The word chiropractic care conjures up different thoughts and feelings for everyone.
But for four people in Washington County, it signifies a way of life.
Doctors Rodney Hard, Josh Reasor, Christopher Mosier and Chad Richards all share a passion for chiropractics, although the ways in which they got there are very different.
Chiropractics, or bone movers, used to be an illegal practice and one that was frowned upon by the medical community. Over the years, it has become a more accepted and recognized practice.
“I think chiropractors are under utilized in the treatment of patients,” said Reasor, although he admitted things have gotten better between the medical field and chiropractic community.
Hard was the first of the four to arrive in Salem. He studied chiropractics at Logan University in Missouri. He graduated in 1981 and found his way to Salem through a friend, who had moved here.
“I fell in love and decided to move here,” he said about the town after visiting his friend.
He opened his chiropractic business shortly after.
However, chiropractics isn’t where his career began. When Hard was in his 20s, he had severe pain in his chest. He thought he had heart problems and medical doctors ran a variety of tests trying to figure out what was causing his pain. No one had answers for him and he ended up trying a chiropractor who was able to help.
At the time, he ran a karate school. Shortly after, he began as a touch for health instructor and realized how much it helped people. That success inspired him to take it further and see what he could do as a chiropractor to really help people. That’s when he made the decision to go to Logan University and earn his degree.
Hard said he enjoys practicing in a small town where everyone knows your name and who you are.
Chad Richards is a Salem native who first experienced the benefits of chiropractic care in high school. He went to Dr. Ted Freidline, who used to practice in Salem, for headache issues and the manipulations helped him.
When Richards went away to college, he tore his ACL his first semester and through that experience developed an interest in physical therapy. So, while he started out studying accounting, he changed direction and transitioned into physical therapy.
While in school, he got a job at Floyd County as an orderly. It was during that job, he developed an interest in helping people and moved to the idea of chiropractic care.
He ended up studying chiropractic at Logan University, the same as Hard, and earning his degree in 2009. He came back and opened a practice shortly after and eventually went into business with Reasor at Reasor Chiropractic Center.
Reasor has a history of chiropractic care in his family, as his dad was also a chiropractor who worked out of Bedford.
In fact, Reasor’s dad treated Mosier’s grandfather at one time.
“It’s interesting how there is lineage in there,” said Reasor.
Reasor came to Salem in 2010 after the death of his uncle, Dr. Darrell Reasor. Chiropractics runs in the Reasor family. His father, his uncle and aunts were and are all chiropractors. It is something he strongly believes in.
Reasor is the only one of the four who didn’t study at Logan and they all like to make jokes about that. Reasor studied at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, which was founded by Daniel David Palmer, the founder of chiropractic.
Mosier came to Salem last spring and has enjoyed his time here so far. He has an undergraduate degree from Hanover College, but didn’t stop there. His wife suffered from migraines and sought answers for her pain, which led them to chiropractic care. He was compelled by her situation to learn to help others through chiropractics.
He opened his practice in April after earning his degree from Logan University.
Despite all the good things that come out of chiropractic care, the doctors all agreed that there is still a lot of misinformation and uneducated thoughts on chiropractics.
Hard said there are a lot of people who are afraid of chiropractors and getting hurt during manipulation treatment.
“But we pay less in malpractice suits than medical doctors do because we don’t hurt people,” he said. “We have a place in the spectrum of healing.”
Reasor agreed listing a variety of things people are more likely to suffer from than damage by a chiropractor, such as being struck by lightning, dying in a plane crash, or side effects of Aspirin.
“We have plenty of training to know when it’s a problem we can’t fix,” he said.
Reasor said the body is a pretty amazing thing and sometimes, chiropractors are surprised by how the body can heal itself.
“Sometimes we don’t realize what we can do,” he said.
Hard agreed. “We adjust the spine and free things up and the body does it’s own thing.”
The doctors talked about times they have improved a patient’s hearing or eyesight with adjustments of the spine.
Mosier said he had a patient who had spent $200,000 on a condition. She came to see him, he took xrays and found some issues in her spine. He adjusted her and was eventually able to correct the condition without medication.
“Chiropractics is a pretty cool thing,” said Reasor. “I am amazed by it all the time!”
The four discussed how chiropractics is like a brotherhood. They realize they cannot be the best at everything in their field and know they have to specialize in certain areas. Reasor and Richards share an office and often refer patients to each other for different ailments.
Hard said it is important to realize when you need to send your patient to another person and know your limits. Chiropractors are good at this.
“We all adjust differently and that really opens things up for our patients,” said Richards.
In May, Hard’s office closed due to the floods. He was looking for somewhere he could still see his patients and approached Reasor, who said he could use his office. Hard was able to adjust his patients on the days Reasor was closed and it worked out for everyone.
Reasor said one afternoon, all four doctors were in his office on the same day when Mosier had come in for a treatment.
“It was pretty cool,” he said. “You don’t see us all together like that very often.”
Hard added, “We trust chiropractors enough that we adjust each other!”
Mosier said while they are all different, each of the doctors are open and sharing when it comes to chiropractics.
“It’s a testimony to our brotherhood and camaraderie,” he said.
Hard is now back in his office at the shopping center on South Main Street. Mosier’s office is located in Dr. Don Martin’s old office on East Market Street and Reasor and Richards are located on Jackson Street at the Reasor Chiropractic Center office.