Advocate Tribune: Tell us about your background.
Dr. Ann Eggebraaten: My name is Dr. Ann Eggebraaten. I started here at Hinderk's Chiropractic in January, I was in Benson for a couple of years, and before that I had my own clinic in Wabasso. I've been doing chiropractic since 2010. I did my undergraduate at UW Lacrosse in Biology, and I did Chiropractic school at Northwestern Health Sciences in Bloomington.
AT: Why did you want to study to be a chiropractor?
AE: I got interested when I was in high school. I always wanted to be in the medical field. I was getting severe headaches. I tried all kind of tests and they couldn't figure out what was going on. We tried chiropractic, and after two adjustments the headaches were gone, and I decided that's what I want to do.
AT: Why did you move to Granite?
AE: I'm from Lamberton, about an hour south of here, and my husband is from Granite. He owned a house here, so when we got married we decided this is where we would stay since we wanted to be close to at least one of the families.
AT: Do you like living in a small town?
AE: I do. The town I grew up in was 800 people, so this is actually bigger for me. It's nice to when you walk down the street, people know who you are.
AT: Tell us about having your own clinic.
AE: When I graduated from college, I had done some maternity coverage for another chiropractor. I decided I wanted to be back home, the clinic was about 10 miles from my parents house. I was able to get my feet wet and still be close to family. I always wanted to own my own clinic, but now it's nice to be working with other doctors.
AT: How does this clinic work?
AE: The clinic is owned by Jeremy Hinderks and the main office is in Renville. There are satellite clinics in Granite Falls and Wilmer. Between the three offices there are five doctors. We all work together. In Granite Falls Dr. Emily is here Monday, I'm here Tuesday through Friday and Dr. Katie is on maternity leave.
AT: What happenes when someone finishes chiropractor school?
AE: Right out of the gate, we're ready to go, we don't have to do a residency because we do internships throughout school. We start adjusting our first year. We start out in the student clinic and then graduate into the community. There are doctors that take in students in the Twin Cities. That way you're completely done.
AT: What's your chiropractic style?
AE: I'm what's called diversified. It's mostly hands on adjusting. We do utilize some tools. I'm also certified in acupuncture and I'm certified to do Department of Transportation exams. I'm able to work on anyone from newborns to the elderly. We're all taught basically the same in school, but some of us come from massage backgrounds or something else, so the approaches will be different. There's three of us and each of us have different styles... Sometimes the different approaches are necessary because one technique just may not work on a person. That's where the collaboration is valuable.
AT: What do you like about the job?
AE: That I get to help people every day. They're not coming in sick, but they're in pain. It's nice to be able to watch them walk out of here easier. It still allows me to have personal time with my family. Our time is a little more structured than a hospital. That's also a reason I don't own my own business anymore. I have a 16 month old at home. It's nice to be able to walk out when the door closes and I can go be Mom.
AT: Where do you see yourself in the future? Are you happy where you are?
AE: I love it here. It's a relaxed atmosphere. I drive a mile to work. It's nice to not have to commute, and I get to work in the community I live in which is nice. Prior I was commuting 45 minutes one way.
AT: What's the most common problem you see?
AE: I'd say it's between back pain and headaches. I do a lot of TMJ, which is jaw stuff, I focused on that because I got headaches. We see stuff with newborns with colic and ear infections, ankle sprains, it's head to toe, but the most common is probably back pain and headaches... They're saying sitting is as bad as smoking for your health, all these desk jobs aren't the best thing for us... Standing desks make a big difference because you can change your position throughout the day... We don't think about that. The kids we see, people ask why a kid would need it, but it prevents a lot of issues that happen in adulthood. If problems had been corrected in childhood it would have saved a lot of us.
AT: I had a friend going through massage school, and she told me she was taught not to massage themselves. Can you tell me your thoughts on that?
AE: It's probably that when you're doing the massage, you're still actively using the muscles, you can't have them relaxed. It's like with people who crack their own necks, they ask me "Why can you do it to me and I can't do it to myself?" It's the same thing, you have to use your muscles to turn your head, I don't, I can bypass them to make it work.
AT: Is there a recommendation, some say regular care, some say come in when you have an issue?
AE: Regular care is going to prevent a lot of issues. We have some that come in once a month for that, and we have others that don't come in until something hurts or they can barely walk. I'd love to see people be more on the preventive care, it keeps people moving better and makes our job easier because it takes less to undo less severe damage. If you can prevent some of that it helps.
AT: Is there something people should work on regarding posture?
AE: Watch how you're sitting at your desk. Try to get exercise and stretching in every day. Watch your posture when you're lifting and going through life. There's usually a lot building up to that point of injury. You didn't just all of a sudden throw your back out tying your shoes.
AT: What do you do for fun?
AE: I like to read, walk, and spend time with my 16 month old. He keeps us busy. I like being out in the area.
AT: Anything to say to the community?
AE: I'm glad to be back in town now. Also people don't always realize we're open five days a week now. It used to only be open three days a week.