Knutson offers a different kind of treatment

CHARLOTTE – Dr. Nicholas Knutson, of Mountain Island Chiropractic, often asks his patients, “Do you want to be a Ford or a Ferrarri?”
As a former collegiate basketball player and strength and conditioning coach at the University of Northern Iowa, Knutson knows what it takes for athletes to compete professionally.
It was the advice of former Super Bowl champion quarterback Kurt Warner that inspired Knutson to pursue an education in chiropractic care. While serving as a strength and conditioning coach at UNI, Warner told him, “I wouldn’t have made it a day in the NFL without my chiropractor.”
Chiropractic care is becoming increasingly popular among athletes as more are realizing its benefits.
The 2015 Master’s Tournament champion Jordan Spieth thanked his chiropractor for contributing to his health during his Green Jacket Ceremony speech.
Opinions of athletes have changed toward taking pain medication or getting cut open to heal injuries, Knutson said.
Athletes are constantly looking for the edge that keeps them healthy and injury free. That 1/10th of a second that could make them a world champion. They want to optimize their performance, and that’s where Knutson comes in.
A Charlotte Knights’ third baseman from California came to Knutson for treatment. He was imbalanced on one side from throwing a baseball his entire life.
Many baseball players tend to be one-side dominant in their bodies, specifically throwing and batting from one side.
Knutson does not prescribe them pain medication or offer invasive surgery.
He firmly believes the body is a self-regulating, self-healing system.
Knutson practices a special kind of chiropractic care called the National Cervical Chiropractic Association technique.
“We have something to offer that nobody else does,” he said.
Specifically, an upper cervical technique without the discomforts of popping, cracking or twisting.
But it doesn’t stop with just physical treatment.
He aims to educate his patients on living a healthier lifestyle, including their nutrition and exercise.
He believes the best thing he can do for his patients is to educate them on how to prevent and treat major injuries.
The U.S. uses more drugs and surgery than all countries combined, but yet is 37th in overall health, according to Knutson.
“I think it’s all about preventing,” Knutson said. “The only natural prevention without drugs or surgery is chiropractic care.”
He gives all of his patients a special one-on-one consultation to determine the best form of treatment.
“I spend a half-hour to see what each person really wants and what their goals are.”
This includes patients of all ages, sizes and careers.
He spends a lot of time helping children, and not just the ones playing sports.
He offers treatment of the nervous system for kids who constantly have ear infections, which can cause the ears to drain naturally without the need for invasive surgery.
Even children experiencing issues “bed-wetting” have received treatment.
Although he helps all types of patients, Knutson feels he has more of a connection to athletes and kids because of his natural intensity and sports background.
“I have an energy that attracts athletes and kids,” he said.
He builds trust with the kids that he treats. By the third or fourth visit they are climbing on the treatment table calling him “Dr. Neck.”
With the rising costs of healthcare and insurance, he believes affordability is the biggest factor in healthcare decisions. He experienced the negative effects of this first-hand.
Knutson had to have his knee scoped while attending college and playing basketball.
“They just gave me (pain medication), but my knee was still hurting,” Dr. Knutson said. “My parents and I did not have the money to pay for an MRI, and I developed bone spurs because I waited so long.”
Parents would rather pay $42 for a visit to the chiropractor, Knutson said, than the price to visit a physician or hospital.
Knutson wants to share his passion and beliefs with the local community, and to make an even bigger impact he is now a member of that community.
His family bought a home in the area and they plan on being there for the next 50 years.
“People love local people” Knutson said.
The number one question he’s asked is, “Where do you live?”
He can now proudly tell them, “Right here!”
Now, he looks forward to spending his first summer here at the lake.
“I haven’t been up here for a summer yet, so I am assuming I will see the wakeboarders and other watersports athletes come in for treatment.”

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