Belle Fourche Dr. Rylee (Johnson) Anderson opened the Gentle Touch Chiropractic PLLC in Belle Fourche earlier this year.
Anderson is located at 807 10th Ave. and offers holistic chiropractic care to promote wellbeing.
“If pain is preventing you from doing something you enjoy like bending over in the garden, we can work towards getting it back for you with chiropractic care,” said Anderson, who graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 2012 has completed.
Many people seek a chiropractor when they are in pain. Anderson says that when we are in pain, the human body is already going through neurological changes. Common complaints Anderson hears from patients include “tech necks,” neck pain, headaches, and stiffness from looking down at cell phones, and back pain when sitting at a desk for long periods of time.
“These ailments can easily be corrected with chiropractic care,” said Anderson. “Sitting is the most load-bearing activity for a spine. In addition to getting up and walking around, you can go to a chiropractor for alignment. “
Anderson also suggests that her patients get orthotic inserts in their shoes to create a strong foundation for the spine.
Anderson’s journey to becoming a chiropractor began in middle school. She started running for Belle Fourche Cross Country and was quickly called up on the varsity team. In her freshman year of high school, Anderson dislocated her kneecap during the conference meeting. She could no longer run competitively. After the surgery and many months of rehab, Anderson had a new goal.
“I knew then that I wanted to be a doctor and help people, just like my medical team was helping me,” said Anderson.
In college, Anderson pursued a pre-medical concentration at Black Hills State University. After graduating from BHSU, Anderson received her PhD in chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota in December 2019.
Then the pandemic hit.
“The [Black Lives Matter] At this point there were also riots. For safety reasons, I thought we should move home to Belle Fourche, ”said Anderson, who is married to Dustin Anderson.
In January, Anderson opened the Gentle Touch Chiropractic PLLC. She chose the name Gentle Touch to honor her grandmother, who ran a sheltered dormitory of the same name in Platte, SD
“I wanted to keep that name,” said Anderson.
Anderson enjoys meeting new patients and strives to understand and treat each individual as they need it.
“Everyone heals differently,” said Anderson. “The chiropractic jar allows me to customize or try a different style to help people reach their full potential.”
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