Teresa Hodapp is no stranger to physical labor. Over the course of a 40-year career, she has been drawn to jobs that require heavy lifting. “I was 90 pounds working in a bakery throwing around 50 pounds of flour like it was nothing,” she says with a laugh.

Despite having scoliosis, hip and back pain, arthritis throughout her body, migraine headaches for more than 40 years and chronic torticollis, a painful neurological disorder causing pain in her neck and shoulder, Hodapp kept on working. She was committed to dealing with her ailments naturally through supplements and chiropractic. “Instead of Botox injections for my chronic torticollis, I took magnesium,” she says. “I’d been told by doctors that there was nothing they could do, so I learned to live with it.”

But then in March, she fell down a set of slate stairs and broke her tailbone. Two weeks later, she returned to work, but noticed she had developed a nagging headache that refused to go away. “After several months of feeling miserable, my husband asked how I was doing, and I told him that if I just got rid of this headache, I would be so much better,” she says. Desperate for relief, Hodapp made an appointment at Intelligent Balance Spinal Care, in Liberty Lake, on the recommendation of a friend. “I was able to get in on the same day, which was great,” she says. “Dr. Larry Callaway took X-rays and told me I had two compression fractures in my neck, which was probably from a car accident I was in 40 years ago,” Hodapp reports.

Intelligent Balance specializes in upper cervical care and Quantum Spinal Mechanics, which offers a less invasive treatment compared to traditional chiropractic. “I laid down on the table, and Dr. Callaway very gently pressed on my neck, and I remember thinking, ‘Oh wow, is this really going to work?’” She laughs, “Every chiropractor before had cracked my neck and back, but not this one.” After her initial visit, Hodapp says she got in her car to drive home and immediately realized the pain in her back was completely gone and she no longer had the nagging headache. “Okay, but don’t get too excited” she told herself. “I went to sleep that night pain-free, headache-free, and I slept better than I’d slept in years.”

Hodapp continues to go in for treatments once a week, and has found relief from not only her back pain and headaches, but also her migraines and shoulder pain due to toricollis. “It’s incredible how much better I feel,” she says. “These doctors are amazing and have given me my life back, and now I tell everyone I know!”

Intelligent Balance Spinal Care is located at 2310 N. Molter Rd., Ste. 108, in Liberty Lake. For more information, call 509-924-4443 or visit IntelligentBalance.com.