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Franson Family Chiropractic 6th Annual Real Food Drive

2015 November 12
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We want to help families in need, but our mission to teach families to get healthier is not being served by collecting and donating processed, lifeless, dead “foods”.  Our team does not feel right giving needy families processed, sugary junk.  Rather than collect the leftovers from the back of your cupboards, we need to start from scratch.

Five years ago we started doing our food drive differently! We partnered with Beverly Bootstraps to deliver a huge stash of fresh, local produce right to local families.  Instead of collecting cans and boxes of processed and preserved “food”, we collect money to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables which we deliver them right to the food pantry.

This is much more congruent with how we educate and live, and what a healthy person requires.  And to cap it off, we add recipe collections to ensure that everyone knows how to make the best testing meals with real, whole foods.

Our goal is to provide families with fresh food for the holidays!

Over the past 5 years we have donated nearly 3,000 pounds of healthy, living, produce for the families in our neighborhoods!  Let’s see how much more we can donate!

As part of our contribution, Franson Family Chiropractic will donate ALL proceeds from every New Patient examination from November 9th to 30th toward the Food Drive.

Spread the news to your friends and loved ones that they have the opportunity to receive an exceptional examination in our office and donate to an awesome local cause!

 This is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community and we encourage you to join this effort to help local families get healthier.

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Giving Real Food for Thanksgiving

2015 November 10
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Franson Family Chiropractic is holding their 6th Annual Real Food Drive on November 9th – 30th to benefit the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the community and everyone is encouraged to join this effort to help those in need.

Beverly Bootstraps Food Assistance Programs provide Beverly and Manchester-by-the-Sea residents with access to food through a variety of programs. The food collected through the food drive will help provide food to those in need through the Food Pantry.

Our mission is to help the people in our community move, eat and think healthier and we know that the best way to do this is through real, local and nutrient dense foods, so we opt to only donate these fresh, perishable goods.

Dr. Stephen Franson says about their support of this food pantry, “most food drives focus on non-perishable foods like canned vegetables, beans, pasta, and cereal…whatever you can find in the cupboard.  But here we take a different approach. We want to help folks get healthier, so we provide real foods with the highest nutritional value. And we deliver the food with healthy recipes.”

If you would like to help with the Real Food Drive initiative, deliver a financial donation to Franson Family Chiropractic by November 30th and they will purchase local produce from farmer’s markets in the Beverly area.

Or the best way to help is to refer a friend in need of quality chiropractic care to Franson Family Chiropractic for a new patient consultation and exam. As a further dedication to the drive, Franson Family Chiropractic has committed all proceeds from their November New Patient Exams toward donations to the Real Food Drive! Everybody wins!

In addition, with the food purchased for the Food Pantry, Bonfire-approved recipes will be provided. If you don’t know what it means to be Bonfire approved, check out the free web-based health resource at

If you prefer to write a check directly to the pantry, you may mail the check to Beverly Bootstraps at 371 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.

With all the wonderful causes out there, especially during the holidays, please consider Franson Family Chiropractic’s Real Food Drive initiative.

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Chiropractic History and Dr. Gonstead

2015 September 21
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At Franson Family Chiropractic we our proud of practicing quality, specific, corrective care using the Gonstead System of Chiropractic.  Have you ever wanted to know more about the Gonstead System and the man behind the original research and teachings? Read the History of Clarence S. Gonstead, D.C. from the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society.

Clarence Gonstead portraitClarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back alley bone setting to an understandable bio-mechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency. In the 1930s, the chiropractic profession was dominated by its iconoclastic leader B. J. Palmer and his Hole-In-One upper cervical specific technique. At that time the technical skills of the typical graduating chiropractor were crude and rudimentary. Gonstead changed that and gave the profession a logical and bio-mechanically sound system for practicing chiropractic. With a gift of solving mechanical problems, he developed his own ideas on subluxations, x-ray, and adjusting bones through the empirical data he gathered from his large practice.  Although perhaps not his intent, Gonstead redefined the very nature of chiropractic. With the adoption of the Gonstead technique by Palmer School of Chiropractic in the early 1960s, his technique assisted the profession in restoring chiropractic to its full-spine roots.

Life in Primrose, Wisconsin

Gonstead was born in Willow Lake, South Dakota on July 23, 1898, the son of Carl and Sarah Gonstead. A few years later his father decided to relocate the family to Primrose, Wisconsin and become a dairy farmer. Growing up a rural farm provided young Gonstead with plenty of opportunities to explore the mechanical world. His enthusiasm for repairing tractors and early automobiles provided him with the kinesthetic tools for his later calling in life.

The Eureka Moment

Surprisingly, little is known about Gonstead’s education, but while in trade school Gonstead became terribly sick. In his own words:

“I developed acute rheumatoid arthritis… One morning I woke up and my toe next to the little toes was really sore. I could hardly step on it. It hurt all day and the next morning it got worse and the third day the whole foot swelled up. I couldn’t walk on it so I couldn’t go to school… that was about a week and it was just getting pretty good and it jumped into my left knee, and that puffed way up one morning. It hurt so much I couldn’t step on it and then it went into my right knee, so I was out of school for about four weeks. For about two weeks I was in bed, I couldn’t even stand having the (bed) covers over my knee. I had a box over it… the knee was that sore. The University doctors were taking care of me then, they’d come out to the house. I stayed on the east side with my aunt. About the second week she said, “Now you’ve fooled around with those University doctors long enough. Now I’m going to call in my doctor.”

Her doctor happened to be J. B. Olson, a chiropractor. Olson came to the house to care for Gonstead and after a series of adjustments and rest, he could walk again. It was a life changing event for Gonstead.

After trade school, young Gonstead took a job working as an automotive engineer. The job allowed him to save enough money to pay for chiropractic school.


After graduating from Palmer School of Chiropractic and Infirmary, Gonstead started practice with his mentor Olson who was temporary disabled. After leaving Olson’s practice, Gonstead purchased his own practice in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

Mechanics always guided Gonstead’s thought process, which was constantly refined during his fifty years of practice. From his early childhood playing with farm machinery and automobiles to the unique scientific exploration taking place at Palmer School of Chiropractic while he was a student, Gonstead was nurtured by his surroundings to become an investigative clinician. Following the paradigm of observational science which emphasizes scientific exploration through trial and error, he sought to perfect the craft.

The Bonds of Brotherhood

Dr. Gonstead’s First Office

Merton Gonstead, Clarence’s younger brother, joined the practice in 1929. The collaboration resulted in the Gonstead Disc Concept to better explain the mechanism of subluxation. The prevailing theory at the time was B. J. Palmer’s idea that the subluxation was the result of a vertebral bone causing nerve pressure. In contrast, the Gonstead concept emphasized that the vertebral disc was the primary culprit of nerve pressure. The Gonstead Disc Concept would later become recognized as a model for understanding discogenic back pain.


Dr. Gonstead’s office in 1939

Gonstead’s chiropractic talent attracted numerous patients seeking relief. His first office was located above the bank building in downtown Mount Horeb. With only a small reception area, patients often overflowed into the street outside. In 1939, Gonstead built a new ultra modern chiropractic office on the corner of Main Street and Second Street in Mount Horeb. As his practice continued to grow, Gonstead started working six and half days a week, adjusting up to 250 patients a day. Patients came from all over the Midwest for care.


Gonstead’s clinical success attracted the attention of other chiropractors. They wanted to know why their patients in Iowa, South Dakota, Illinois, Michigan and elsewhere were traveling all the way to Mount Horeb, Wisconsin to get adjusted. With much hesitation, due to the demands of his own practice, Gonstead finally consented to have Ted and Phyllis Markham organize the first formal class for other chiropractors to learn his unique approach to chiropractic.

Over the next few years, the Markham team, with the help of their friend LeeVogel, helped organize the lexicon, symbols, tools, and concepts unique to Gonstead’s method of chiropractic.

Adapting to the growing demands on his schedule, Gonstead refused to slow down and simply added more office hours in his day to ensure he saw all his patients. He often treated his last patient at 2:30 in the morning. Furthermore, his informal classes became more structured and transformed into the Gonstead seminars. As more field doctors wanted to learn his methods, Gonstead started traveling across the country to teach.


With his ever expanding practice and the growth of the seminar business, Gonstead needed a larger facility. In 1964, the new Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic was completed east of town. The two level facility boasted 29,000 square feet, 11 adjusting rooms, a complete chemistry laboratory, research facilities, and various seminar rooms. To better manage the seminar business, Gonstead hired Ted Markham and LeeVogel. Marvin Klaes and Albert Grove were brought on board as additional seminar instructors.

Dr. Gonstead’s Mt. Horeb Clinic

In 1965, adjacent to the new clinic, a full-service motel was constructed. Prior to the motel, out of town patients stayed at local boarding houses. Gonstead’s reputation as a remarkable chiropractor had expanded beyond the United States and he had patients flying in from all over the globe. To assist these patients, limousine service was setup between the Madison airport and the Gonstead clinic. Patients with their own private planes could fly in and land at Gonstead’s personal airport located next to his home on the outskirts of Mount Horeb.

In 1961, Palmer School of Chiropractic lost their leader BJPalmer. Under new leadership, the faculty decided to rewrite its technique curriculum. Within a few years the Gonstead method became the cornerstone of school’s technique department. In time, other chiropractic schools followed suit and added the Gonstead technique to their curriculums.


After fifty-one years of practice, Gonstead sold the clinic and Gonstead Seminars to Alex and Doug Cox. Today the clinic is owned by the non-profit C.S. Gonstead Chiropractic Foundation. The Gonstead seminars continue in their original format under the leadership of Alex Cox’s son, John Cox. This group continues to teach the material across the globe to chiropractic students and doctors. In the later part of Gonstead’s life, another seminar group formed with the purpose of being a focus group for experienced Gonstead practitioners. After Gonstead’s death, under the leadership of LarryTroxell, the group restructured itself to focus on providing valuable internship opportunities for students to master the Gonstead work. It also offers a limited number of seminars to the profession.


Dr. Gonstead’s Home

In 1978 Gonstead died at the age of 80. Throughout his life he was deeply concerned with questions about bio-mechanical dysfunction and its role in neuromusculoskeletal pain. In his later years, he delved into chiropractic’s more complicated clinical questions such as subluxation’s role in Type O disorders (diabetes, bradycardia, asthma, etc.). In turn, Gonstead’s reception by patients and by his professional colleagues brought out the ideas inherent in his work. His work is recognized as a cornerstone of contemporary chiropractic practice.

Dr. Gonstead's grave site

Gonstead is credited with several innovations in chiropractic. Some were modest: consulting with Electronic Development Lab to produce a better nervoscope (a descent of the neurocalometer), and refinement of the knee-chest table and zenith Hylo table. Others were more ambitious: an x-ray line marking system, a chiropractic x-ray machine, split screen x-ray film cassettes, and adjusting the cervical spine in the chair position.

For all of his life, Gonstead maintained a commitment to the craft. He never abandoned the tools that defined his schooling—the neurocalometer and x-ray. He was driven by a desire for technical control and mastery of the perfect adjustment. In the end, his legendary reputation as a great healer confirmed the value of his unique method.

Preserving the Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic — A Case of National Support

The Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic is a work of architectural art…and it is falling apart. Read and see a slide show of its current condition and learn how you can help through the Gonstead Preservation Group.

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History of Chiropractic

2015 September 14
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Ever wonder about the history and development of the chiropractic profession? September 18, 2015, marks the 120th “birthday” of the profession. Read this description from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)43a2636cbea90a162b840fc4972e95f6

History of Chiropractic Care

The roots of chiropractic care can be traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded time. Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.

In the United States, the practice of spinal manipulation began gaining momentum in the late nineteenth century. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer founded the Chiropractic profession in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer was well read in medical journals of his time and had great knowledge of the developments that were occurring throughout the world regarding anatomy and physiology. In 1897, Daniel David Palmer went on to begin the Palmer School of Chiropractic, which has continued to be one of the most prominent chiropractic colleges in the nation.

Throughout the twentieth century, doctors of chiropractic gained legal recognition in all fifty states. A continuing recognition and respect for the chiropractic profession in the United States has led to growing support for chiropractic care all over the world. The research that has emerged from ” around the world” has yielded incredibly influential results, which have changed, shaped and molded perceptions of chiropractic care. The report, Chiropractic in New Zealand published in 1979 strongly supported the efficacy of chiropractic care and elicited medical cooperation in conjunction with chiropractic care. The 1993 Manga study published in Canada investigated the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care. The results of this study concluded that chiropractic care would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually with regard to work disability payments and direct health care costs.

Doctors of chiropractic have become pioneers in the field of non-invasive care promoting science-based approaches to a variety of ailments. A continuing dedication to chiropractic research could lead to even more discoveries in preventing and combating maladies in future years.

Chiropractic Philosophy

As a profession, the primary belief is in natural and conservative methods of health care. Doctors of chiropractic have a deep respect for the human body’s ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication. These doctors devote careful attention to the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health. A Doctor of chiropractic is one who is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare.


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Congratulations to the Winners!

2015 August 25
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Congratulations to the winners of our 18th Anniversary Raffle!

Stop by the desk to pick up your prize.


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Local Organizations Sponsor 18th Anniversary Event

2015 August 25
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What a blast last week! If you didn’t stop by the office you missed out. We really enjoyed celebrating our 18th year in practice with so many great patients.

Thank you to everyone that made the event a success!

And a special thank you to Sweet Feed Fine Food and Catering/Paleo-To-Go of Beverly for providing the great-tasting food and to Tricia C. for an entire day of stress-reducing chair massage.

DTEK Sept 2015


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What I’ve Learned Over The Last 18 Years: 18 Life Lessons

2015 August 13
by Dr. Stephen Franson

Can you believe it has been 18 years?! Franson Family Chiropractic

opened its doors at the Beverly Cummings Center in 1997. As we are

celebrating 18 years of loving service to the North Shore Community,

it is the perfect time to share with you the 18 Life Lessons that I have

learned along the way.

Please click the video link below as I unpack the 18 lessons in under

3 minutes. I hope you enjoy each one of these as much as I have.


For more information about Franson Family Chiropractic,

please call or visit us online:


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Beverly Chiropractor Celebrating 18 Years Serving the Community

2015 August 10
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Franson Family Chiropractic is hosting a special anniversary event on August 18th to celebrate our 18 years of serving the community.

We have been privileged to care for thousands in the community and help them achieve their health and wellness goals naturally! This event is our way of giving back and saying thank you.

The anniversary event will have food, raffle, prizes, music, and other fun activities.

In addition to current patients, community members are invited to come celebrate between 7am and 12pm and learn about chiropractic and how it can help relieve pain naturally.

In honor of the past 18 years in practice, Franson Family Chiropractic will have 18 New Patient Exams available at the discounted rate of $18 during the week of the 18th.


Beverly Chiropractor Celebrates 18 Years in the Community

Franson Family Chiropractic opened at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 101D, in Beverly, MA in 1997. Providing corrective chiropractic care to the North Shore region it has grown to be one of the largest wellness clinics in the world. The team at Franson Family Chiropractic is dedicated to providing unsurpassed chiropractic care and educating the community on lifestyle strategies for better health outcomes and more fulfilling lives.

For more information about this free event, please call 978-927-8466 or visit

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5 Steps to Increase Your Testosterone Naturally

2015 June 9
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Low sex drive. Hair loss. Fatigue. Loss of muscle mass. Increased body fat. Mood changes. The pharmaceutical industry found great success with “E.D.” (aka erectile dysfunction) and have now branded the symptoms of low testosterone levels as “Low T”. You’ve seen the ads. Based on the dollars spent on advertising the profit potential must be high.  Rather than treating the symptoms with hormone therapy, why not look at the underlying cause? Often, simple lifestyle changes work better and do not come with the side effects that medication can have. You may be amazed to realize how much you can improve your hormone levels and balance, by changing your lifestyle.

Low testosterone levels is a common issue as men age. Studies have shown that almost 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone levels[1]. But it is too simplistic to just blame on age. Testosterone levels have been in steady decline over the past 30 years. Stress, excess fat, adrenal fatigue, and age play a role. But so do environmental exposures to herbicides in food and phthalates from plastics.

testosterone5 Steps to Increase Your Testosterone:

1. Change your diet. Too much weight around your belly has been associated with low testosterone levels in men as well as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. What you eat has a tremendous impact on your insulin levels and all of the hormone levels in your body. A diet high in refined and processed carbohydrates and sugars will result in insulin resistance. When you remove sugars, flours and refined carbohydrates from your diet, you can improve your insulin sensitivity. When your insulin sensitivity improves, you will lose weight from your belly. For men, naturally your estrogen levels will decrease and your testosterone levels will increase.

  1. Pick up heavy things.Exercise can be more effective than any medication for improving your health and your hormone balance.Strength training is very effective for raising a man’s testosterone level and should be a part of your exercise routine at least 2 days per week. Try to do at least 40 minutes of exercise most days of the week and include a mixture of aerobic and strength-training exercises.
  1. Increase Your Omega-3 Levels.The Omega-3 fats found in fatty fish and flax seed have amazing anti-inflammatory properties and can help lower the production of estrogen in men. In addition, these healthy fats also improve insulin sensitivity. Strive for 1000 to 2000mg of DHA/EPA every day.
  1. Get to bed on time. Research published in theJournal of the American Medical Associationshowed that lack of sleep can greatly reduce a healthy young man’s testosterone levels. That effect is clear after only one week of reduced sleep. Testosterone levels were particularly low between 2 and 10 p.m. on sleep-restricted days. Study participants also reported a decreased sense of wellbeing as their blood testosterone levels dropped.[2] How much sleep your body needs depends on many factors. Most adults generally need between seven and nine hours per night in order to function well and lead a healthy life.
  1. Get adjusted. The nerve system is the master system in your body that controls every cell, tissue, and organ. Including your endocrine system. If there is chronic stress on your nerve system it can alter the function of your hormone balance. Your spine is the suit of armor that protects your nerve system. To have a healthy body you need a healthy nerve system. To have a healthy nerve system you need a healthy spine. Get yours checked by a chiropractor to decrease stress and keep your hormones balanced.

Increasing your exercise levels, improving your sleep habits, getting the nutrients your body needs, and regular visits to your chiropractor will help get your hormones into better balance. All without medication. Start making lifestyle changes today for better energy and quality of life tomorrow.  

[1] American Family Physician (
[2] Journal of the American Medical Association (

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What Is Causing Your Shoulder Pain?

2015 June 2
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It’s not just professional athletes that need to care for their bodies. All week long most people are confined to a desk or spend hours in the car, stressing our bodies. And then we’re upset that the bodies we spent all week weakening can’t respond to the physical demands of our weekend fun.

The Shoulder is a complex joint that consists of 3 different bones, 15 nerves, and 20 different muscles allowing for a wide range of motion. The main joint of the shoulder is connected by a group of 4 muscles and their tendon attachments, called the rotator cuff.

Problems with the rotator cuff include:

  • overuse
  • poor posture from sitting
  • sports injuries
  • dysfunction due to muscle imbalance
  • wear and tear issues leading to fibrotic scar tissue formation, and adhesions.

Symptoms can vary from a slight pain to severe pain and frozen shoulder. Because of the wide range of motion of the shoulder joint, structural alignment is also key to the health of the joint.

But…It’s not always the shoulder. Often pain in the shoulder originates in the neck. Nerves from the neck travel to the muscles and other tissues of the shoulder, arm, and hand. Subluxation can lead to referred pain or cause the muscles in the neck to become tight or weak leading to imbalance and dysfunction in the shoulder joint.

 “Cervical subluxation can lead to premature deterioration of the shoulder joint.”

Studies have shown positive results with chiropractic and shoulder pain. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to analyze and treat all 3 major causes of shoulder pain; nerve irritation, misalignment, and muscular/tendon issues.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior on the court or in the garden, take care of your body like a professional. Don’t let shoulder and neck pain interfere with living the live you want to live.

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