Success Stories

"I could notice a difference after the first appointment, by two weeks I was pain free!"

I started having neck problems 7 years ago, after a year and half of therapy and nerve blocks I decided to have surgery.  That was very scary since I could wake up paralyzed!  Two years ago my neck started bothering me again so I went back to my surgeon who sent me for therapy.  When I went back for my follow up he ordered an MRI because the therapy did not help.

After he reviewed my MRI the surgeon said I was not quite at the point of surgery.  Which was good because I did not want that again!

His advice was to lay down for 20 minutes every two hours alternating heat and ice, with my schedule that was not possible.

Then this past January I was driving by OPTIMUM HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC and tired of the constant pain I stopped to see about making an appointment.  The next day Dr. Nick Husser did an exam, medical history and x-rays.  The following day Dr. Nick went over his evaluation and treatment plan.  I could notice a difference after the first appointment, by two weeks I was pain free!  The first time in 8 years. 

Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet are very compassionate and care about the health of their patients.  I am so glad I stopped in that day!

-  Kathy Kall of Brunswick

"I would never have guessed that something as simple as a misalignment could change my life."

I want to thank Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet for literally changing my life!  Before I started coming here, I pretty much gave up on everything I used to do. I could hardly get up out of bed each morning, I stopped cleaning anything below waist level, gardening, hiking, singing and all sorts of things I loved to do.  Any bending or sharp movement would lock up my back. Eventually I was in constant pain. I didn't want to take pain pills, or consider surgery (if I needed it) I resigned myself to feeling old beyond my years. 

About 3 years ago I suffered an Acute Pancreatic Attack. I was in a coma for 54 days and my lungs collapsed. All my systems were failing. The doctor's told my husband I wasn't going to make it. But I did make it! The doctors said it was a pure miracle!!  Afterwards, I had to learn to walk and talk again.  It's been a long 3 years of recovery, but I just never felt the same again. I had constant pain in my neck and back. I had a difficult time moving and bending. I assumed that maybe I was not going to heal anymore and should just accept it.  After only one treatment, I could finally move! The pain was gone. After 2 or 3 treatments, I could suddenly breathe better. I believe being in a hospital bed for so long misaligned my back. I had just been through intensive physical therapy but was still in pain. 

I would never have quessed that something as simple as a misalignment could change my life. I was 15 minutes away from relief and resuming my activities.  My first miracle was a gift from God. My second miracle was a gift from Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet! I guess you could say I'm a happy customer! Thanks!

-  Sharon Settecase of Brunswick Hills

"Our goal is that the chiropractic care replace the need for medication ~so far, so good" 

John started getting migraine headaches at the age of 4, he is now 6.  For the last year he has been on a maintenance prescription that he took every night.  The medication helped with his headaches in that he didn't get them as often and they weren't as severe in pain when he did get them.  The thought of John taking medicine everyday for an indefinite period was hard for me to swallow.  So I started looking at alternatives.  I talked with Dr. Janet at the St. Ambrose Wellness Fair and then took John in for a consultation the next week.  Since John has been seeing Dr. Nick, he has had one migraine headache.  We also stopped the medication, the same time as his first adjustment.  Our goal is that the Chiropractic Care replace the need for medication ~so far, so good.  We don't expect it to completely relieve him of migraines indefinitely, but if John doesn't have to ever take his medication again, then it's a huge success.  John has only been seeing Dr. Nick for 1 1/2 mos. I'm very anxious to see how John is doing after 6 mos. of care. John also looks  forward to his adjustments.  I think it really feels good to him and relaxes him.  We are all so glad we found Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet.  It's such a wonderful feeling to have found relief for my child without medication.

-  Andrea Ham of Brunswick  (John's mom)

"I mentioned to "Doc. Nick" after a few adjustments that the pain was gone and it was a result from my injury and here he has corrected it.  What a relief!" 

I've had ongoing neck pain and grinding and I told Dr. Nick about it.  He has made adjustments and I feel 100% better.  I also have had pain in my shoulder that has bothered me for 3 years.  I never told Dr. Nick, I figured that it couldn't be helped, however I was wrong.  I mentioned to "Doc Nick" after a few adjustments that the pain was gone and it was a result from my injury and here he has corrected it.  What a relief!

I thank Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet for all their help and the good nights sleep I finally get without pain.  Now if they could solve snoring!

- Nick S. of Brunswick

"I felt immediate improvement.  I could work in the yard for more than two hours and not have terrible back spasms.  The improvement, to me, was amazing."

Under the supervision of an agent of Southwest General Hospital I tried physical therapy as a solution to severe back pain as I tried to do chores around the yard.  None of the extended course of exercise I was shown or practiced offered any relief.  Shortly after the completion of the course, I along with my dermatologist Dr. Corwin, discovered I had "shingles".  My back pain was much worse.  Dr. Corwin said this was a typical reaction of this disease.  I was in terrible pain and began to look for relief.  I was cruising down 303 and spotted the office of Drs. Husser and decided to stop and inquire.  Dr. Janet told me Medicare would pay 80% of the office adjustments and AARP would pay the balance.  This later proved to be true as Medicare approved and started to pay for adjustments.  I started treatment immediately.  The first treatment, surprisingly, had an immediate effect.  I felt immediate improvement.  I could work in the yard for more than two hours and not have those terrible back spasms.  The improvement, to me, was amazing.  Dr. Nick's magic got better as adjustments proceeded.  My 200# Monster, 5 HP Tiller was handled without flinching.  I hope to continue many more years in my yard and garden, I'm very thankful for all the improvement and grateful for being able to perform as always.  Thank you!

 -Joseph G. "Mac" McGuinn of Hinckley

"Dr. Nick agreed to see me right away and adjusted my back so I could tolerate a weekend away with my daughter and granddaughter."

When I first came to Optimum Health Chiropratic I was in so much pain I could hardly breathe.  Dr. Nick agreed to see me right away and adjusted my back so I could tolerate a weekend away with my daughter and granddaughter.  Adjustments were frequent in the beginning and pain was only breifly eliminated.  At this point, I'm seeing Dr. Nick once a week and the adjustments are holding for longer periods of time and are less painful than in the beginning.  Hopefully, in the near future, I'll be in tip top shape and won't need to come quite so often.  I would highly recommend Optimum Health Chiropractic and the special treatment received from Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet.

-Sandy Politowicz of Brunswick

"I now do the same things I always did -but without living on Motrin."

When I came to Optimum Health my neck hurt so bad that I couldn't turn my head.  Dr. Nick worked on it and soon I began to get relief.  Then I realized that my lower back was in almost as bad shape as my neck.  The pain in my neck had over-ridden the pain in my back.  Dr. Nick adjusted me several times until I had great relief.  I now do the same things I always did -but without living on Motrin.  I can't say enough about how good it feels to live pain free.  I have better digestion, sleep better, better focus and I enjoy life so much more.

-Rebecca Levy of Brunswick

"Going to OHC makes you feel like someone is actually concerned and wants you to get better, not like you're just another patient to give pills to."

My story started when I found out I was pregnant in July of 2007.  Everything was fine until about my 5th month when I started having back pain.  I talked to my doctor who said it was normal and should go away after delivery.  My daughter was born on March 19th 2008 and my back pain did go away.  Then about 2 months later I started having pain in my lower back/hip area.  I figured it was from lifting and just adjusting to a new routine.  The pain just kept getting worse and I finally went to see a doctor.  She said that most likely my bones had not gone back together as they should have after delivery.  She gave me a course of steroids for swelling and pain meds and sent me for an xray.  I took the steroids but could only take the pain meds at night since I am a stay at home mom.  I kept waiting but the pain just got worse.  In the mornings when my daughter woke, I would have to slide my way out of bed onto the floor and crawl into her room and try to comfort her through the crib rails until I could get my back straight enough to stand.  If I was sitting and holding her I could not stand up and if I was standing with her, I could not bend over to lay her down.  I felt like the worst mother!  I went back to the doctor and was told that this was a chronic condition and I would just have to learn to manage it with pain meds.  I was at my wits end, I had a baby to take care of.  My husband worked all day and my closest family is 2 1/2 hours away.  I started researching online and stumbled across the website for Drs. Nick ad Janet and decided to call and talk to them.  When I called, Dr. Janet set me up an appointment and was so encouraging on the phone that it was the first hope I had felt in months.  I went the next day for xrays and started treatment that week.  It was a long sometimes very painful process but I am now 100% pain free in my lower back.  Going to Dr. Nick makes you feel like someone is actually concerned and wants you to get better, not like you're just another patient to give pills to.  I don't know where I would be emotionally or physically.  I didn't think I would ever be able to get down on the floor and play with my daughter. I can never thank them enough for really caring and not making me feel like it was my fault.  I can enjoy my life and my family again.    

-Jessica of Brunswick

"By Christmas we saw such an improvement in her behavior that we took her off all her medications completely."

I was pleasantly surprised to see the change in my daughter after seeing Doctor Nick.  My daughter has been treated for ADHD since she was 7 years old.  We have tried medications which work, but can also cause side effects.  We have tried behavior modification, allergy testing, and psychologists.  Every thing seemed to work a little but she continued to struggle in school and social settings.  We have always wanted her to be off her medicine, but every time we took her off it was a disaster.

We started seeing Dr. Nick in March of 2008 and her grades went up for the first time.  By Christmas we saw such an improvement in her behavior that we took her off all her medications completely.  We were waiting for something bad to happen, but so far everything is great.  We haven't done anything different except take her to Dr. Nick, so I can only assume she got better under his care.  I don't know how this works, but it did.  She still has ADHD, but she is controlling her impluses better and isn't so angry anymore.  It's good to see my daughter smile!

-  SS of Brunswick

"They're amazing with children and my girls are very comfortable visiting.  After a few adjustments on the oldest, we noticed a difference."

My original visit with Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet was for my two daughters, 6 and 9 years old.  I've always been guided toward natural, holisitic healing methods, and being a Reiki master and understanding the benefit of other modalities, I was anxious to have my girls try chiropractic care.

My 9 year old has suffered with a slight urination problem for several months.  Basically she would have "dribble" accidents throughout the day for no reason.  This was frustratiing for us, and I'm certain more for her.  An exam by our family doctor showed all was well and he suggested a visit with a urologist.  After chatting with Dr. Nick and Janet I decided to try them first.

They're amazing with children and my girls are very comfortable visiting.  After a few adjustments on the oldest, we noticed a difference.  The urination "dribble" problem has almost stopped and she feels good.  The 6 year old was a bit crooked when she stands.  She responded very well to treatments and we are already seeing improvements.

I've had lower back pain for years but just dealt with it.  I knew I had a slight case of scoliosis, had seen a chiropractor many years ago, but just didn't make time for me.  I decided to do that, and on xray found that my pelvis was also turned.  I also have degeneration beginning in my neck.  After several treatments my back no longer has the constant pain it's had.  Still a bit of an ache, but so much better, and it feels nice to be able to bend over and not moan in discomfort. 

Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet are great chiropractors, but they're always great people.  Thank you.

-  Kim Jarvis of Medina

"To put it simply, I GREATLY appreciate all that you have done for us!"

I just want to express my gratefulness to you both for the expert care you have extended to each member of my family. 

I must admit that my wife Elizabeth had to persuade me to give chiropractic a chance, since she had previous experience and I was a "non-believer".  Your VERY affordable family plan made it a no-brainer.  Well, to make a long story short, your skills have helped my wife, Alexandra, Sebestyen, Julian, Christian and me too.

Julian sticks out the most in my mind because he had very noticeable 'knock-knees' and was complaining of pains in his legs.  His legs are now very straight and his pains are gone.  It is unconscionable that his love of running around and playing sports could have been forever compromised had it not been for your knowledge and skills.

Your honesty, straightforwardness and friendliness over the past several months have fostered a true sense of trust.  The better I know you the more I am impressed by your uncompromising dedication to heatlh and wellness.  Thank you for your commitment, for it is my beloved who are among its greatest beneficiaries.

To put it simply, I GREATLY appreciate all that you have done for us!

Warmest regards,

-  Geza Balassy of Medina

"One of the best things I've done for my health this year has been going to see Dr. Nick!"

My back could truly be a "test case."  After a few short months, progress report appointment indicated that I had improved 66% in my back area...that is HUGE seeing that my back has always been an issue!

I look forward to going to my appointments and getting my adjustments.  I feel the weight of the world coming off my back! Prior to going to see Dr. Nick, I could not sleep on my right side...but now, I can!

If you do one thing good for yourself this year, make an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Nick.  Hear what he has to say and go from there! Be healthy and happy!

-  Lucy McFarland of Brunswick

"I am so thankful for Dr. Nick, Dr. Janet and of course Ginger"

After years of doctors, chiros, physical therapy, tons of test and xrays, nerve blocks, pain meds. I finally got true healing from Dr. Nick. 

I was to the point that I didn't know what to do next.  I was tired of taking medications that didn't seem to help, with lots of side effects, and the doctors just seemed to prescribe more powerful drugs.  I went to Optimum Health and decided to stop in.  After the first adjustment there was a remarkable difference. I was quite surprised that my back and neck was so much better.  I am getting regular adjustments & have minimal pain, depending on what I do physically, and can function most of the time without pain meds. 

I have Fibromyalgia & degeneration, so if I get too active like left heavy things or ride the golf cart over bumpy terrain it does effect my body, but Dr. Nick gets it back in shape with an adjustment!

It is a big change from major pain all the time. I am also taking their fish oil supplement, probiotics, eating whole foods & other supplements & I am feeling so much better.

In September 2008 I somehow got a pinched nerve in my neck, Well, it was from cleaning and moving furniture!  The pain started in my neck, went into my shoulder & down my arm.  The pain level was a 10 for 3 weeks and I couldn't sleep, or function from the pain.  I couldn't lay still enough for an MRI because it hurt so bad even with lots of pain meds.  I had to rub it so hard that I had lots of bruises.  The only thing that got me thru that terrible time was Dr. Nick's adjustments and advice.  I would stop in crying with pain and he would do his adjustment and it would help.  He also had me take Infiaid which also helped. Without this I would have been in the emergency room and back in the cycle of not knowing what to do or some dangerous treatment.

I have to say that Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet are the most honest, caring Doctors I have found. They want to help you feel better. They are also so fair on the cost of treatment and diligent on the amount of treatment needed.  They are a blessing.

-  Marge Kelley of Brunswick

"After looking at my x-rays I could see why I had so much pain.  I had some serious damage to my spine.  I was only one phase away from not being able to be helped. But helped I have been!"

Since I was 17, I have had back pain.  My back would "go out" for no reason at all.  I could just be standing baking cookies or wrapping a present and boom...pain would explode in my back and down my legs.  Sometimes I would be in pain for 3 days or up to a couple of weeks.  Many times I would walk with a cane or use a walker.  This has gone on for all my adult life.  As I got older it seemed to happen 2-3 times a month. My back would be out more times then not.  I don't know what finally hit me to go to a chiropractor but I called Dr. Janet and Dr. Nick and made an appointment to see if they could help me. 

After looking at my x-rays I could see why I had so much pain.  I had some serious damage to my spine. I was only one phase from not being able to be helped.  But helped I have been!!  Within 3 treatments I was pain free for more than I could ever remember being.  I reacted to treatments really well and have progressed at a rapid speed. I really don't remember how bad the pain was because I don't have it anymore.  I am down to treatments once or twice a month or whenever I feel I need them.  It has only been a couple of months that I have been seeing Dr. Nick but I can tell you, it has been the best thing I have ever done for myself.  If I get a little twinge now and then, I think oh no, but alas my back never goes out anymore.  The little twinge will just go away.  I also have had neck pains and could not turn my head from side to side.  Well that is gone now too.  Headaches are very infrequent now.  My neck seems to need a little more treatment than my back did but that is fine by me since the results are so worth it.

Take it from me, if you are in pain, don't wait but make the call and get the help that is out there for you to be pain free. It's a beautiful thing!

-  Terry Davis of Brunswick

"I was a skeptic until chiropractic truly helped me."

Back in 1974 I broke my right arm and due to medical complications it was amputated from the elbow down.  I now wear a prosthetic that allows me to pick up things, hold things, etc.  The brace wraps around my shoulder and across my neck/upper back.  Through the years I have developed neck pain that would travel into my mid back and even cause headaches.  I started going to Optimum Health Chiropractic in February of 2009 and in less than two months I have felt 80% better.  I no longer get headaches everyday and I now see Dr. Nick once a month for preventative care.

-  Tom Hildebrand of Brunswick

"My only regret is that I did not find out about you sooner."

I want to thank you for all you have done for me during the last 2 months. I feel much better than I have in years. My neck is not as stiff and I am not getting the horrible pain that I have lived with for so long. 

I have been to quite a few Chiropractors and Physical Therapists in the past.  They would adjust my back one or two times yet instead of continuing with the adjustments, I was put on all types of machines that really didn't solve the problem, only temporarily relieved the symptoms. Plus, the cost was too much for me to maintain any type of long term treatment (my copay was $25.00 a visit). A friend of mine recommended you and couldn't express her satisfaction enough for what you have done for her.  As they say, the best advertising is thru word of mouth!!!!!! 

Since coming to you , I have experienced less pain in my neck, less pain in my back, I do not wake up so sore that I can barely move, I have much more mobility and flexibility, I sleep better (especially since purchasing the pillow you recommended) and my sleep apnea has improved. I am so relieved to know that I am finally getting my spinal problems taken care of for good!!!! My only regret is that I did not find out about you sooner. 

Dr. Nick and Dr. Janet, I can't express my gratitude enough.  You and your entire staff are caring, friendly, positive and are fine examples of what ALL Medical Professionals should be like. Thank you for being you.  

-  Jennifer Harmon of Cleveland

"Between Dr. Nick and massage therapist Tina Cigany I now have a somewhat normal life; most day's pain free."

At the age of four my older siblings convinced me that I could fly off our garage roof like the movie we saw with Tinker Bell in it.  That day my life of severe pain began.  In the past fifty years I have had six back surgeries and a laminectomy of L4, L5, with S1 fusion including placing two rods and six screws in my back.  These were oversized and could be felt when touching my back. They caused severe pain. I also had neck surgery that involved fusion with a failed bone wedge. My phase III degenerative arthrtis at C1 and C5 kept locking up.  It took me three years to find a doctor for the hardware removal. After this I still had a very hard time working or just going on with daily life.

Dr. Nick Husser was able to get proper alignment and motion in these areas and between he and Tina Cigany, their massage therapist, I now have a somewhat normal life again and am most days pain free.

-  Mark Rohm of Berea