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What Our Ballantyne Patients Say

At Ritchie Chiropractic & Integrative Medicine we love when patients share with us their feedback and comments after chiropractic care. Please read our patient testimonials below to see what other people have achieved through their tailored treatment plans with us.

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Premature Infant

Abigail’s story truly demonstrates the amazing work and dedication of Dr. Ritchie. Abi was born 7 weeks prematurely and spent the first 3 weeks of her life in the NICU at John Muir. Within a week after being released she started having severe reflux after every feeding. Within a month and a half she was hospitalized for 5 days for failure to thrive – she didn’t gain any weight in 3 weeks. The severe reflux continued for the next 7 months. She would reflux every feeding until her next feeding every single day of her life. We tried every formula on the market and every reflux precaution. Nothing helped. She continued to get worse.

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She was also diagnosed with hypotonia and was significantly delayed in gross and fine motor skills. She rarely napped for longer than 20 minutes at a time and would wake up at 2 or 3 AM every night. She would cry for hours at a time. The developmental pediatrician told us Abi had a metabolic or neurologic disorder and referred her to a neurologist. She had a head ultrasound, an MRI, an upper GI, genetic tests, blood test after blood test and a gastric emptying exam. All normal. They couldn’t find a diagnosis for Abi’s condition.

Abi has been under Dr. Ritchie’s care since 3 months of age. She got adjusted on a weekly basis but as her situation became more dire Dr. Ritchie began seeing her twice a week. Slowly, she began to sleep better, her hypotonia decreased and she started improving developmentally. At 9 months of age Abi developed 2 months of skills in one week, according to her occupational therapist. I have no doubt it is because of the consistent care she receives from Dr. Ritchie

Although she was getting better in other aspects, her reflux continued to worsen. Her GI doctor recommended an endoscopy with pH probe and possible surgery. I couldn’t put Abi through another invasive procedure. I went to Dr. Ritchie and [he] suggested I give Abi a nutritional supplement. Within 2 weeks her reflux was 90% better and she made leaps and bounds developmentally. Today, 3 months later, Abi is about to turn one and refluxes maybe once or twice a week. She is still behind a little developmentally but makes significant progress every day. She is happy, healthy and strong. She caught a cold last week and it only lasted 4 hours!

Words cannot express how amazing Dr. Ritchie is. If it wasn’t for him, I have no doubt Abi would continue to be in a dire situation. We were told by her developmental pediatrician that she would not be sitting until the age of 2. Abi is crawling, sitting, pulling to stand, doing pretty close to everything a baby her age would be doing. Most importantly, she is healthy. The days of seeing specialists are over and behind us but I can guarantee that she will continue to see Dr. Ritchie.

– Andrea G.

Headaches & Neck Pain

I was miserable. I was sick nearly every day from headaches and neck pain. I was dizzy all the time. I couldn’t do normal things. I couldn’t turn my head when I was driving. I couldn’t walk up and down stairs without getting dizzy or sick to my stomach. I couldn’t exercise. I couldn’t hang out with friends. I couldn’t sleep at night. It was really bad. My pain actually damaged the relationship with my husband because I was always in a terrible mood because I was in constant pain. I wasn’t sure what, if anything could help me.

I met Dr. Ritchie when he came to my workplace to do a health check on the employees. He said I had some damage to my spine which is called a subluxation. I started care at his office and he did chiropractic adjustments and gave me exercises to correct the subluxations and relax the muscles in my neck and back. It’s now been 6 months since I started care here.

I feel a lot better!! I can do pretty much everything I couldn’t do 6 months ago. I’m not sick every day. I have only been sick once in the past two months from pain. Everything is better! I have noticed a lot of improvements that I didn’t think would be associated with chiropractic… I have fewer sinus headaches and migraines. My relationship with my husband is much better… we can actually go places together! I am really glad I decided to try chiropractic.

– Brianna S.

Upper Cervical Pain Relief

I love my job. My career as a LifeFlight nurse has been long and rewarding, and it was always my plan to continue flying medical missions until I ran out of caffeine and adrenaline.

Unfortunately, my body had other ideas. Years of wearing a heavy helmet, combined with my tendency to ignore my body’s not-so-subtle symptoms of neglect, made me think that it was time to leave the job to a younger nurse. When my headaches went from occasional to daily; when my neck was too stiff and sore to turn from side to side; when I couldn’t remember a time when I didn’t feel the knot between my shoulder blades…. Well, at that point, I thought I would have no choice but to hang up my flight suit, walk away from the job that I’ve loved, and sadly move on to another, less physically demanding position.

Luckily, I was referred to your practice by a friend. He and his son were both pleased with the progress they’d made under your care, and as a last resort to save my career, I decided to place my spine in your capable hands. My son Dan, a teen-age lacrosse player, was experiencing his own set of problems and when I told him of my plan to try chiropractic, he asked to try it as well.

After a few visits, I noticed improved flexibility in my neck and upper back. Before long, the knot between my shoulder blades was gone. I now wear my flight helmet with ease: no neck, back or shoulder soreness the next day; and thankfully, no more headaches. As for Dan, his neck, back, legs and feet no longer have him hobbling around the house on the day after a lacrosse game.
You told us six months ago that you could help us, and you were right. Thank you for helping us both to continue the pursuits that we love.

– Cece P.

Back Pain Relief

Before I came to see Dr. David I had a really bad back pain, also my shoulder, my left shoulder was bothering me. There were times I couldn’t have a nice nightly rest because of my back and shoulder pain. I couldn’t do many simple things I used to do like even walking without having the constant pain.

Now the pain is barely bothering me. I can sleep better, walk without pain and also my humor has improved! I’m feeling a lot better and I know that I can keep my health improving.

– Cecilia C.

Instant Relief

My pain began every day the second I would wake up in the morning. I could not turn my head. Every day brought a new pain or ache somewhere in my back or neck. It hurt to walk up and down steps and to bend over. I couldn’t sleep well and was always tossing and turning. Everything I did caused pain and I just didn’t feel like doing anything.

I started seeing Dr. Ritchie 5 months ago. Dr. Ritchie found some areas of my neck and low back that were not moving properly. From the first time I was adjusted, I felt instant relief! It was like a cork popping out of a champagne bottle. It released so much pressure and instantly made me feel better. Now I feel looser, and everything is feeling a lot better. My back feels really good. It used to be like a tooth ache that just wouldn’t go away. Now I don’t even notice it anymore because it doesn’t hurt.

Also, I’ve noticed that I don’t get sick anymore. I don’t get colds. I feel healthy! I really believe that Chiropractic has done this for me.

– Cheryl P.

Pain is Gone!

I had a lot of pain in my neck and low back. It was really bad. I felt it while I was at work and even when I was bending down to tie my shoes. I play guitar and I wasn’t able to stand up for very long with my guitar because it hurt too bad. The pain was even keeping me up at night.

I met Dr. Ritchie while I was at work. He came by and did a health fair at my company and checked my spine and said I may have something wrong with my spine based on how my posture looked. I had my neck and back problems for a while so I decided to try chiropractic.

I came in to see Dr. Ritchie and he said that the bones in my neck and low back were out-of-place and pinching down on the nerves. This was causing me to feel pain, but was also keeping my body from functioning properly. Dr. Ritchie treated me by adjusting my spine and getting my spine to move properly again.

Now I feel A LOT better. The pain is… slim to none… I rarely ever have any pain. Work is good. I have no problems at work. I can bend down to tie my shoes and I can even stand up and play my guitar with no problems. I’m really doing well and I’m happy to give this testimonial so others can see that chiropractic works!

– Chris R.

Chiropractic Works

I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, which is a condition involving recurring sudden sharp pain in the face along the branches of the Trigeminal Nerve. Wikipedia’s definition is, “Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN, or TGN), tic douloureux (also known as prosopalgia, the Suicide Disease, or Fothergill’s disease) is a neuropathic disorder characterized by episodes of intense pain in the face, originating from the trigeminal nerve. It has been described as among the most painful conditions known to mankind. It is estimated that 1 in 15,000 people suffer from TN, although the actual figure may be significantly higher due to frequent misdiagnosis. In a majority of cases, TN symptoms begin appearing after the age of 50, although there have been cases with patients being as young as three years of age. It is more common in females than males.” In laymen’s terms it means severe pain in the face.

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I had severe sharp stabbing pain in the right side of my face. The top of my forehead down to the bottom of my eye socket was the area that was affected. It stopped me in my tracks when it hit and I had to stop what I was doing and wait until it ended. Little things like brushing my teeth, touching the top of my head, letting the water hit my face in the shower, rubbing my eye, facial expressions and the wind, when it hit my face would trigger the intense shooting and stabbing pain to that area of the right side of my face. I could not even wear a hat to protect myself from the wind because the pressure of it around my forehead would trigger an episode.

I was given anti-seizure medication to minimize the occurrences of the attacks, but it would not cure me from getting these debilitating attacks. It would only cover up the symptoms. I try not to take medication if I don’t have to and I prefer to get to the root of the problem and fix it naturally. My better half did some research to try to find any alternative more natural ways to try to help stop my suffering. She recommended Dr. Ritchie because of his natural healing philosophy.

After about a month of meeting with Dr. Ritchie we saw significant improvement with the frequency and the intensity of episodes. In less than a half of a year I am no longer suffering from this life debilitating disease. Through natural supplements, natural foods and a low carbohydrate lifestyle I remain pain free. I can’t explain what it feels like to smile, chew my food and stand in the wind, without any pain. I no longer take such simple things for granted. I am very grateful, thankful and appreciative for meeting Dr. Ritchie.

– Damon T.

Always Welcomed and Comfortable

I originally went to see Dr. Ritchie for the pain I was having mid-spine. I would have serious, sharp pain from stepping on uneven terrain while hiking. It was almost like getting a severe shock of electricity. I noticed improvement after just a few visits and I can now hike pain-free. Also, the lateral “range of motion” in my neck has improved considerably. I no longer have to turn my whole upper body to look over my shoulder when backing up my car or changing lanes.

I see Dr. Ritchie once a month. I’m usually in and out in about 10-15 minutes. I always feel welcome and comfortable with each visit. And this is coming from someone who hates going to the doctor, dentist or even getting my hair cut.

– Doug T.

Pediatric Help

My son had very serious constipation and belly pain since he was born [he is 9 years old now]… even with medication he would go to the bathroom once a week at most and with medication every 2 to 3 days at most.

Now, after bringing him to see Dr. Ritchie, he goes every day without any medication and there is no more belly pain and no more constipation.

– Carine D.

Chiropractic & Nutrition

I had pain every day. I did not sleep from the pain. It was constant and I never thought it would go away. I was on pain killers and muscle relaxers and those didn’t work all the time. The pain was so bad that I would cry at times.

I started chiropractic care at Ritchie Chiropractic & Nutrition with Dr. Ritchie. Now, I feel like my life has changed. I haven’t even taken Tylenol since starting to see Dr. Ritchie. I sleep comfortably at night and wake up pain free. I didn’t believe in chiropractors or what they stood for, but now I do. Thank you Dr. Ritchie.

– Gina Y.

Leg & Lower Back Pain

I started seeing Dr. Ritchie 6 months ago for chiropractic care. At that time I had really bad leg pain and lower back pain. I couldn’t bend down at all to do anything! My back and leg pain kept me from doing my job properly and from doing day-to-day things at home like cleaning.

Dr. Ritchie started working with my spine to take the pressure off the nerves. He said this would let my body heal so I could feel better.

Now, I feel much better! I can finally get down low and do the things I want to do in my daily life. My locker at work is low to the ground and now I can bend down to get in it without any problems. I almost never feel pain anymore.

Also, I didn’t even think about it until I attended Dr. Ritchie’s new patient orientation… but I had sinus problems for years. And now… they’re gone! My sinus problems are gone. This is a big improvement!

– Jamie C.

Improved Overall Health

My back was always really sore and tight and I had this slightly protruding “hump” at the base of my neck that was always sore. I used to be an avid soccer player and over the years I had started to notice that my elbows would pop constantly and my knee hurt intermittently.

Now, after care at Ritchie Chiropractic & Nutrition, I stand up taller. The pain in my back and neck is almost nonexistent and if it does start to come up, I am more in tune with my body’s needs and can stretch and fix it myself. Dr. Ritchie has helped me tremendously in being able to understand my overall body health as well as fixing those areas that were a problem before. That hump on my back? Almost gone now! Thanks Dr. Ritchie!

– Jordan G.

Headache Relief

I had headaches forever… for as long as I can remember. I get headaches about twice a week and they are a 10 out of 10 on a pain scale. I also got bad upper back and shoulder pain. I just ignored it. I thought it was just stress and hoped that once I left work it would just go away. It never did. Everything that I did hurt. Everything.

Four months ago I got a call from someone asking if I would like to take advantage of a promotion at Dr. Ritchie’s office for a free exam. He said I had something called a subluxation that was putting pressure on my nerves causing my problems. Dr. Ritchie adjusted me to correct this problem.

It’s now been four months. I haven’t had a single headache in about three months. It feels good to not have headaches… it feels good! My upper back is almost completely pain free and my shoulders don’t hurt anymore. I have more energy. I do things now and I don’t even think about it. This past weekend I cleaned all weekend… washing walls, cleaning carpets, taking curtains down and putting them up, washing windows, walking up and down steps and I didn’t hurt! I didn’t even think of it.

I was the skeptical one… now I’m not. I’m so glad I decided to try chiropractic. And one more thing… do your exercises! If Dr. Ritchie tells you to do something at home… do it! It makes all the difference.

– Mary Beth M.

Car accident Relief

In January of 2009 my car slid off the road and dropped off an embankment. This was the beginning of a long, long process that eventually led me to Dr. Ritchie’s office. I had intense pain in my back and my legs were completely numb. My symptoms averaged a 9 to a 10 out of 10 on a pain scale. I had difficulty sitting, standing and walking… in-fact I had to use a walker to get from my car to Dr. Ritchie’s office.

I had been to my primary care physician who prescribed physical therapy which did not help. I then went to the pain center whose treatments consisted of steroid shots which did not help. I saw multiple neurologists who couldn’t find anything wrong and said what I had was normal for 80-90% of the population and should not be causing my problems.

That’s when I came to see Dr. Ritchie… about four months ago. He did a very thorough exam – more thorough than any other traditional doctor I’ve been to. He said I had subluxations in my spine that was causing my problems and he did chiropractic adjustments to correct these.

Now… only four months after starting care… I am completely pain free. The numbness in my legs is completely gone. I’m able to enjoy my life again! And I’m able to enjoy spending time with my kids again!

– Mike S.

Totally Worth It!

When I first started getting chiropractic care with Dr. Ritchie I had trouble breathing, I couldn’t bend over, I couldn’t exercise or do any physical activity, I couldn’t run and I couldn’t even climb the steps. My chest hurt and my lower and upper back hurt too. And I’m only 27 years old! I had trouble doing all of my day-to-day activities. I was miserable!!

Dr. Ritchie said he corrected something called a subluxation which would let my body heal itself. After just a short time he helped me get physically healthy, which helped me get mentally healthy, which meant I could do my job and live my life! I have started exercising again. I now run a couple miles each day. I can walk my dog. I play ultimate Frisbee. I’m not sleeping till noon anymore. I get up in the morning. And… I’m not sad anymore. I feel great! I’m more alert! I’m now healthy!

This is the best I’ve felt since I was 15. I didn’t have to use any drugs or get any surgery. It just took a few dollars and a few hours of my time. And it was totally worth it!

– Mike S.

Radiating Low Back Pain

The first problem I had was sharp, radiating pain in my lower back where it was difficult to work, sit in a car, sleep in my bed, climb stairs, you name it. I needed ibuprofen morning and evening. I tried physical therapy, hot tubs, ice, stretching but nothing really helped for very long. On a scale of 0 to 10 I would have rated it as a 7 or 8. I also had neck pain and headaches and could not turn my head very far from side to side. This was very noticeable while driving when I tried to look over my shoulder to see traffic behind me.

Now, after seeing Dr. Ritchie my back and neck are the best they’ve felt in years. No more pain medication. No shooting pain down into my legs. I’m back to running as much as I like. My pain level now is a zero.

My neck is now free of pain and I don’t get the headaches I used to have. My neck turns from left to right much more easily. The improvements I have had are long term and have made a significant change in my overall health. I have recommended Dr. Ritchie to my friends and coworkers with similar results to those I have experienced.

– Ray N.

Low Back/Hip Pain

My lower left back/hip area was causing me a lot of pain. It was difficult for me to perform simple tasks, such as making the bed. Even getting dressed in the morning was difficult. I also suffered from chronic neck and shoulder discomfort, as well as painful hands.

I started chiropractic care with Dr. Ritchie. Improvement began almost immediately and continued on. I am now able to take care of the simple tasks, get dressed with ease, take daily long walks and do exercises. Because I have felt so much better, I also have been able to lose 20 pounds! My health has improved a lot – Thank you Dr. Ritchie!

– Sandra S.

Pleasantly Surprised

I had this strange wooshing sound in my ears and in my head. It was there constantly… every day… all day. It was making my life very difficult. I had a hard time hearing people over the wooshing sound and had a hard time hearing things in general. It was not only distracting but very unnerving. I had no idea what caused it and no idea how to make it go away.

I came to see Dr. Ritchie about 3 months ago. He did an exam with me and found that my spine was not moving properly. He also said that a reflex in my arm was not working the way it should and that could be related to a problem in my neck. Dr. Ritchie did chiropractic adjustments with me in my spine and neck.

After 3 months, the wooshing sound is completely gone during the day. At night it is much fainter, and can’t really even be heard unless I try to listen for it. It is no longer distracting or interfering with my life. The reflex in my arm is now working properly too.

I’ve always had good results with chiropractic in the past which is why I tried it for this. I thought I would give it a try and I’m glad I did. For those people out there that are skeptical about chiropractic, I would say give it a try with an open mind and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

– Sharon B

I Feel Great!

What I experienced was nothing short of a nightmare. I had the strangest symptoms that no one could explain. I had seen my family doctor, gynecologist, cardiologist, endocrinologist, and no one… after thousands of dollars of my own out-of-pocket money… no one could figure out what was going on with me. I was experiencing these waves of bizarre dizziness and instability, chest pains, and pain in my neck and jaw. It was this big mystery. No one could figure out what was going on. It was happening constantly throughout the day. It was non-stop. The only break I got from it was when I slept. I had to stop working out, playing volley-ball, exercising in any way because I couldn’t even stand up… literally… because I would get so woozy and dizzy. I had fallen a number of times throughout this period of time. I had three really bad falls in about three months. So, I had given up everything I loved.

I decided to try chiropractic after hearing other people’s testimonies and I already knew Dr. Ritchie from our previous business relationship. Dr. Ritchie suspected that I had a variety of subluxations and my spine was not aligned. And he was very confident that he could help me.

Now I feel great!! It’s been months since I have had an episode. All of that stuff is long gone.

– Susan H.

Pain Relief

I had neck and shoulder pain for a long time… we’re talking 15 or 20 years. It was a nagging pain and I would also get headaches. The over-the-counter medicines would help with the headaches but weren’t doing anything to help with the neck and shoulder pain. My wife going in for chiropractic treatments so I decided to go too.

To be honest, as time passed I didn’t really notice anything. Then one day, it just dawned on me that I didn’t have any pain anymore! At that moment, I realized how much pain I was actually in before… only after the pain was gone.

One more thing… every time I would buy new glasses they would always be crooked. No matter what I would do, they were never straight. Then, after getting chiropractic care for a while, I noticed my glasses were straight… it was my HEAD that was crooked… not my glasses!!

I continue to come once a week because I don’t want to go back to where I was before… I don’t want the pain to come back.

– Tom B.


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