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The latest from the Alternative Family Medicine team.

We provide advanced full body adjusting utilizing state-of-the-art chiropractic techniques. At Alternative Family Medicine & Chiropractic, we not only focus on the spine but also specialize in adjusting other parts of the body including cranials, jaws, wrists, knees, shoulders, feet and even toes.

Many of the new chiropractic techniques utilized by Dr. Barter and Dr. Christian are tailored to provide optimal comfort and efficacy. They focus on getting results using the most advanced and effective chiropractic techniques.Longmont Chiropractic Care read more


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Close to 700,000 Americans have their gallbladder removed each year in the US. The goal of this surgery is to alleviate digestive distress, chronic abdominal and referred pain patterns, and prevent dangerous lodging of gallstones in the common bile duct. In many instances, this surgery is an absolute and cannot be avoided.

Postcholecystectomy syndrome (Post-gallbladder removal syndrome) is defined as a complex of diverse symptoms consisting of:

  • Gallbladder or non-gallbladder-like abdominal pains
  • Indigestion
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and jaundice
  • Bloating, gas, and diarrhea
  • And Cholangitis (infection of the bile ducts of the liver)

The most common cause of this syndrome is bile stones that were likely present at the time of surgery, or developed after the surgery as a result of bile stagnation. Stagnant bile is usually the reason stones form in the gallbladder in the first place. As bile is made in the liver, it is important to address why you are producing sluggish, thick bile in the first place. This can be addressed both nutritionally with herbal remedies as well as changes in diet.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3473449/ (1) read more


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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most commonly diagnosed disabling condition of the upper extremities (your arms). CTS can very dramatically decrease your quality of life, interfering with sleep, productivity at work, focus, and takes the enjoyment out of leisure activities. This condition has such a chronic nature it can have a negative impact on  your mood as well.  People with CTS suffer from chronic numbness and/or tingling in the hands, loss of grip strength and dexterity, discomfort in the forearms, difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position due to numbness and tingling, and they often have head and neck complaints. read more


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Plantar fasciitis (PF) affects approximately two-million people in the US, of both athletic and non-athletic populations. This condition can be debilitating and significantly affect one’s quality of life in a very negative way. There are few high quality studies on this condition and the most successful treatments. Treatments range from chiropractic care, physical therapy, injections and surgeries. Fortunately this condition can typically be resolved with conservative treatment and lifestyle modifications that can prevent going under the knife. (1) read more


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Neck pain is a common complaint in our office. Often times presenting not only as pain but also limited range of motion, headaches, and face and jaw pain. Neck pain can be caused by many different factors. There are the obvious causes like sleeping on the wrong pillow or in an unnatural position, poor computer posture, trauma, whiplash, etc. One common, but uncommonly thought of reason for neck pain, however, can be your shoulder.

This can be better explained by examining how the shoulder is put together. Your shoulder anchors itself to your rib cage and neck via muscles, tendons and fascia. When your shoulder is working properly, it recruits from these anchors in a very balanced manner. When your shoulder is injured or imbalanced, however, the shoulder starts recruiting from the the neck and the rib cage in an unbalanced way. read more


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Dry needling is a very safe and effective treatment that we offer in our clinic. It is used to restore proper muscle balance, relieve restrictions in the fascia and nervous system, treat inflammation, and alleviate pain. But this procedure tends to strike fear in the hearts of the bravest, strongest women we know (sorry fellas, when it comes to pain tolerance you don’t hold a candle to your female counterparts).

So we have taken time to write this post to address some concerns about dry needling you may have. read more


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Scar tissue after surgery is often overlooked. Anything from C-sections and appendectomies, to hip replacements and deep cuts. What comes with these scars is much more than meets they eye. The anatomy is changed both above and below the surface resulting in altered feedback to your brain.

In practice we have seen many people coming through after surgery with increased back pain, altered coordination, fear of injury from simple activities, restricted movement, and a decrease or loss of sensation. Many patients begin to accept these restrictions on their body as their new normal. It doesn’t have to be. read more


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Have you ever had an injury you didn’t consider to be “that bad” come back to bite you years later? Remember that time you rolled your ankle playing tennis? Or that embarrassing “yard sale” you had on the mountain? What about that fender bender 20 years ago?

Chronic pain and old injuries all have one thing in common: scar tissue.

When you initially get injured your body lays down collagen fibers in every which way to stabilize the area, i.e. scar tissue.  Your body is bracing for the next traumatic event.  The stabilizing mechanism of your body is incredible but later on does not serve you.  Muscle fiber should lay down parallel to allow the muscle to stretch.  If the muscle fibers are perpendicular, this does not allow the muscle to stretch and contract properly without feeling tight or painful.   read more


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In my practice I see a lot of patients suffering the effects of past head traumas without even knowing it. The origin of these injuries have a variety of causes from the common whiplash to blunt force trauma by way of horse hoof or fist.

The solution is sometimes as simple as cranial adjusting.

These patients have symptoms ranging from mild and chronic to severe interference with their quality of living. Typically they present with chronic headaches, migraines, neck pain, breathing difficulties (deviated septum), brain fog, difficulty concentrating, mild loss of coordination, head and eye pressure, and sinus congestion symptoms. I have seen many of these patients symptoms not only decrease in severity, but often times alleviate all together. read more


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Low back pain is one of the most common complaints we see in our office, and one we are adept at treating. Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the US. 4 out of 5 americans will suffer from disabling low back pain in their lifetimes. Mechanical or non-organic low back pain, meaning it is not caused by any serious conditions such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer can be a complicated subject, because it varies so much in nature. A trigger point or tight muscle might cause excruciating back pain in a 20 something year-old, while the 74 year-old woman with severe arthritis might be completely pain-free. What we do know about low back pain is that there can be a combination of factors playing in. read more