Dr. Ross Mattox with patient Rowena Jones.
Rowena Jones knew
chiropractic care could
work wonders for her
acute lower back pain, but
her insurance wouldn’t
cover the visits. By the
time she got divorced and
lost insurance altogether,
she had been unemployed
for six years, and her pain
was steadily worsening.
“It got to the point where
it was difficult for me to
do simple tasks like wash
the dishes, walk up and
down the stairs and carry
my groceries,” Jones said.
“My quality of life had
A run-in with a neighbor at a local
grocery store earlier this spring set the
73-year-old Jones on the path to healing.
Upon learning about Jones’ pain, the
neighbor told her about Logan’s Integrated Health Center at Myrtle Hilliard Davis
Comprehensive Health Center (MHDCHC)
and left a card with information on Jones’
car. “I made an appointment right away, and
since then my life has been going upward
bound,” Jones noted.
Jones experienced tremendous
improvement after only a few weeks of
treatment with Ross Mattox, DC (2007), the clinician in charge of Logan’s integrated
health center at MHDCHC. Jones can now
get up and down the stairs and stand up
Slowly, as the pain recedes, she’s
regaining her independence. “Chiropractic
has given me my life back, and I’m now
able to care for myself,” she said. “Before,
I wasn’t able to stand for long. Even
doing dishes, I couldn’t stand at the sink.
I wondered if I was going to be forced to
use a walker, and people were sometimes
stopping me in stores asking me if I needed
home health care.”
The chiropractic adjustments were an
important starting point in reestablishing
Jones’ quality of life, but it was the ripple
effect of positive lifestyle changes that led
to true healing.
Like so many chiropractic success stories,
empowering Rowena to improve her diet
and start moving more were critical to her
progress. “When Rowena first came to us,
things had been going downhill for a while,”
Dr. Mattox said. “There’s not one magic
adjustment we can do to change all of that,
but because she’s been doing the things
we advise her to do outside the treatment room, she’s been getting better.”
Hundreds of underinsured and uninsured
patients experience pain relief at the hands
of Dr. Mattox and his team at MHDCHC.
But it’s not just the patients who benefit; the
clinic is also an invaluable training ground for
the next generation of chiropractors as they
treat pain in an integrated setting alongside
general practitioners, behavioral health care
professionals and other providers.
“We’re not just seeing your typical low back
pain cases,” Dr. Mattox said. “It’s typically a
lot more involved, and students get to realize
that our job as chiropractors goes beyond the
physical. The mind has so much to do with
chronic pain, so a person’s mental attitude is
critical on the path to wellness.”
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