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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Dr. Rachel Hasler of Clear Connection Chiropractic in Colfax says she was inspired to become a chiropractor while playing high school softball.
“At the time, I began (chiropractic) care due to pain in my neck and shoulder. After starting care, I was no longer in pain, and I noticed that my stress and anxiety decreased. I was sleeping better, and I was playing better,” said Dr. Hasler, or Dr. Rachel, as she is referred to on the Clear Connection Chiropractic website.
The chiropractic care she received while playing softball “inspired me to become a chiropractor myself. I love treating athletes of all ages. Regular adjustments can help them to perform their best and feel their best,” she said.
While Clear Connection Chiropractic in Colfax is located in the former Arvold Chiropractic building at the corner of Main and East River Street, the main Clear Connection office is located in Menomonie on Wolske Bay Road.
When asked why Clear Connection decided to open an office in Colfax, Dr. Rachel said a gap existed in chiropractic care in the smaller towns in Dunn County.
“Colfax felt like the perfect location to start a second location for Clear Connection Chiropractic. It has been a true joy to be able to provide care to the residents of Colfax, Elk Mound, Boyceville, Ridgeland and more,” she said.
Two other chiropractors, Dr. Chad Barfknecht and Dr. Angie Schroyer, work out of the Menomonie office.
“Dr. Chad and Dr. Angie hired me as an associate right before making the decision to purchase the building in Colfax. This perfect coincidence has it so that Dr. Chad and Dr. Angie can continue to see their patients in Menomonie while I serve in the Colfax office,” Dr. Rachel said.
Dr. Rachel grew up in Conifer, Colorado, with her parents and four siblings, and was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and then moved to Minneapolis where she attended chiropractic school at Northwestern Health Sciences University.
After completing her final internship with Clear Connection Chiropractic, Dr. Rachel was hired to work in the Colfax clinic.
In her spare time, Dr. Rachel likes to read, hike and spend time with her nieces and nephews.
Dr. Chad began practicing in Menomonie in 2009 after purchasing the practice from the previous owners.
A chiropractor Dr. Chad had worked with, Dr. Kevin Donka, frequently talked about the clear connection between the brain and the body. The concept resonated with Dr. Chad, so he decided to name his chiropractic office Clear Connection, according to the Clear Connection website.
Dr. Chad moved the Clear Connection office in 2018 and then merged the office with Dr. Angie.
Pain and injury
Most people seek chiropractic care because of an injury or a specific pain, Dr. Rachel said.
“Our goal is to help relieve that pain, but also to help our patients find out how much their body is truly capable of,” she said.
During a patient’s first visit, Dr. Rachel says she does a thorough history, an examination and then performs scans of the patient’s nervous system.
“This helps us to understand the unique needs of each patient who walks through our door. Using that information, we create a care plan that encompasses pain relief as well as helps to heal the nervous system and keeps the patient healthy and injury free,” she said.
Cranial sacral therapy
Dr. Rachel holds a certificate in cranial sacral therapy, which she explains “is a very gentle means of relieving adhesions and tension in the tissue that surrounds the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord.”
The therapy provides gentle care of the nervous system for patients of all ages, babies, children and adults, she said, and is a useful tool that helps to find the right treatment for each person.
Since babies do not move around much and do not seem as if they could injure themselves, why would a chiropractor include babies among her patients?
“It is incredibly important to get your infant checked by a chiropractor after birth,” Dr. Rachel said.
Chiropractors are trained to work on babies in a gentle and relaxing manner, she said.
“The amount of pressure used can be likened to the pressure used to check the ripeness of an avocado,” Dr. Rachel said.
Infants cannot express pain, so the symptoms are excessive crying, constipation, difficulty latching and difficulty sleeping, she said.
Developmental milestones also can be an important time to bring children to a chiropractor, Dr. Rachel said.
“As they begin rolling, crawling and climbing, they are recruiting new muscles and requiring more energy and coordination from their body. It is our job to support them through these stages of development so they can grow strong and healthy,” she said.
For those who have never gone to a chiropractor, Dr. Rachel would like them to know that chiropractic care is more than just pain relief.
“While it accomplishes that goal (of pain relief) quite nicely, chiropractors are most concerned about the health of our patients’ nervous systems and making sure they can adapt to whatever life throws at them. Chiropractic care is for everyone, no matter their age or job description,” she said.
Appointments at the Clear Connection clinic in Colfax can be made by calling 715-235-6767.
Dr. Rachel is in Colfax on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
“We are so grateful to be able to serve the community of Colfax. It has been a joy to get to know people these past few months, and I look forward to meeting many more,” Dr. Rachel said.