Pain and symptoms in general are your body trying to get your attention that something is wrong. I try to get my patients to listen and make changes until a solution is achieved. Although some symptoms are a natural part of aging, a better quality of life may be attained by accommodation and management. Your body is trying to achieve balance, when that is achieved, you will experience a profound feeling of well-being most everyday.

Most headaches are caused by upper cervical (neck) dysfunction. One quick way to see if you have upper neck dysfunction is to turn the head each way and see if it's symmetrical. If not, you need some help. Pain in the back is the same; there may be some structural dysfunction.

If you experience a lot of headaches, the cause may be very simple. We will conduct a full examination to determine if neck dysfunction is to blame. Similarly, if you have had chronic back or neck problems - or a pattern of them coming and going - you need to deal with them because if not addressed, these patterns tend to increase in frequency, intensity and duration as time goes by. There are also things that we may do together to make your recovery more comfortable so you don't have to miss work. Don't let your pain turn into a disability!

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Headaches, neck pain, back pain, leg pain, shoulder and arm pain
  • Lifestyle change counseling, nutritional and supplement advice, weight loss
  • Specializing in the uninsured (and the insured) with lower prices and a free consultation

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • National Board certified
  • Physical therapy certified

Serviced Areas

  • Albany and southwest Georgia

Contact Details

  Person Dr. Cate Donaldson
  City Albany, GA
  Zip Code 31707
  Address 2700 Palmyra Road
  Phone Number (229) 888-7739

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Dr. Cate Donaldson

Graduated cum laude from Life Chiropractic College in 1979, south Georgia native.

Products & Services

Adjustments & Manipulation

Adjustments & Manipulation

Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, are the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.

When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak.


Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms in the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses on to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.

If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process.

Personal Injury

Personal injury is related to bodily harm that comes from being involved in any type of accident or mishap. The difference between personal injury and workers comp is that personal injury takes place outside of work. Chiropractors are professionals at uncovering underlying issues in personal injury accidents. Whether it be a single adjustment or a series of treatment, your chiropractor is one of the best options to get you healing on the right path and back to near perfect.

If you find yourself in a personal injury accident, make sure that you at least get a consultation with a chiropractor as you may have underlying issues that traditional medicine may have missed or took the wait and see approach on. Don't let your injury go unnoticed and cause major issues down the line.

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She is sooo kind actually shows concern for your well being there were times I had to bring my kids and she made it comfortable for them too I love her

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Customer Testimonials

Dr. Cate, Bill, and Shabricka are absolutely the best. I just want to thank them for all they have done for me. I plan on using what Cate has taught me to help myself and for the rest of my life. I can not tell you how much they have helped me. I have to go ice now!

I love the people at this chiropractor. They make you as comfortable as possible. I feel like a brand new person. I will recommend this chiropractic to anyone.

Dr. Cate and her staff are amazing! She's not only a chiropractor but a life coach as well. She's very flexible with time and will make sure you have time in your week for her. She knows tricks that you can't get anywhere else and is the best doctor I've ever had. She's knows exactly what it takes to get you back healthy and out of pain as long as you listen to her. Her adjustments are the best in town and won't leave you in pain like some others. She actually fixes all lower back and neck pain and knows exactly how to get rid of a headache. Her lovely personality is one of a kind. She always has a great attitude and loves all types of people. She doesn't have a mean spirit in her bones!

I like the practice because there is really no pressure, she understands if you cannot make it on certain days and returns call to make sure you are okay. Hence the name "Gentle Chiropractic Wellness" she really is gentle and she makes sure you get well. The office is never untidy in any way, its always clean. She is a true healer, she always answers the questions that you ask and she is very understanding. As far as the practices that is great too, she even offers to come to you if you are truly in pain. I believe she is one of the best chiropractors located in Albany in my opinion. Excellent communications skills and doesn't make you feel "dumb" in any kind of way. Thank you Cate and Bill for being such great healers :-)

I love this lady. She is more than just my Dr. She is also my friend along with her staff. She is very sympathetic to your pain and injuries and your situation. Even some days she will stay late so you can get seen. She works around your schedule the best she can. I highly recommend her to anybody who has neck and back problems.

Dr. Cate Donaldson is great, she not only take awesome care of you as a patient but she love her patients as people.

Dr. Donaldson really cares about her patients. I regularly refer clients to her because I know she will do a good job and do what is right for the patient. She has also treated my girlfriend who was suffering from sciatica. Through her adjustments and treatment, the pain from sciatica was alleviated.

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Chiropractic can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies. Chiropractic does not work like an anti-histamine as a direct, short term relief from allergies. Chiropractic allows your body to be better equipped to fight against allergies. Allergies are a reaction by your immune system to an allergen (substances that normally have no effect on people) resulting in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, rashes, and in severe cases, seizure and anaphylactic shock. These symptoms are caused by the histamines your immune system creates in an attempt to protect your body against the allergen.

Going to the Chiropractor is a new experience for many of us. Maybe we've heard through a friend or have done some research online. It's possible that you are just fed up with living in pain and it's time to do something about it. In either case, your first visit to the chiropractor will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition and goals. As with any doctor's visit, you'll start by finishing some new patient paperwork. Upon meeting with the doctor, you'll discuss your concerns and expectations as well as have the chance to ask any questions you may have.

These simple movements or daily routines can end up hurting you if you're not careful. Posture. Make sure that you keep your chin up and don't slouch. If you know that you are going to be standing for a long period of time, make sure that you wear comfortable shoes. Make sure that you are getting up every 20 minutes to stretch. The type of chair you have is extremely important. It should fit you correctly so that your back touches the chair and your feet are on the floor with knees at a 90 degree angle.

Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to. If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment.

Is chiropractic effective? Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health.

Did you know that chiropractic dates back to the time of Hippocrates? He believed that if the spine was misaligned, it greatly contributed to the health of an individual. The modern day school of chiropractic dates back to 1895, when Dr. Daniel Palmer adjusted a man that had lost his hearing 17 years prior. The story goes that prior to losing his hearing the man had heard something pop in his back. Upon the adjustment of the man's misaligned vertebrae his hearing greatly improved. While the medical community criticized this new technique for healing the body, the people who followed in these footsteps found an amazing new way of dealing with illness and disease.

Being in a car accident is a very difficult situation on a number of levels. Your pain is sometimes secondary to the aftermath of having your car at the mechanic as well as the stress of dealing with your insurance and potentially missing work. While you are in a hurry to get your car fixed and back to normal activities, make sure to see your chiropractor before you make any major decisions. There could be underlying injuries that a minor stiff neck is not allowing you to uncover. A car accident is a major event and the trauma that comes from them could be significant.