Natural methods rule Two Harbors chiropractor“Chiropractic is not just about getting people out of pain, it’s about moving past that to get your body functioning at 100 percent and optimizing your life,” Chiropractor Kristen Klos-Maki said.
By: Lizz Berge, Lake County News Chronicle
Chiropractor Kristen Klos-Maki has taken over the office once used by Elizabeth Olson with Life Compass Chiropractic on Waterfront Drive in downtown Two Harbors.
Klos-Maki is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University, which focuses on chiropractic care at its Twin Cities suburban campus. She has extra training in pediatric and pre-natal care and practiced in Superior before coming to Two Harbors.
“I’ve always had a passion for natural health,” Klos-Maki said this week.
Her mother suffered from back pain and discovered that seeing a chiropractor was the best solution. She suggested that her daughter pursue chiropractic work. When she did, she found out she loved it because of the emphasis on natural health and letting the body heal itself without the use of traditional drug therapy.
Klos-Maki graduated with Olson’s brother-in-law. Olson knew Klos-Maki was practicing in shared space in Superior and asked her this past spring if she wanted her own space since Olson was relocating.
Klos-Maki said she loves the building and is enjoying the community.
“Chiropractic is not just about getting people out of pain, it’s about moving past that to get your body functioning at 100 percent and optimizing your life,” Klos-Maki said.
Her special training means she has worked with babies only days old. The birth process is one of the most traumatic events in life, and it can cause stress to the still-developing spine, she said. The spine protects the spinal cord which has nerves that extend to many parts of the body. Not only can stress to the spinal cord cause pain, Klos-Maki said, but if the affected nerve is connected to an internal organ like the heart or the stomach, it can cause problems with digestion or heart complications.
Babies are constantly falling and tumbling as they learn to crawl and walk and it’s important to get children checked out to make sure that their bodies are functioning properly, she said.
Klos-Maki said adjustments to the spine can also help symptoms of attention deficit disorders. She said it can relieve pressure on the nerves which help calm patients down and increases their ability to focus.
Getting chiropractic care when pregnant can relieve pain and discomfort that the extra weight and hormonal changes cause, she said. Many women even find their labor is shorter and they experience less discomfort under chiropractic care.
There is an X-ray machine and developing room on site at the office. It allows Klos-Maki to get a better look at a patient’s spine and joints without having to send patients to a clinic. Special-made chiropractic beds also assist Klos-Maki in making adjustments so that it is more comfortable for the patients and for her.
Life Compass Chiropractic is located at 115 Waterfront Drive. Call 834-2400 to set up an appointment.