(The many faces of health care.)
When I first graduated college in 1973 I could not find a job. So I took what I could get, a job at a leather factory. At the factory I packed 12,000 pounds of leather each day into cardboard boxes. After a couple years of doing this I got bad pain in my back, pain like I had never felt before. I got up and down out of a chair like an old man; and I was only 25 years old.
I went to the local hospital and they told me to go to see an orthopedic surgeon. And I did. I was given muscle relaxers and told to lie down for 3 weeks. And I did that too. But I did not get better. I was stiff and sore and felt pain from doing the simplest things, but I went back to work.
As I drove to work I noticed a sign I had driven past every day on my way to the leather factory. It was a sign for a chiropractic office. This time I wrote down the phone number. I made an appointment and I noticed a difference. The chiropractor spent more time with me than the hospital or the orthopedic surgeon and he took an x-ray of my back and found I had a little abnormality in my spine. The chiropractor also did something different that I had never experienced before, he adjusted my back using his hands and I felt better. That was how I learned how good chiropractic care was for back pain.
A few years later I was in a car accident and I got a “whip lash” injury in my neck. It was a surprise how much my neck hurt the day after the accident, and even more 2 days after the accident. That was how I learned that chiropractic care also took care of the neck.
Still later I fell skiing and injured my shoulder (hurt my rotator cuff). Then I learned that there were still other chiropractic techniques that helped with shoulder injuries. Playing softball I sprained my ankle and learned about chiropractic care for the ankle. While chiropractors are best known for treating back pain I learned that they treat many different conditions, and can help with any stiff or sore spot in the body.
When I went to school to become a chiropractor myself I learned about so much more than back pain. We learned about all the muscles, joints and nerves in the body and how they can develop problems that can be helped with hands on care. Nutrition and exercise was also a big part of our education, because without proper nutrition and exercise people may not heal well.
After 34 years in practice I have learned that chiropractic care is a good first idea for anyone with pain or with an interest in staying healthy in a drug free natural manner. It worked for me, and that is how I got started and how I keep going. If you would like to find out if it can work for you, simply give us a call. We will be glad to talk with you and let you know if we think we can help.