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September 2013
Palmer Chiropractic Clinics
The Top Five Reasons to See a Chiropractor

By Julie Johnson, DC, Palmer Chiropractic Clinics

     As a resident of the Quad Cities area, chances are you’ve heard something about chiropractic. After all, Davenport, Iowa, is where D.D. Palmer discovered chiropractic and founded what is now Palmer College of Chiropractic back in 1897. Not only is the Quad Cities home to chiropractic’s founding college, it’s also home to hundreds of chiropractors taking care of thousands of patients.
     Most people associate chiropractors with providing relief from back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Science has proven that chiropractic care is exceptionally beneficial in the treatment of pain, especially low back pain, one of the most common health problems in the United States. Roughly 8 out of 10 Americans will experience some type of back pain during their lifetime. Chiropractic care offers a non-surgical, minimally invasive approach to reducing or eliminating such pain.
     Regular chiropractic care also offers patients a way to manage health and wellness in general, attain peak physical and mental performance, and ultimately live the best quality of life possible. Here are the top five reasons chiropractic should be part of your family’s health-management plan.

1. Chiropractic Works
     Chiropractic is natural health care that focuses on the relationship between the spine, which houses the spinal cord, and the nervous system, and how this relationship impacts your overall health. Chiropractic is the largest health care field after medicine and dentistry, and years of rigorous scientific research has demonstrated chiropractic’s effectiveness for a number of conditions, especially back and neck pain. Additionally, chiropractors focus on overall well-being and often counsel their patients on improving their health through better nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle habits.
     Best practices in today’s health care delivery focus on an evidence-based approach to treatment, and at Palmer College of Chiropractic, we are committed to teaching our students evidence-based clinical practices. The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is the foremost chiropractic research facility in the world, conducting research that improves the understanding and practice of chiropractic, thus enhancing the health of chiropractic patients worldwide.

2. Chiropractors are Highly Educated Health Professionals
     In order to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, chiropractors complete nearly 5,000 hours of clinical and classroom education during a five academic year program typically completed in just over three years. They also must pass four national board examinations as well as specific state requirements for licensure. Additionally, chiropractors complete annual continuing education requirements to maintain licensure and are recognized as the primary care professionals for spinal health and well-being.
     Chiropractors are well trained in diagnosis, and make referrals to colleagues within another health care discipline when it is in the best interest of the patient. They also receive referrals from other health care practitioners. In fact, chiropractors often work collaboratively with other health care professionals in order to provide the best possible care to patients.

3. Chiropractors Are the Primary Care Professionals for Spinal Health and Well-being
     Chiropractors are trained to assess the structure and function of every joint in the body, although the main emphasis is on the integrity of the spinal column. Treatment is based on a working partnership between chiropractor and patient that takes into account varied lifestyle factors, other health care needs or issues, and an overall functional assessment of the body.
     If you saw the recent “Bodies Revealed” exhibit at the Putnam Museum, then you had an opportunity to get an intimate view of the nervous system. The exhibit showed the spinal nerves that exit the spinal cord on both sides at every level. Every single thing you do is controlled by this system, without exception. Chiropractors are the primary care professionals for spinal health and well-being. After beginning chiropractic care, many patients find that their overall health is improved more than they thought possible, so they choose to continue it for life.

4. Chiropractic is Safe
     Just as with all health care, there are some risks with chiropractic care. It’s one of the reasons why chiropractors are required to undergo such rigorous training. Extensive preparation and careful examination are used to determine what risk factors may be present. Overall, chiropractic is much safer than less conservative approaches to health care, especially those using medications or surgery.

5. The Team of Experts at the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics is Here to Serve You
     The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics are home to a world-renowned team of chiropractic experts providing the highest level of care to their patients. B.J. Palmer opened the Palmer Clinics in the early 1900s, and patients have come from around the world for state-of-the-art chiropractic care ever since.
     Today’s Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, located in Davenport and Moline, are housed in modern facilities staffed with chiropractors who have attained postgraduate specialties in such areas as pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology, radiology, and rehabilitation. They provide care at reasonable and customary fees and most insurers cover chiropractic care.

     The Davenport and Moline clinics are offering $20 back-to-school and sports physicals through Sept. 30. Additionally, Palmer’s Davenport Clinic is hosting an Open House on Oct. 9 in celebration of October as National Chiropractic Health Month. Now is a great time to find out why so many of your friends and neighbors live healthier lives with regular chiropractic care from the Palmer Clinics.

     To make an appointment at the Palmer Clinics, call 563-884-5801 (Davenport Clinic) or 309-764-4901 (Moline Clinic) or go to www.palmerclinics.com/qc to request an appointment online.


Did you know?

  • In Palmer’s well-equipped Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department in the Davenport Clinic, three doctors of chiropractic specializing in chiropractic rehabilitation provide expert care to athletes at all levels. They help athletes perform optimally, prevent injuries or recover faster from injuries to get back to playing the sports they love. Additionally, these doctors—using a variety of chiropractic rehabilitation techniques and therapeutic modalities—assist patients dealing with knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and foot conditions, including arthritis and plantar fasciitis.
  • The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics have two Community Outreach Clinics, one at 307 W. 6th St. in Davenport, and one at 2200 5th Ave. in Moline. Palmer faculty clinicians and student interns also provide care at The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities’ Adult Rehabilitation facility at 4001 N. Brady St. in Davenport. At these facilities, Palmer’s team of experts provides free care to area residents who meet low-income guidelines.
  • At its two regular outpatient clinics in Davenport and Moline, Palmer provides complimentary care and diagnostic imaging services to active-duty military personnel and their families, as well as to disabled veterans.
  • Athletes performing at events around the Quad Cities are used to seeing Palmer’s Sports Council, made up of students and faculty clinicians, providing chiropractic care at Cornbelt Running Club races, the Bix 7 Road Race, the Quad Cities Marathon and the Celtic Highland Games—just to name a few. Many area athletes look forward to receiving chiropractic care to help their performance at these events.
  • The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics support a number of health-related community events and organizations through major sponsorships each year, including the Bix 7 Road Race, the Quad Cities Marathon, the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball team, the Quad City Raiders minor league football team, the KWQC-TV Women’s Health and Lifestyle Fair, and many others.


Davenport Clinic Hours
1002 Perry St.

Monday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
   and 3-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-Noon

Moline Clinic Hours 
2001 52nd Ave.

Monday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and
   3:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
   and 3:30-6 p.m.


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