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Sport and Spinal Rehab holds holiday food drive

Chiropractic Sport and Spinal Rehab recently held a food drive to benefit the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. From left are Nicole Strand, Dr. Lyle Erickson, Krista Grover, Dr. Grant Coauette, Erica Ellis and Miriam Wagar. Submitted Photo

For the seventh year, Chiropractic Sport and Spinal Rehab of Bemidji provided services to patients in November in exchange for donations of nonperishable food items for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

The BCFS provides food to Beltrami County families or individuals who have short-term emergency food needs. Utilization of the food shelf typically increases during the November and December holiday period.

"We know that the food shelf is entering its busiest period," Dr. Lyle Erickson, chiropractic physician at Sport and Spinal Rehab, said in a news release. "When you consider our troubled economy, the demand for goods will likely be even higher. We feel it's time to go back to the good old days when neighbors helped neighbors by putting food on their table."

For a donation of five non-perishable items, new patients received an orthopedic and neurological examination, a health history consultation, x-rays if needed, electric muscle stimulation therapy, and a report of findings consultation. Current patients received one therapy at no charge.

Sport and Spinal Rehab provided services from Nov. 8-19 for new and existing patients. The clinic collected about 185 pounds of food for the food shelf. All items were delivered before Thanksgiving.

The BCFS will accept donations of all non-perishable items, but especially appreciates canned fruit or vegetables, tuna, peanut butter, cold or hot cereal, soup, canned beans, pancake mix, boxed potatoes, crackers, macaroni and cheese, tomato products, and rice.

There are no income restrictions to access the Food Shelf, although identification and proof of residence are required.

The food drive is part of the annual community outreach program of the CSSR clinic that features back safety presentations for regional businesses, nonprofits, and organizations at no charge throughout the year; free computerized foot and back scans monthly at scheduled locations in the area; and educational programming on such topics as auto injuries, backpack safety, whiplash, personal wellness, and chiropractic medicine.

"The food drive is a popular annual component of our outreach activities," Erickson said. "We can provide quality care while serving people in need throughout the area. And it enables individuals who are coming to a chiropractor for the first time to receive a complete consultation while helping the food shelf."

Chiropractic Sport and Spinal Rehab provides technologically advanced chiropractic treatments, therapies and diagnoses. Located in Bemidji's Technology Park, the clinic is also certified to complete physicals, including DOT drug screening and testing.

The CSSR team includes three doctors, Erickson, Dr. Grant Coauette and Dr. Eric Levesque, and five chiropractic assistants.

The Chiropractic Sport and Spinal Rehab team is committed to applying modern approaches to traditional chiropractic procedures.