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Hosmer Chiropractic has been dispensing fantastic care in the Pearl for five years. Here’s their story, plus three tips for summer back care.

When Hosmer Chiropractic opened their new offices in the Pearl five summers ago, they decided a celebration was in order. They opened up their big windows and fired up the grill. More than 100 people came flocking, recalls Philip DeVasto, a chiropractor at the practice. “We were surprised the first year—a chiropractic party isn’t that sexy when you put it on Facebook,” he says with a laugh. “But that’s what’s so special about the Pearl, why we’re successful here. It’s a community, and people love to embrace the local businesses.”

Hosmer Chiropractic Health (1030 NW Marshall St, 503-227-2279,, which logs some 250 patients each week, focuses on musculoskeletal conditions—back pain and back injury prevention and recovery, neck pain, and headaches, which often have a muscular component and can be benefited by chiropractic massage. Additionally, they offer recovery and rehabilitation from surgery, and handle more complicated conditions like spinal disc injuries, knee issues, and post-surgery rehabilitation. Last summer, Dr. Krista Brayko, a naturopathic doctor joined the team. The clinic now offers naturopathic primary care and women’s health, as well as injection-based treatments like platelet-rich plasma injections (also known as PRP) and prolotherapy. This summer, Hosmer will celebrate its fifth anniversary with another barbecue. Come on down! –Alison Stein |  Photos courtesy Hosmer Chiropractic

Think Small

Treat small problems quickly. “In the summer, more people are outdoors and more active than in winter,” says DeVasto. “Little aches and pains, like a tight hip, that aren’t that painful will become that way if you try to run 13.1 miles on it.”

Sit Straight

“Right now, how are you sitting or standing? Do you feel aligned, or bent to the left or curled over?” challenges DeVasto. If so, get tall. “Pretend that you have a balloon tied to the center of your head pulling it upward.”


Most people breathe too shallowly, using only their chest, neck, and shoulder muscles, says DeVasto. He suggests sitting up straight, putting one hand on your belly and one on your heart, and taking five deep breaths.