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Several years ago a couple of my family member were in desperate need of help from chronic back pain. Trying traditional medical care, without any relief, desperation brought them to a chiropractor's office. After years of pain they were told they could be brought back to health within two weeks. Watching a miracle appear before my own eyes, my phobia against chiropractic care was cured...My own need became a reality a few years ago. Walking my 75# Golden had become out of the question. Somthing in my back was out of whack and my simple daily routine became torture...Af
ter just two appointments at Dr. Prax's office my normal life, free of pain, was restored. Recently it happened again. I was having muscle spasms that were making my life miserable. A call to my miracle worker, Dr. Prax, restored me to health again. I can not explain how wonderful it is to know that I have a doctor. who is qualified, capable and willing to come to the aid of this once reluctant, fearful person and be her own "miracle worker". Jeni Fick Fork Union, VA
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most amazing thing that's ever happened to me. There's not a person who knows me
who will not confirm this... I am walking differently, my pain is less, I've already
regained strength in my left leg..."
After your adjustment, I soaked in the hot tub last night followed by sleeping on the new pillow....WORKED AWESOME. Woke up this am without as much pain or soreness as yesterday. Thanks for working your magic!
"H" :) Co-Owner, Triple C Camp, Charlottesville, VA
Dear Dr. Brian
My back feels great! One of my medicines was causing the leg cramps. I would still be miserable had you not suggested that I or someone in the medical field review the side effects of all my medicine. I actually had to stop taking three different medicines. Lexapro, an antidepressant was causing my leg cramps. I was given naproxin for the leg cramp that interacted with the lexapro and cause my heart rate to go up, I was then given a pill to slow my heart down! This is all insane! So i got a pill for the side effect of the side effects caused by a side effect!(laughing)
I have a little bit of a brain sprain from stopping my antidepressant. the site says it takes up to 8 weeks to detox from seretonin uptake inhibitors.
You are one of the few health care people I have encountered in my life who has actually listened to me with concern. I think you are pleasant, very smart, and have a gift for healing people. These other people in the health care field are overworked and I think somewhat jaded or numb due to high numbers of atroscities that they witness daily.
Kimberly Wells, Lovingston, VA
Back Pain and Wellness
Dr. Prax explains, listens and works with you like you are his only patient. We started a program for me, and boy has it helped…I've gained 10lbs (made my doctor happy) and I'm able to do things I haven't been able to do for years. …with the help of the Prax family and staff, life is physically less painful, and I can drive longer. And for those of you who don't like the cracking bones, the practice has all kinds of cool "toys"….I recommend anyone with bone issues, nerve or other problems go… Trust me and so many other people whose been helped, you owe it to yourself.
Vera Miller, Faber, VA
After Knee Surgery and Wellness
Thank you Dr. Brian, Jessica, Brandi, and Myra for all your positive energy and support throughout my recovery and quest for better health. I couldn't have done it without you and will continue to look upon you as my peers and dear friends.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Amika Hebert, Charlottesville, VA
A history of migraine headaches brought me to the chiropractor...when they occurred I was almost completely incapacitated. I had nausea, dizziness, shooting pains which were indescribable, and saw quick, sharp bursts of light.I had to go the bed and stay in a darkened room until I was better. They usually lasted about 12-18 hours. I was truly rather a doubting Thomas when I first came to the office
The change was AMAZING! I felt better, had more energy, and best of all, I had no more migraines! I haven't had one in three years. I AM A BELIEVER!
The other day I took a fall off a chair on my front porch (because I was too lazy to go into the house and get a step stool). I was sore from the neck on down to my feet. Dr. Prax saw me at a time when the office was closed. He took the time to do an adjustment, and I left feeling like a new person. I rode my horse, had a great ride, and I'm still feeling great!
Thanks Dr. Prax!
Ann F., North Garden, VA
I am delighted to be able to write about my family's personal experience with Dr. Jennifer. I am a stay at home mother of a six, five and a four year old. My younger two boys were diagnosed with autism, two years ago... Until recently, he was not able to communicate. He has many sensory issues, and my husband and I seemed to be losing ground with our precious little boy. That is when I turned to Prax Chiropractic. Jake has been seeing Dr. Jennifer for a few weeks now and he has pulled out of his downward spiral and is making absolutely wonderful progress.
He has a "signing vocabulary" of almost a dozen words now. He has decreased his "tipee-toe" walking with appropriate flat foot walking in about 70% of his "travels". Like Jake, many autistic children do not sleep through the night, yet another "autistic characteristic". The lack of sleep was severely affecting his ability to focus and concentrate on moving forward with his learning during the day. But upon visiting Dr. Jennifer, Jake is sleeping 10-12 hours every night!!
Jake's teacher called us at home a few sessions into seeing Dr. Jennifer and asked what we were doing differently and if we were seeing the huge progress with Jake. As a mother of three young children, and two of them with special needs, I know that there is no "miracle" drug, procedure, vitamins, etc. But what I have seen with Jake within the last month has been nothing short of a blessing!!
Traveling is Much Easier!
Dear Dr. Brian,
I am just returning today. Thanks to you I was able to go and not have one bit of trouble. I can not thank you enough for getting the pain in my back to go away and stay away for this great trip I was able to take my Mom on. We made 10 stops, stayed over in 7 different places and visited with 108 friends and family members.
Jeni Fick, Real Estate Agent
Ease and Wellness
When Dr. Brian adjusted me, my body didn't have to work so hard to be comfortable and well...
Linda Kenney, Charlottesville Waldorf School Kindergarten Teacher
I met Dr. Brian at the Albemarle County Fair. The Stress Test they gave me while at the fair only confirmed what my body was already screaming. My neck and back were out of sorts and it was causing me a lot of pain. The very first alignment session gave me relief from the pain in my neck that I have had for years. Needless to say I saw the value and signed up for a complete group of sessions. I went from a true non-believer to a full believer in the benefits of chiropractic help.
Thank you Dr. Brian
Carol Hunt, Accountant, Afton, VA
Headaches, Back and Neck Pain Ear Infection, Asthma
I would like to thank you for making such a huge difference in my life and the lives of my 2 boys Gerry 9yrs old and Alex 6yrs old. Your gentle, but effective adjustments have been very beneficial to all of us. We've all noticed big improvements. I had constant headaches and due to my car accident had neck, upper back, shoulder, forearm and wrist pain. I have not had a headache since the 2nd treatment about 2 months ago, and all of my other symptoms were also improved dramatically after a short period of time. My son Gerry says he sleeps better through the night. I was impressed to see the impact one of your classes made on Gerry. Gerry and I attended one of your informative classes regarding diet, exercise, and chiropractic care. He is making better decisions at mealtime and is always sharing with his brother and friends the things he learned in your class. He keeps telling me he needs to continue his adjustments because he likes the way he feels - pretty powerful for a 9yr old and I know exactly what he means. My 6yr old has not had an ear infection or an asthma attack, which of course means he has not had to take antibiotics or inhalers (that's a big deal to us). He is also making good food choices.
Dr. Prax you and your friendly staff have made all of our visits very enjoyable. We thank you for always being friendly, for sharing all of your knowledge and advice and for treating us with great care. It sure is nice to visit an office that is professional, friendly and full of energetic and positive people like in your office. Keep up the good work. Thanks again for everything and may God continue to bless you, your family and your staff.
Arm, Hand, Wrist Pain and Wellness
My good friend Barbara K. informed me of Dr. Prax's chiropraxis as she learned about my tennis elbow and hand. It started to become worse during the last 12 months, especially playing tennis. Hand, wrist and arm are improving and I am sure I will eventually be cured by Dr. Prax. There are other adjustments too, and I must say I feel much healthier overall!!
Niqui Wallrabe, Retired, Ivy, VA
Wellness and Back Pain
I have been seeing chiropractors for at least thirty-five years, initially due to a congenital muscle problem that has limited me for seventy-one years. ...Since I've been seeing Dr. Brian - the best one yet - much of my discomfort has vanished and I have more energy than I have ever before experienced.
My adjustments seem to last longer and with Dr. Brian's healing hands, I am now maintaining a spine I am thankful for. For the past two years I have been able to resist all the winter illness I used to succumb to before experiencing these adjustments. I credit a good deal of my health to Dr. Brian's chiropractic skills and his knowledge of diet, supplements and even his recommendation for orthotics. His adjustments are always right on whether he uses his hands alone, the Activator or other methods. It's a treat to walk into their soothing environment.
Frances Curtis Barnhart, Writer, Interfaith Minister, Roanoke, VA
Low Back Pain and Wellness
I found out about Prax Chiropractic from my husband who found out about it through our friends, Bruce and Joan T. I originally came with a low back ache which popped up suddenly. I had previously gone to a chiropractor in Hampton Roads before we moved. I went for overall wellness. My low back ache was my wake up call to get reconnected to a chiropractor. I also was experiencing a lot of fatigue and some difficulty in focusing. Regular adjustments have resulted in elimination of the pain, more energy, and better concentration and not to mention better posture and appearance.
Thanks Dr. Prax!
Milinda Underwood, Mary Kay Sales, Roseland, VA
Asthma and Wellness
Since he was 2-months old,
My experience with Dr Jennifer Prax is that she is deeply committed in helpingto heal the traumas of birth, and profoundly sensitive to babies and their needs. She is a very caring practitioner. Good luck in
Problems Our 6-month-old son has been seeing Dr. Jennifer since he was 6 weeks of age because of poor nursing issues. From the work she did with him, we saw immediate improvement in his latching on ability. We continued to bring him in for adjustments and have witnessed great improvement in other areas such as range of motion in his neck as well as digestive issues. Because Dr. Jennifer's skill, expertise and wisdom as a chiropractor and mother, our son is a happier, healthy, better "adjusted" baby!
Neck and Back Pain in Child
Hello, I am the mother of Idalia M. Aldana. This letter is written to thank Dr. Jennifer Prax for the excellent care that she provided to my 8-year-old daughter, Idalia. Since coming in to see Dr. Jennifer I can say that her back and neck pains have just vanished. I've also noticed better posture and she is definitely more relaxed. Thank you for everything.
Upper Back Pain and Sleeping Problems
I really cannot believe the difference that's been made in so short a time. I'm only 16 years old and for the last 3 years I would practically need a massage every night before going to bed to relieve my upper back pain. My Medical Doctor recommended, "stretching", which, of course did not help. Now there is no more tension there at all and sleeping is not a problem.
Shauna Moss-Maguire, 17 years old
Back, Shoulder and Neck Pain
My back, shoulder and neck pain began in 1999 (4 years ago). When my MD couldn't help me, he referred me to an Orthopedist, who recommended Advil and stretches "as needed." Since "as needed" was everyday, and it provided little to no improvements, I felt like this was too much for my 16-year-old body. My mom found your ad in the newspaper and since starting with your Chiropractic care, I have noticed that a great deal of my everyday pain has either decreased or gone away. To sum it all up, my chiropractic adjustments have truly made such a significant difference and positive improvement in my daily life, I have decided to go to
Thank you so much, Dr. Jennifer!
Headaches, Back and Neck Pain, Sleeping Problems and Breathing Problems
As you know my mom found your ad in the newspaper. I had daily headaches and back and neck pain that started 5-6 months ago. I would take Ibuprofen almost 2 times a day. Since beginning with your treatment of chiropractic care, I have no more headaches and I am a lot less sore. In addition, I am sleeping better and breathing a lot easier. I am so happy I feel 100x's better, thank you so much!
Mackenzie Rich, 17 years old
Thank you so much for your participation in our annual (Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition) Conference October 28th, 2004. I also enjoyed talking to you. You are such a gift to breastfeeding families and our community. Thank you for the work you do and your generosity. I look forward to seeing your office."
Chris Moses, Licensed Nurse Practitioner, Lactation Consultant, Sutter Women's Health & Resource Center and President of the Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition)
Thank you for taking great care of Hailey (newborn) and I (pre and postnatal). Every time I come into the office I feel like we are visiting family and I LOVE that.
Thank you, Emily
Newborn Wellness, Digestive Problems
Thank you so much for advocating for Aaron to the insurance company! We really appreciated the passion of your letter and your willingness to take this on. And, we feel so happy and fortunate to have you (and Dr. Brian!) as our doctors. When we moved here we were concerned about finding a chiropractic office for our family - now we feel grateful to have found you, and especially grateful for the care you have given our (toddler) son. It's not just the results we're happy about (though we are happy he is pooping more, and is so healthy!) - It's also the relationship and the process you share with Aaron. Thank you! (We'll see what happens with the insurance company…!)
We are so thankful and touched by your generosity and loving care of Jasper. He has responded so well to the magical touch of Dr. Jennifer. (Seizures, neuromuscular response and tone.) The idea of matching a donation with that of your Realtor was so sweet and inspiring of even more help for Jasper. We are all so grateful for your help.
Jenna, Jon and mostly Jasper Gonzales" (newborn).
Dear Dr. Jennifer,
Thank you for everything you have done for Skyler (newborn) and me! Have a wonderful life in
With warm wishes, Jen & Skyler
I just wanted to say thanks again for all your amazing work with Levi (6 months old). Eric and I feel really fortunate to have met you. Besides your incredible skill as a pediatric chiropractor and the help you have given to Levi physically, it's also been wonderful having had someone like you to talk to answer questions in these early stages of parenting. You've really helped validate many things that we were feeling about what's best for Levi…those more "alternative" approaches that aren't always the norm. We feel more confident as parents because of that. And I truly appreciate your advice that you've shared with me as an experienced mother. You have set an inspiring example for us in the way that you and Brian are raising your children. I know that in the future when new questions arise we will be saying, "What would the Prax's do?"
Eric, Levi and I want to wish you guys all the best in
Lots of Love and Blessings! Leslee, Eric and Levi
Child Back Pain and Allergies
My name is Leah and I came to see Dr. Jennifer for back pains, which began 6 months ago, and allergies, which began 2 years ago. I took Advil and Anacin as advised by my parents. Since I started chiropractic care, I have no more allergies, most of the time, and less back pain. As a gymnast I noticed that I now have better body awareness. I was amazed at how quickly my allergies let up. My body thanks you!
Leah Eichenholz, 12 years old
Child Headaches and Wellness
For the last 2 years my son Elliot, has had recurring headaches with fever. All of the doctor's tests were negative (Strep throat cultures, He's tried antibiotics and many other medical treatments to no avail. Since beginning treatment with Dr. Jennifer, Elliot has had fewer episodes of less intensity. He did not succumb to a very contagious flu that affected the rest of the family. There has been an overall improvement in Elliot's ability to ward off illness and deal with stress. Dr. Jennifer has been extremely helpful in dealing with the children and parents.
Child Wellness, Behavior Problems, Drooling and Concentration
I'm writing this letter today in sheer happiness. As you well know, Josiah came to you at 2-1/2 years of age with chronic colds, excessive drooling and behavior problems. His drooling has stopped and his behaviors are more balanced/even. His moods are more balanced and he is able to hold still. Furthermore his concentration has improved.
Thank you Dr. Jennifer, Rebecca Maxfield
Humm Berreyesa, C.D. (Certified Doula)
Colic, Sleeping Problems, and baby Wellness
Dear Dr. Jennifer,
Thank you Dr. Jennifer!
Love, Yasasvini D., (Midwife's fourth daughter)
Baby Constipation and Wellness
To Whom It May Concern,
Last week I brought my 6-month-old son, Joshua, in because of terrible constipation he was having. Dr. Brian gave him one quick adjustment to his sacrum (totally harmless!). Two minutes later Joshua started fussing and squirming which is something he never does because he likes coming here. So we knew something was working. Two hours later he "relieved" himself twice! And twice more throughout the day. I was very pleased and I'm sure Joshua was too!!
Ear infections: "I can hear better!!"
My name is Idalia R. I am 10 years old. I had an ear infection for 8 years. When I went to Doctor Brian, he explained to me that I had pressure on my neckbone and that did not let the germs get out of my body. He told me that he could help me and now I can hear better!!
Chiropractic can help with ASTHMA?
I am the medical assistant of a local Neurosurgeon. I came to your office after taking a pretty bad fall on my pelvis, against his advice. The results I have had to date are surprisingly positive. What surprised me the most, however, was the following:
After 2 adjustments with you, my 10-year-old daughter, Leiloni, has not had to use her inhaler! Prior to coming here, she used it 2-3 times a week and more during the winter for her asthma. For those people who are wondering, Chiropractic works!
Thank you Dr. Brian,
Since coming to Prax Chiropractic, the humped area in my neck has straightened out and I am able to stand and walk normally. Also since bringing my children to Prax Chiropractic, they have not had any colds even through the winter.
At this practice, you get excellent gentle care for you skeletal system as well as holistic overall care for you entire being.
Thank you Dr's Prax!
Donna Clark-Ferrel, Full time at home mom of 5, Charlottesville, VA
I am so deeply touched by Jennifer's level of caring for my daughter (then 1 ½ months) and me, that I want to write this "Thank You" for others to see. The day that I brought my daughter, Aliah, to see Jennifer, for colicky symptoms, she was noticeably more calm and at peace afterward. It was a big difference because I had not seen her that peaceful in her short 1 ½ months of life. Being with Jennifer as she touched my daughters body and 'listened' to her with such love and compassion, was healing itself.
Thank you Jennifer!
Theresa Miller, Full time mom of 2, Charlottesville, VA
PS. If anyone is having an infant that is struggling, I would highly recommend you to Jennifer.
I want to thank you and your staff for working with me during the month of February. For all of my life I have been plagued with the horrible "dis-ease" of asthma. I have been on inhalers for years, and been to the emergency room on countless occasions. I'd get episodes so bad that I could barely breathe. During the heavy rain and wind, I'm sure there were many people like me who suffered wheezing and tightness constantly throughout the day. Your Chiropractic care seemed to open up breathing pathways and relieve tight muscles that constantly reminded me of this ailment. Although it was a few days before I felt a big difference, I really believe that I felt my body experience a change of self-healing. By the second week I re-visited my medical doctor who indicated that the inhaler I was on would not have to be used. She said that a substitute, less harmful medication, would be used and not as often as the last one. Thank God for relief and good news - less medication and I finally feel I'm in touch with my body. So once again, my thanks and gratitude to your care and professional staff. For those of you who have doubts, Chiropractic works!
Thank you so much for the wonderful adjustments you do. I'm glad there are people like you out there who actually care and take the time to help people. I admire and respect the work that you do. Again, thank you for keeping me so well tuned up.
¡Gracias! Alergia y Salud
Mi nombre es Stephanie O. y yo estoy muy mal de alergia. Mi nariz y mis ojas
Gracias, Doctor Prax
Child Fatigue and Wellness
My son, Donovan, is 2 years old. He has improved 100% since beginning Chiropractic care! His energy level, weight, and height show a remarkable difference. He used to be lethargic and moody. He now has a lot of energy. He is happy and greets everyone with a smile and a "hi". Donovan's weight has gone up and his is now taller! Previous to receiving Chiropractic adjustments he was very low on the weight and height charts, he was anemic, and weak. All of this, even the anemia is normal…
Thanks Drs. Brian and Jennifer!!
24- Hour Fitness aerobics instructor
To Interested Women,
A few months back I hurt myself at work with a repetitive stress injury in the area of my neck and shoulder and upper arm. I started treatment with Dr. Brian Prax. Since that time I can say I am doing 85 % better.
And, there's more!! I've discovered an extra bonus with Chiropractic care. I am 44, and am starting the Pre-Menopausal era of my life. I was having irregular cycles and other major problems associated with this condition. What I realized one day in his office was that for the previous 6 months my cycles were on time and normal. I am not taking any hormones, or vitamins. (One of my New Year's Resolution's, though, is to start taking vitamins!)
I had never even been to a Chiropractor before, even though I had briefly worked for one years ago. I believed in this type of care, yet now I've experienced firsthand that it helps for the "Whole" person.
My hope is to continue Chiropractic care for the rest of my life.
Sleeping Difficulties Child
Hi, my name is Vincent Eric M., Jr., I am 10 years old and I am a patient of Drs. Brian & Jennifer Prax. Before I starting going to Atlas Chiropractic, I was having trouble sleeping all night. I would wake up in the middle of each night and would not be able to go back to sleep. I would go into my living room and turn on the television and that would help me get back to sleep. Sometimes the television would be on all night long and that would get my mother upset. It was not good for me or the P.G.&E. bill. When I finally made it to sleep it would be only for a couple of hours. The next day, on the way to school, I would fall asleep in the car. I was always tired in class.
Since my mom was going to Atlas Chiropractic, she thought it would be a good idea if I started going. I was complaining about my neck and my back hurting. I was also complaining about headaches. So one day, my mom brought me into the office and I got a scan and I talked to Dr. Jennifer. I got my first adjustment and that night I slept all night long! Since beginning Chiropractic care, I now sleep all night and my neck feels much better. Whenever something hurts, I tell Dr. Brian and he adjusts it and it feels better that same night.
I am glad my mother decided to bring me to Atlas Chiropractic. I look forward to it every time. I like Dr. Brian and Dr. Jennifer and the staff at Atlas Chiropractic. Thank-you.
-Vincent M. Jr.
Thank you so much for your excellent service. You have really helped me in so many ways. I have always looked forward to Wednesday afternoons to see you and your cheerful staff. Good luck with your new adventure. I will miss you.
- Shawn Faulconer