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About Lucas Kruse, D.C.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, I am a second generation chiropractor. The Kruse family consists of five chiropractors practicing throughout the country. I spent eight years providing medical support for Marines and Sailors as an enlisted Navy hospital corpsman (medic). I have four amazing children, Aden, Ella Dee, Remy, and Dagny. The family is constantly on the move staying active with sports, walking, golfing, and fishing.

Walking in One Shoe

One Shoe On

No one would entertain the thought of walking around with just one shoe on.  Not only would it look funny, but it would be really bad for your feet, knees, hips, back and even your neck.
Unfortunately, many people have been doing this very thing for years without knowing it!

When an otherwise healthy spine is forced to function in a Subluxated state (one or more vertebrae become misaligned and create biophysical deficiency) the resultant imbalance creates poor body mechanics and a higher risk for long term soft tissue damage.  Postural distortions like uneven hips or a ‘functional short leg’ are signs that ‘something’s off’ in your spine and needs to be evaluated.  So much so that many Chiropractors use Leg Length Inequality checks as a means to confirm the presence of Subluxations in your spine.

Just like driving a car with bad alignment can cause premature wear and tear on tires and brakes – walking around with a functional short leg from subluxations can cause premature wear and tear on your joints and discs (degenerative disc disease).  If you’re experiencing the warning signs of this type of imbalance (like leg, hip or back pain), get to your Chiropractor ASAP and have your leg lengths professionally checked before more serious damage occurs.

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Subluxations Don’t Take Vacations

Subluxations Don't Take Vacations

Toes in the sand, not a cloud in the sky, 75 degree water temps.  Vacations are the perfect time to decompress, spend precious time with family and friends and reconnect with your soul.  What could possibly stress your body?

How about ten days of sleep on a mushy mattress?  Or two hours of novice water skiing / body dragging lessons.  Not to mention the bottomless Mojito’s and obligatory trips to the dessert buffet… and don’t forget nursing that nasty sunburn from day three.   Unfortunately, stress doesn’t take time off.  The scenery may change, but your nerve system is still hard at work – reacting and adapting to those “relaxing” shifts in routine.
It’s a prime opportunity to become Subluxated.

If you’ve been away from the office for a while, we hope you’re well rested.  But now it’s time to get back on track and into a healthy regimen; especially getting your spine checked and cleared of Subluxations.  When you need to recover from vacation – put Chiropractic on top of your itinerary.

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Not an Overnight Process

straight teeth bracing

Bracing teeth takes time.  Altering the position of hard structures (teeth) in soft tissue gums) requires a good deal of remodeling and change in supportive structures that have become accustomed to the shape of your smile for so long.

Correcting spinal shape takes time as well.  Altering the position of vertebrae in soft connective tissue, ligaments and muscles require timely change in the supportive structures that held them there for so long.

When moving teeth for a better cosmetic result, or moving spinal bones for a better structural result, you can’t expect to see change overnight. Underneath the final result lay months if not years of foundational change that will ultimately make the shape change stronger and longer lasting.  Every worthwhile change in the body requires time.

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Blueprint vs. Builder

finger print blue print

You can possess the most beautiful, detailed and well thought out set of blueprints for a mansion, but without a competent general contractor to execute those plans, the structure doesn’t get built. The plan is worthless without a builder.

You can have the perfect blend of DNA… Brad Pitt’s good looks, Einstein’s intellect, Michael Jordan’s athletic ability.  But your genetic jackpot would stay dormant without an innate intelligence to turn the sequence on, yielding the perfect end product. The code is useless without Life.

In medicine, much emphasis is placed on the blueprint’s (DNA’s) influence on health, while in Chiropractic, emphasis is rightly given to the Power which creates and animates the matter in the first place. The former is USELESS without the latter.

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When You Stop Feeling

numb it all pills

Awareness is essential to the healing process. When you get hurt, it’s the role of the nerve system to sense the damage and inform your brain (pain) so the healing can start.  Masking the ‘awareness’ step creates problems.

Unfortunately, in an effort to create perpetual comfort, drug companies have become very good at desensitizing people to their own physical and emotional pain alarm systems – and apparently those around them as well.  According to a recent study by Ohio State University, when you take something as simple as acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce your pain, you may also be decreasing your empathy for both the physical and social suffering of others as well. So much for the old saying “…I feel your pain.”

While the medical profession and its pharmaceutical cousins strive to numb you, Chiropractors remove tension in your nervous system so you can fully experience your environment and respond to whatever life throws at you, both good and bad.  No one likes to feel pain or discomfort, but we need to recognize it as the body’s attempt to save itself. When you stop feeling, you stop healing – not only yourself, but potentially everyone around you.


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Feeling a Bit Rusty

Rusty Chiro Hinge

Does it take a while for you to get going in the morning?  Are you joints stiff and achy when you first wake up, and take a few hours to loosen?  Stiff, tired joints can leave you feeling and acting much older than you are.

Motion is Life.  If you let anything sit in once place too long, it’s bound to freeze up like a rusted hinge.  Spinal joints, subjected to long standing fixations (Vertebral Subluxations) are no different.   That’s why maintenance chiropractic care is so beneficial.  Adjustments unlock ‘stuck’ joints before they become painful, arthritic and frozen in place – the
longer you wait between visits, the more work required to get them moving

Like rusted hinges, chronically fixated joints take TLC and more frequent adjustments to become free again.  If you want to avoid that hassle, the smart move would be to visit your Chiropractor regularly and not let them get that bad in the first place.

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Pounding a Bent Spine

life lines

Hammer a straight nail, and it drives right into the wood.  Hammer a bent one, and it bends even more. The same principle applies to your spine.

A properly aligned spine can withstand the forces you encounter every day (like lifting, standing, bending and twisting).  Put a ‘kink’ in that spine (subluxation), and instead of withstanding those forces, your spine succumbs to them – turning normal everyday activities like doing housework, exercising or playing with your kids into occasions for injury, discomfort and disability.

Structural integrity begets normal function.  When it comes to strength and performance, your spine needs to be in proper alignment to get any job done safely and pain free.  Keep it in shape with regular Chiropractic care and you’ll protect yourself from Life’s daily

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Chiro Boot Camp

Chiro Marine Hat

Transforming into a stronger, healthier version of yourself doesn’t come overnight.  It takes work, sacrifice and sometimes a bit of suffering to experience change for
the good. Take Marine Corps training as an example…

Imagine the change from civilian life to recruit.  You go from sleeping-in late, to 4 am wake calls.  Dining a-la-carte, to chowing down whatever’s in front of you at mess.  Hours
binge watching your favorite TV series to ‘binging’ after hours of intense PT. It’s not a comfortable process, but if you persevere… in the end you BECOME the person you signed up to be.

Starting a new Chiropractic regiment may sometimes feel like you’re going through boot camp. Unlike other therapies that simply mask your symptoms, Chiropractic care forges you into something new and with that change may come some discomfort. But don’t lose hope… keep your eye on the prize and remember why you signed up in the first place – to be the best you can be.

Happy Post-Memorial day – God bless all who have fallen for freedom.

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life lines

The Sixth Principle in Chiropractic states there is no process which does not require time, including the healing process. BJ Palmer (the developer of Chiropractic) believed that with time and clarity in the nerve system, the body could heal itself in just about any situation.

A sick cell is replaced by a healthy one –healthy cells become healthy tissues – healthy tissues become healthy organs – healthy organs make a healthy human being. The conversion from sickness to wellness is an innate process that can only be performed by the doctor within you, via a well toned nerve system.

Healing is therefore a process of RE-creating yourself, one cell at a time, over a period of time. The power that made your body is more than capable of converting you from sickness to wellness.  All it needs is a clear pathway and enough sand in the hour glass to
accomplish it.

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Alignment and Spark

life lines

Can a car with bad alignment still be driven?  Yes – but it will never steer to its potential.  How about one running on 5 cylinders instead of 6?  Yes, it too can get you from point A to point B – but it will never accelerate to its potential.

In an effort to squeeze every bit of performance out of a car, you can try using higher octane gas, installing expensive tires or replacing your brake pads, but if the car’s
alignment and ‘spark’ are compromised, it will never perform to the manufacturer’s
intended specs… likewise with your body.

Organic food, cross fitness exercising and Pilates training are nice additives to squeeze more performance out of your body, but you’ll never perform to your potential if your back alignment and nerve system ‘spark’ are compromised (Subluxated).   To get the most out of those extra-health activities, maintain your spinal integrity FIRST with regular
Chiropractic care.

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