Voted #1 Chiropractor and Massage therapy in Richfield in 2012! Chiropractic in Richfield

Thirty Years of Chiropractic Care

Visit our clinic for effectual spinal adjustments!

About Us

The Importance of Your Health

Dr. Marlow's gentle holistic approach and natural solutions have improved the lives of many people. Our chiropractic services are tailored to the needs of each unique patient.  Our goal is to improve your lifestyle by caring for your health. 

Experienced Knowledge

Southwest Back and Neck Clinic has been providing quality chiropractic health care for more than three decades. With his years of experience, Dr. Marlow is capable of creating a custom pain relief and rehabilitation plan to benefit your health. We understand the importance of educating you on chiropractic care so that you can heal quickly. 


We Care for the Whole You

Our services include a holistic approach based on sound medical knowledge. We provide a customized plan to manage pain while enabling physical rehabilitation. We specialize in healing injuries caused by automobile accidents, sports injuries, and workplace injuries. We can help reverse the effects of injuries caused by repetitive motion, poor posture, and poor lifting habits. At Southwest Back and Neck Clinic, we believe in promoting wellness through both injury prevention and health maintenance. 

Our Services

Chiropractic Care

Dr. Marlow, our experienced on-site chiropractor is knowledgeable in spinal and chiropractic adjustments. The purpose of spinal adjustments is to return the spine to a natural state of health and to reduce pain, muscle spasms, and nerve irritation, so you can enjoy your life pain free. 


Auto Accident Injuries

Dr. Marlow understands the stress and pain patients are in following personal injury accidents. He will analyze, diagnose, and create an individualized treatment plan for whiplash and soft tissue injuries. He will thoroughly explain your treatment and update your insurance agency on your behalf. 


Work Related Injuries

Most work injuries are caused by overuse and repetitive stress injuries. Overtime, small tasks done with poor posture can lead to acute and chronic pain, which can result in reduced worker productivity, lost time from work, disability, and an inability to perform job tasks.  We can help reduce and reverse the effects of injuries caused by repetitive motion,  posture, and lifting habits. 

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Meet our staff


John D. Marlow R.N., D.C.

Dr. John Marlow is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Chiropractic in 1991.

He is also a registered nurse, so is able to draw on his medical knowledge in diagnosing and treating patients.

Dr. Marlow has treated:

  • Sports injuries
  • Back, neck, knee, shoulder and wrist pain
  • Pregnant Women
  • People of all ages: young children to the elderly

Dr. Marlow says:
     Many times a person comes to me with a special complaint-neck or back pain, for example.  Before anyone is treated, I take a thorough medical history.  During this time my most important role is to listen.  My registered nurse's training has honed my listening and observation skills-allowing me to serve my patients better.  What is the patient really saying?  How is she acting?  What's going on with him?
     Then I do a complete examination, and if needed, refer a new patient to get an X-ray, scan, MRI or other tests.
     When I have studied everything I have learned about the patient I then put together an unique and detailed treatment plan to make sure the patient gets the individual care they need to become well and whole again.
     I believe that Chiropractic care is an important part of a persons overall wellness.  Many people have regularly scheduled adjustments on a periodic basis.


Karen Twite

     Karen Twite is a National Board Certified Massage Therapist (NCTMB) and has been on staff at Southwest Back and Neck Clinic since 2000.
     Karen's clients come to her for pain relief or pain release and her techniques are a great compliment to the Chiropractic care our patients receive at the clinic. 


Robin Manos

Robin is our wonderful Receptionist and billing expert.  With her level head and calm demeanor, she keeps everything running smoothly.  She is the person to talk to with your scheduling, billing or insurance needs.  

Our Service Details


Southwest Back and Neck Clinic treats the body, mind, and spirit. We believe in treating each patient with a comprehensive strategy involving physical adjustments, education, nutritional support, and wellness planning. Southwest Back and Neck Clinic has freed many patients from pain and debilitating muscular and spinal problems. Our balance of holistic treatment and sound medical knowledge ensure that you are in good hands.

We are proud to offer the following services:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Nutrition and Exercise Counseling
  • Wellness Planning
  • Physical Therapy

Dr. Marlow specializes in treating:

  • Back Pain
  • Disc Alignment
  • Joint Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Spinal Degeneration
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Whiplash,
  • Sports Injuries,
  • Neck Pain
  • Stiff Neck
  • Car Accident Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Hip pain
  • Pulled hamstrings
  • Radiating Arm and Leg Pain
  • Sprained Ankles
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and Tears
  • Tennis Elbow
  • TMJ (jaw area)
  • Arm and hand numbness
  • and many other conditions

   Karen's services include:  

  • Myofascial massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Manual lymph drainage 
  • Thai yoga massage 
  • Active isolated stretching 
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Tuina
  • Musically resonating table

  Call today to schedule your 30, 60, or 90     minute massage.  You'll be glad you did!   Relax * Release * Restore

Up-coming events

Penn Fest was a huge success!  It was great to see established patients as well as new faces.  Thanks for coming out to see us!

Special of the Month

The leaves are falling.  With all that yard work Dr. Marlow is offering a special $25 dollar initial visit for new patients. 

Offer good through October 2018

Patient Testimonials


At Southwest Back and Neck Clinic, we are grateful for our wonderful patients. Read some of our unsolicited testimonials!

April 7, 2008                                                                                                               Being a professional glass artist, an ability to maintain a high level of physical performance is as essential to my work as it would be to a professional athlete.  I was having issues with both my hip and my knee, and had been previously working with a different local chiropractor renowned for his work with professional athletes.  What that doctor had failed to correct, Dr. John accomplished in a single visit.  I've been without pain or discomfort since that visit, and it is without reservation that I give my highest recommendation of the services of Dr. John. 

- Dan Mather - Goldenflow Studios, Inc.

September 12, 2010 

I've been to many chiropractors, and simply put, Dr. Marlow is the best.  He's the best because he has great technical skills - he knows chiropractic methods inside and out.  But of equal importance - he genuinely cares.  Because of that, he really focuses on doing everything possible to give me the pain relief and wellness I'm looking for.   And he's a great guy, very friendly and easy to work with.   I recommend him highly!                                  

George Calvert

March 26, 2008                                                             

 I have been going to Dr. John for about two years for both maintenance and repairs when golf swing or gardening gets out of control.  He has done an excellent job of keeping me flexible and feeling great.  Always happy to refer a friend or client to him.    

- Gary W. Hofstad

Dr. Marlow says:  I want my patients to feel better after their injury and just as important I want them to achieve and maintain optimal health and wellness for the long term.

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Southwest Back and Neck Clinic

6642 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, Minnesota 55423, United States



Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm

Saturday: By Appointment

Sunday: Closed