Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic is not just about neck pain, back pain, or headaches. Chiropractic is great for pain relief but that is not the primary focus of it. Chiropractic deals with the restoration of health through a properly functioning nervous system. The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and a vast network of nerves that runs throughout the body. This system controls the function of everything in our body!
Let’s face it, we live in a stressful world! For many of us it’s sitting 8 hours at a desk staring at a screen with less than ideal posture and ergonomics. For others it’s bending, twisting, and lifting heavy objects all day, many times with less than ideal form.We are constantly exposed to things in the workplace that negatively impact our health. A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that sitting for long periods of time is a risk factor for early death of any cause.
Pain sucks! As a 15 year old, I had horrible headaches. The headaches affected everything from my social life to my concentration in school. After taking over the counter medication for a year with no lasting relief, I decided to try this weird thing called “chiropractic.” I was a skeptic and probably wouldn’t have trusted this “doctor” of chiropractic if it weren’t my uncle. Even with all the skepticism and doubt in my mind, after one adjustment to my neck, I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor. It was the first time in over a year that the pressure in my head was gone! Through months of being a chiropractic patient, I fell even more in love with this new profession that I had discovered. The thing that I was most inspired by was the natural way of life chiropractors lived their lives by.
Dr. Mitchell grew up in Boston, MA under the medical model. When he was sick, he was given drugs. When he got hurt, he went straight to the hospital. He grew up in an environment that focused on the removal of symptoms, rather than the discovery of the cause. This led him to pursue a bachelors degree in Medical Biology from the University of New England. The majority of his colleagues went on to become physicians and pharmacists, but not Dr. Mitchell. He found himself questioning almost everything he was learning about medicine. Questions about the body’s innate ability to heal on its own.