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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.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for browsing our web site and hope you will find this site helpful in learning more about Chiro-Associates.

Contact us for an appointment right now. We will get you booked at one of our offices within 2 business days.

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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Does your spine have the winter blues from snow shoveling?  If so we can help!

Do you know what Chiropractors Treat?  Chiropractors treat causes, whether acquired, spontaneous, or the result of accident.  You will definitely feel better and wonder why you did not get a chiropractic adjustment sooner.

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Got back or neck pain from all the shoveling!! 

Need a visit to the Chiropractor.

Chiro-Associates wants to help your back and neck feel better.




To our patients and friends old and new.

We thank you for your confidence in our practice and your commitment in staying aligned and healthy. 

We wish you a year filled with peace and prosperity.




Acupuncture is a non-drug, non-invasive therapy that may produce a variety of benefits—from pain management to helping with nausea associated with chemotherapy. According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 8.2 million Americans have been to an acupuncturist, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults used acupuncture in the previous year. Since the use of acupuncture has spread widely in the U.S. in the past 20 years, researchers are studying the benefits of acupuncture for many conditions, including low-back pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis of the knee.

Acupuncture may be useful as an independent treatment for some conditions, but it can also be used as a complement to other healthcare therapies.

Before Your Visit

• Ask your doctor at Chiro-Associates or your Primary Care Physician for a referral. Some doctors of chiropractic practice acupuncture, too.
• Ask people you trust for recommendations.
• Check online referral listings of national acupuncture organizations.
• Check the acupuncturist’s credentials. A license is required to practice acupuncture.
• Interview the provider. Ask what the treatment involves, how likely it is to be effective for your condition, and how much it will cost.
• Check with your insurance company to find out if the treatment is covered by your insurance.

During Your Visit

During your first office visit, the acupuncture practitioner may ask you for details related to your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. Be sure to tell the provider about all treatments or medications you are taking and all conditions you have. Ask how many visits the treatment will take approximately.

While acupuncture providers may have different styles, a typical visit—which usually lasts about 30 minutes—includes an exam and assessment of your condition, insertion of needles, and advice on home care. Before the needles are placed, you will lie down on a comfortable surface face down, face up, or on your side, depending on where the needles will be inserted. Usually the procedure isn’t painful; however, you may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted and when it reaches the correct depth. Sometimes, the needles are gently moved or stimulated with electricity or heat. Each treatment may require the insertion of as many as 12 needles, which stay in place for 5 to 20 minutes.

Benefits of Acupuncture

• Has few side effects
• Can be a useful complement to other therapies
• It is becoming widely available
• Helps control certain types of pain

Vitamin News

Vitamin D Deficiencies

Vitamin D is essential for bone health and may be instrumental in non-bone health issues as well.  Most adults in the USA appear to be deficient in vitamin D as measured by blood levels of 25-OH vitamin D. In patients seeking healthcare, the response to recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is generally inadequate. In analyzing the records of response to vitamin D administration in over 1300 patients, we discovered that about 5000 IU/day of vitamin D, for three to six months, is needed to correct deficiency and a dose of about 2000 IU/day is needed to maintain healthy blood levels of 25-OH vitamin D. We also described an equation to predict the dose needed for a given increase in blood level of 25-OH vitamin D, based on age, BMI, serum albumin level and starting blood level of 25-OH vitamin D. We did not find race/ethnicity to be a significant factor in response to vitamin D administration. Nursing home residents need higher doses than ambulatory patients.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 07/10/2014  Exclusive Author Commentary; Gurmukh Singh, MD, PhD, MBA (7/10/2014)

Vitamin D deficiency has been reported to be a contributor to chronic musculoskeletal inflammation. Dr. Brannigan invites you to have conversation whether vitamin D should be considered appropriate as a nutritional supplement in your specific condition.   

Burst Training, Less Pain, Better Results!


Reality check–most Americans still do not have regular exercise as part of their lifestyle routine. And, even if they are, it’s likely they are not doing the most beneficial type.

Research continues to support a short-burst, high intensity, aerobic activity rather than a single bout of light to moderate intensity workout. Personally, while I am walking I’m doing short bursts of sprinting, “like a dog is chasing me”.  I’m going all out for that 30 second session. It’s not a leisurely pace at which I could maintain a conversation on my cell phone. When I’m done with my burst, it takes some time (1-2 minutes) to recover somewhat from the oxygen debt I have accumulated. Then I sprint again.  I repeat this pattern for 4 to 8 repetitions.  From that point I continue my walk.  I repeat again sprinting 4 repetitions at the end of my walk with a warm down before I'm done.  You can use this pattern to start and continue to build repetitions of sprinting as your capacity allows.

man sprintingIntensity is KEY for reaping all the benefits interval training can offer. To perform it correctly, you'll want to raise your heart rate to your anaerobic threshold, and to do that, you have to give it your all for those 20 to 30 second intervals. Here's a summary of what a typical interval routine might look like using an elliptical:

Warm up for three minutes.

Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should be gasping for breath and feel like you couldn't possibly go on another few seconds. It is better to use lower resistance and higher repetitions to increase your heart rate.

Recover for 90 seconds, still moving, but at slower pace and decreased resistance

Repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times.  

When you're first starting out, depending on your level of fitness, you may only be able to do two or three repetitions of the high intensity intervals. As you get fitter, just keep adding repetitions until you're doing eight during your 20 minute session.  

Depending on our genetic makeup we may benefit more from “Burst” training then from a continuous 30 minute aerobic workout.  You may what to look at this type of training if you’re training hard yet still maintaining weight.

While this study was not on high-intensity aerobic activity, it does demonstrate the benefit of breaking up the exercise routine into small groups instead of a single time period.  This particular study looked at 11 obese individuals (aged 18–35 years) who were pre diabetic and had them performed differently on three different days:

1. Sedentary behavior with no exercise
2. Otherwise sedentary behavior with 1-hour of morning exercise at 60%–65% peak VO2
3. Same sedentary behavior with 12-hourly, 5-min intervals of exercise at the same intensity

Researchers then checked sugar and insulin levels in the bloodstream. Here are the results:

• Glucose levels were actually lower in the interval exercise and sedentary situations.
• Glucose levels were higher in the 1 hour exercise situation than in the sedentary situation for about 2.5 hours.
• Glucose levels were also higher in the 1 hour exercise situation than the interval exercise situation for about 4 hours.
• The production of insulin was 20% higher with the interval exercise when compared to the other two situations.

Though a small study it means that for this group, burst training had the best physiological effect in maintaining optimum blood glucose and insulin levels.  With further commitment to burst exercise we would see the possibility of needing less pharmaceutical intervention for diabetes and weight loss.

Burst training also can be tolerated better by patients with spine and other joint and muscle conditions.  Leading to less chance of exacerbation as a patient transitions from acute Chiropractic care to working to increase their physical capacities.  

We want to thank you for choosing our practice to provide you with your chiropractic needs. Your concrerns are very important to us and we want to assure you that it is our intent to give you the best care possible.

Getting significant shut-eye on a regular basis.


Sleeping is a basic human need, like eating, drinking, and breathing. Like these other needs, sleeping is a vital part of the foundation for good health and well-being throughout your lifetime.

Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you're sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It's forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. Studies show that a good night's sleep improves learning. Whether you're learning math, how to play the piano, how to perfect your golf swing, or how to drive a car, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.


Physical Health

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. 

Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity. For example, one study of teenagers showed that with each hour of sleep lost, the odds of becoming obese went up. Sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity in other age groups as well.

Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don't get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you're well-rested. Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level. Sleep deficiency results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.

Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Deep sleep triggers the body to release the hormone that promotes normal growth in children and teens. This hormone also boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults. Sleep also plays a role in puberty and fertility.

The Risks

Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. This system defends your body against foreign or harmful substances. Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds. For example, if you're sleep deficient, you may have trouble fighting common infections. Sleep deficiency can lead to physical and mental health problems, injuries, loss of productivity, and even a greater risk of death. Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.  Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous outcomes. Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity. Sleep insufficiency may be caused by broad scale societal factors such as round-the-clock access to technology and work schedules, but sleep disorders such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also play an important role. An estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. 

How Much Sleep Is Enough? 

The amount of sleep you need each day will change over the course of your life. Although sleep needs vary from person to person, the chart below shows general recommendations for different age groups.


Recommended Amount of Sleep


16–18 hours a day

Preschool-aged children

11–12 hours a day

School-aged children

At least 10 hours a day


9–10 hours a day

Adults (including the elderly)

7–8 hours a day

If you routinely lose sleep or choose to sleep less than needed, the sleep loss adds up. The total sleep lost is called your sleep debt. For example, if you lose 2 hours of sleep each night, you'll have a sleep debt of 14 hours after a week. Some people nap as a way to deal with sleepiness. Naps may provide a short-term boost in alertness and performance. However, napping doesn't provide all of the other benefits of night-time sleep. Some people sleep more on their days off than on work days. They also may go to bed later and get up later on days off.  Sleeping more on days off might be a sign that you aren't getting enough sleep. Although extra sleep on days off might help you feel better, it can upset your body's sleep–wake rhythm. Bad sleep habits and long-term sleep loss will affect your health. If you're worried about whether you're getting enough sleep, try using a sleep diary for a couple of weeks.  

"Currently, there is no strong evidence that sleeping too much has detrimental health consequences, or even evidence that our bodies will allow us to sleep much beyond what is required," says Kristen L. Knutson, PhD, Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago. "There is laboratory evidence that short sleep durations of 4-5 hours have negative physiological and neurobehavioral consequences. We need similar laboratory and intervention studies to determine whether long sleep durations (if they can be obtained) result in physiological changes that could lead to disease before we make any recommendations against sleep extension."

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Finding a Solution

To pave the way for better sleep, experts recommend that you and your family members follow these sleep tips: 

  • Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on weekends
  • Create a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or listening to soothing music – begin an hour or more before the time you expect to fall asleep
  • Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex (keep "sleep stealers" out of the bedroom – avoid watching TV, using a computer or reading in bed)
  • Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime
  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol products close to bedtime and give up smoking.

If pain is interfering with a good night's sleep!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We can help.

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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • 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
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