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Dr Lawrence A. Dieter is a chiropractor serving San Luis Obispo, (93401, 93405, 93407) Morro Bay, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Five Cities, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Paso Robles, Nipomo & the surrounding area. Our chiropractor & the rest of the welcoming team at Chiropractic & Wellness are committed to providing chiropractic solutions & relief to address not only your pain, symptoms, joints & especially your nerves seeking out the Underlying Cause of your pain!  Whether you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, headaches, or even muscular tightness & tension from a car accident, whiplash or a sports injury. You may be searching for pain relief after an auto accident, experiencing a sports injury, or if you suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain, early degeneration or another spinal condition. Especially when you are looking to improve your overall health, our San Luis Obispo/Cal Poly area chiropractor can help you attain your everyday wellness goals! Visit our testimonials page to find out what our patients are saying about our SLO/San Luis Obispo/Cal Poly area chiropractor.

At your first visit to Chiropractic & Massage, Dr. Lawrence A. Dieter will explain how chiropractic care works & give you a full evaluation to see if our chiropractic solutions are a good fit to address your needs. If there is a good fit, we can customize a plan of chiropractic care for your condition and health goals.

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San Luis Obispo, Chiropractor Cal-Poly, SLO-California providing Pain Relief & Wellness Health Care. Downtown SLO, California Chiropractor. 29 years Experience, 12 of those years were spent being the Substitute/Relief Doctor of chiropractic for 80+ different Chiropractors in California & Australia.

Palmer was also quoted as saying: " The Power which made the body, heals the body." Which makes the Chiropractor a mediator of sorts for your health.

  Chiropractic is a manual/physical medicine or therapy. The underlying intention is to increase the function of your nervous system via manipulation of the spine & other joints.  In the beginning 1985, D.D.Palmer & his son B.J. Palmer the founding fathers of the modern chiropractor.

  Posture is very important effecting your overall health! FHC or Forward Head Carriage  creates & amplifies stress on the upper thoracic spine/upper back.  While not all people's response to chiropractic adjustments is the same, correction of this will avoid, pain, head aches, stress & early degeneration of the neck and upper back.

Your Vertebral Disc:
Your Disc does not have its own blood supply to speak of after the age of 11.  The way it receives nutrition is by movement: flexion, extension, rotation & left/right lateral flexion. This movement causes a diffusion of nutrients in & out of the disc.  But if you have sustained an injury, acute or chronic, the muscles put that part of the spine in what is called a "soft cast" as it heals.  This limits the movement, therefore nutrition to the disc! And without Chiropractic Correction/Manipulation to restore full range of motion & break up scar tissue & adhesion to the disc (which maintains space & room for the exiting spinal nerve) The Disc Will Begin to Degenerate followed by the spinal nerve.

Disc injuries most commonly occur in either the neck/cervical spine or low back/lumbar spine. And must be diagnosed/verified with a MRI.  While disc injuries can happen in the thoracic spine (where your ribs are), it is rare & not without significant trauma. There is no such thing as a "slipped disc".  The center of the disc has the consistency of raw fish surrounded by layers of a very tough flexible rubber like fibrous cartilage.  It is this center which is forced out thru the cartilage toward the rear where the spinal cord is OR lateral towards where the spinal nerve exits.

Examples of Cervical disc injuries: 1. At a stop sign, looking left, gets rear ended. 2. In a head lock doing martial arts training, gets neck twisted & forcibly  bent.
Examples of Lumbar disc injuries: Requires you to be flexed forward (or backward) & Rotation or lateral bending of your lower torso. 1.  Being broadsided in a vehicle.  2. Flipping a mattress & it overpowers you forcing you back & to the side.  3.  After patching drywall, scrapping the floor, hit a nail not pounded down all the way, in a flexed, shoulders & hips are twisted/rotated.
Mild disc bulge-- I have used this safe & effective protocol for non-surgical disc bulges: either manual or assisted traction & after the MRI, chiropractic manipulation/adjustments Above & Below the documented disc level. this interrupts the pain/nerve/muscle spasm cycle.
Moderate disc bulge-- Computer controlled intermittent traction; 3x/week for 20 to 30 treatments. This will draw the center of the disc back home decreasing, minimizing or eliminating the radiating pain/numbness/paraesthesia.
Sequestrated Disc-- This is when a piece of the disc breaks of & migrates into the spinal canal. This is a surgical emergency & NOT a chiropractic condition.

Author: Dr Lawrence A. Dieter DC Chiropractic & Massage

San Luis Obispo SLO Cal Poly area

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Meet the Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Lawrence A. Dieter, DC
    Doctor of Chiropractic, Calif License: 20076

    Dr Dieter, in 1989, completed the 5 year program at Western States University of Health, aka Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Chiropractic is both a manual medicine & rehab. 'As a chiropractor, i take stress off the nervous system, thereby allowing the body to heal itself'.

    He has been practicing in San Luis Obispo serving the community & cal poly students, faculty & athletes since being licensed in 1989. Dr Dieter aka Dr Backman spent 2 years in New Zealand & Australia where he practice in Melbourne. His interest in treating sports injuries, whiplash, & car/auto accident injuries along with coaching these patients through the complicated process of the medical legal world of car accidents.

  • Missy Anderson-Fritch, LMT
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Specializing in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy is deep compressing massage performed with her feet. It is a slower, deeper & more muscle friendly massage. Regardless of your level of athleticism, this is a crucial element of your training, performance recovery or relaxation regimen. Dr Dieter calls it his '90 minutes of heaven' :)

  • Arianna Ackerman, LMT
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Both Airanna & Missy have been working with Dr Dieter for the past 8 years doing traditional deep tissue, Sports & Swedish, Hot Rocks therapies. Arianna has an extensive background using massage for rehab prior to coming to Chiropractic.


What Our Clients Are Saying

  • "Only four adjustments on my neck has produced remarkable painless freedom of movement. I can't wait to see what the future treatments will produce. I really can turn my head again!"
    Neil M.
  • "you have a wonderful web site that introduced me to many new stretches. I wish i were closer as i would come see you but i live in Hawaii."
    Gary E.
  • "I’ve been going to Dr. Dieter for 12 years. He’s helped me through injuries as well as routine maintenance. He’s a great guy in addition to being a trusted healthcare provider."
    Andrew M.
  • "I’ve been getting work done by Dr. Lawrence for a few years now, and he has literally saved my back more times than I can count. He’s always been an advisor for me and I feel like I can count on him based off his experience, Customer service, and friendliness."
    Referral Freedom
  • "Dr. Dieter is a great Chiropractor! Dr. Dieter has helped me out with back and neck pan for over 5 years now. My back/neck feel almost 100% better after my visit with Dr. Dieter. I had never had a chiropractor before seeing him. I am suffering from extremely poor posture and neck pain due to the way I was sitting in the office all day. He educated me as to what was happening using X-Rays and other material, laid out a plan for me which is working great. Dr. Dieter is an awesome guy, always helpful, highly recommended!!!"
    Shawn M.