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Annular Solar Eclipse 2023

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Free solar eclipse glasses!!!

Stop by and get your free pair.

No appointment is needed!!!

Tell your neighbors, friends, and family to stop by and pick up a pair for themselves.

Limit 2 per person.

On October 14, 2023, beginning at 9 am Utah will witness an annular solar eclipse. Because we wanted everyone to be prepared we are giving away free iso-certified solar eclipse glasses. Please stop by the office during office hours to get yourself a pair. Please note that Dr. Collard will be out of the office on a Grand Canyon Adventure Wednesday October 4th, 5th & 6th and the office will be closed.

In 2017 Nanette told my wife Missy about the upcoming total eclipse. Missy was determined not to miss it. She reserved a camp spot (in a cornfield) in Rexburg Idaho, loaded up our three kids, and went. Since then, Nanette’s family and my family have been looking forward to this upcoming annular eclipse. That year we passed out hundreds of glasses and ran out, so this year we bought more.

“An annular eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth at its farthest point…creating a ring of fire.”

Don’t miss out because this ring of fire eclipse won’t happen here for another 20 years. The map below shows in dark pink the best viewing area with a total annular (circle/ring) eclipse. The lighter peach area shows an 80% partial eclipse. All of Utah will be able to view a spectacular and rare sight.

October 14th beginning at 9:00 am through 12:00 pm

Be sure to check out my favorite links to learn more

The map below shows the 2023 annular solar eclipse and the 2024 total solar eclipse. The 2024 total eclipse will be partly visible in Utah. This map below is a free download and printable from NASA. Follow the link provided below.

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Odyssey Dance Theatre

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If you haven’t seen Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre, don’t wait! This is their last year. Click here to get your tickets. Derryl Yeager, the director and founder of Odyssey Dance, and his wife Cheryl Yeager, together with their family, have filled the need for world-class entertainment right here in Utah providing talented dancers the opportunity to perform and live in this great state since 1994.

I have had the privilege of treating Odyssey Dancers as their official chiropractor since 2007. I have loved the opportunity to serve the dancers by preventing and treating injuries. My wife, Missy, danced at Center Stage where Derryl and Cheryl owned the studio and taught classes. Because of Missy’s love of dance and the opportunities Derryl had created for her and many others, we felt it would be great to give back by providing chiropractic and acupuncture care to the dancers at ODT. What we didn’t expect is to benefit through advertising and in-kind donation tickets throughout the years that have been much appreciated.

2012 Thriller at Kingsbury Hall.

Odyssey Dance has been a part of our family’s holiday traditions for many years. At Christmas time we enjoyed Redux Nut-Cracker or It’s a Wonderful Life. Springtime Shut Up and Dance where we love the Beatles Let it Be performance. But our absolute favorite is Thriller each October. Our oldest daughter had seen Thriller many times before she had the opportunity to perform as a zombie in the junior cast.

2018 Thriller at Tuachan. Our family had an awesome time. We had seen Thriller before but seeing it at Tuachan in the outdoor amphitheatre was a whole new experience with fire and camels!

Thriller 2019 Kingsbury Hall. We took our family to watch our daughter (blindfolded zombie) perform as a zombie. She was so creepy!

Derryl Yeager has had a significant impact on our state. He has blessed many young dancers, including my wife and daughter. He has contributed to the performing arts in Utah in a way that was nonexistent 28 years ago. We are grateful to Derryl & his family, the many staff we never met, Annie, who was our contact and friend, and the many dancers throughout the years that we have had the pleasure of meeting. We wish you good health as you move on to the next chapter.

Much Love,

Dr. Chad L. Collard & Family

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Free Pie Day!!!

All scheduled patients on Thursday, June 30 will receive a free apple pie from Costco’s Bakery. We do this each year to say thank you. We know that you have a choice for your health care and we appreciate that you continue to support our business. We also appreciate your referring your friends and family throughout the years.

We know that it is not possible for everyone to come in on June 30th, however, we do want to express our appreciation to you. We sincerely value our friendships throughout the years and we look forward to seeing you soon. Give us a call to schedule your appointment at 801-569-1141.

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Little Colorado River

At the end of February, I was able to hike down to the LCR (Little Colorado River) and catch a glimpse of the famous blue waters with my hiking friend and fellow doc from Cedar City. After taking one car to Grandview trailhead where we will be exiting, we drove the 93 miles to the Salt Creek Trailhead. We started about 12:30, way behind schedule due to the snow on the roads from the storm that passed through the day before. It was 3 miles to the river and a loss of 3,000 feet. We came across the first of the two “War Twins” that mark the way to the salt mines.

Here is the video of when we reached the LCR and saw the blue turquoise water.

We needed to cross the river and get to the other side but we crossed at the wrong spot and had to bushwhack an hour before we found the right trail. We were behind so we only were able to go 7.5 miles on the first day which meant we had to add 2.5 miles to our day two which was already 12.2 miles.

Day 2: We started off just a few miles from the confluence and hit the confluence of the LCR to the Colorado River (mile 62) around 9:30 in the morning. Since we were behind we weren’t able to stay longer and we didn’t get a good picture of the turquoise water mixing with the green water of the Colorado River.

Photo Credit: @dremmettdc

Photo Credit: @dremmettdc

The Beamer trail starts at the confluence and we followed that along the Colorado River. It is a narrow trail at times that one misstep could plunge you hundreds of feet down to the river. Even though we are hiking along the river there is no access to water due to the cliffs that prevents us from getting to it. After about 9 miles from the confluence, we rested at Tanner Beach. This is also where the Beamer Trail ends and the Escalante route starts. We then go another 3 miles and end for the day at Cardenas Creek where we camp for the night. This brought our total miles for the day to 14 and 22 miles total.

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Day 3: We got up early and started our long day. We climbed up to go around Unkar Creek Rapids (mile 73) and find ourselves up at “Butchart’s Notch” that looks down into the drainage of Escalante Creek. You can see Unkar rapids on the East end and pan around looking down river and see Neville Rapids and Hance Rapids just beyond.

The trail drops back down to the river following the Escalante drainage and then back up to Seventy-Five Mile canyon and drainage. Seventy Five mile canyon slot canyon was a highlight of our day.

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A little further down past Seventy Five mile drainage we come upon Papago Creek. This is where we find out why it is called a route and not a trail. We had to scale a 30-40 foot cliff with our 40 lbs. packs on our backs to go up and over the cliffs that jut out into the river making it impossible to go around. It was a little nerve racking but we were cautious and made it safely where we scrabbled down the other side back to the river. I felt very vulnerable and was extremely glad to finish that section. We ended up at Hance Rapids (mile 77) and sat and ate lunch. This was the same camp spot where we spent the last night the previous year on our 90 mile trip down the Colorado in our pack rafts. We had already traveled 9.5 miles but still had a little over 5 more to go with 1200 fee of elevation gain. At Hance Rapids the Escalante Route ends and we pick up the Tonto East Trail. We finished our day at Hance Creek just as it was getting dark and set up for our last night in the canyon.

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Day 4 This morning at Hance Creek was colder due to the elevation but since my friend Ryan brought a tent, we stayed warm that night. We only had about 5 miles to hike out but we had to gain about 3,600 feet in elevation. We passed an old mine and those early miners had to be as tough as nails. You can still see some old mining equipment and I’m in awe at the weight that had to be carried down by man or some unlucky mule.

At Horseshoe Mesa we picked up the Grandview Trail which will take us out of the canyon. For the last 1.5 miles, we were hiking in snow due to the recent storm that passed through the night before we started. We started at the trailhead at Hopi Salt Trail to the Beamer and then along the Escalante to the Tonto and then up Grandview for a total of 42 miles. The Grand Canyon is an unforgiving and hostile place and that is what draws me to it. Thank you Ryan for the planning and itinerary. I can’t wait for our next adventure.

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Happy Easter

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We thought it would be fun to bring back the Easter Basket this year and give away free products, free services, or money off your next appointment.

Thursday, April 14th all scheduled appointments get to draw from our Easter Basket. Each egg will have something great for you.

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Ice, Ice, Baby!!!

I sound like a broken record but I will keep saying it; ICE any new injury or flare-up. Ice is a natural anti-inflammatory that relieves pain similar to ibuprofen.

When patients put a heating pad on their back pain all weekend, I can guarantee that they will be in the office in pain on Monday. My goal is to educate patients and keep them feeling better, pain-free, and enjoying their weekends. So as Vanilla Ice said in the ’90s; “Ice Ice Baby.”

Follow the icing instructions.

  • Ice for 20 minutes
  • Take off for 1 hour
  • Repeat, as many times as possible

Getting little kids to put ice on a new injury is not easy. But it will help with swelling and pain. Try using the tricks we used with our kids. We had a cute washcloth hand puppet that we used as an icepack cover. We also had a teddy bear that had a shirt so we would slip the icepack under the bear’s shirt and have our little kid, with the bump on their head, lay on the teddy bear. Our kids were always climbing up and falling off something so we just got creative. Friends would laugh because if anyone got hurt at our house our kids would go get an ice pack.

We began making ice pack covers years ago when my nephew needed a scout project. He came up with and made ice pack covers for my office. They were a big hit, especially the University of Utah pattern. As fast as he and grandma were making covers they would sell out. He wasn’t planning on making it a career as a 14-year-old so after a while, we didn’t have any available but patients would still ask. My wife Missy, learned how to sew just to make the ice pack covers. Now we have a steady supply of covers in a variety of fabrics. We sell them at cost just to offer great service and a great product to you.

Our ice packs are the best because they get really cold and they will conform to any body part. I like using them with our covers because it provides the perfect barrier for your skin and they are washable and soft.

Ice Packs $5.00

Covers $5.00

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$10 Costa Vida Gift Card

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Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 all scheduled patients will receive a $10 Costa Vida Gift Card.

We know that you have a choice for your health care and we are glad that you chose us. Thank you for your continued support through and referrals and Google Reviews throughout the year.

Call to schedule your appointment, times fill up fast on patient appreciation days. 801-569-1141.

Chiropractic Adjustment for Toddlers

I love helping little kids feel better, it is very rewarding and they respond very quickly.

-Dr. Chad Collard

Many parents are concerned that the chiropractic adjustment will hurt their baby. Dr. Collard adjusts his technique for each individual, infants and toddlers require a very different approach. Check out this video that helps show one technique for this toddler.

Now are you wondering if your child could benefit from chiropractic care? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did my child have a traumatic birth?
  • Do they have ear infections?
  • When my toddler was an infant did they act colicky?
  • Do they move their head left and right without restricted movement?
  • Do they or have had torticollis?
  • Do they have a misshaped head?
  • Do they crawl with equal extension of left and right arms and legs?

The best time to have your child adjusted is as young as possible. Dr. Collard has special techniques for a new born. Many conditions can be prevented by having proper movement in each joint as well as clear nerve signals to and from the brain. But don’t worry, toddlers respond very quickly to an adjustment and usually only require 1-3 adjustments.

Check out our Infant & Child Care page for more information.


Shoulder pain is hard to get relief and it is painful. Shoulder pain is usually caused by overworking or in this case weight lifting when the joint is not in proper alignment.

Your shoulder has an impressive range of motion not just in and out but around. If it is not in the proper alignment it will create friction and pain to the joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the shoulder. Prevention is a big deal when it comes to a shoulder.

First I make sure that the joint is in proper alignment. I do this by testing the muscles for weakness in each direction. Testing tells me which direction the joint needs to move or where it is locked up. The adjustment in the proper direction puts the joint into the proper placement and creates proper movement.

Then we treat the shoulder with acupuncture. This brings healing to the area and reduces inflammation that causes pain. Acupuncture has proven over and over to be a very effective way to speed up the healing process.

Prevention like they say is always the best medicine. I educate my patients to ensure that when weight lifting they use proper form, this will keep your shoulder healthy. Quick simple tips that I can give you would be lightweight movements to increase stability, avoiding crazy lifts that put your shoulder at risk, and locking in or engaging your shoulders before each rep to offer stability. I’ll link here a website that is accurate and gives great prevention tips for shoulders.

The sooner we can treat the shoulder the better. It will more damage and get you out of pain. Don’t wait to give us a call to schedule 801-569-1141.

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Big “Pops” on YouTube

When I watch chiropractic videos on YouTube I cringe. They are always titled something like “Big Pops” or “Huge Cracks” with straps and towels around the neck and yanking. It’s all pretty dramatic, scary and unnecessary. The goal is to get results and gentle often is best.

Many people I talk to have never been to a chiropractor before. I mostly hear that it is because they are scared. Understandably so if they are watching YouTube. I adjust my patients how I would like to be adjusted, gently.

In my office I have several ways of adjusting, customized to each person. Gentle adjustments with the arthrostim or activator tool are great for the elderly, toddlers, or anyone who is nervous. Providing the same results with a more gentle approach.

As we keep each joint in the body moving freely it will reduce pain and prevent chronic pain in the future. The end goal is to feel better and get out of pain so that you can keep doing the things you love.

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