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Core Chiropractic and Dr. Scott Stachelek: Helping Area Residents Achieve Optimum Health

By Tracy Shevlin | Photos by Rob Jinks

Dr. Scott Stachelek is affectionately known to his patients as “Dr. Scott.” He is a U.S. Marine and Connecticut transplant, who has been practicing chiropractic care in the Montclair area for almost 20 years. His practice, Core Chiropractic, is family-focused and now caring for multiple generations of patients.

Stachelek became interested in chiropractic care while on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. When accumulated physical stresses turned a bike ride into a major health event with overwhelming back spasms, he knew that he needed medical attention. However, despite making multiple doctor’s visits and taking numerous medications, his condition did not improve. It was by chance that a neighbor introduced him to a chiropractor, and after his first session, he began to heal. Several years later, upon returning to civilian life, Stachelek decided to go back to school and become a doctor of chiropractic medicine.

Prince William Living spoke to Stachelek to learn more about chiropractic treatment and what’s next for his practice.

About Chiropractic Care
The American Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic as the “healthcare profession that focuses on the disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health.” However, Stachelek and many other providers choose to simplify this definition by echoing the words of chiropractic founder B.J. Palmer: “Chiropractic is the study of health and that which causes a man to live.” Stachelek believes Palmer’s words describe the difference between surviving
and thriving.

Doctors of chiropractic must attend four years of post-baccalaureate education and pass board certifications at the national level. Licenses are managed at the state level, and in Virginia, they are issued by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Like other medical professionals, doctors of chiropractic also complete continuing education as part of their licensing requirements.

The goal of chiropractic care is to remove interference to the body’s natural innate, self-healing and self-regulating abilities without medications or surgery. Some minor discomforts are not uncommon as the body begins to realign, heal, and rid itself of toxins, but according to research studies (See “Chiropractic:
In Depth” on NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website), the occurrence of serious injury has been “low or very low.”

Good for What Ails You
Many people seek out chiropractic care for lower back problems, headaches or neck pain, but it is effective for a variety of health conditions. Stachelek explained that the causes of many musculoskeletal- and nervous-system disorders is stress. “We categorize stress as the three Ts: traumas, toxins and thoughts. These stresses accumulate, literally from conception, and [creep] into our daily lives. Simply put, stress overwhelms our ability to adapt and causes interference in our natural healing abilities and
health potential.”

The effects of emotional and chemical stresses, while harder to recognize, can also cause a multitude of physical symptoms. Among these are muscle pain and headaches, gastrointestinal problems, chronic fatigue and anxiety and depression. Chiropractic care can help relieve the physical manifestations
that are caused by stress and even those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a veteran, Stachelek is especially proactive in caring for service members.

Studies have shown that chiropractic treatment has had positive effects in PTSD patients. Stachelek explained, “PTSD patients are often stuck in a fight-or-flight brain pattern known as hyperarousal or acute-stress response. A brain can’t be both relaxed and in a hyperaroused state. When the fight-or-flight state is dominant, our nervous system reacts as if we are living that stressful moment in the present and, consequently, rest, relaxation, digestion, healing and even the immune system becomes suppressed. Chiropractic care calms the body down and allows the brain to transition out of hyperarousal.” He also noted that he has had very positive results when providing care to those with PTSD.

An Impact on the Community’s Health
Stachelek is a firm believer in the study of health and that which causes a man to live, and feels that natural treatments should be the first sought-after option. With that mindset, he has devoted his practice to helping local families live to their full potential. He finds it extremely rewarding having a direct impact on the community’s health and getting to know his patients on a personal level. Core Chiropractic provides this brand of health philosophy to adults as well as pregnant moms, children and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) kids.

This is an important topic for many parents. According to the CDC, one in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an ASD. Stachelek said he often speaks to groups of moms of spectrum kids and explains the science of fight-or-flight dominance and the support chiropractic care can provide for these kids. “Moms know their children better than anyone and are actively involved in their children’s health and developmental issues. They have seen the results firsthand,” Stachelek explained. aKids who were once in special programs have been mainstreamed after having a continuum of care in conjunction with
occupational, speech and Applied Behavior Analysis (APA) therapy. He believes this occurs because of the effect of chiropractic care on the central nervous system. Similar to the effects of treatment on PTSD patients, treatments help the body self-regulate, heal and rest.

Changes Ahead: Core Chiropractic Becoming True North Chiropractic
Core Chiropractic will be re-modeling and re-opening under the name of True North Chiropractic. Stachelek said this decision was made to put his values upfront. “True North represents my convictions, who I am as a person and a health care provider. True North is unchanging. Our convictions are  unchanging and the principles that cause humans to live to their potential are unchanging. We will be as steady in our convictions and in our pursuit of optimum human potential as True North is constant
in direction,” Stachelek said.

“The remodel will give patients with an entirely new, fresh, energetic and hope-filled experience. We are very excited about this change. The True North concept will be in full swing by the end of the summer,” he added.

For additional information on Core Chiropractic services, contact Dr. Scott Stachelek via email at [email protected] or 703-580-8388. Visit them on Facebook at or on their website at

Tracy Shevlin ([email protected]) is a native Virginian and long-time Manassas area resident. She is a graduate of George Mason University where she is also an office manager. Follow her on Twitter @nvalady1.


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