What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug free healing practice based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ, and system in your body. If trauma, illness, stress, or a chemical imbalance compromise the function of the nervous system, the spinal bones can deviate from their normal position and the nerves int he spinal column may not function properly. This is called a vertebral subluxation. Chiropractic adjustments relieve the vertebral subluxation and realign the spine, allowing your body’s nervous system to function as effectively and efficiently as possible, thereby restoring your health and well being.

What Can Chiropractic Do for You?

  • Relieve your pain
  • Increase your mobility
  • Decrease your time of disability
  • Improve your overall health
  • Restore joint function and alignment
  • Speed recovery
  • Enhance your quality of life

What Conditions Can Chiropractic Treat?

  • Back pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Knee, wrist, and ankle pain
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder problems
  • Jaw pain
  • Hip pain
  • Scoliosis

Examination Process

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What techniques do the Doctors use?

Activator Methods adjusting:

Activator Methods adjusting technique is one of the most popular low force adjusting techniques.  It is safe for patients with osteoporosis, the elderly, children and any activatorpatient who wants gentle adjusting.  The Activator Method is one of the most widely researched chiropractic techniques and the only instrument adjusting technique with clinical trials to support its efficacy.Activator Methods International has been providing chiropractic care, resources and training since 1967. Founded on the principles of clinical research, the company’s major contribution to chiropractic care is discovery and development of the world’s most popular instrument adjusting technique, the Activator Method. Search activator.com for more studies on different conditions such as neck pain, low back pain, etc.

Arthrostim low force adjusting

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A practitioner’s skilled-hands can do things that instruments cannot do. What instruments have to offer is that they can assist a practitioner’s skilled-hands to deliver beneficial mechanical forces that would be difficult, or impossible, to produce on their own.

The ArthroStim® instrument​, invented in 1982, ​can produce a dozen spring-cushioned mini-toggle-recoil™ thrusts per second. Rapid, repetitive thrusting enables a practitioner to distribute the overall thrusting force over a series of thrusts. This helps to reduce the amount of peak force that would be required using a single thrust. This can be a great advantage for working with clients who are sensitive, or in pain. ​This technology is used to mimic the “hands on” feel that some patients are accustomed to.  ​​The different attachments are used for spinal adjusting or trigger points in muscles.

Traditional Hands-on / Diversified / Thompson Drop / Sports Chiropractic

This type of Chiropractic technique has been around since the late 1800’s.  At our office we used electric tables​ that have spring loaded drop away cushions to assist in the adjustment.  Often patients will feel a release or feel a “pop”.

A practitioner’s skilled-hands can do things that instruments cannot do. At our office we also use low force adjusting instruments for adjusting the spine and releasing trigger points.  What instruments have to offer is that they can assist a practitioner’s skilled-hands to deliver beneficial mechanical forces that would be difficult, or impossible, to produce on their own.​


Swedish Massage

One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Neuromuscular Massage

Otherwise known as trigger point myotherapy, which is an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury (such as a muscle strain).

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints)

Energy Healing

Based on the belief that promoting the flow of energy in your body helps your body balance and heal itself.


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Monday 9:00-1:00; 3:00-6:00

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Thursday 3:00-6:00
Friday 3:00-6:00

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Friday 9:00-1:00


30 minutes $40 (cash discount)
$45 (credit card)
60 minutes $70 (cash discount)
$75 (credit card)
90 minutes $100 (cash discount)
$110 (credit card)

If you want to SAVE money, buy a package and pay with CASH or CHECK! Packages are available in packages of 4, 6, and 8 massages and can be shared with family members!

To Schedule

Call 303-673-9797, e-mail acmstaff@yahoo.com or text 720-295-9212.


Did you know that Dr. Karen Achtermann does acupuncture? Conditions she treats:

  • Tight muscles
  • Immune system boost
  • Stress Reduction
  • Headaches/ neck pain
  • Low back pain/ Sciatica
  • Tendonitis

Cost is $50.00 per session.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.

During acupuncture

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and if you need to remove any clothing. If appropriate, a gown, towel or sheet will be provided to preserve your modesty. You lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:

  • Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.
  • Needle manipulation. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
  • Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

After acupuncture

Some people feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms don’t begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you.


There are many routine treatments for foot problems, from anti-inflammatory pills to cortisone injections, to a million different pads, cushion, ointments, and of course surgery. All of these have temporary, pain-relieving effects. But if you want the chance to permanently solve the problem, you must change the way your feet function on the ground. And the only way to do that is to use a custom, biomechanical orthotic. At Achtermann Chiropractic we have found that Sole Supports custom insoles are some of the best arch supports on the market. Go to solesupports.com for more information. If you would like to be casted for these very supportive orthotics, we will cast your feet at our office and within 2 weeks we will have your custom made arch supports for you! Price: $300/ pair. Additional pairs are discounted if ordered within 6 months of initial casting.