Whiplash, strained muscles, back pain—these are the only real reasons to go to the chiropractor, right? That’s what I thought before talking with Dr. Matt Johnson at Johnson Chiropractic. As it turns out, I couldn’t be more wrong.
“The chiropractic industry isn’t just about pain. It is about whole-body wellness,” Dr. Johnson explained to me. “The brain controls everything that happens in our bodies with neurostimulants. The nervous system and spine are crucial elements to your overall health, because when they are not properly aligned, your brain can’t get a clear message across to the rest of your body—it gets all jumbled.”
A chiropractic adjustment can help with anything: skin problems, asthma, allergies, digestive systems, blood circulation, ear infections, and colicky babies. Because chiropractic care works as a detox, it can help with the common flu and cold. Some studies even show that learning disabilities and hyperactivity in children are linked to the nervous system, and can therefore be helped when the spine is properly aligned.
Because he is passionate about helping people heal naturally through the chiropractic industry, Dr. Johnson has owned his practice in Warsaw, Indiana for 18 years—a boyhood dream of his.
“As a kid in the third or fourth grade, I had a friend named Guy whose dad was a chiropractor. During one break I wasn’t feeling great, so his dad adjusted me, and miraculously I felt better—I thought it was so cool. Growing up, Guy and his brother were always really good athletes. I always thought they were so athletic and healthy because their dad was a chiropractor. Guy’s mom, a massage therapist, would massage his legs before he ran, and he was super fast. At a young age, I was inspired by how his dad helped others, and I wanted to be like that. But then I got into golf and wanted to be a pro golfer, and I kind of lost that dream. I got a full-ride to college on a golf scholarship, and would always utilize chiropractic because golf was kind of stressful. Eventually, I realized I wasn’t going to make it as a pro golfer. At that point I was great friends with the chiropractor and started moving toward that industry.”
After eight years of school and a short internship in Plymouth, Indiana, Dr. Johnson and his wife came back to their roots in Warsaw, where he purchased and remodeled an old funeral home, turning it into the successful practice it is today.
“I love helping people naturally, without drugs and surgery. We try to get the body working better through the nervous system, improving the three major stresses on our bodies—chemical, emotional, and physical, all of which affect our physical health. It is tough in our society because we have been programmed to think a certain way about health, and it is hard to re-think. A ton of research states what we do. It is just getting the public to understand. I saw a woman the other day—I had worked on her baby when he had colic, and he is 14 now. She was like, ‘You are a miracle worker! You said he was going to poop and then be fine. He did, and he was!’ So, it is fun to see that.”
Dr. Johnson’s practice has a total of three employees and is open 26 hours every week so he can keep time with his family a priority. Every Wednesday, a massage therapist comes in—something Dr. Johnson hopes to eventually offer full-time.
If you sit at a desk all day, a massage probably sounds awesome—and you should definitely go get one. But Dr. Johnson says there are a few other ways you can help your wellbeing. “We weren’t designed to sit all day. One study done on polar bears showed that when they get trapped in small, closed environments they lose hair, get stressed, and gain weight because they weren’t made to be put in a small, caged environment—and neither were people. But we put them in cubicles, they gain weight, get stressed out, and don’t exercise. That is why standing desks are great. Get up and move around, stay active, and get a really good desk chair. Get your computer at the right height and make an effort to have good posture.”
But, as I learned, you shouldn’t wait until you are in intense pain to go see a chiropractor. I plan to get adjusted for my overall health and wellness—and maybe you should, too!
One final thought from Dr. Johnson: “Drugs aren’t the answer; they just tend to mask things. If we can even help you one percent, you are still better off.”
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