SIBLEY—Readjusting to life in the Midwest has been fairly easy for Drs. Cody and Tracey Kruckenberg.
The rural George couple own and operate Fit For Life Chiropractic, which has locations in Sibley and Brandon, SD.
The company’s Sibley site celebrated a year of business in mid-September.
The Brandon location opened in April 2018.
The Kruckenbergs had lived and worked in the Anchorage, AK, area for the previous five years before moving back to the Midwest and taking over Fit For Life Chiropractic.
Cody grew up near George while Tracey is a native of Chanhassen, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities.
They met each other in 2012 while attending the College of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN.
The couple, who have been married for about three years, have a 16-month-old son named Finnley and are expecting twin boys in January.
“We were expecting our first child, so we moved back home,” Cody said. “We started looking at local chiropractic businesses that were basically up for sale.
“The Brandon location seemed to fit the best for us as far as location, area, that type of stuff, and we went ahead and purchased that practice,” he said.
Fit For Life Chiropractic’s downtown Sibley location is situated inside a building that belongs to Neal Kruckenberg, Cody’s father, and next door to Finishing Touch Hair Design, a hair salon that belongs to Cody’s sister, Nicole Klaassen.
Cody and Tracey, who are 31, opened a second site for their company to see whether there was a need for a third chiropractic business in Sibley, the Osceola County seat city of about 2,600.
“It comes and goes in surges,” Cody said. “In this area generally, I seem to get more busy from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Usually, 4 to 6 is my busiest time, when people are getting off work.”
He encouraged people to visit a chiropractor because of the health benefits.
“Spinal manipulation is the big thing, so working on optimizing the nervous system and providing optimal nerve input to help all your organ systems,” Cody said. “Pain relief is always there, but that’s just kind of a really nice byproduct of the treatment.”
As a chiropractor, he works with people to help them stay healthy and prevent them from getting diseases.
“I adjust everything,” Cody said. “Spine — whether that’s neck, upper back, lower back, pelvis, hips. And then extremities — shoulders, elbows, wrists, ankles, knees. Anything and everything that needs to be treated.
“A lot of the kind of misconception with chiropractic is that you’re adjusting the spine for pain,” he said. “Pain and discomfort are one of the very few things that chiropractic is for.
“The big thing is for optimizing health and growth.”
He recommended people see a chiropractor at least once a month.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that spinal degeneration and arthritis start when you’re 25 years old,” Cody said. “Depending on what you do determines how much and how bad it gets.”
He explained maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly are important.
“If you’re seeing somebody like me to keep track and keep your spine in good shape and good alignment, your arthritis is going to be a lot less than somebody who sits in a truck all day, eats nothing but garbage and doesn’t ever come and get their spine checked,” Cody said.
He knows people are encouraged to see a dentist and an eye doctor on a regular basis and he again recommended visiting a chiropractor regularly as well.
“If there’s something that starts to happen to your teeth, it’s pretty noticeable,” Cody said. “A spine — you only get one.
“With your teeth, you knock a tooth out, no big deal; you can get a new tooth put in within a week,” he said. “They’re totally replaceable. With your spine, it’s not.”