Cianci Chiropractic Center Success Stories

‘Breaking The Rules’ For Life In Senior Years

Authored by Bruce Hotchkiss

Bruce, who has since passed, was a friend of Dr. Cianci, a patient, a significant chiropractic advocate, and one heck of a journalistic writer.

There’s more to chiropractic care than the traditional adjustment of the spine. It has a broader mission — to establish a path to wellness.

Sue Ella Meadows, 69, began to walk that path about a dozen years ago when she made an appointment with Dr. Christopher Cianci in Easton and, happily, she is still on it.
Dr. Cianci, she says, considers “the. whole person. … He cares about my wellness.”

Meadows, the wife of a retired United Airlines pilot, sought out Dr. Cianci because of nagging lower back pain.

Over-the-counter pain relievers were not doing the trick. His evaluation was extremely thorough, she recalls.

The x-rays (there had been none in a previous chiropractic experience) revealed scoliosis., deterioration of the lower vertebrae, and a fractured coccyx, the result of a childhood injury.

But Dr. Cianci’s was also concerned about Meadows’ stance, her gait.

When she was 33, Meadows related to him, she was playing whiffle ball with her then four-year-old son Jay, He hit the ball over her head. “As I was running backwards to catch it, I stepped in a hole,” she said. “Broke two bones in my left ankle and literally tore away the Achilles tendon … five days in the hospital … months in a cast … it was awful.”

The result: Corrective orthotic inserts for her shoes.

Then Meadows discovered, eight years ago, that the path to wellness may have more bumps.

“I was diagnosed with osteoporosis,” she said. “And Dr. Cianci’s was so very helpful. He thoroughly researched all the possible options for treatment and although neither of us favored medicine, his research indicated that one drug might be the best course. He was right. There has been significant bone increase.”

But her wellness regimen is not confined to the chiropractic office. She regularly engages in a modest weightlifting program and a pilates class.

Her motivations, the driving forces in this determined march to wellness? Three children, three grandchildren, and her garden.

The Meadows’ homestead is the garden display, flowers, and produce. “With four acres, I have to do something with it.” And for it and the kids, she added, “I have got to keep going.”

Mrs. Meadows is a text-book example of what happens when a person, ignoring what the x-rays show, works on being healthy and includes chiropractic care in that regimen, Dr. Cianci said.

She has significant scoliosis — abnormal spinal curvature — and advanced arthritis in her spine.

“I suspect that most physicians, just looking at the x-rays alone, would conclude that she has limited mobility, is in pain most days, probably is on several medications and will, no doubt, need assistance soon to go through her daily activities,” Dr. Cianci continued.

“That, quite simply, is not the case for Sue Ella Meadows. She is more active than patients half her age and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

She ‘breaks the rules’, you might say, on what life has to be after a certain age — a life bound by physical limitations and filled with pain.

“She will tell you, as will I, it simply does not have to end that way,” Dr. Cianci said.

Cianci Chiropractic, located at 8737 Brooks Drive in the Easton Industrial Park can help keep you on a healthy path.
Contact Cianci Chiropractic at 410-820-4070. You can also find Cianci Chiropractic online at www.drcianci.com

How to Avoid Cold Weather Back Pain

Many people cringe as they think about the winter months stretching ahead–this season is long and dark and lonely for many of us. For some, however,...

How to Rest Well for Less Neck Pain

If you’re like most people, at least a few times in your life you’ve woken up with a stiff neck after “sleeping funny”. But did you know that not...

How to Avoid Migraines After the Holiday Season

If you suffer from migraines regularly, you’re likely familiar with the potential migraine triggers that come with the holidays – family dynamics,...

Change Your Sleeping Position to Avoid Shoulder Pain

It’s Monday morning at 7:00 AM and your alarm goes off. Time to get up and get ready for work. You reach over to turn off your alarm and notice a...

Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Sciatica Pain

Sciatica occurs when pain travels down the path of the sciatic nerve, that travels from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down both...

Is Remote Working a Pain in the Neck?

If you worked in an office before the pandemic but have now transitioned to working either partially or fully from home, you’re not alone. According...

Do You Have a “Slipped Disc”?

Slipped discs are one of the most common conditions that lead people to seek the help of a chiropractor. In fact, according to statistics, “slipped...

Orthotic Insoles for Back Pain Relief

You may think orthotic insoles are all about correcting foot pain, but did you know that the orthotics in your shoes can also relieve back pain and...

Do Spinal Subluxations Resolve Without Treatment?

A spinal subluxation is when you have a full or partial dislocation of the joints in your spine that allow for upper body movement. Because your...

Five Benefits of Building Your Core Strength

When you hear people talking about core strength, does it conjure up images of weight lifters with flat stomachs and perfect abs? The reality is...

Get Started With Cianci Chiropractic Center

You work hard and put a lot of stress on your body. Overcome pain, discomfort and limited movement with natural, drug and surgery-free treatment. Get back to living life-active and healthy and able to enjoy the wonders of the Eastern Shore!

Office Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Download PDF of This Case Study