chiropracticChiropractic is the art and science of adjusting the spine to facilitate the healthy expression of nerve impulses which organize, integrate, and communicate between all body organs,systems, and tissues. This safe, effective, and feels-so-good therapy is the most health restoring and life enhancing approach to health known to man. It works to clear a path from thought to action, from idea to ideal. The confluence of nerve energy descends from the brain, pours into the narrowing spinal cord and radiates through small openings between vertebrae to every cell of the body, bringing life energy to spark function at every organ, gland, muscle, virtually every cell of our living bodies! A chiropractor's skillful hand can enhance these bodily relationships so that nerve flow can remain full and clear without pressure or interference. Chiropractic is known well for treating back pain, but when treating the nervous system, cannot help but be good for so much more: every organ, system, tissue and cell!

chiropracticChiropractic is Safe.
Records form insurance and court cases have constantly shown that chiropractic is the safest portal of entry health care available to the public today. Although no healthcare procedures are 100% safe, chiropractic stands on its record of safety and effectiveness unmatched in healthcare. To learn more about the safety record of chiropractic please visit the website Chiropractic Is Safe at

Chiropractic is the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession.
There are approximately 60,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in active practice in the United States spread from rural areas to inner cities. More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled in chiropractic educational programs accredited by a federally-recognized body (CCE).

Chiropractic services are in high demand.
Tens of millions of Americans routinely opt for chiropractic services and this number is rapidly growing. In 2003, more than 60 million consumers made chiropractic a regular part of their health care program.

Doctors of Chiropractic receive extensive, demanding professional education on par with medical doctors (MDs) and osteopaths (DOs).
To receive the doctor of chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and four years of graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution. Comprehensive knowledge of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures enable the DC to thoroughly evaluate a patient, address disorders relating to the spine and determine the need for referral to another health care provider.

Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers.
According to the Center for Studies in Health Policy, "The DC can provide all three levels of primary care interventions and therefore is a primary care provider, as are MDs and DOs. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The DC's office is a direct access portal of entry to the full scope of service."

Chiropractic is recognized by governmental health care programs.
Chiropractic is included in Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health Care Benefits Programs, Federal Workers' Compensation and all state workers' compensation programs. Chiropractic students are qualified to receive federal student loan assistance and DCs are authorized to be commissioned as health care officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles.
The existence of the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The spine develops in utero to provide two primary functions: (1) allow for freedom of movement and (2) house and protect the spinal cord. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned through trauma or repetitive injury, two major consequences will result: (1) the range of motion becomes limited and (2) spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised. DCs use the term "subluxation" to describe such disruptions. Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life. Conversely, the removal of that interference has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the subluxation, the doctor of chi ropractic endeavors to restore normal nerve expression. The body is then able to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the system, thus relieving symptoms and restoring health.

Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions.
Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organizations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One of the most recent, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that:

"On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain...There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physician to chiropractors."

The doctor of chiropractic is an effective source of preventative and wellness care.
The focus of the chiropractor on the human spine has created the perception of the DC as a "back doctor." Although this perception is not entirely incorrect, it is incomplete. Doctors of chiropractic are a highly appropriate resource in matters of diagnosis, stress management, weight loss and purification, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counseling."

Dr. Downes graduated from the world famous Palmer University in Davenport Iowa and has served as a chiropractor and wellness & prevention advocate for over twenty-five years.

Dr. Downes & Chiropractic
Dr. Downes had suffered daily chronic headache, migraine headache disease, eye problems and reading disorders from a very young age. Allopathic medicine treated the headaches with 'brain scans' and pain medication. Eye problems were treated with patching, exercise and surgery. Her reading disorder went undiagnosed until high school years.

At the age of 16, a chiropractor was visited as a desperate attempt at relief and became a life-altering event. Neck x-rays were taken which revealed what the doctor called "a 65-year old neck". It seemed incredulous as there was no complaint of neck pain at the time. He further inquired when she fell on her head. In fact she had fallen on her head as a baby and physicians never realized this had caused her head pain, muscle imbalance of the eyes as well as tracking problems with the eyes which appeared as reading and learning disability.

Dr. Downes claims that the first adjustment she received felt like a release from prison. Over a course of rehabilitative care she felt young and vivacious, something she had not previously known. Her reading problems faded quickly as nerve function was regained. Previously considered 'learning disabled', she was able to complete a four-year undergraduate degree in just two-and-a-half years with honors.

After receiving a BS in Speech Communication she decided to pursue a career in chiropractic and give others the opportunity to live to their fullest potential. She then completed a Pre-Med program, earned a Bachelor of Human Biology degree, and ultimately graduated from the world-famous Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

The art and science of chiropractic is to diagnose and treat faults to human architecture which are affecting the nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. The nervous system controls and coordinates all organs, systems and tissues of the body. Joint misalignment often disrupts these communicating nerves and can have adverse affects wherever the nerves ramify. The intention of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove nerve interference and allow the body to heal itself. According to Dr. Downes, we are wonderfully made, so chiropractic works, and it works very, very well!

Chiropractic has been a saving grace to countless patients and Dr. Downes practices it with a sense of mission to afford others the healthiest life possible.


Chiropractic History
chiropracticManual manipulation of the spine has been used for centuries. Ancient writings from China and Greece dating between 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. In fact, Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., published a text detailing the importance of manual manipulation. In one of his writings he declares, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases". Evidence of manual manipulation of joints has been documented in ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Syria, Japan, the Incas, Mayans and Native Americans.

The official birth of the chiropractic profession dates back to 1895 when Daniel David Palmer restored the hearing of Harvey Lillard by adjusting his spine with specificity and intention, helping him regain his hearing which had been compromised for years. In 1897, Dr. Palmer instituted the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, which continues to train doctors of chiropractic to this day. In fact, Dr. Downes is a graduate of this world-famous chiropractic institute, the legendary Palmer University in Iowa.

chiropracticThroughout the twentieth century, the profession of chiropractic has gained recognition and scientific validation. Research studies that have clearly demonstrated the value of chiropractic care in reducing health care costs, improving recovery rates and increasing patient satisfaction. In fact, one very large study conducted in Canada, the 1993 Manga Study, concluded that chiropractic care would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually in work disability payments and direct health care costs. Several major studies conducted by the U.S. Government, the Rand Corporation and others, have all demonstrated the incredible value of chiropractic care.



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Headache Relief with Chiropractic Care
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