How we touch people’s lives with Chiropractic
Kristi De Saro, DC
Sometimes we touch people’s lives with
Chiropractic and the results are glaringly obvious. In our office the
patient that best fits this description is Walt. Walt is a patient that
came into our office with a headache that had been present for the past
three years. The headaches began after he fell off of a roof. The pain
was described as sharp and constant. His response to the question, “What
activities aggravate your condition/pain?” was “life” and his response to
“What activities lessen your condition/pain?” was “death”. His life was
being greatly affected by the constant state of pain he was in.
On exam we found three vertebrae in Walt’s
neck that were out of alignment or subluxated. After his first
adjustment, Walt’s headache went away for the first time in three years.
The headache gradually came back and remised for the second time in three
years after the third adjustment. After a series of adjustments the
headaches became less intense and less frequent until he could go for a
week without having any sign of the headache that once plagued his life
day in and day out. Strictly speaking on a symptom basis, there was no
mistaking the profound difference Chiropractic had in Walt’s life. It is
also not hard to imagine that the relief that he experienced from these
symptoms gave him a much different perspective and new lease on life.
There are also many times when the results
are not necessarily so obvious. Scott came into our office with pain in
his mid-back that went through to his chest. The pain was dull and
intermittent and became worse upon movement. He had lifted up his son
when he first noticed the pain. Scott had subluxated a vertebrae in his
mid-back and because of the relationship these bones have with the ribs,
his rib had also been misaligned. We began adjusting Scott three times a
week to stabilize the area and restore proper nerve function to Scott’s
body. Scott reported through the weeks that he felt improvement. He
stated that the discomfort became less intense and less frequent but he
still felt a tightness that was hanging on. We were getting progress but
it was by no means the glamorous and showy results that patients like
Walt had experienced.
You might say that Chiropractic was not as
effective for Scott. That is, if Chiropractic was about chasing pain and
symptoms. What we hadn’t heard from Scott was what his wife reported to
us when she sought us out at a social event to personally thank us for
the incredible difference that we had made in her husband’s life. She
spoke of how before receiving Chiropractic care he would come home from
work and be too tired or just not feel like playing with his two young
children and how since being under our care he was like a whole new
person. He is now a Dad who comes home and enjoys his family. She thanked
us for giving him and his family a new quality of life. Scott still has
some occasional pain and discomfort in his mid-back. What a wonderful
thing it is that Chiropractic is about so much more.
In my 37 years of practicing Chiropractic there have been
many wonderful stories of how Chiropractic has helped change lives...this
is one such story.
Dr. Bob Tarantino Chiropractor
November 16, 1981
Dear Dr. Tarantino:
I am happy to submit the enclosed report
that you may modify, edit and use in anyway that will be helpful. I shall
always be grateful to you. Your knowledge and skill: your support,
counsel and understanding have indeed given me a “ new lease on life”!
Sincerely, Marguerite R. Doherty.
With the beginning of a new year, and for
the first time in eight years, I am anticipating a new life with renewed
faith in the “ helping professions”. All this due to Dr. Tarantino.
As I write this, I have no pain; this
alone is a drastic change, having progressed and regressed thru the past
eight years with severe back pain, weight loss from 140 lbs to 80 lbs,
nausea, vomiting and three hospital admissions. Numerous lab reports,
x-ray results, tests and a myleogram all revealed the following findings,
“ unable to find cause of severe pain, all tests within normal range”.
How could I possibly reconcile these findings with the severity of my
pain and the way I felt: unable to sleep and eat and unable to continue
employment in my professional field as a Licensed Pharmacist in
Pennsylvania and New York as well as a registered nurse in those same
I felt totally unproductive at this time
and as a self-motivated person found it increasingly difficult to cope
and accept my situation. I refused to believe that with all of the
professional expertise available that there was no one to help me.
I could not accept the air of finality of
the numerous clinicians, specialists and consultants in a large teaching
hospital, i.e. “ We are unable to find the cause of your pain, unless it
is associated with nerve damage due to severe burns in 1945.”
I was always given a prescription for
narcotics at the time of discharge, which offered some relief. In the
meantime I developed and ulcer and a hyperactive thyroid which
complicated the problem. Acupuncture and the TENS machine offered no
At this point I felt that there was no
help. I did not know where or to whom to turn. In severe pain and walking
the floor I thought of suicide. I simply was not able to face a new day
with no relief in sight. I was going “ down hill “ daily.
I decided to visit my sister in New Jersey
who became frightened when she saw me and was insistent that I see Dr.
Tarantino, a Chiropractor, who was treating family members and was highly
recommended. They were certain that I could be helped. My response was “
lukewarm “ since previous experience with the Chiropractic profession had
not been helpful.
I visited Dr. Tarantino and after the
fourth adjustment I experienced the first relief in eight years. After
twelve adjustments I was almost free of pain and reduced my narcotic
medication by 80%. I returned to my home in Pennsylvania where I am
continuing adjustments. I am certain that I will be pain free in time.
My attitude and personality has completely
changed. I can function and am planning to return to work. My life is
truly Worth Living.
The purpose of this narrative is not to
down grade the medical profession but to emphasize the need for
cooperation between all disciplines. The needs of patients are varied and
complex. One discipline may not be able to meet a particular need of the
patient. There certainly is room in this society for a multidiscipline
approach to health care. Theoretically we have stated this and in
selected instances some individuals and groups have attempted
implementations. Initially, there must be recognition and acceptance of
the worth of all disciplines. My experience with Dr. Tarantino has proved
to me that inherent in Chiropractic practice, there is a body of very
special and different knowledge that manifests itself in the skill of the
Marguerite R. Doherty
Kunkletown, PA 18058
Chiropractic IS for LIFE!
name is Frances Matt; I have been under chiropractic care by Dr. Sam for
24 years now. I am 79 years old. Before I got under care by Dr. Sam I was
unable to walk, I was suffering for really bad pain in my leg, this was
all the time. When I started with Dr. Sam he told me how the body is
supposed to be able to heal itself, and I believed what he told me. Hear
I am 24 years later seeing him once a week. I walk 2 miles everyday, my
MD tells me when I go for my yearly, that whatever I'm doing to keep it
up. I feel bad when I go see my friends who are younger then me in
nursing homes. They still don't understand why I still see Dr. Sam, but I
know everything Dr. Sam told me was true because, and this is not nice to
say, but I'm not in a nursing home and I can walk 2 miles a day. Thank
you, Dr. Sam, for being my friend for all these years and for you and
chiropractic keeping me walking.