"My 6-year-old daughter had been experiencing constipation, lethargy, sensitivity to cold, irritation, and headaches. This was very unlike her, so we turned to her pediatrician for help. Her symptoms were consistent with thyroid disorder and blood tests confirmed her thyroid was not functioning properly. Thankfully, her pediatrician was hesitant to medicate without understanding what could have caused this in an otherwise healthy 6-year-old. However, we didn't know where to turn. I was leaning towards a holistic doctor or naturopath, but because of long waiting lists, I decided to give chiropractic a try. I truly believe the Lord led us to Dr. Heather to facilitate the healing He wanted my daughter to experience. Dr. Heather identified that my daughter's neck was significantly out of alignment. After treating that over a period of about 6 weeks, her symptoms have completely disappeared. She has been back to her normal cheerful, bubbly self for about 6-8 weeks now and I can see she has been healed! I'm so grateful to Dr Heather and to the Lord for leading us to her."
- Sophia's Parents
"This may look like just a silly piece of paper to most people but this triggered some happy tears tonight. I have been scared to share our success story with the fear of "jinxing it" and not knowing if things will get worse again. But, seeing this paper that Henry did at school today made me realize that I have to share in case it can help someone else! His sentence at the bottom of his paper says; I am also thankful for: I AM NOT SICK ANYMORE!!! 4.5 years ago we were on vacation, Henry got really sick, (horrible, wet sounding cough) and was prescribed his first round of oral steroids because his lungs/airways just were not handling it well (he was 1).
4 years ago right about this time of year Henry was getting his first breathing treatment at the doctors office (he was 1 and a half).
3.5 years ago, he was admitted in to the hospital with RSV. To hear his cough and the way he sounded the nurse swore up and down that his chest x-ray would show that he had pneumonia. (And I thought, oh this is just how he sounds when he has a cold.) Thankfully he did not have pneumonia but it was a long night of oral steroids again but this time many breathing treatments pretty close to each other. They said we can't even consider discharging him until we can get his treatments spaced out to atleast 3 hours apart. After that we got sent home the next afternoon with a nebulizer of our own. They said unfortunately, don't expect this to be your last time coming to the hospital.
Over the last 3.5 years, we have been to the pediatrician, pulmonologist, gastroenterologist, and allergist over and over and over again. I'm pretty sure we have tried every steroid inhaler they make (Flovent, Symbicort, Advair, and more) Albuterol, his nebulizer, different rounds of oral steroids, allergy meds, Flonase nasal spray (which gave him horrendous nose bleeds), spoonfuls of honey, Acid reflux medicine, amoxicillin (and others similar to it), checked his sinuses from a Cat Scan, and so so many other things, and still no answers. We had him tested for cystic fibrosis, and we thanked God that he was negative for that. We bought an air purifier for our house thinking there has to be something that is irritating his airways and causing him to sound like this.
(EDITING to add: we tried different humidifiers, taking him in the bathroom while running the hot shower, they said take him outside to cool air to get him to stop coughing, he would cough so hard in the middle of the night, all night long some nights that he would wake up puking, we would sleep with him upright in the recliner during the worst stents of him being sick, anything to get through some of the worst nights, as well as ibuprofen and Tylenol). The only somewhat diagnosis we ever got was viral induced asthma.. but even the doctor wasn't 100% convinced with that because the inhaled steroids should have maintained him better in between sicknesses.
The last year and a half, it got to where we couldn't really get him cleared up at all. Anyone who knew Henry, also knew his awful sounding COUGH. And trust me, with Covid going on, and having a kid with a croupy/barking sounding cough, I got A LOT of looks. Oral steroids really weren't touching it anymore, and neither was anything else. The next step was going to be to put him under and scope his airways as well as his esophagus and take biopsies of his esophagus on the way down to look for EOE as well as literally anything else. The doctor said, he's just a giant question mark.
THEN!!!! Bradley's Aunt Mary Ellen suggested to his Mom, maybe they should try the chiropractor for Henry. I was extremely skeptical with everything we had already tried, how could that work if none of the other things are working. But what did we have to lose at this point.....
We made our first appointment in the beginning of August, right when he was starting to get a runny nose as well. So I thought well this will be a great test! In about 2-3 weeks, he was over his runny nose AND HIS COUGH WAS GONE!!!!!!!! And has been gone every since!!! I could not even believe what we had witnessed.. she fixed our kid after everything we had went through and tried!! After many doctors appointments of sitting in their office racking our brain of what could it be and what should we try next and just feeling helpless; she fixed him!! Not only is his cough gone, but we have also stopped giving him all his different medications. All of them!!! He is a brand new kid!! I do still worry that some form of asthma related issues will still pop up down the road here and there, but for right now he is perfectly healthy and sounds just like a regular kid again!! All thanks to the Chiropractor!! I hope that this super long post helps someone else with similar problems!
We are extra thankful this Thanksgiving and we owe it all to Dr. Heather Whetsel Freedlund at Freedlund Family Chiropractic in Winnebago!! (Dr. Amy Hershberger is awesome as well!) And also a big thanks to Bradley's Aunt Mary Droy for the suggestion! We are forever grateful!! Our 5 and a half, almost 6, year old is back to his normal, spunky self and his cough is finally gone!!!!"
- Henry's Mom
"Conner and I just love Dr. Heather! She has what I call anointed hands. I was always a little nervous about chiropractic for babies and my close friend whom I trust recommended her to me. Dr. Heather has a lot of experience and is so so amazing and wonderful with babies. Conner improved quickly by getting adjustments by her and not to mention he sleeps a lot longer and better at night and isn't so fussy anymore. "
- Conner's Mom
"My lower back was tight and super-sore! Every move made me cringe as I worked through my day. I am typically an active person and I get adjusted by Dr. Amy on a weekly basis. However, the Master's Tournament sucked me in, and I ended up sitting on my couch for about 5 hours, rarely getting up. Monday morning was brutal. Monday afternoon was tough. Tuesday morning was still rough! My lower back was still making me cringe. Thankfully, Dr. Amy is a fabulous chiropractor! I stopped in for my weekly adjustment Tuesday after work and told her my story of woe, I mean, pain. Dr. Amy adjusted my lower back. Within an hour, my lower back was sooo much better! I was able to reach down, walk, twist, basically, get on with my life with much less pain and definitely fewer cringes. She suggested I get adjusted one additional time on Friday. I look forward to my chiropractic adjustments and seeing Dr. Amy and Dr. Heather helping others."
"I started chiropractic correction for a major condition. I was a healthy kid except for one problem, my tonsils. When I was younger, they would swell to the point that I had a very difficult time swallowing and eating. It would happen two or three times per year. Each time I would have to go to my doctor, and he would give me antibiotics, threaten me with a tonsillectomy and send me on my way. Usually, it would be a long, painful week to 10 days before I could swallow again. I dealt with this problem through high school and into college years.
When I was a sophomore in college, my future wife decided she was going to go to chiropractic college. She explained to me how chiropractic worked. She told me injuries throughout my life had pinched and irritated the nerves in my immune system and throat. This caused my tonsils to become weak and overreact. She asked me to see the chiropractor she was working with. I did! Who can say no to Dr. Heather? I started to get adjusted and once again my throat started to swell up. I told my chiropractor what was happening, and he told me I would be fine. He adjusted me and sent me on my way with no threat of a tonsillectomy. Within two days I could swallow again. He also explained to me that I needed my tonsils. They are a major immune system organ, protecting my throat and lungs from infection and cancer. The body is truly amazing.
I no longer have trouble with my throat. Since then, my wife has become a chiropractor. I have a lifesaving adjustment a minimum of one time per week with my family. I know my body is functioning as best it can, despite no chiropractic care and lots of injuries in my younger years (football, basketball, 4-wheeling, stress, sitting in a school desk, and many more).
I am working to have the best quality of life possible for myself and my family. Chiropractic is a huge part of the vision. I am so proud of all the parents who are getting their children adjusted. I wish my parents had known about chiropractic, before all my layers of injury caused symptoms. You are letting your children express themselves the best they can, mentally, physically, and socially, the way God intended."
"One of my sons has Autism, he has never slept well at night. As his parents, we were lucky if he slept more than 5 or 6 hours. He'd spend hours awake, unable to fall asleep, finally fall asleep, then wake up again a couple hours later, repeating the cycle. It was hard on all of us. When you are not getting enough sleep, you rally start to realize it's importance.
Then we began getting adjusted regularly as a family. Sleep was not the reason we started, but almost immediately noticed an improvement with his sleep patterns. He wasn't having trouble falling asleep, nor did he wake near as much throughout the night. Within a couple months he was sleeping 10-12 hours at night. Just a few more hours of sleep has changed his life and ours.
Receiving regular adjustments has improved all my kids' quality of sleep. They don't toss and turn to fall asleep anymore. Plus, they all sleep longer and wake up feeling rested. We are so grateful for the rest that our family finally gets and the many blessings that Chiropractic care has given us."
"Last year, I slipped on a sheet of ice and landed flat on my back. I stood up and thought "Oh no.....I need to go see Dr. Amy now!". I left the job site and headed into Freedlund Family Chiropractic, which would practically become my second home for the next 6 months. The bruising and swelling around my right SI Joint caused excruciating pain that ran down my leg and to my toes. I couldn't sit in most chairs, sleep for more than a few hours, even driving my truck the 15 minutes into Winnebago to get adjusted was unbearable.
My story isn't one of instant success. I wasn't healed over night, but I trusted Dr. Amy and the process. I followed what she said to do-I took the supplements, rubbed on the oils, iced again and again...yes, I even started doing yoga! (And I still do it every morning!) I'm not going to lie, there were plenty of times that I lost hope. Pain really does take a toll on your energy, mental health-there's nothing that it doesn't affect. But, I stuck to it. I would hobble my way into Freedlund Family Chiropractic every day they were open. Things would start to get better and then I'd move the wrong way or push myself too hard and I'd be 10 steps back in my progress. Eventually the steps back were less and less. Progress felt so slow, but it was progress. Then things just started feeling better. In August, I was able to drive to CA to drop off our oldest son at school. Three long 12 hour days of driving, moving him into his new apartment, and then a long flight back to Illinois. I was amazed that I wasn't needing pain relievers and I actually was able to enjoy the trip. A month earlier, that trip would have been impossible!!! I still have some days where I did too much or I got too busy and didn't take the time that week to see Dr. Amy for an adjustment, but those days are getting fewer and fewer.
For those of you struggling with this process, your back problems didn't happen overnight and sometimes, your healing will take some time and effort. But...It Is Worth It!!!!!
I don't know where I'd be without Dr. Amy and Dr. Heather. I am so thankful for the care and support they've given my family over the past 20 years!"
"I have always been a believer in chiropractic care since my early 20's after getting help for a work injury. Years later, my daughter got a sports injury, and I took her to Dr. Heather. I did not want her to take pain relievers and Dr. Heather heled her recover without the need for them. I also recommended her to another daughter suffering from nerve damage and migraines. At 60 years old, I started going back to Freedlund Family Chiropractic myself for general health and wellbeing, and those age-related aches and pains. Knowing the side effects from prescription drugs and pain relievers, I try and stay away from them. Now if I overwork in the yard or garden, one or two adjustments quickly gets me back in shape. Thanks to Dr. Heather and Dr. Amy. It's been life changing for me. And also, my daughter and her entire family now come to Freedlund Family Chiropractic."
"This is the story of my ten-year-old son, Phillip. When Phillip was 7 years old, he had a chronic runny nose, watery eyes, cough, and was sick most of the time. We were told he had allergies and advised to have allergy testing done. The testing showed he was allergic to dogs, horses, cockroaches, and grass.
Our doctor told us the solution to the problem was medication. Phillip would have to take five daily medications with terrible side effects. The doctors could not tell me how long Phillip would have to be on the medication. Even with the medicine Phillip continued to have the same symptoms.
Due to his allergies Phillip's life was difficult. He has two older brothers, who he adores. Since they are both dog owners, he could not even hug them without getting sick, much less visit their homes. Phillip could not play outside because there is grass outside. We worked hard to create a backyard with no grass for Phillip.
As a parent I felt hopeless. I decided to accept that I could do nothing else to help Phillip to have a better quality of life. One day my neighbor told me about Dr. Heather and I felt angry that she would suggest another doctor to us, we had seen so many. Then Dr. Heather called me personally and I agreed to see her the next day.
Since seeing Dr. Heather, Phillip has become a different child. He played flag football and will play tackle football this summer IN THE GRASS. Phillip now has overnights with his brothers and friends who have dogs and we have talked about getting a dog ourselves. Phillip went from taking 5 daily medications and being very miserable as a young child to now taking a daily vitamin and being a happy healthy 10-year-old boy. What a wonderful feeling for a parent. I never imagined anyone, especially a chiropractor, being able to make such a difference in our lives. Thank you, God, for blessing us with a doctor that believes we can achieve health from within without medication. Thank you, Dr. Heather, for your patience as we learn a new way of life."
"As a last resort, I started bringing my daughter to Freedlund Family Chiropractic & Nutrition. She was having anxiety attacks to the point she was afraid to leave the house. We had tried lots of different things, but nothing had worked. The only option the doctor had left was medicine. We wanted to try a more natural way first. We met with Dr. Heather. She said, chiropractic was not a treatment for anxiety. She explained that many people who have anxiety have a nervous system that is in a high state of stress. Over time, chiropractic can calm the nervous system and many people have reported less anxiety. We decided to give it a try. She has not had an attack since starting chiropractic care!! Not to mention Dr Heather has given her some tactics to use if she feels one coming on!"
"My wife and daughters have gone to Freedlund Family Chiropractic for years. I always just took Tylenol or Advil to relieve my pain. The pain always came back when the medicine wore off. My wife had always said to go to the chiropractor for help. After years of suffering with an old shoulder injury, I finally decided (with a little more prodding from my wife) to go see Dr. Heather for help. No joke, after my first adjustment, I got some relief. I never thought I would say this, but I now look so forward to going for my adjustments, they have really been helping. My experience with chiropractic care and everyone at the Freedlund Family Chiropractic Clinic has been awesome. I just wish I would have listened to my wife and gone years earlier."
"Dr. Amy completely saved our Max! He suffered from chronic ear infections starting at 6 months of age. He had 2 sets of tubes working on his third and was not talking by the age of 2. I had drawn my last straw and that was to try a chiropractor. We made an appointment with Dr. Amy and she knew exactly what to do. Within weeks of starting treatment with her our Max was talking and ear infections disappearing!! Max is now 7 and has not had an ear infection in years! I cannot thank her enough for all she has done and continues to do for our family!! THANK YOU!!"
"Dr. Heather and Dr. Amy are miracle workers! My family and I have been getting adjusted there a little over 8 years and never were their talents more relevant than when I threw my back out! I was at an event when I bent over, had extreme pain, and couldn't stand back up. For two days I crawled around on all fours in such pain until I was able to come home and go see Dr. Heather. I walked in hunched over and I couldn't even lay straight on the adjusting table. She worked on my lower spine and not kidding - I was able to stand straight up and walk around! It literally felt like a miracle. I love these two Doctors and would highly recommend anyone to go see them!"
"I have been suffering from migraines for over 30 years. I have been on several different medications that would work for a short time and then stop working. I hated the side effects of the medicine as well. I've done chiropractic before at different places with no real relief. I took a chance and came in to see Dr Heather. Best decision I've ever made! My migraines are gone and for once I felt like someone was treating the cause and not just the symptoms. She has even taught me to be more in tune with my body to see what triggers them. She has given me hope and relief. I've never met someone like Dr Heather and Dr Amy that truly care about making you feel the way that God intended us to feel. We are truly thankful and blessed for God leading us to them!!"
"My family and I started seeing Dr. Heather and Dr. Amy a couple years ago when my migraines had become so frequently it was affecting my ability to function as a mom and wife. Within a couple short weeks, I noticed a marked improvement. We have been going weekly for quite some time now and even my children know to ask for an adjustment when something is off. They started out fighting getting an adjustment and now they fight over who gets to go first. We have had very, very few illnesses, ear infections, coughs or colds since making weekly adjustments part of our routine. Dr. Heather goes beyond chiropractic care, staying abreast of new scientific studies on how vitamins, minerals, and natural supplements can aid the body in staying healthy and always willing to discuss her findings. I constantly share Freedlund Family Chiropractic with friends and family because they have made such a huge impact in our lives. "
"When I was pregnant with my second child, I developed symphysis pubis dysfunction. It hurt so bad to lift my legs, or even to put pants on in the morning. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I also developed Sciatica. My legs would give out most days and I literally would collapse while walking around my house. I had been seeing Dr. Amy and Dr. Heather throughout my pregnancy, but this time when I went, I mentioned the specific pain in my pelvis, pubic bone, and legs, and asked if there was anything they could do. I truly cannot say how life changing their care was for me during that time- I do not know how I would have gotten by without their care. I went daily right up until my delivery. Every single time I got up off their table I was in disbelief- it was like I had a new body! I would walk in with pain shooting down my legs and walk out feeling ready to give birth. Thankful does not begin to describe how I feel! I still go for weekly wellness care and recommend them to everyone I know. Thank you, Dr Amy and Dr Heather, for changing my life!"
Migraines?? Sinus Pressure?? Please read Bonnie's Story.
"I suffered from migraines since my 20's. After the birth of my daughter in 1999, I suffered from stuffy sinuses as well, making it hard to sleep. I felt like I was snapping at everyone around me, so I was considering a sinus surgery to help be breath when I slept. I read an article by Dr Heather talking about her philosophy of chiropractic to prevent illness. I went to her office to meet with her and started on my journey to health. After a month of care, I noticed I could breathe better at night and my migraines got better. After a year of treatment, I started bringing my 4-year-old daughter in weekly as well. I didn't want her to suffer from migraines like I had for so long. It has been almost 20 years of weekly adjustments. It was especially helpful during my ACL replacement surgeries and my Breast Cancer surgeries and treatments. I feel I healed much faster. I can say I owe my health to Chiropractic care at the hands of Freedlund Family Chiropractic & Nutrition."
"When Daniel was 6 months old, I started noticing that his head leaned to the left more than I thought it should. I monitored it and after he gained more control of his head, I realized it wasn't just him needing to gain head control but that in fact his neck was cocked and his head naturally leaned to the left as a result of it. I had mentioned it to his doctor but I knew that there was little he could do and if it wasn't necessary, I didn't want to put him through physical therapy. Which is when I decided to ask Dr. Heather if there was anything she could do for it. After a few short months of regular adjustments, his neck went from being crooked and his bent to the left to being 100% straight! He's now 3 years old and you would never notice he had a problem. Aside from other things, this really sealed the deal for my family on just how amazing chiropractic care really is. People don't always believe you when you just tell them that you feel better, but Daniel actually has a physical difference that proves this care really can help. We still see Dr. Heather to this and she is the only doctor my kids are excited to visit."
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