Chiropractor marks 25th anniversary
Posted: Monday, February 8, 2010 11:12 am
The Messenger 02.08.10
In August 1980, Dr. Brad House was playing slow-pitch softball in a restaurant league in Atlanta.
His lower back had been hurting for about three weeks and getting progressively worse. One afternoon, he bent over to field a ground ball when his lower back went into a severe spasm.
One of his teammates, a student at Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Ga., told him to meet him at the clinic the next day for examination and treatment. Following a thorough x-ray and spinal examination, he received his first chiropractic adjustment.
House recalls he was extremely impressed with the results and his lower back continued to improve dramatically with each treatment.
And the rest is history.
“The day I was introduced to the chiropractic profession turned out to be one of the most exciting and profound moments of my life,” he said. “In March of 1976 when I left Martin and moved to Atlanta, I had faith that God would lead me to my future profession. After being introduced to the chiropractic profession, I knew that chiropractic was the answer to my prayer. I had found my true calling.”
He enrolled at Life Chiropractic College in the fall of 1980.
“I already had all the pre-requisites required to be accepted, proving to me how God had His hand on my future,” he said.
House graduated from Life Chiropractic College in March 1984 and returned home to Union City to begin his career in a practice that recently marked its 25th anniversary.
In August 1984, with the help of his late parents, George and Juanita House, and his brother-in-law and sister, Art and Phoeba Ross of Union City, he began remodeling the old City Café into what has now been House Chiropractic Center for a quarter of a century.
“My goal had always been to return home to be with my family and close friends as I built my practice,” he said. “I lived in Atlanta for eight years, but still preferred the small town life.”
While preparing the office, House worked under Dr. James Cole and Dr. Don Cole of Memphis from August to December 1984, which afforded him valuable experience in x-ray examination and interpretation, as well as treatment.
He and his family finished the office in Union City in early January 1985 and opened for business Jan. 26, 1985.
House said another important date in his life came May 13, 1985, when a man entered his office for evaluation and treatment of severe lower back pain. He was on crutches and being assisted by his wife and daughter. He was treated for three weeks and made a full recovery.
Little did House know, though, that the patient — Gary Dines — would become his father-in-law in the near future.
House and the former Tammy Dines were married June 4, 1988, and the new Mrs. House began working at the office in July 1988. In December 1988, House’s new mother-in-law, Joann Dines, also became an employee.
“In December of 1988, our practice truly evolved into a family practice with Tammy, my wife, and Joann, my mother-in-law, both on staff,” House said. “I have truly been blessed to have two of the best and most dedicated assistants anyone could ask for. Their commitment to our patients over the past 22 years in the form of kindness, respect and thoughtfulness could never be replaced. I am also very thankful and blessed to have had such faithful and loyal patients over the past 25 years.”
House said over the course of his practice, he has seen many changes in the healthcare arena which are too numerous to list. A few of the highlights would be the involvement of chiropractic with Olympics teams and professional and collegiate sports, as well as the profession’s inclusion in the workers compensation arena eight years ago.
According to House, in January 1985, his patients were treated with the usual chiropractic adjustments and, in some cases, with the utilization of physical therapy modalities which would include ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation. In 1987, he incorporated trigger point therapy (acupressure) into the practice to enhance the spinal adjustments. Patients had responded positively with spinal adjustments and the addition of trigger point therapy — which aids in the reduction of muscle spasms and tautness of ligaments — made the results even better.
In December 1989, another major event in the local practice occurred with the incorporation of the Cox Flexion-Distraction technique, which House said involved the purchase of one of the greatest chiropractic treatment tables he has ever been associated with. He said the technique allows the center to effectively treat disc herniations.
The last major change at the center was in 2007 with the addition of deep tissue massage, a technique which has been very effective when incorporated with chiropractic adjustments and trigger point therapy.
House said he is appreciative to his family for their support over the years. They include the Dr. and Mrs. House’s daughter, Courtney, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Dines, Mr. and Mrs. Ross, Tab and Beth Ross, Kyle and Allison Ross, Kirk and Hope Ross and the late Mr. and Mrs. House, all of Union City.
He also expressed gratitude to fellow chiropractic family members Dr. Bill Horner and his wife, Barbara, for “their never-yielding friendship and support.”
“… We have enjoyed serving our patients over the past 25 years here in Union City and look forward to many more years of service,” House added.
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