North Shore Chiropractic Treatment & Services

After 10 years practicing in Boston, during which time he and his offices earned multiple Best in Boston awards, Dr. Melander decided to open North Shore Spine and Sport in Newburyport to bring his unique blend of chiropractic, soft tissue injury management, sports injury management, and mobility training to the community he calls home.  Dr. Melander can’t wait to introduce Newburyport and surrounding areas to a style of care hardly seen anywhere else!

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Why North Shore Spine & Sport

Our chiropractic services are ideal for people who are injured, in pain, or seeking an advocate as they navigate a training, performance, or activity goal.

With 10 years of clinical experience running a sports injury and general population practice in Boston, MA, Dr. Melander has a unique skill set consisting of traditional hands-on chiropractic care, high-level manual therapy, and strength/conditioning/mobility expertise.

The goal for every patient treated at North Shore Spine and Sport is to provide guidance and resolve in the shortest period of time necessary.

In many ways, the most rewarding patients and clients that Dr. Melander has worked with are those people who have been made to feel vulnerable, fragile, weak, incapable, scared, confused, or disenfranchised.  Dr. Melander’s chiropractic services are intended to make you feel resilient, adaptable, hopeful, strong, and capable.

At North Shore Spine and Sport we aim for a lofty ideal of patient betterment and patient satisfaction utilizing an approach to care that is guided by evidence, best-practice methodology, and total honesty and transparency.  Please, if you are in pain, injured, or not sure the provider you are seeing has your best interests in mind, give us a shout.  It will be our great pleasure to guide you on your path to a pain-free life.

Chiropractic Services Provided

Serving Newburyport and surrounding North Shore communities, including: Newbury, West Newbury, Rowley, Byfield, Georgetown, Amesbury, Salisbury, Ipswich, Seabrook NH, Hampton NH, Rye NH

Active Release Technique - ART logo
Graston Technique logo
Functional Range Conditioning - FRC logo
functional kinetic treatment rehab - FAKTR

Conditions Treated
Joint Pain * Muscle Pain * Headaches * Sport Injuries

Serving Newburyport and surrounding North Shore communities, including Newbury, West Newbury, Rowley, Byfield, Georgetown, Amesbury, Salisbury, Ipswich, Seabrook NH, Hampton NH, Rye NH

our Chiropractic

Dr. Melander has often described his work as new-school rehab, which is to say, an amalgamation of current best practices regarding pain or injury management, hands-on manual therapy or strength/mobility training, and endless advocacy and support for his patients.

In Dr. Melander’s opinion, the best providers in the field of musculoskeletal injury are able to draw from multiple disciplines to create the most efficient and impactful care strategy for their patients.  If you are injured or hurting and not sure what to do, please reach out, it will be our greatest pleasure to help you. 

Decrease Joint Pain

The most common reason people seek a chiropractor, plain and simple, fast and efficient joint pain relief

Decrease Muscle Pain

Soft tissue therapies greatly reduce muscle aches and pains

Reduce Tension

Various forms of soft tissue therapy and exercise greatly reduce and mitigate these strains

Improve Joint
Range of Motion

A lot of chiropractic work targets joints and helps those joints to work better

Stay Active

Improving pain and injury helps people be more active


Pain and injury often cause doubt and concern, a simple conversation can dramatically improve one’s outlook

Chiropractic FAQs

We've compiled a list of common chiropractic questions to help you get all the answers you are looking for. If you have additional questions if our chiropractic and treatment services in North Shore would be a good fit for you, please contact our team. 

How do I know if I should see a chiropractor?

Chiropractors are trained in the evaluation and management (IE: treatment) of issues affecting the neuromusculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, connective tissue, nerves).  Many people associate chiropractic care with the spine only, but this is an inaccurate reflection of many chiropractors in the 21st century who are experts in treating spinal issues AND extremity issues (arms and legs).  As a general rule of thumb, if you have a painful condition that does not get better given a few days of activity modification you may want to consult a professional like a chiropractor.  Your chiropractor should be able to evaluate your painful condition, offer you some perspective and guidance relative to the painful condition, and help you care for the painful condition if treatment is warranted.  Like any profession though, each chiropractor has different clinical experience and different post-graduate education that may lend their practice toward a focus on sports injuries or pregnancy/neonatal care or neurologic issues or nutritional issues to name just a few.  If you are considering seeing a chiropractor, make sure that their experience and skill set seems like a proper match for your complaint and your ultimate goals.

How do I choose a good chiropractor?

Choosing a good chiropractor does not have to be a complicated process.  To begin with, ask your friends or family if they know someone they trust and can vet for you.  Next, check online as most chiropractors should have fairly informative websites relative to their clinical interests and experience that may help indicate whether they are a good fit for your issue.  If you are still not sure who to see after taking those steps, call your prospective chiropractor’s office as either the staff or the chiropractor will be more than happy to answer any questions and tell you if your issue is something commonly treated in that office.  Many people also like to read online reviews and while some online reviews can be misleading, if the significant majority of a chiropractor’s reviews are super positive then chances are you can trust the expertise of that provider.  Lastly, and arguably the most important step in choosing a good chiropractor, remember that you are in total control of your healthcare decision making.  If you go to an initial or follow-up appointment and you are not absolutely confident in the assessment and plan your chiropractor has rendered, then seek a second opinion.

What is the most effective chiropractic technique?

The most effective chiropractic technique is less about a particular style of hands-on therapy and less about philosophy regarding rehab and exercise, and more about your entire experience as a patient/consumer.  Consider asking yourself a few questions in evaluating “chiropractic technique” such as: Is my chiropractor listening to me and are their actions reflecting that they care about my short and long-term improvement?  Was a clear care plan described to me prior to initiating care and does that care plan make sense?  Do I understand my pain/injury in a way that helps offset any fear, doubt, or confusion about what I’m feeling and what I need to do to get better?  Do I trust my chiropractor?  Does my chiropractor’s approach to care feel “cookie cutter” or is their nuance to their actions that is specific to my needs?  Now with all that said some chiropractors may argue that certain treatment techniques and exercise principles are more appropriate for certain issues, and while there is research driven validity to many of those claims, a lot of other research these days argues that our psychology (IE: how we feel) about our pain/injury has a greater impact on our prognosis than any singular treatment or exercise technique.  The takeaway point is that technique is context-dependent, which is to say that a chiropractor with the best “hands” in the world who also has bad bedside manner and who does not make you feel heard, may not actually be the most helpful provider you could be seeing.

What can a chiropractor fix?

A chiropractor can help you fix a wide variety of painful conditions related to the neuromusculoskeletal system such as headaches, back/neck pain, shoulder/elbow/wrist/hand pains, hip/knee/ankle/foot pains to name just a few.  Injuries of actual orthopedic compromise like fractures are best handled by orthopedists, but chances are if your pain/injury is non-surgical in nature then a chiropractor may be a great option to help you.  The best chiropractors will explain what they can about your pain/injury, offer guidance and likely treatment as efficiently as possible (days to weeks, maybe months in extreme situations), and then remove themselves and let your brain/body do the rest.  A great deal of research these days indicates that in many healthcare interactions providers should try and limit their patient’s dependency on them, opting instead for interventions and language that fosters resiliency and self-efficacy (independence).

What happens at your first chiropractic appointment?

Your first chiropractic appointment should include a detailed discussion of your health history and presenting complaint(s), an examination of your complaint(s), a discussion regarding what is indicated by the examination relative to prognosis and treatment plan, and finally some form of treatment/intervention assuming time permits.  Many painful conditions can be evaluated thoroughly and completely in a matter of minutes and certain treatment interventions could yield immediate relief, while other conditions may require more complex evaluations and more lengthy treatment plans.  Above all, you should leave your first chiropractic appointment feeling confident that your chiropractor is the best option to help you with your problem and you should leave feeling confident that you are on the road to recovery.

Are chiropractors safe? Are adjustments safe?

Absolutely yes, chiropractors are safe, and absolutely yes, adjustments are safe (in the overwhelming majority of circumstances).  Like any healthcare intervention rendered by any discipline of healthcare provider, there are some risks inherent to chiropractic care.  However, if your chiropractor performs a proper examination and can adequately rule out “red flags” relative to your condition, then the likelihood of any significant adverse reaction to care becomes extremely small.  Some people report localized soreness, mild bruising, or even fatigue after adjustments, but most people will just feel good, looser, less pain.  There are incidents of rib fractures in elderly folks with bone density issues and there are times someone may experience worsened pain for a couple days, but these situations are exceedingly rare and can be prevented with proper examination and mindfulness by the chiropractor.  The media has reported on a relationship of strokes with neck adjustments, but the research indicates there is less than a 1:1million likelihood of this circumstance, and it is believed that the majority of post-adjustment strokes occurred to someone who was experiencing a “stroke in evolution” prior to seeking chiropractic care (IE: headache and neck pain that precedes a stroke).  Furthermore, it is likely that the chiropractors (or other healthcare providers) that rendered that neck adjustment did not adequately evaluate their patient for signs of potential neurologic compromise.

How often should you see a chiropractor?

You should see a chiropractor as often as you want or need.  Perhaps the most common criticism of chiropractors is that chiropractors “need to see you for the rest of your life”, and while there are unfortunately examples of chiropractors who advocate for this kind of dependency, the significant majority of chiropractors today want to help you as quickly as possible with no long-term commitments of any kind.  The best chiropractor will see you the minimally necessary number of times to help you overcome your issue and suggest you follow-up if there are any residual issues or new complaints sometime in the future.  Many patients however recognize how good they feel after chiropractic care and therefore wish to see their chiropractor with some kind of recurring frequency (IE: once/month, twice/year, or more).  These examples though should be dictated by the patient based on their assessment of their body’s needs and absolutely not dictated by the chiropractor based on some kind of pseudoscientific reasoning.

Should I see a chiropractor or a physical therapist?

These days the best chiropractor and best physical therapist are virtually indistinguishable due in part to the fact that chiropractors and physical therapists treat almost all of the same conditions, rely on the same bodies of evidence relative to their intervention, and draw from many of the same post-graduate educational programs in refining their approach to care.  It is fair to argue that physical therapists see many more people immediately post-surgery than chiropractors due in part to their inclusion with hospital in-patient programs.  Ultimately as a patient and consumer you should see the chiropractor or physical therapist whose experience, clinical acumen, and skill set most closely aligns with your needs.

Is it better to get a massage or see a chiropractor?

The answer to whether it is better to get a massage or see a chiropractor is dependent on multiple factors.  To begin with, what is your level of comfort, familiarity, and confidence in the provider you are seeing?  Does this provider have experience managing a condition/injury like you are suffering?  Did your massage therapist or chiropractor take the time to listen to your complaints and craft an individualized care plan based strictly on your needs?  All that said, it should be noted that chiropractors are doctors with extensive education in the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and injury, whereas most massage therapists do not possess the same education, experience, and clinical acumen.  It has been argued that seeing massage therapists is a great means of mitigating pain and injury, whereas chiropractors may be best reserved for circumstances of more concerning or persistent pain and injury.

Is seeing a chiropractor worth it?

Absolutely yes, assuming you are suffering from some kind of pain or injury that is concerning you enough to warrant a professional opinion and possible therapeutic intervention.

How much does it cost to go to a chiropractor?  How much does it cost to get aligned by a chiropractor?

The cost of seeing a chiropractor is dependent on many factors including the region where you live, the time spent with you, the services rendered, the participation or non-participation with health insurance, and the number of treatment sessions that may be warranted for your complaint.

Does insurance pay for chiropractor?

In many cases, yes, insurance will help pay for chiropractic care assuming the chiropractor is participating with your health insurer.  If your chiropractor is not participating with health insurance, then it is still possible you have an out-of-network benefit with your insurer and can seek reimbursement that way.

How long does a chiropractic adjustment last?

The application of a chiropractic adjustment can be completed in seconds to minutes depending on the number of body regions being treated.  The length of time an adjustment may be benefit you could be hours to years depending on the nature of your injury, your overall health and fitness, and multiple other individualized factors.

Why do I hurt worse after the chiropractor?  Is it normal to feel worse after the chiropractor?

It is NOT normal to feel worse after seeing your chiropractor.  It is common to experience localized soreness or mild bruising in treated areas, but a worsened pain or condition is unusual and may warrant a discussion with your chiropractor or the seeking of a second opinion.

Who should not see a chiropractor?  When not to see a chiropractor?

You should not see a chiropractor if you are experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms like unexplained chest pain, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, or sudden loss of motor/sensory faculty.  You should also not seek chiropractic care for broken bones or traumatic injury until such time as sufficient bony healing or injury stability has been achieved and treatment/rehab can commence.

Do chiropractors hurt? Do adjustments hurt?

Chiropractors and adjustments do not hurt in the overwhelming majority of circumstances, rather, most people will report that treatment feels good during the application of the treatment and the time following.  However, in cases of significant pain, injury, inflammation, the treatment of affected areas of the body may be uncomfortable.  If that is the case, discuss what you are feeling with your chiropractor as there is likely multiple ways to address your pain or injury that may be more comfortable.

What can you not do after a chiropractic adjustment?

This is likely case/context dependent as different pain and injury warrants different plans, but as a general rule, there is nothing you cannot do after an adjustment.  In the management of pain or injury, you are wise to modify activity that clearly aggravates your condition, otherwise, be as active as possible!

What does a chiropractor do for lower back pain?

For lower back pain, a chiropractor should begin by completing a thorough health history and discussion of your presenting complaint, then perform an examination of your lower back region to determine what is most likely happening and how to most appropriately combat the problem.  Based on the evaluation, your chiropractor will begin a care plan consisting of some or all of the following: chiropractic joint manipulation, hands-on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise instruction, guidance on self-care strategies.

Do chiropractors really help with back pain?

Absolutely yes, chiropractors really help with back pain.  Except in cases of unusual complexity, severity, or persistence, chiropractic care often provides immediate help for back pain.

Can a chiropractor help with a pinched nerve?

Absolutely yes, a chiropractor can help with a pinched nerve.  Many people report having a pinched nerve with pain presentations that are actually not due to a pinched nerve and chiropractors can absolutely help.  In cases of true nerve entrapment, a chiropractor with training in the management of long tract nerve entrapment can help.

What do chiropractors do for neck pain?

For neck pain, a chiropractor should begin by completing a thorough health history and discussion of your presenting complaint, then perform an examination of your neck region to determine what is most likely happening and how to most appropriately combat the problem.  Based on the evaluation, your chiropractor will begin a care plan consisting of some or all of the following: chiropractic joint manipulation, hands-on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise instruction, guidance on self-care strategies.

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