Business profile: Andrea Iverson

Posted: Monday, June 09, 2003

Title: Chiropractor

Services: Iverson offers spinal adjustments through what's called the directional non-force technique, Iverson said. Instead of twisting and cracking the back, as many chiropractors do, she has a gentler approach.

"We let the body direct what needs to be adjusted, and we adjust with our thumbs," she said.

An adjustment from Iverson usually lasts about 20 minutes - longer than the average adjustment session with a chiropractor. Many people find the session to be fairly relaxing, too, Iverson said.

"People often feel like I'm doing accupressure, but it's not," she said. "It's very straight chiropractic."

Though Iverson treats people with specific back injuries such as whiplash or strains from lifting, many of her patients see her for preventative care.

"I'm like a general practitioner," she said. "People come to me with no particular problem, they just want to make sure everything is OK."

After an adjustment, Iverson counsels her patients on exercise, nutrition and posture.

"I talk about posture and keeping the spinal curve in neutral spine as much as possible," she said. "Sitting up straight - it's amazing how much that can fix things."

Counseling on nutrition often covers proper functioning of the digestive system.

"If your digestion was not working well and you were having some stress from that, those organs would be referring that stress through your spine," she said.

Biographical information: Iverson is from Seattle, but moved to Juneau in the early 1970s, she said. After a few years here, she moved to Fairbanks to take undergraduate pre-med courses.

"I was going to school undergrad to become a naturopath and I couldn't turn my head one day, so I went to a chiropractor," Iverson said. "He basically talked me into it."

She spent four years earning her doctor of chiropractic degree from the Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore., a program she completed in 1984.

She continued her chiropractic studies by earning her Diplomat American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists certification through a distance-learning program with the Los Angeles Chiropractic College.

Iverson moved back to Juneau in 1994, and started her practice here part-time in 1996. Two years ago, she moved into her current office in downtown Juneau.

Family: Iverson lives in Juneau with her husband, David Iverson.

Quotable: Iverson treats patients in all walks of life, she said. "I have anybody from babies to 80-year-olds. They're just regular people from all walks of life: teenagers, big construction workers, little old ladies ... pretty much the whole gamut."

Contact information: Iverson's office is at 211 Front St., No. 204, just above the Subway restaurant. The phone number is 463-5557.

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