did when I first began seeking help three months ago.

lauren_oesterlingSuccess with Neck Pain

Lauren Oesterling

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on September 1st, 2011. I had been suffering with constant severe neck pain since the summer when I fell off a horse and severely injured my neck. I also suffered with headaches and my range of motion was severely limited especially in extension. The pain interfered with my work, workouts, sleep, and my ability to participate to my fullest potential. It also affected my relationships with my friends and family since I was less fun to be around and was less helpful around the house.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I tried Advil, different pillows, and heating pads. They gave temporary relieve but I was frustrated that they did not cure my health problems.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance my results have been pretty great and I am able to turn my head and neck without any pain and I feel much better.

I believe my future will be better with my improved health since training will not be painful and I will continue to be injury free. I would recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who suffer from unnecessary illness and pain.

william_kwiatkowskiSuccess with Balance, Weight loss, Strength, and Shoulder, leg, hip, back, and Neck Pain and Dysfunction

William Kwiatkowski

I first came to Optimal Performance in January of 2012 suffering with constant pain and dysfunction in my neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs. At the age of 62 I had finally decided that I needed to do something about it.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I had been to pain management classes and they worked on my spine and had performed surgery and placed stints in my legs and I have also had therapy and I consider those treatments useless and a waste of time. The results were temporary lessening of the pain but nothing permanent. Most of those doctors have given me pain meds and have told me that I would have to live with it.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care my life has dramatically changed. My balance has improved greatly, my neck and shoulders feel 100% improved, my back is also greatly improved along with my hips and my legs. I have also lost about 30lbs with Dr. Van Westen’s exercises and diet strategies.

I believe that my life will be better with my improved health since I feel much younger and I am now able to continue with exercising at the gym and at home. Dr. Van Westen continues to give me the correct exercises for weight loss and building lean muscle.

I would without a doubt recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who want to live a fuller active lifestyle. I can not thank Dr. Van Westen enough for helping me to feel years younger and with my weight loss I actually look years younger also!

jenny_edwardsSuccess with Headaches

Jenny Edwards

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center in February of 2012 suffering with migraine headaches for the past 10 years. I went from suffering from one migraine headache a week to suffering from 2 to 3 migraine headaches a week. My migraine headaches were so severe that I would have to leave work early, come home and lay down. Darkness was good and silence was better. I could not participate in social activities because of the excruciating pain.

Prior to becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I had received chiropractic care with some relief of my symptoms. I would also take ibuprofen or Tylenol at times, but these medications typically would not touch the pain. Sleeping helped the most to stop the pain, however with those treatments my migraine headaches steadily increased.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center, I have been feeling really good! After my first treatment, I only experienced 1 headache! This is a huge difference from 3 a week! I had started treatment for my migraine headaches 8 weeks ago and have been headache free since week 2!

I feel my future will be so much better with my increased health and it is so freeing to not be held down by migraine headaches and I am more positive about the future and my ability to live life!

I would absolutely 100% recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to anyone who suffers from unwanted health conditions such as migraine headaches. Dr. Van Westen is very knowledgeable and does a great job explaining your illness and your treatment plan. He is very thorough and caring! Thank you Dr. Van Westen for all your help!

brian_edwardsSuccess with Neck and Upper Back Pain and Lack of Function

Brian Edwards

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care in January of 2012 I had been suffering with Neck and Upper Back Pain and Dysfunction for years. I had seen a chiropractor for 3 plus years of treatment and had spent close to $3000 during that time with varying degrees of results but the core problems were never being treated. Since no plan was laid out for me I thought that this would have to be managed for the rest of my life with long term solution in sight.

Since becoming accepted as a patient at Optimal Performance the neck and upper back pain and dysfunction have decreased greatly to the point where 95% of the time I feel comfort and healthy and my range of motion and ability to turn and bend have increased substantially.

I feel that my future will be better with my improved health since being pain free is great and having the knowledge and skills that I have acquired I know what I can do to help any pain that I may have.

I would highly recommend to anyone who suffers with needless illness or pain to contact Optimal Performance Health Care Center. They are always happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

patricia_werraSuccess with Constant Neck and Shoulder Pain and Severe Back Pain

Patricia Werra

Prior to consulting with Optimal Performance in June of 2012, I had suffered with severe low back pain for 41 years, daily neck pain for 40 years, and daily shoulder pain for almost as long. In the past I had spent $1000’s of dollars on physical therapy, massage therapy, muscle relaxers, Advil, cryotherapy, heat therapies, and exercise.

The results were temporary at best to relieve the symptoms but those treatments did nothing to fix the problems. Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I have greatly improved posture, greater mobility and flexibility, the pain is gone.

My ability to stand and walk and my ability to work and exercise have also greatly improved. Now that the pain is gone my future goals are to maintain my improvements and prevent future problems. I would highly recommend Optimal Performance to anyone who suffers with back or neck or shoulder problems even if you have suffered for years as I have.