Our Bodies, Ourselves:
Chiropractic Care at
Chiropractic Care at
by Robin Bonner,
Or, we can fight back. We can watch what we eat. We can engage in physical activity wherever we can find it. In short, we can be in tune with our body—give it what it needs, so it serves us long and well. And some people find that chiropractic therapy can help.
For many, chiropractic, used with massage, on a regular basis gives a new lease on life. (Tight muscles pull on the spine, and vertebrae misalign. Chiropractic corrects that, but massage helps prevent it.) Chiropractic therapy does more than treat symptoms. It gets at the root of the problem and lets the body do what it does best: regenerate itself.
Fixing What Ails Us
And, we focus on our chronic aches and pains. Instead of continuing to live with them, though, or just to relieve the symptoms, we want to get to the root of the problem. What’s causing them? What can we do about it? We ignored them for so long. It’s now time to do something. So, we explore alternative therapies: massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, Pilates, yoga. We find we feel better. We’re more flexible. We have less pain. Moreover, because of our new activities, we’re losing weight. We feel strong.
An Inside View
Young estimates 50 to 60 percent of his patients are between the ages of 40 and 60. Chiropractic therapy gives these middle-agers relief from a variety of ailments. "Arthritis in the spine is one area in which we’ve had success," he says. "We’ve also helped with digestive problems: Spinal manipulation frees up the nerves of the digestive system. Many patients find they’re feeling a lot better, when drugs haven’t helped them." Young continues, "Our middle-aged patients frequently comment that they have increased energy, they sleep better, and they have an overall sense of well-being."
According to Dr. Young, chiropractic therapy can help middle-aged patients with:
In his practice, Young sees patients of all ages—from the occasional infant with colic, to the elderly. One 78-year-old patient tells an interesting story. When he was a baby, he was losing weight and no one knew why. After they tried everything else, his parents took a chance on chiropractic care. In the 1930s, however, chiropractic therapy was illegal (because it was impossible to get a license). The care saved the baby’s life but landed the practitioner in jail. The young patient’s father was a lawyer, though, and gained the therapist’s release. And, of course, the patient lived to a ripe old age.
Chiropractic care has come a long way since. It is now a well-respected profession, and its practitioners treat many ailments:
Dr. Young hopes more funding will become available for research into chiropractic benefits. He offers some advice to middle-agers: "Keep your body in tune. Don’t wait for things to go wrong. Some people come to me after ignoring their body for 20 years. There’s just not a lot I can do at that point."
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Dr. Dan Young received his bachelor of science degree in Premedical Studies at Davis and Elkins College and studied chiropractic at Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic. His practice, Ridge Chiropractic, is located in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.
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