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Nestled in between the Antelope County Museum and the Imperial II restaurant in Neligh one can find Antelope County Chiropractic, owned and operated by Chiropractor Steve Simonsen.
Simonsen, who grew up on a farm outside of Staplehurst and graduated from Centennial High School in Utica, attended Chiropractor school in Kansas City and practiced in North Carolina and Lincoln, eventually found himself in Neligh — and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I really enjoy living close to where I work so I can just walk. Neligh is big enough to have everything you need. You don't have to run to Norfolk to get something," he said.
For Simonsen, it’s only one of the great things about operating a business in a small community.
“I’m a people person. You’re always running into people you know. Practicing in a small town allows you to get more involved in the community.”
An opportunity Simonsen clearly takes advantage of. After business hours, one is likely to spot him around town, whether it’s refereeing a local basketball game, umpiring baseball or lending a hand with the Neligh Young Men’s Club.
While chiropractic care has been around for decades, it still faces scrutiny, due in large part to the misinformation that surrounds the holistic approach to health and well-being. It’s one of Simonsen’s biggest challenges.
“I’m surprised by the number of individuals I run into who say, ‘Chiropractors hurt you,’ or, ‘Once you go you always have to keep going back.’ People often don't realize that we are primary care physicians, and we can refer to specialists and order tests if needed.”
For many people, seeking chiropractic care in addition to seeing their regular physician is a well-rounded approach to their health. They appreciate the natural solutions that chiropractic care offers. That such care may be found so close to home is an added bonus.
“Most chiropractors are very good at treating problems involving your muscles, spine, joints, and the nerves behind them. If you're having an issue with any of these there is a good chance that you can benefit from chiropractic care. I treat newborns to people well in their 90's. There is no age limit on who may see a chiropractor," he said.
No matter the malady, Simonsen offers a variety of techniques, including diversified manual adjusting, active release techniques, sacral occipital techniques, kinesiology taping, nutrition and diet-based education, and a host of other treatments.
Looking ahead, Simonsen hopes to remain in Neligh for a long, long time.
“I enjoy living in Neligh. I [hope to continue] getting more education so I can increase what I can do for my patients," he said.
For Simonsen, the adage “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is true.
“I have a passion for chiropractic and treating the whole body through a holistic approach. I love what I do. To me, that doesn't make it seem like work," he said.