Dr. Erika Putnam is a holistic chiropractor and yoga teacher, ERYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP. She often shares her clinical experience about injuries, prevention and healing through yoga teacher training. Subscribe to her newsletter at the bottom of this page to be informed.
Keeping People Active Through Body, Mind & Movement.
Our Chiropractic Services Relieve Back, Joint & Muscle Pain
We keep our patients active and pain free!
Would you like to be our patient?
At The Bend Chiropractic, you’ll never feel like a number. We take the time to get to know you, so we can treat you the way you need to be treated.
The Bends holistic approach includes chiropractic care to correct conditions of the spine and extremities. For those that need physical rehabilitation we offer personal instruction and we specialize in yoga to build strength and flexibility to keep you active for years to come.
We take a whole person approach that includes physician guided treatment, rehabilitation and lifestyle wellness practices and lifestyle coaching to help stabilize the body and mind. We want to keep you biking the Whitefish Trails, hiking in Glacier National Park, or any activity that keeps you physically fit and feeling your best.
Meet Dr. Erika Putnam
Holistic Chiropractic Physician & E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor
Dr. Erika Putnam is a wholistic chiropractic physician and owner of The Bend in Whitefish, Montana. She uses a broad and holistic approach to treat spinal and extremity conditions and other health problems with a variety of chiropractic techniques, rehabilitation, yoga, nutrition, lifestyle and functional medicine. She has over 20 years of experience in the chiropractic field and holds an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor certification.
Dr. Putnam advocates for healing in a pro-active environment that includes physical, emotional and energetic wellbeing. She is a writer, road biker, and outdoor enthusiast.
The Bend has a private yoga studio where Dr. Putnam helps teach yoga studios and instructors how to keep their yoga students safe. She also helps her chiropractic patients recover by engaging them in yoga or exercise instruction to prevent injuries from reoccurring, and to improve overall strength and flexibility.
“Dr. Putnam cares about every facet of my well being from keeping me pain free to overseeing my nutrition, and my overall health. I see her weekly to help keep my back and neck in good health after spending hours at the computer. If you’re feeling any kind of discomfort or pain, I encourage you to see her!”
– Connie, Whitefish
Our Treatment Philosophy
Pain prevention starts before you actually feel any pain.
Pain is often the result of an injury or from the accumulation of age, posture, repetitive motion, or emotional and physical stress. Most people seek chiropractic treatment when they feel pain. For chiropractors, this is a little backward because our goal is to prevent pain. Typically, we like to treat accumulation of minor injuries over the years.
Bending, twisting, squatting, and rolling over requires strength, flexibility and balance.
When your body can move appropriately and you feel physically well, it’s easier to enjoy an active Montana lifestyle. Whether hiking, snowshoeing, golfing, or simply enjoying your favorite patio, health and fitness are important. Small aches and pains can go from annoying to debilitating if left untreated. Chiropractic care is for pain and wellness for those wanting a pain free active lifestyle. Dr. Putnam talks about her own struggle with pain and provides tips on treatment, nutrition and exercise in her blog, which you can read here.
Consider the everyday bends in your life.
Our ability to bend forward, backward and sideways gives us the freedom to enjoy an active lifestyle and naturally impacts our quality of life and livelihood.
Life is better when we can bend.
Out of necessity we bend our spines and joints to do things like tie our shoelaces. Out of excitement we bend to greet our furry friends. For fun we to bend to dip on the dance floor, throwback our head in laughter, and play our favorite sport.
Back Pain and Degeneration.
Over time, injuries and the subtle wear and tear we endure from poor or demanding postures can result in back pain. Repetitive movements and over or underuse accumulate and result in degeneration and arthritis.
At The Bend, Chiropractic & Yoga, in Whitefish our goal is to treat existing injuries and help prevent new injuries so you can enjoy an active lifestyle even if you have old injuries or arthritis.
Why Take Yoga With a Chiropractor?
Whatever your level, from beginner to advanced, we offer yoga for anyone interested in exploring yoga with a Chiropractor! Taking yoga classes with Dr. Putnam will help you:
- Practice safe and pain free yoga
- Understand the best yoga for your body or physical condition
- Learn modifications for yoga so it won’t hurt
Please note that in response to Covid-19, we’re limiting our yoga to private, one-on-one classes or very small groups of up to 6 people. Do you have some friends you’d like to have join you in a safe, clean, Covid conscious environment? Contact us. We’d love to schedule a private or small group yoga class for you.
Ask Us About Insurance
We accept most major insurances. Some insurance benefits include chiropractic care and exercise rehabilitation, including yoga and massage.
We also accept insurance related to auto accidents and workman's compensation.
Please contact us with any questions, or to schedule your chiropractic treatment.
Read Dr. Putnam’s Blog, “Bones & Breath”
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