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Chi­ro­prac­tors Respond to Cri­sis

On August 29, 2005, Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina came ashore on the US Gulf Coast and left a path of death, dev­as­ta­tion and destruc­tion that is unprece­dented in recent US his­tory. Gov­ern­ment emer­gency ser­vices and many other relief work­ers have begun the long job of res­cue relief and restora­tion. Peo­ple from all over the United States and the world have offered help and have shown over­whelm­ing gen­eros­ity toward those areas and peo­ple affected by the devastation.

In response to this tragedy, many chi­ro­prac­tors have begun set­ting up facil­i­ties to help those who were dis­placed by this event, as well as those who will be involved in the mas­sive after­math and cleanup. This scene is strik­ingly sim­i­lar to post 911 efforts, when the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion responded by set­ting up free clin­ics at the Pen­ta­gon and Ground Zero to offer care to those work­ers who were involved with the mas­sive cleanup.

The pic­ture shown here doc­u­ments the efforts of one newly set up facil­ity at one of the large cen­tres hous­ing dis­placed cit­i­zens out­side of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is only the begin­ning of what will be an ongo­ing and grow­ing chi­ro­prac­tic relief effort at this cen­tre, and many more to come. At this one cen­tre alone, nine Doc­tors of Chi­ro­prac­tic have ini­tially vol­un­teered their time to help those affected by the storm.

Dr. Butch Son­nier, was one of a group of chi­ro­prac­tors who set up mobile chi­ro­prac­tic aid sta­tions in and around New Orleans. He reported, “We loaded up and then trav­eled into the city of New Orleans where we set up shop at sev­eral stag­ing areas for dif­fer­ent law enforce­ment groups that were work­ing the area and adjusted sev­eral hun­dred more. Once we were past the check­points and in the area, it looked like scenes from a Hol­ly­wood dis­as­ter film. By the time we were out of the New Orleans area, we esti­mated that we gave approx­i­mately 1000 adjust­ments to refugees, guards­men and law enforce­ment peo­ple in one and one half days. The docs from Texas, Arkansas, Okla­homa and Louisiana really rep­re­sented our pro­fes­sion with pas­sion, love and devo­tion. In the short 2 days we were there, no one asked for our cre­den­tials, mal­prac­tice papers or gave us a hard time. We were wel­comed with open arms and thanked pro­fusely for our efforts. Out of the 1000 or so adjust­ments given, we esti­mated that approx­i­mately 80% were first time adjust­ments! Once again, thanks for the prayers and well wishes.”

Chiropractic’s great ben­e­fit at these facil­i­ties is to help those who were either dis­placed or who are involved in the mas­sive cleanup. “Those affected by this cri­sis are under extreme phys­i­cal and emo­tional stress,” said Dr. John Maltby, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion, (ICA). “Chi­ro­prac­tic care helps these peo­ple func­tion as best they can under these extreme cir­cum­stances.” He con­tin­ued, “We (the ICA and local chi­ro­prac­tic groups) are work­ing to expand the num­ber and out­reach of these chi­ro­prac­tic aid facil­i­ties through­out the stricken areas.”

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