Chiropractor marks 20 years in county

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Ocean View Chiropractic in Seaville originated in a 500-square-foot home office. It is now based in a 1,600-square-foot space on Route 50. Chiropractor Dr. James O’Rourke said there is more demand than ever for the service, as contemporary lifestyles and the industrialization of the workplace take a toll on the human body.

O’Rourke said that most body misalignment occurs “not because of what you’re doing, but what you’re not doing – stretching.”

Neck and back pain also can be caused by bad posture, lack of exercise, stress, tension, inadequate sleep and even a poor diet. Workers who spend long hours hunched over a keyboard are at risk, as are kids who spend too much time glued to the TV, computer or video games, he said.

While he treats many sports injuries, O’Rourke said, a majority of his clients are teachers and nurses, who work in high-stress professions and spend most of the day on their feet. He performs manual adjustments and also utilizes a computer-guided system called the ProAdjuster that pinpoints and treats affected nerves in the spine.

O’Rourke also performs myofascial release, which eliminates pain and restores motion by applying pressure to the connective tissues of the body.

“The one thing that keeps people away from a chiropractor is the cracking,” O’Rourke said. “That’s the biggest fear.” In fact, he said, the sound that sometimes occurs during a spinal adjustment is not the joints cracking, but the release of air bubbles in the fluid that surrounds them. O’Rourke understands the fear, because he felt it when he first went to a chiropractor.

“It was a little scary at first,” he said. “I was laughing and crying at the same time because I felt better.”

 


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