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Chiropractor
updated: Jan 13, 2011, 9:48 AM

Looking for recommendations for a Chiropractor in Goleta or Santa Barbara for lower back pain.


Places People Are Talking About:

Aaron AustinAdams Chiropractic Bruce Yong
Charles BissellCraviottoDavid Inman
David WagnerGlenn LarsenJim Adams
Jim CochranJohn SpencerKevin English
Lance SchroederLori Sender-OharaMike Macy
Paul SchafferRey AlcerroSerena Singer
Wagner ChiropracticWeston Chiropractic

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 135964 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:08 AM

John Spencer at 963 1924. Adjustments besides deep tissue work. Gentle but effective.

 

 COMMENT 135965 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:08 AM

Aaron Austin at 306 E Cota St is a good healer.

 

 COMMENT 135969 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:18 AM

Wagner Chiropractic on De La Guerra! Dan always gets me back up and running

 

 COMMENT 135971P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:19 AM

I'd suggest staying away from the chiropractor and going to a good osteopath instead.

They usually can fix the problem in a safer and more gentle way. Tim Schulz (or Schultz) is a good one to try. 966-0055

 

 COMMENT 135973P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:21 AM

Glenn Larsen- on Turnpike- Wonderful, gentle, new to town. Really knows his way around a back or neck! Also the VERY best prices in town. 805-715-3770. He will work with any budget because he is passionate about healing poeple.( And I am usually leery of chiros!)

 

 COMMENT 135979 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:29 AM

Low back pain is often piriformis muscle spasms in your rear end. (PIA syndrome) Knead this area and see if this is where the sense of "lower back pain" is coming from. Roll those tight areas over the top of a tennis ball is often all you need to do to break these spasms. Or ice cold compresses. And then some meaningful stress reduction that works for your own unique set of stessor triggers to break the cycle.

 

 COMMENT 135982 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:31 AM

Chronic back pain sucks! I'm not a fan of typical "twist, crack, pop" chiropracic technique and so I strongly recommend that you Google DNFT (for Directional Non-Force Technique) to understand what it is, then try making an appointment with either Dr. Serena Singer 899-1210 or either of the Dr. Nelsons (mother and daughter) 962-4904. I've referred a number people over the years and nearly everyone has called back ecstatic. Had I know about DNFT 20+ years ago, I likely could have avoided surgery. Good luck

 

 COMMENT 135984 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:33 AM

I second 135979. Unless you're in significant distress, and can't move easily, it's a good suggestion to try first.

If the pain is really on the very low part of the back, right over the inner glutes, and you know you don't have a prior injury, consider doing some serious hamstring stretches. Being inactive or having tight hamstings actually shortens and pulls down those muscles on the lower back leading to stiffness and pain. Most muscle pain is sourced elsewhere and works it's way to a trigger point in the thinner muscle bands.

 

 COMMENT 135987 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:38 AM

Kevin English - 964-9839

 

 COMMENT 135988 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:39 AM

Dr. David Inman in Victoria Court is awesome. Never fails to get me straightened out and feeling good again. Wonderful guy also.

966.1550

 

 COMMENT 135989 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:39 AM

Yes @ 135969 Dr. Wagner is a great chiropractor but he is located on De La Vina along with Dr. Craviotto they are both great. 2922 De La Vina

 

 COMMENT 135993 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:46 AM

My wife and several of my firends go to (and swear by) Dr. Bruce Yong. He is located on Hitchcock, across the parking lot from Natural Cafe. Reasonably priced, good hours, very accessible for walk-ins. (805) 685-8400. gvchiropractic[dot]net

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:48 AM

Chronic back pain does suck, and not just for the sufferers! After listening for years to my spouse utter 'ouch' when merely bending down to pick up a spoon off the floor....it was time.

Chronic back pain is very often a symptom of the 'core' being weak. After 6 months of a regimen of stretching and strengthening (weight lifting), the problem was solved.

Hire a good personal trainer if not experienced with weights and hit the gym to relieve that back pain...it won't hurt to see a doctor too.

 


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 SBSWEETPEA agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:50 AM

OMG. Dr. Rey Alcerro, West Coast Chiropractic is THE BEST. I have gone to him for well over 10 years. He is a miracle worker. 805-899-2177. State and Micheltorenna, next to the stone church.

 

 COMMENT 136005 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 11:05 AM

Dr David Wagner
On De La Vina near upper State

Used him several times
Problem solved
and no need to go back

 

 COMMENT 136006 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 11:05 AM

How about not offering medial advice for an individual situation all of you know almost nothing about? There is a reason people see trained professionals for complex problems.

 

 COMMENT 136007 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 11:07 AM

Yoga Soup....yoga has helped my lower back and knee pain immensly!

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 11:14 AM

@006....The OP asked about recommendations for a Chiropractor for lower back pain. Chiropractic is a hot issue for some...either you think its quackery or a godsend. If it's helping people, that's great.

No, I'm not a doctor, nor was I giving medical advice...merely, a recommendation for an alternative that just might actually help this person.

 

 COMMENT 136010 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 11:15 AM

Jim Adams on Cabrillo.

 

 COMMENT 136012 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 11:22 AM

Dr. Bissell in Montecito. 565-5252 Brilliant. He works with my entire family (genetically messed up backs!) and knows exactly what he can and cannot do AND does not expect a patient to come for any longer than it takes to resolve an issue Dr. Bissell is smart, honest, and good. What more can you ask?

 

 COMMENT 136023 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 11:39 AM

Seconding the recommendation for Aaron Austin. He's a terrific chiropractor and a really nice guy. Does great things for my back, hips, shoulders.

 

 COMMENT 136028 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 11:50 AM

I have to second the Aaron Austin recommendation-- he doesn't keep you in there a really long time, he's very affordable, and he always makes sure you are doing well-- I always recommend him to friends and everyone always, always loves him and the work he does on them!

 

 COMMENT 136032 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 12:03 PM

Lori Sender-Ohara on Carlo, in Goleta, does a great job. She will also give you advice and exercises
to treat the cause of your problem as well.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 12:03 PM

Aaron Austin very good.

 

 COMMENT 136043 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 12:56 PM

Dr. Valerie Girard is exceptional!
She is a chiropractor in SB, She really is a healer.
She can get to the source of the issue sooner than later...good luk.

 

 COMMENT 136044 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 12:59 PM

How about not making commercial solicitations along with anonymous testimonials for profit referrals?

 

 COMMENT 136049 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 01:06 PM

Robert O'Dell on the Mesa (805) 963-2069), best chiropractor in town and very affordable.

 

 COMMENT 136051P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 01:13 PM

Kevin English - very good, very gentle, and probably saved my life. The first time I saw him, he recognized some very unusual symptoms, and had the right imaging equipment to diagnose them. Then told me "No chiropractic for you, you need to see a neurologist." Two weeks later I was in surgery for a spinal fusion.

Thanks Kevin!

 

 COMMENT 136064 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 01:59 PM

@136006, I'm sure all of us here are adults, perfectly capable of taking any recommendations with a grain of salt.

Nobody here is giving medical advice, just some basic info that might help. It's no more or less dangerous than giving a referral to a bad doctor. Calm down.

 

 COMMENT 136077 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 02:48 PM

Dr. Michael Hergenroether on Hollister Avenue. The best!

 

 COMMENT 136082 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 02:55 PM

2nd For Bruce Yong, he is awesome, I am not an easy patient and Bruce has helped me be pain free.
Why can I say this? because I do not have to go to him anymore!

 

 COMMENT 136089 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 03:10 PM

I vote for John Spencer....he is a great man!

 

 COMMENT 136091P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 03:16 PM

Seconding the recommendation for Glenn Larsen.

 

 COMMENT 136100 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 03:34 PM

Dr. Craviotto!

 

 COMMENT 136106 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 03:54 PM

Lance Schroeder. Probably saved my scholarship back in college.

 

 COMMENT 136109 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 04:03 PM

I read a good book called "Oh My Aching Back", and realized I was doing all the WRONG things for my back problems. But, I would recommend going to some stretch Yoga classes. There are some really good positions that will help your back.

 

 COMMENT 136115 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 04:14 PM

Adams Chiropractic near the Bird Refuge!

 

 COMMENT 136144 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 05:27 PM

Here Here 136044

 

 COMMENT 136149 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 05:58 PM

Weston Chiropractic! Near De la Vina and State

 

 COMMENT 136159 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 06:40 PM

Dr English was great to me after I was in a car wreck 13 years ago. His treatments were light and gentle, felt heavenly and after a few months I was back to 100%. He was very genuine and personable. Glad to hear he's still in business here in town.

I've seen a new place "Crystal Chiropractic" in Old Town Goleta on Pine. Crystal is the daughter of Dr Clinton who had a long time practice just blocks away.

 

 COMMENT 136172 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 07:47 PM

Go to the Best of the Best Dr. Lance Schroeder , He comes from a family of Chiropractors I've been to his dad and uncle and Dr. Lance . Real miracle worker , I've been to the point were one leg is going numb back pain was so bad it takes 3hrs to move 50 ft. In no time he had me up and running again. Give him a call a Great Dr. and family man . 805 692-8686 ......... Been cracking people up for years and years

 

 MACSCIDOR agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 08:24 PM

My neighbor was just telling me about Dr. Lance Schroeder [Goleta] yesterday. I have never been to a Chiropractor but she was full of praise for Dr. Schroeder ... so, of course, I wrote his name down in case I ever need to go to one in the future.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 08:38 PM

I want my fellow Edhat commentators to know that I have nothing against Chiropractors, and in fact I should have mentioned that my spouse benefited greatly from seeing a local chiropractor for lower back pain. The Chiropractor wisely instructed my spouse to work on the root cause of the pain through strengthening (weight training) and stretching (yoga) and it was a remarkable change once the core muscles were strong again.

 

 COMMENT 136212 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-13 10:06 PM

Spend $11.19 on the book "Healing Back Pain" by Dr. John Sarno who is one of the leaders in Mind-Body Medicine. It will change your world and save you thousands of dollars.

 

 COMMENT 136229 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 06:46 AM

I second 077's recommendation for Michael Hergenroether. He has helped me a lot. He uses the non force method, and he will help you get a strengthening routine in place.

 

 COMMENT 136241 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 07:31 AM

I have always had good relief from Dr. Reynoso in SB

 

 SBALAX agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 07:44 AM

Dr. Serena Singer on de la Guerra. She is a DNFT (Directional Non-Force Technique) practitioner and does amazing work.

 

 COMMENT 136269 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 08:27 AM

Stay away from quackropractors. They will tell you that in order to help you they will need several sessions to adjust what's wrong with you. Chances are, at the end of the sessions you will still need more treatment!

 

 COMMENT 136290 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 09:03 AM

Dr. Daniel Wagner is the best. Office is on upper De La Vina Street.

 

 COMMENT 136298 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 09:12 AM

Dr H. ! (Hergenroether) on Hollister, corner of Patterson... awesome! always a treat to go... the kids adore him and always fixes them up from surfing / soccer / softball / ballet ...

 

 COMMENT 136316 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 09:30 AM

Doctor Michael York just off Patterson and Hollister
Excellent!

 

 MOARTS51 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 09:54 AM

I agree with Bear - Dr. Bob O'Dell @ Mesa Chiropractic (805) 963-2069), best chiropractor in town and very affordable. Have been seeing him since he had his practice on Canon Perdido St. Tell him Mo sent you !

 

 COMMENT 136341 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 10:10 AM

Here's another vote for Dr. Michael Hergenroether in Goleta. I've been a patient of his and referred many of my clients and friends to him as well for many years, always with great results. 681-7322

 

 COMMENT 136368 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 10:55 AM

There are many different styles of chiropractic. You might have to try a one or two before you connect with your chosen Doctor. Medical doctors try different blood pressure medications/antibiotics...ect. before finding the right combination. Santa Barbara is a small town and to survive in Santa Barbara/Goleta one has to be good. Dr. Boone/Dr. York/Dr. Hergenrother/Dr. English...all good but differ in their styles. You might also check your insurance plan to narrow your options.

 

 BILLY BOB agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 11:02 AM

I had a very troubling pain that was giving me the fits and was very difficult to locate. I was greatly helped, in very few sessions, by Alan Schroeder, D.C.(38 S LA Cumbre Rd # 2 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Phone: (805) 692-4933)

 

 COMMENT 136398 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 11:47 AM

@136368, I agree with checking out a few places before you might find a good fit. But I disagree that we have a lot of good doctors here. We have a lot of doctors. But there are a LOT of bad doctors in SB and a handful of good ones.

 

 COMMENT 136498 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 02:42 PM

I second (or third) the recommendation for Dr. Kevin English. He has helped me many times and done a better jog than many other chiropractors that I have seen,

 

 COMMENT 136528 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 03:40 PM

Dr David Inman in Victoria Court was great with both me and my wife.
He has one of the only computerized stretch tables in the area as well as being kind and very skilled in all the other needed areas of treating back pain.

 

 COMMENT 136557 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 04:46 PM

I suggest Dr. Jim Cochran @ Advanced Chiropratic in Goleta. He has gotten me back in working order after a couple of car accidents, as well as keeps me in great moving shape the rest of the time. Regular maintenance is a must. Dr. Jim knows what he is doing, and has a great sense of humor too! Call him 805-681-7322, you will be happy!!!

 

 SPARKEY agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 07:15 PM

Paul Schaffer is fantastic. He has been able to fix what two others and a orthopedic surgeon could not. Unlike my two previous chiros he does not call to make sure you come back. He wants to heal you so you don't have to come back. He also adjusted my dog which made it so she could jump on my bed again. A wonderful person as well.
692-9894

 

 COMMENT 136596 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-14 07:35 PM

Dr. Mike Macy on upper State St. is terrific!

 

 

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