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CHIRO-ASSOCIATES dedicated to helping you achieve your health objectives. Our chiropractors are well trained and focused on getting you moving forward! Chiro-Associates has been serving the South Shore of Massachusetts since 1984.
The practice was begun by Dr. Bernard T. Brannigan. Over the past 25 years Dr. Brannigan has been honored with serving over five thousand patients. This has given him a remarkable opportunity for the development of skills and experience. We have been fortunate to become a destination in our communities for neck, back and sports injuries. The practice continues to grow strong through referrals from our patients.


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With two offices located in Norwell and Abington, Massachusetts Chiro-associates is dedicated to helping you achieve your health objectives. Our offices serve the towns of...



Norwell Clinic - (781) 659-1518

252 Main Street, Route 123, Norwell, MA 02061
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Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday - 7:00 am - 11:30 am, Saturday - 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Abington Clinic - (781) 871-8833

265 Washington St, Route 18, Abington, MA 02351
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday - 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Saturday - 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Recent reports indicate Lyme disease continues to increase throughout Northeastern U.S.  

ticksLike blood tests for many other infectious diseases, the test for Lyme disease measures antibodies made by white blood cells in response to infection. It can take several weeks after infection for the body to produce sufficient antibodies to be detected. Therefore, patients tested during the first few weeks of illness will often test negative. In contrast, patients who have had Lyme disease for longer than 4-6 weeks, especially those with later stages of illness involving the brain or the joints, will almost always test positive. A patient who has been ill for months or years and has a negative test almost certainly does not have Lyme disease as the cause of their symptoms.

Because all laboratory tests can sometimes give falsely positive results, it is important when faced with a positive result to consider the underlying likelihood that a patient has the disease. If a patient has not been in an area where Lyme disease is common or their symptoms are atypical, positive results are more likely to be false positives. Similarly, if a patient is tested numerous times and only rarely tests positive, it is likely that the positive result is a false positive.

CDC lymemapTo date, the Lyme disease maps published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pinpointed Lyme disease clusters.  The CDC’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, made two things clear. First, where the highest risks are, and second, that the areas of highest risk are expanding.

The CDC estimates that there are 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease each year in the United States. 

Take These Steps to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Ticks

  • Check any gear or clothing that you bring back from infested outdoor areas.
  • Wear repellent.
  • Wear light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants tucked into socks or boots.
  • Talk to your doctor if you get a fever or rash.
  • Place clothing in a dryer on high for an hour or more to kill ticks.
  • Shower after returning from outdoor activity, then check for ticks.
  • If you have a yard, clear tall grasses and bush, mow frequently etc.
  • Use pesticides as necessary on lawn areas in spring and fall.
  • Reduce your time outdoors when ticks are most active in warm weather.
  • Check your pets and make sure they have adequate protection.
  • Lastly, maintain good health and nutrition which increased chances of being able to fight infections.

Even if you’re not a nature-lover, it’s still possible to come into contact with dangerous ticks in your own backyard. Keep your yard well maintained and as unattractive to deer as possible. Deer are one of the main carriers of adult ticks, so it’s best to keep your distance from them if you can.

If you or someone you love has Lyme disease, don’t hesitate to contact Chiro-Associates. Chiropractic care can be a wonderful resource while healing from Lyme disease.  Schedule a visit today, and start feeling better right away.

One of the fundamental pieces of any back to school ensemble is, of course, the backpack.  Although they’re practical, backpacks are a leading cause of back and shoulder pain for millions of children and adolescents.  As students head back to school, Chiro-Associates and the American Chiropractic Association offers parents advice on preventing unnecessary backpack pain and injuries.


To Read More:  http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=2457

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As the weather begins to warm, golf lovers hit the greens. The physical demands of golf are much different from what most people experience in their daily lives, and therefore we should prepare our bodies for the specific physical stresses of golf so we can enjoy the game. Below are some exercises that can be done to prepare your body for tee time.

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Endurance training - The game of golf is usually played over a three to five hour time period, requiring a certain level of endurance. Dead-lifts and anterior reaches are good for working on endurance.            

Joint mobility and stability - The explosive golf swing requires a high level of execution, coordination and power. Try standing with arms hanging at your sides (with or without weights) and gently leaning to one side. Repeat on the other side.


Working on the trunk and shoulders - Golfers' ability to turn their shoulders will be determined by the coordinated strength of their core and their ability to rotate through the spine. Various chopping and lifting exercises will help.

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Training pelvic tilt - If golfers are not conditioned properly, they will begin flexing their spine in order to address the ball, as opposed to hinging at the hip. On all fours, gently arch your back up toward the ceiling as you breathe in. On the exhale, gently push your belly button toward the floor and curve your back in the opposite direction, looking up toward the ceiling.

Extra tip: Squat to pick up the ball or to set the ball on the tee instead of bending at the knees. Most golfers will bend and twist a bit to pick the ball out of the cup, which puts a lot of force on the muscles, joints and discs. 

GardeningRecently, many patients have been coming into our clinics with back and neck pain after a weekend filled with gardening and yard work.  As much as we love our yards, we need to take time to warm up, stretch, and listen to our body!  Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for the challenge.  TAKE YOUR TIME!!  IT WAS A LONG WINTER.  To help prevent some of that soreness we have gathered several different tips that will have you tackling your landscape to-do tasks without any morning-after regrets.

A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity. Performing simple stretches will help alleviate injuries, pain and stiffness. Before stretching for any activity, breathe in and out, slowly and rhythmically; do not bounce or jerk your body, and stretch as far and as comfortably as you can. Do not follow the "no pain, no gain" rule. Stretching should not be painful. 

Back-Saving Tips for Gardening + Yard Work: 

Walk before you garden and walk after you garden.  Bending and sitting puts pressure on your spine and disk are maximized.  Walking actually re-hydrates and takes pressure off the spine.

girl stretchingStretch the back by performing a press-up, or ‘cobra’ yoga pose.  Lying flat on your stomach with feet 
and hips firmly on the ground, use your arms to push your head and chest up while arching you’re back keeping your chin-up.  Feel the stretch in the front part of your body.  This stretch equalized the pressure in your spine.

While sitting, prop your heel on a stool or step, keeping the knees straight. Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the thigh, or the hamstring muscle. Hold this position for 15 seconds. Do this once more and repeat with the other leg.

Stretch the hips by slowly stepping into and holding lunges prior to gardening. These hip flexor stretches are performed by slowly stepping forward, lunging your hip forward while keeping your chest back. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute, then stretch your other hip the same way. This not only stretches your hips, but also the lower-lumbar area of your back the part of the back most susceptible to injury.

Stand up, balance yourself, and grab the front of your ankle from behind. Pull your heel toward your buttocks and hold the position for 15 seconds. Do this again and repeat with the other leg.

While standing, weave your fingers together above your head with the palms up. Lean to one side for 10 seconds, then to the other. Repeat this stretch three times.

Do the "Hug your best friend" stretch. Wrap your arms around yourself and rotate to one side, stretching as far as you can comfortably go. Hold for 10 seconds and reverse. Repeat two or three times.

Standing Back StretchAfter spending time bent over gardening, back bends (like the press-ups) work to equalize the pressure on your spine. Put your hands on your hips and slowly bend backwards a few times before you start gardening.  Take a few brakes while you’re gardening to perform this stretch.  During these mini-breaks, take time to walk around and hydrate, as well.

When working close to the ground get down on your hands and knees.  Crawling rather than bending at the waist, and alternate your stance and movements as often as possible to keep the muscles and body balanced. 

When lifting bags of fertilizer or heavy potted plants, always bend with the knees and lift with your legs, and keep the bulk of the weight close to your body.  For heavy loads use a wheelbarrow or garden cart.

If you begin to feel discomfort or pain in your spine, take a break, change tasks, or stop your gardening task altogether.  Remember walk, stretch, and rest your back. 

Follow these steps to avoid gardening injuries. If you are suffering from a yard work injury, apply a cold pack on the area of pain for the first 48 hours or apply a heat pack after 48 hours.  Remember, it can take several days for muscle soreness and joint pain to pop up after overexerting yourself.  If you find that you are in pain several days after, it could still be from a gardening injury. Come in and let us help you.

If the pain persists; consider contacting our office as soon as possible.  By treating the pain early with chiropractic care we can help calm the problem before it gets worse.  

As an older person, one of your greatest concerns is to maintain your “activities of daily living” (ADL). The ability to get up in the morning, take a shower, get dressed, take care of yourself and be active is very important for aging seniors. Back pain can be a significant challenge for those seniors looking to maintain their ADL.  

One study found that chiropractic care for uncomplicated back pain can actually keep seniors more active longer. “The findings from this study suggest that chiropractic use in episodes of care for uncomplicated back conditions has protective effects against declines in ADLs, instrumental ADLs, and self-rated health for older Medicare beneficiaries over a 2-year period.”

Mindful movement classes such as yoga or pool exercise classes are a safe and useful activity for our senior population.  Keep walking for exercise, this is very important to maintain your ability to ambulate.  



With the start of spring... comes spring cleaning!! 

Spring Cleaning 

Household chores can come with unwanted pain if not done carefully. Bending and/or twisting at the waist is a common cause for upper and lower back pain. From washing dishes, to vacuuming, you'd be surprised to know that having a proper technique can prevent you from experiencing back or neck pain.  


Back-Saving Tips for Chores:

  • When you wash dishes, open the cabinet beneath the sink, bend one knee and put your foot on the shelf under the sink. Lean against the counter so some of your weight is supported in front.
  • When ironing, raise one foot a bit. Place it on a small stool or a book to take some strain off your back.

  • To vacuum, use a "fencer's stance." Put all your weight on one foot, then step forward and back with the other foot as you push the vacuum forward and back. Use the back foot as a pivot when you turn.

  • Use a cold pack if your back begins to hurt. Wrap an ice pack in a towel moistened with warm water. The warmth gives way to gradual cold, which likely will alleviate the discomfort. (No ice? Try frozen veggies instead.)

If pain persists for more than a day or two or if you experience numbness after doing chores, tingling or weakness in your arms or legs, please give Chiro-Associates a call.

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  • Jean from Norwell

    The care is wonderful and the staff is so nice.  I am very comfortable attending my appointments and I know when I walk in the door that I will get the best care possible.  I always feel better after my treatments.  I never feel pressured to make more appointments and Read More
  • Karen from Scituate, MA

    Dr. Brannigan has been my chiropractor for the past 15 years. Chiropractic helps manage my pain so that I can work and walk. Dr. Brannigan does a fantastic job and I feel he is the best chiropractor on the South Shore.  If it was not for Dr. Brannigan I would Read More
  • Claire from Marshfield

    I have been going to Chiro-Associates for well over 5 years.  I have a chronic hip condition that contributes to lower back pain. Went to PCP and was told bed rest, pain killers and 6-8 weeks physical therapy.   Tried Dr. Brannigan and felt instant relief from the 1st visit. Read More
  • Debra from East Bridgewater

    One of the best chiropractors I've been to.  Straightforward and caring.  Doesn't keep you coming back for treatments if it isn't helping. Read More
  • Sarah from Norwell

    Dr. Brannigan has been a great help to me as I have a back issue due to posture and a long torso.  He has always made my pain disappear, I am very grateful for him and his gifts as a Doctor of Chiropractic. I have always felt safe and comfortable, Read More
  • Kathleen from Marshfield, MA

    I started going to Chiro-Associates for treatment with the Massage Therapist Lori Feeney for massage when I was pregnant. I continue to see Lori and Dr. Brannigan anytime I have issues with my back. The care is wonderful and the staff is so nice. I am very comfortable attending my Read More
  • Michele from Boston

    I have been seeing Dr. Brannigan for many years both in Norwell and Abington. The Norwell office is very convenient, it is only about a minutes from Route 53. The day of my initial evaluation in Norwell, I had an x-ray done before any treatment was rendered. Dr. Brannigan and Read More
  • Ilene from Weymouth

    Dr. Brannigan is an exceptional chiropractor with an expertise and passion for his work.  In my experience I would describe him as a healer; attentive to my specific needs. He develops a close rapport with his patients and makes me feel at ease with every visit.  What makes Dr. Brannigan stand out from other chiropractors; I Read More
  • Michelle from Abington, MA

    My first visit with Dr. Brannigan was back in October of 2010 with a neck injury after I had slipped and fell. Dr. Brannigan was able to accurately and quickly pinpoint where the pain was and implement a treatment plan personalized for me. He took the time to listen to Read More
  • Roy from Hanover

    Always professional and on time. I have gone to Dr. Brannigan many times over the years. Once I went there where I had to crawl up the front steps. He treated me and I walked out of there standing up and with no pain. He does a great job and Read More
  • Gordon from Abington

    Swore I would never go to a Chiropractor. When I was referred to one; I explained to my Physical Therapist that I did not know of a chiropractor. My therapist suggested that I see Dr. Bernard Brannigan with Chiro-Associates in Abington. She stated that Dr. Brannigan is a great chiropractor Read More
  • Steven from Abington

    I have had back issues for the last few years. My weight and lack of exercise have been main contributors and my job being on my feet 6-8 hours a day. I used to see a chiropractor in Abington in which I would have to see him at least 3 Read More
  • John from Hull

    Dr Branngan is very committed to his patients and will do all he can to make you healthier!! Read More
  • Laverne & Al from Scituate

    Chiro-Associates has been a valued service to my husband an myself for 24 years, where we have always been treated in a professional manner by all the staff.  Dr Brannigan's knowledge and care objectives have been very successful for both of us.  We highly recommend "Chiro-Associates" to anyone in need of chiropractic Read More
  • Greg from Weymouth

    Very thorough examination. Very informative in explaining the risk/reward of any manipulation to the spine. My appointment was at his Abington location, which had a very welcoming appeal & it's accessibility off Rt. 18 is convenient. His mode of operation isn't skewed by his occupational views. He explained the possible Read More
  • Mary from Abington

    Dr. Brannigan has been a life saver for our whole family.  He has treated me, my husband and my three children. We have complete confidence in his ability to help us through what can be a tough time with a back injury, hip injury or just a stiff neck. He Read More
  • Christine from Norwell

    Not only do I see Dr. Brannigan, but my parents, my husband and both my children do too. Dr. Brannigan has been instrumental in making us all feel better and helping us realize when something is amiss. Not just for our ailments, but for our overall health. Dr. Brannigan was Read More
  • Lynn from Hanover

    Dr. Brannigan has been my chiropractor for 25 years.  Whenever I get into trouble with my neck or back, he sees me immediately.  I never have to wait in anguish for days or weeks.  He listens carefully and delivers the correct care for the problem.  He always gives me advice Read More
  • Kelly from Weymouth

    I presented with severe back pain a week prior to seeing Dr. Brannigan. After a visit to a walk-in facility and my own primary care physician, there were still no signs of improvement and I was still walking with a limp and unable to sit down or walk for longer Read More
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