When you are a new patient an initial consultation with Dr. Stehmeier includes a detailed exam, which is an evaluation of your posture, movement and strength. It also may include video-analysis of movement, and/or x-rays, depending on your problem(s).


The purpose of a first visit is to understand fully what your problems are and how we’re going to get you better.

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What is Nucca Chiropractic?

Proper Posture and Good health is only achieved by maintaining good core musculature. Every movement that your body makes depends on the small core muscles located next to the spine. The following exercises and stretches are designed to build and maintain good core musculature.


The Nucca spinal correction is only as good as the individual’s ability to hold the correction, thus; doing the exercises recommended by Dr. Stehmeier will help you hold and maintain your correction, enabling you to be adjusted less and less.


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Active Release Therapy

Active Release Therapy is a soft tissue management system based on a series of set protocols. Active Release Technique, (ART), has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems.


What happens with soft tissue injury?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.


What happens on a visit?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.


Most healthcare providers use techniques of massage, trigger point, electrical modalities and ultrasound with varying degrees of specificity to treat soft tissue problems. These all provide reasonable results but sometimes a different approach is needed.


ART is patented because it is different than anything else. This protects the public from healthcare providers who are willing to do it half way. To learn ART, a health care provider must be serious enough to invest a great deal of time and effort to learn over 500 treatment moves or “protocols.” More important than that, they must be able to develop a very advanced “feel” for the tissues and their texture, tension and movement. Active Release Technique is an advanced system that has helped thousands of individuals all over the world, from the sedentary individual to those who participate in triathlons. ART is for everybody!



Initial visits are 45 minutes at $100.00 if no x-rays are taken, or $150.00 with x-rays.