Willow Bend Chiropractic
James Heptig was practically born on the playing field. Throughout school he took no prisoners in football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. He even went on to play football in college. “I was always interested in health and nutrition; on how to make my body and mind the healthiest they could be,” he said. A chiropractic career was a natural choice for him.
“Unlike other types of medicine, chiropractic is not primarily about treating problems but about helping the body work right, so problems don’t occur,” he said. “Most people think they’re pretty healthy, because they don’t have pain or illness. But health is not something you’re given. It’s something you have to work at.”
Dr. Heptig likes his patients to think of spinal adjustment as maintenance of your healthy body, the way routine dental cleanings are maintenance of their teeth. “So many of us spend our days sitting at a computer, texting, driving, and doing repetitive actions that put strain on our bodies. Getting regular chiropractic care, eating right, and exercising are the common-sense things we need to do, because our lifestyles are so stressful on our bones and muscles.”
In addition to chiropractic maintenance, Dr. Heptig treats many patients who are experiencing problems with their musculoskeletal system due to a one-time trauma such as a car accident or sports injury, and many more with degenerative back and neck pain, headaches, vertigo, carpal tunnel, arthritis, and other problems because of things they’ve done incorrectly for years.
“No two patients are exactly alike, so each treatment plan is tailored to each patient’s individual problems and needs and adjusts as the patient responds to therapy,” Dr. Heptig said. “Once we correct the problem that first brought them in, we’re able to offer nutritional counseling and massage therapy, and give them exercises to do at home. Then they’re ready for routine maintenance, to keep them healthy.”
For acute pain Dr. Heptig employs non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical MLS laser therapy or “cold laser” which uses synchronized wavelengths to reach deep into painful, inflamed tissues and nerves and stimulate rapid healing and pain relief. “The laser doesn’t make the patient’s body do anything it couldn’t normally do on its own,” Dr. Heptig said. “It just speeds up the healing process.”
Dr. Heptig treats everyone from newborns to seniors; from weekend warriors to pro athletes. When not on the job, he stays active working out, playing sports, and hanging with his four rescue dogs.
Beware of Text Neck!
How many hours would you say you spend looking down at your mobile device reading e-mails, sending texts, or checking social media sites? It’s probably more than you think. All those hours with your head bent is putting stress on your neck and spine and may cause problems now—in the form of head, neck, and back pain—and real issues in the future—such as pinched nerves, herniated disks, reduces lung capacity, and arthritis. Look up. Be in the moment. And give your neck and spine a break from text neck.
5904 Chapel Hill Boulevard, Suite 210
Plano, Texas 75093
By Meredith Knight
Photography by Bob Woodfin Photography