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Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy

The uniqueness of Chiropractic is rooted in the manipulation also known as the adjustment. Extensive training combined with years of experience makes Dr. Nelson an expert in this type of treatment. With the ability to administer multiple techniques, from hands on manually applied adjustments, to instrument-aided, minimal force adjustments, Dr. Nelson can apply the most efficient treatment to each individual spine.


Therapy Modalities

Dr. Nelson uses various therapies to aid and improve your outcome. Treatments like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, and specific muscle/joint movements, stretches and exercises accelerrate the healing process, enhance the adjustment, and speed the elimination of your pain.


Massage Therapy

Working with back pain is not all skeletal. Muscles are also a common source of the pain you feel. Spasms, trigger points, strains, all need to be addressed to achieve the fastest and most complete resolution of your pain. Dr. Nelson has picked only the best educated and most experienced massage therapists to help in your care. Like chiropractic, different techniques in massage allow the therapist to address the specific and unique symptoms you are suffering, and efficiently return your body to a normal, pain-free state.


Many patients seek a holistic approach to their health. For those that prefer to use nutrition as treatment, Dr. Nelson has sound advice for how to proceed.  Supplements only available at doctors offices can be accessed. Take the guesswork out of which brand you buy.




  • Insurance is accepted and billed for you. Dr. Nelson is on many PPO & HMO doctor lists.

  • For those without insurance, our fees are modest.

  • It is our pledge, to get you out of pain in the quickest, least expensive way possible.

  • Personal injury (auto accidents, slip and fall, etc.) will be billed to either the insurance involved or the attorney you have chosen.

  • Work injuries are billed either to the insurance for your job, or your employer.

What is low force adjusting?

We treat some patients with low force adjustments, a painless chiropractic technique.


Low force chiropractic technique is a gentle approach to chiropractic care. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960s, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns. 


Incorporating the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examination, this unique system of administering spinal adjustments using research-based analysis and a mechanical adjusting Instrument can help restore spinal balance safely and comfortably.


Because of its effectiveness and gentle nature, the low force technique has grown to become one of the worlds most widely-used and popular chiropractic techniques.






“Dr. Nelson is top notch. He is honest and he is great at finding the cause of any pain. He has helped me and my family for years. We choose him first before seeing our Primary Care doc every time.”


The Williams Family

My work relocated to San Juan Capistrano so I was looking for a Good Local Chiro in SJC that I can visit during my Lunch Break.  I noticed their sign as I drive by Rancho Viejo Rd all the time for lunch so I decided to give them a try.  I called and the doctor (Michael K. Nelson, DC) actually is the one who answered.  I explained I was looking for a new chiro close to work and asked if he did "low-force" adjustments where they use the "activator" gun looking like tool as opposed to the traditional chiro adjustments.  (It is VERY hard to find a Chiro that is familiar or even knows about this method.) I was pleased to find out that he knew right away what I was talking about and that he does offer both types of treatments.  I made an appt right away and was in and out and I feel much better. I highly recommend this place.


Mr. Blue, Orange, CA



I can't say enough about Dr. Nelson.  I do have to drive awhile to see him but he is worth it.  Never minimizes your problems and gets them fixed. I feel so much better!

Vanessa C., Palm Springs

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Nelson of Ortega Chiropractic for the last 10 years. I had suffered from sciatica and lower back pain since giving birth. With Dr. Nelson's knowledge, expertise and patience I am feeling so much better and only coming into the office for an occasional "tune up". With the flexible office hours I can drop in with my children for an adjustment. It works very well with all of our busy schedules. Dr. Nelson relaxed nature helps to ease any anxiety. My children look forward to getting an adjustment and conversing with him. Dr. Nelson has been key to keeping and promoting our family in good backhealth.


Brenda Cooper, San Juan Capistrano



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