Share Your Love of Total Health with Us!

Last year, patients across our Total Health chiropractic offices sent in an overwhelming number of testimonials about their experience in our offices and with chiropractic care. It has impacted our lives as well as our friends and family! We are asking you to share the love again with us this year!

If you’d like to share your journey with us, please fill out a review on Google. Your journey matters and can have a very real impact on others in search of a solution. Read some of our powerhouse reviews and inspiring stories patients have shared with us.

“Great place to get adjusted. Dr. Chris and his staff are GREAT. The only place to go, if you have back or neck issues. The relaxation therapy is something I wish I could have at home every day 😁😍”

“This place is amazing, and instantly made me feel at home. They welcomed me in even with the bad history of a car accident I had, they took it like I was a loved family member and are helping me out. Great place. Great people.”

“I’ve been an athlete my entire life so there has been many chiropractor visits. I’ve never stuck with a chiropractor for long until I came here. Dr. Chris knows so much about rehabilitation. I’ve had problems with my back, knees, shoulders, and a few others. He has been able to heal me every time I come in. I feel great after every visit. I love Meghin and Kelly as well. They are very friendly and overall great people.”

“Great experience! I’ve never been to a doctor’s appointment and got fed at the same time! Fantastic staff and amazing service! Highly Recommend!!”

“THC Brainerd Staff is caring, compassionate and tentative to my needs. Dr. Chris takes amazing care of me with special care to my very warped spine! Always informative and takes the time to explain. Totally invested in his patients.”

“The best chiropractic office I’ve ever been in! Dr. Chris and his staff are amazing and always very helpful! The best THC office in the area! I highly recommend!!”

“Dr. Mansolf is hands down the best chiropractor in the Chattanooga area, and likely beyond. I began chiropractic at age 12 and have continued into my 30s.When I walked into Dr. Mansolf’s office this year, I was in unbearable pain, and he and his staff (who are AMAZING and treat you with compassionate care, not a sheep that other chiro offices herd in and out) have truly improved my quality of life. Thank you! I give my highest endorsement to every aspect of his practice.”

“Awesome group of folks at Total Health Chiropractic – East Brainerd location. I am honestly wierded out by Chiropractors because of a bad experience that I have had in the past – but Dr. Mansolf is a qualified and caring doctor who has his patient’s best interests in mind. He really takes the time to review his patient’s charts and history before performing any sort of chiropractic work – which is huge for me. He does not give chiropractic care or advice without doing the groundwork first. The rest of the staff is also a hoot.”

“If you are thinking about visiting a Chiropractor, check this place out. They know their stuff! The first visit and consultation are also free – so you can get a plan of care and check the place out without any risk. They are all so nice!”

“Wonderful staff!! They always fit me in and accommodate my crazy schedule!”

“This office goes above and beyond for their patients. After the first visit, the doctor called to check on me and reminded me of what procedures to do (after hours). Another time I had asked about a small heating pad and they called me after I left to tell me where I can purchase. Not many places do this, and they are one of kind. The employees enjoy their job and create a great atmosphere. Kudos to the owner and staff.”

The Universal Player in Our Health: Water

Achieving optimal wellness is our goal. We can achieve this by consuming plenty of water combined with other natural practices such as maintaining chiropractic care regularly, exercise and eating more balanced meals. This formula adds the best odds in maximizing our wellness. Our food gives us about 20 percent of the water we need daily. The other 80 percent is up to us. Water is the universal player to our internal health systems.

Natural body response: Water provides the necessary excretions from our body as well as aiding our brain function. Our urine, sweat and bowel movements all involve water. The temperature in the body is regulating by our bodies releasing sweat when it gets too hot. Fluid balance is monitored by the kidneys and when there becomes a shortage it can put stress on other organs. Lack of water (and fiber) causes constipation.

Digestion & Detox: A habit you want to pick up in 2019 is to drink water before, during and after your meals. Water assists in the process to absorb minerals, vitamins and other vital nutrients and send them to fuel our bodies. Water intake can aid in weight loss by alluding the feeling of being full longer without the additional calories.

Illness Fighter: Hypertension, UTI, kidney stones and heart disease are a few diseases and conditions associated with lacking hydration. Proper hydration is one of the important factors for fighting diseases. It is very similar to chiropractic care in which it aids or boost our immunity with proper maintenance of the spine. Our spines are the hub of the nervous system. Having an unhealthy spine can compress paths with overall compromise the body’s natural functions.

Energy & Mood Booster: Drinking the daily recommended amount of water (8- 8-ounce cups) can activate your metabolism, giving it a boost. This boost has a positive impact on our energy levels. Dehydration can affect our moods and overall can result in confusion, anxiety or depression.

Bottom Line: Our bodies need water to function and it is important to nearly every part of our body. Hitting the recommended daily water intake maintains our current state of being and better yet, it’ll improve our overall health. Try carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go to make it quick and easy to drink when the need strikes! Try pacing yourself and aim to hit your recommended consumption by noon. Keep track of your intake and remember, You got this!

Trust Your Gut

Have you ever heard the saying “trust your gut”? It comes as a surprise when we discover all there is to learn about the enteric nervous system. This system controls and properly regulates the stomach, small intestine, esophagus and colon. It has five times more neurons than our spinal cord! Turns out trusting our gut may be wise advice. If you’ve ever had a hunch about those leftover crab cakes or felt the flutter of what seemed like butterflies, you just might have heard from your gut or “second brain”.

Have you ever vomited in your life? If the answer is yes, then you’ve experienced your enteric nervous system’s wisdom firsthand. Your body begins to produce contractions that make it necessary to force whatever was consumed that turned to projectiles back up through esophagus. This resulted in a healthy body response due to you not feeling well.

This “second brain”, or enteric nervous system, has been thought to be linked to our emotional well-being. It connects to our brain which directly has effect on feelings of stress or even sadness. It even has influence over memory, decision making and learning.

A few gastrointestinal disorders like colitis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) start in your gut brain.

For more information on our enteric nervous system or to schedule your next wellness appointment, give us a call today 423-517-7000!

Choosing a Better Comfort Food this Winter

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Just as the temperatures begin to drop and winter strikes again, we suddenly start planning out all our favorite comfort foods. Tis the season of heavy, but satisfying comfort foods. Using nutrient dense grains, bold favors and lean proteins it’s possible to enjoy your favorites.  Below are a few common comfort foods with healthy substitutions to help warm up the winter without packing on the pound.

Hot Chocolate: Try hot chocolate almond milk. Swap out the whole milk for some tasty almond milk. You can even add a bag of mint tea for added cheer.

Chicken Pot Pie: One of the more favored foods in the winter with steamy chicken filling and buttery crust. Making a healthier version with just a few substitutions is easy! Trade your white crust for whole grain and select skinless chicken for filling.

Creamy-Based Soups: Feeling warmer on a chilling winter day seems to call out to enjoy a hot, filling soup with extra cream. By adding more veggies such as white beans and onions you can achieve a more filling soup without the cream!

Mashed Potatoes: Try giving cauliflower mashed potatoes a try! Rich in vitamin C, filling qualities and offering more or a nutritional value.

Chicken Noodle Soup: Remove the starchy noodles and replace with quinoa.

Mac N Cheese: Try sneaking in butternut squash instead of noodle to add a powerhouse veggie into this classic dish. You can also incorporate broccoli florets for added benefits like potassium, fiber and vitamins like K and C.

Salted Chocolate Almond Haystacks

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One of the more difficult challenges in going grain, gluten and dairy free, is the holidays. Everyone seems to have their favorite treat or holiday cookie, so it’s great knowledge to be able to recreate something similar and yummy! Here is a party pleaser that is the perfect combination of salty and sweet with only three ingredients.


1 cup mini gluten free dairy free chocolate chips

1 cup almonds sliced

1/8 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt

How to make:

Lay out almonds in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake in over at 300 degrees. Remove when almonds have turned to a light golden brown (5-7 mins). Pour into large bowl and add chocolate chips. Mix until chocolate is melted, and almonds are fully coated with chocolate. Use spoon to drop teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper. Add salt for taste. Freeze until your chocolate almond haystacks are firm, about 20 mins.

Fun Active Indoor Games for Kids!

With the holidays approaching, so is the cold weather! Are your kids feeling cooped up? Keep them on the go and entertained with these active, fun, indoor games. If you have kids, you know they have loads of energy and the winter months can get extremely long while everyone is confined to the indoors.

-Create and obstacle course and let the kids take over and build their own course!

-Place pillows along floor so kids can jump over them without touching pillow.

-Make a cave or tunnel by lining up chairs and throwing some old sheets across them.

-Fill a bucket or bowl with pasta or rice and hide an object inside. Time your kids to see who uncovers the object the quickest!

-Turn dancing into a freeze game by turning on music and telling kids to hold their position when the music turns off. Pause the music from time to time and have kids freeze in place for 5 seconds.

-Hallway bowling is the perfect game for any hallway or open space in your home! Use empty water bottles or non-breakable cups and align them in a triangle formation. Use a medium ball. For increased fun, fill the water bottles with water or sand.

5 Surprising Benefits of Walking

The focus on exercise is everywhere these days. You can’t pass up a magazine stand without being succumbed to cover pictures of people running, walking, cycling or doing some extracurricular activity around aerobic exercise. The question everyone is asking, is walking good enough? Let’s take a closer look!

The great plus to walking is that it can virtually be done anywhere at any time. It can also be mixed into your daily routine and can include stretching, HITT (high intensity interval training, balance training, and much more. The options are limitless with combining walking with other forms of exercise. Scientific evidence continues to grow and flourish regarding the vast benefits of walking when in comparison to other more physical endurance related activities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that from 2005 – 2010, around 20 million more people inserted walking into their daily habits for at least 10 mins, once a week. It appears the trend or inclination of walking is catching on! With this increase, cities like Boston, New York, Chicago and many more cities are starting to transform busy traffic routes into pedestrian-friendly walkways. Walking to places such as to work, shops or to school is picking up trend and is gradually taking the place of driving.

Walking has started to become so popular that doctors, public health professionals and even insurance companies are promoting walking, because stated simply, “it’s great for us!”. Walking has even been described as the “wonder drug” without a prescription.

Walking benefits:

-Weight loss/increased energy

-Boosts mood for up to two hours

-Strengthens memory

-Heart disease protection

-May reduce cancer risk

Pumpkin Spiced Buttered Coffee

Are you looking for a new seasonal coffee? Try this Pumpkin Spiced Buttered Coffee. That’s right I said “Buttered” coffee and the result is a healthy and did I mention creamy fall drink that is sure to compete with your local Starbucks. For fun let’s look at the nutritional info on a Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced latte. Wow, just wow! In a 12 oz. coffee there is around 37 grams of sugar. Sugar is a lot more than just empty calories, it can have negative and harmful effects on our metabolism as well as contribute to a variety of diseases.

Try this health pumpkin seasonal beverage to kick off the crisp fall season.


  • 12 oz hot coffee
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. butter or ghee
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • vanilla stevia


In a blender combine coffee, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, butter and the vanilla stevia. Blend until frothy. Serve and enjoy!

Is your neck causing your Headaches?

Tension headaches are directly caused by muscle imbalance in the neck, which can lead to those ever so painful headaches that people live with on a day to day basis.  Occurring in about three of every four adults, tension headaches are the most common of all headaches. In most cases, they are mild to moderate in severity and occur infrequently. But a few people get severe tension headaches, and some are troubled by them for three or four times a week.

Symptoms of tension headaches include the following…

  • Muscle tightness in the neck, jaw, and shoulders – may also be sore.
  • Trouble focusing
  • Headache that originates at the back of the head and moves forward over the top and sides.
  • Feeling of “pressure” or “tightness” across the forehead or on the sides and back of the head
  • Headache that usually starts later in the day
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritable
  • Mild light and noise sensitivity.
  • Chronic leading to degenerative changes and arthritis

The effects of long term forward neck posture leads to “long term muscle strain, disc herniations and pinched nerves.”  Mayo Clinic Health Letter Vol. 18, #3 March 2000

A recent study shows that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time—with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand.

On a daily basis our modern day society has led to the increase of technological advances that are making our lives more convenient.  The problem is how these advances are causing an epidemic in the previous listed symptoms. This is affecting us at younger and younger ages, as today most toddlers can operate our technology better than we can.

How can we correct this?

Prevention is the key to helping avoid tech neck symptoms.  

  • Hold your cell phone at eye level as much as possible. The same holds true for all screens—laptops and tablets should also be positioned so the screen is at eye level and you don’t have to bend your head forward or look down to view it.
  • Take frequent breaks from your phone and laptop throughout the day. For example, set a timer or alarm that reminds you to get up and walk around every 20 to 30 minutes.
  • If you work in an office, make sure your screen is set up so that when you look at it you are looking forward, with your head positioned squarely in line with your shoulders and spine.
  • Pull your shoulders back and your chin back so your ear is aligned over your shoulders
  • Regular chiropractic care, helping to correct postural strain, correct the curve of the neck, and decrease/prevent pain

Exercises to help reduce symptoms:

Chin retraction

Stand up or sit tall in a chair and look directly forward. While keeping the chin level, shift the head backwards for five seconds and then return to the original position.  Can be done in the car while pushing head backward against the headrest for added resistance.

Do one set of 15 reps.

Upper trapezius stretch

Sit facing forward. Place the right hand on the head so that the ends of the fingers extend toward the left ear. Then place the left hand behind the back. Use the right hand to pull the head gently down, moving the right ear towards the right shoulder, until a stretch is felt on the left side of the neck. Hold for 30 seconds and gently release. Return to starting position. Repeat on left side.

Do each side three times.

Pectoral stretch

Stand up straight and tuck in the chin. Raise both arms and clasp the hands at the base of the skull with the elbows pointing out to both sides. Pull the elbows back as far as you can and hold the position for 30 seconds.

Do one set of 10 reps.

Scapular retraction with external rotation

Stand tall with your chin tucked in and your arms at your sides, palms facing forward. Retract your scapulae by pulling the shoulder blades closer together and down (shoulders should not move upward toward the ears with this movement). Keeping the elbows straight and turn the palms and arms away from the body so that the thumbs are pointing backward. Hold for 10 seconds and return to the original position.

Do one set of 10 reps.


Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol 3.

Mayo Clinic Health Letter Vol. 18, #3 March 2000

Rene Cailliet, M.D., Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Southern California
The journal Cephalalgia, 2009 Feb 2

By : Dr Christopher S. Mansolf

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Babies and Chiropractic

An estimated 60-90 pounds of force is used on an infant’s neck during a “normal” delivery.

Do you think this could cause damage to your child’s spine and nervous system?

95% of infants have misalignments after birth.

Chiropractic is shown to help with the following…

  • Relax muscular tension
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce colic symptoms
  • Improve breast feeding outcome
  • Ear infections
  • Acid reflex
  • (Silent) reflux
  • Sinus problems
  • Improved immune system

Chiropractors who adjust babies are looking for disturbances in their nervous systems that interfere with healthy growth and development. The chiropractic care of babies and children isn’t new; The modern era of this field dates only as far back as the 1980s. But the fact is, the practice actually has much older and stronger roots. “If you go back to 1910, [founder of chiropractic] D.D. Palmer indicated how important it is to check a child’s spine from birth and throughout life,” notes Jeanne Ohm, CEO of the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA), a non-profit organization in Philadelphia.

A chiropractic adjustment on a baby or child is much different from an adjustment of an adult.  Often, it’s a matter of moving the child into a position of ease, holding that position and things will reset quite nicely on their own. That’s why extra training is so crucial. These children are not like miniature adults. For example, spines are primarily cartilaginous until the age of six, and we know cartilage will deform when we have abnormal function. So we want to make sure that function is restored normally. And since the bones are immature, the alignment issues are different. We want to minimize rotations and traction, because children have different needs, due to the immaturity of their musculoskeletal and ligamentous structures.

People usually wait until age 47 to have their first spinal check-up. Just imagine if you what your teeth would look like if your first dental check-up was at 47 years old.

By : Dr Christopher S. Mansolf