More Than Just a Chiropractor

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Have you ever met someone through completely random circumstances who ended up changing your life? That’s how I met my chiropractor. I wasn’t even looking for a chiropractor, since 1) I was a nurse who’d always heard chiropractors were charlatans, and 2) I’d had four cervical spine surgeries and thought letting someone manipulate my spine was nothing short of dangerous. But my meeting with Dr. Jeff LaGree was destined to happen.

My husband is a courier. He makes hundreds of stops a week, picking up and delivering various things. I can’t imagine the number of people he interacts with in the course of an average week. But one particular week he went into a chiropractor’s office for a new once-a-week pickup. It was a small office in the middle of a large industrial park – you’d really have to be looking for it to see it at all. There was no receptionist or assistant – just the chiropractor himself, who was in a hard cervical collar. You know, the kind that makes it impossible to move your head at all. After all my surgeries Michael couldn’t help himself – he asked what had happened. It turned out this guy had broken several vertebrae while racing his dirt bike, and was trying to get them to heal without surgery. Michael and I laughed at the absurdity of the idea, but every week I’d get a Dr. Jeff update.

Finally Michael came home and told me Dr. Jeff’s collar was off, he was doing great, and he wasn’t going to need surgery. He sheepishly admitted that he’d told Jeff all about me, and asked if I’d like to see him. I copied my most recent MRI, figuring Michael had played down how much hardware I was actually carrying around, and said, “Show him this, and if he still feels like he can help me make an appointment.”

From the moment I walked in the door I felt comfortable in Jeff’s care. I’ve gotten pretty skittish in the last few years, laying my cards on the table early about what portions of my health care I’m willing to change. I can’t remember Jeff’s exact words, but they were something along the lines of “removing obstructions so your body can work the way it needs to”. He managed to explain what he was planning to do in a way that I, as a nurse, didn’t feel talked down to, yet non-medical Michael understood completely. He was always honest about what I should expect, even when it was bad. He worked around our one-car schedule, and he never once called me Angela. (pet peeve of mine)

To be perfectly, brutally honest I believe that if I’d seen Jeff before my second surgery I’d never have needed my second, third, or fourth surgery (or all the treatments, procedures, therapies, and medications that went along with them). I think I’d still be working, and that my pain would be minimal. But Dr. Jeff isn’t just about fixing what’s broken. He’s a wellness advocate with a passion unmatched in any medical specialty. He selected dietary supplements for me and for Michael that made both of us feel more alert, have more energy, and need less sleep. I’ve met patients he’s helped lose weight, patients who have been in such poor health they’ve been in danger of losing their jobs feel like themselves again, and patients sent home to die improve enough to sit and eat Christmas dinner with their family. I’ve seen skin conditions dermatologists have thrown up their hands in despair at clear up, and even cancer patients end their chemo early. (Yes, I like to chat in the waiting room!)

Since he’s a chiropractor he’s an obvious choice for any neck, back, or joint problems, headaches, TMJ, or sciatica. But he’s also an excellent choice to talk to about your general wellness. With so many patients these days seeing multiple specialists for their COPD, heart disease, and diabetes as well as their internal medicine doctor, who’s just trying hard to pull everything together and chase a moving target wellness often gets lost in the shuffle. Why not talk to someone not just about treating the disease processes you are already battling, but protecting yourself from problems looming in your future?

If you are in the Louisville, Kentucky area you can schedule a visit by calling Lighthouse Chiropractic at (502)899-9540. He’s worth the drive if you need chiropractic services, or if you’re just too far away he may be able to recommend someone in your area who uses similar techniques and equipment. If you are in need of his wellness services he can ship the products you need anywhere in the world and work in conjunction with your primary care physician to get you to optimal health.

*This is not a sponsored post. I have gotten such exceptional care from Dr. Jeff LaGree over the past several months that I felt compelled to share my experience and encourage others to seek his care.

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2 thoughts on “More Than Just a Chiropractor”

  1. I agree Dr. Jeff is a lifesaver and has healing hands. I am an old patient of his and lost touch. Do you know if he is still in practice and where? I looked up lighthouse but the number listed is the same as in your article and is disconnected. Please help me find him!!!

    1. I know he was moving to New York (state) to be closer to his mother, but have no idea if/where he is practicing. My back missed him, too! And I was the one to help him set up all his social media accounts, and he’s obviously not checking them 🙁 He referred me to another chiropractor, but I just can’t entrust my spine to anyone else.

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