Pain, Pain, Go Away: Life Chiropractic Clinic

by Barbara Bolduc

When Yvette Edwards, Doctor of Chiropractic, was living in Jamaica as a child, the value of chiropractic care was literally “brought home” to her. Her mother was suffering from muscle spasms so severe that they made it extremely difficult for her to walk. Nothing seemed to help. The local chiropractor her mother visited explained that her treatment could go no further due to his limited equipment, and recommended that the family move to the states where better equipment was available.

They were given the name of a chiropractor in Florida, and the lives of Edwards and her family changed forever. Eventually, after chiropractic treatments and aided by nutrition counseling, her mother’s condition improved so drastically that she was able to walk again.

When asked how that experience affected her, Edwards replied, “I went with her on one of her visits, and saw the process. I saw her body responding immediately to the treatments. Chiropractic care restored her health.” Edwards interest was peaked, and she spoke with the chiropractor. He recommended a chiropractic school for her in Georgia, which she attended. She then finished her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in South Carolina and is now the owner of Life Chiropractic Clinic, in Greenville.

Edwards explains the process of chiropractic as “removing pressure on the nerves which removes interference, helping the body to heal naturally.” Chiropractic care, once not taken seriously, has been rising in acceptance as a serious treatment as study after study has found it to change patient outcomes. The conclusion of a study in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, undertaken in order to determine the results of chiropractic care—both in time and expense—versus other treatments for back pain, concluded:

“The type of healthcare provider first visited for back pain is a determinant of the duration of financial compensation during the first 5 months. Chiropractic patients experience the shortest duration of compensation, and physiotherapy patients experience the longest.”

At the clinic, in addition to treating back and neck pain, Edwards utilizes chiropractic care in her treatment of a variety of conditions, including headaches, allergies, disc conditions, sciatica and arthritis. She even treats fibromyalgia. For those unfamiliar with the specifics of this condition, WebMD explains:

“Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects about 5 million Americans. Doctors diagnose fibromyalgia based on a patient’s symptoms and physical exam. Patients experience pain and stiffness in the muscles, but there are no measurable findings on X-rays or most lab tests… One of the unique aspects of fibromyalgia is the presence of tender points in specific locations on the body. When these points are pressed, people with fibromyalgia feel pain, while people without the condition only feel pressure… The pain of fibromyalgia can be intense. Because traditionally no lab tests or X-rays could confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, some patients were once led to believe this pain was “all in their heads.” But the medical community now accepts that the pain of fibromyalgia is real. Research suggests it’s caused by a glitch in the way the body perceives pain.”

Although science is only beginning to study the relationship between fibromyalgia and chiropractic, ChiroNexus.com relates a study recently undertaken in Egypt. The study followed 120 people between the ages of 40 and 65 with at least a four-year history of fibromyalgia. All patients received education on the condition, cognitive therapy and an exercise program, but only half received chiropractic. “The individuals who participated in the cervical chiropractic care group showed more improvement and better results than the control group who had no chiropractic intervention,” the article concluded.

Because of the sensitivity of those with fibromyalgia, Edwards notes that “light” chiropractic care must be utilized in order to refrain from aggravating the condition further. Her experience with fibromyalgia patients aids her in this, and she herself has seen quite positive outcomes. “One fibromyalgia patient, in her early 40s, came in using a cane. She did not have injuries and had not been involved in an accident, but the pain was extreme enough to limit her range of movement,” Edwards explained. “I provided light chiropractic care because fibromyalgia patients are very sensitive to touch. Even with only light care, the patient eventually stopped using the cane and now only comes in for maintenance treatments in order to preserve her restored health.”

Life Chiropractic Clinic is located at 1272 Woodruff Rd., Greenville. To reach Dr. Yvette Edwards, call 864-288-2136 or go to Dr.EdwardsChiro.com. To read the articles sourced, see TinyURL.com/ly4syog, TinyURL.com/bvs9n2j and TinyURL.com/qeow3p2. See ad, page xx.

Barbara Bolduc is the Managing Editor and a writer for Natural Awakenings Upstate.