Diet and Lifestyle

Research has shown that those patients who get actively involved in their treatment tend to do better.  We could not agree more.  We want you to be a partner in your recovery.  But to be actively involved requires knowledge.  We spend more time with our patients than the average practitioner.  This allows us time to exchange information that can be helpful to your condition.  While there are usually things that you can do to help yourself, the list of how you should not do things is usually longer.  This is information that we have learned in school, from reading journals, attending seminars, or obtained from other patients through the decades.  They may be classically associated to your condition or something more obscure that we picked up on something you said.  Now we do believe in personal responsibility.  What you do with the information is up to you.  It’s your life.  Our job is to make sure that you are able to make an informed decision.  We also feel strongly about having you understand as much as possible.  You have questions?  Ask away. 

This consists in both what you do as well as what you don't take in.  Unfortunately, poorly designed research can get more press than well designed ones.   We can help make it simple.

It may be suggesting one, advising against one, or changing the way you do one.  Every little bit helps.

Posture, lifting, bending, even getting in and out of a car. Multiple small traumas can be as bad as big traumas and harder to fix.

Every job, every activity has a positive and a negative impact. The more information you have, the better decisions you can make.


Chiropractic is a health care profession that mainly focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as a “chiropractic adjustment.”   The purpose of the adjustment is to restore joint mobility by applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile, or restricted in their movement, as a result of an disproportional amount of physical, chemical, or mental stress. This can be caused by a single traumatic event or through repetitive stresses.  In either case, effected  tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer.  Adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.

-Utilizing a variety of techniques including manual and mechanical methods.
-No single approach works on everyone for everything.

Mindful Presence Reiki: A gentle, light touch, non-manipulative deep relaxation technique that includes 20 to 25 minutes of guided mindfulness meditation to help soothe, calm and encourage your body's own self healing process, is available for both 60 or 90 Minute Sessions.

Available at The Back Stop in a lovely, soothing, comfortable and calm office space by booking appointments directly through the website listed below or calling or texting Cecilia Howard directly at 603-801-8945. 

To learn more, find office hours available or book your appointment directly, please connect to the home website for Mindful Presence Reiki by clicking the link below:

           Muscle Therapy

Muscle therapy has always been an integral part of our treatment.  While it has many beneficial effects, we are mainly concerned with just three.  First, by relaxing the muscles (and the patient) before a treatment, it allows for an easier and more comfortable adjustment.  For many conditions, that may be the only muscle therapy that is necessary.  The second effect has to do with it’s ability to reduce healing time.  Muscle therapy helps increase circulation and lymph drainage, two functions essential for the healing of damaged tissue.  The third effect has to do with balance.  The body hates imbalance.  If your problem is affected by the left being stronger than the right, or the front being tighter than the back, then it must be addressed if any long term results are desired.  In these cases, muscle therapy can be used to release neuro-muscular tension, break up knots and adhesions, or energize and strengthen weakened areas.  The ultimate goal is to improve the condition to a point where the patient can then maintain that more balanced muscle tone on their own.

By balancing muscle tone before an adjustment, the adjustment is easier and “holds” longer.


Which means hands on.  This includes trigger point therapy, stretching and release techniques.  Also gives us a better feel of what’s going on.


A high frequency sound wave that penetrates deep into muscles. It can break up adhesions, increase blood flow and relax tight and knotted muscles.

– Electric Muscle Stimulation

Our unit can be used to reduce pain and tightness. By changing polarities it allows us to also strengthen weakened muscles.