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

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