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Dr. Casey Gauthier

“My Dad gave me the advice that changed my life forever – go and see my chiropractor”

Northboro Chiropractor, Dr. Casey Gauthier

Dr. Casey Gauthier

My chiropractic story began in 2002. I was a sophomore playing on the hockey team at the University of Rhode Island. During a game against the Naval Academy, I found myself lying on the ice in the corner wondering if I was going to be able to move. I had been checked from behind and fell head first into the boards. Fortunately, the crunch I heard and felt in my neck was not broken bones but actually a herniating disc. Not knowing what I know now, I ignored my body’s signals and continued to play. Over the next few weeks, the symptoms subsided. However, my neck was never the same.

After this injury, I felt as if my neck was fragile. One wrong move, a flinch, a bend or a twist left me in complete spasm. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I was working on a lobster boat in Point Judith, Rhode Island during the summer of 2003. The repetitive motion of stacking trap after trap left me in a serious condition, so much so that I went to see the athletic training staff at school. The only option I was given was cortisone injections followed by surgery. I was not comfortable with these options and continued to struggle through the pain. Eventually I just couldn’t take it anymore. So at nineteen years old and living away from home, I made a desperate phone call to my father. For the first time in my life I felt truly helpless. I had no idea what direction to head in. Something inside me knew that injections and surgery were not a logical solution to my issues but I was not aware of any other solutions. This is when my Dad gave me the advice that changed my life forever. He told me to go see his chiropractor, and thankfully, I listened.

I immediately called the Northboro Chiropractic Center and made an appointment. The one thing that sticks in my mind the most about the whole experience of becoming a chiropractic patient is during the orientation process, when Chiropractic was being explained to me, I remember thinking to myself how amazing it was that there were actually people out there that thought the same way that I did. Who recognized that with the right guidance, the body could reveal it’s amazing healing properties. That natural health care such as chiropractic was not only safe but powerfully effective, far superior to the drugs and surgery of conventional medicine in most cases. Hearing this information was all I needed to jump feet first into the chiropractic lifestyle.

Over the next year I witnessed amazing things happen within my body. It is amazing to me that even at nineteen years old how skewed my perception of feeling normal had become. My initial goals were quickly satisfied and the neck pain I had been experiencing subsided; however, beyond that, I began to gain strength and a feeling of stability in my neck. It no longer felt fragile. As amazing as this success was, over the course of the next five years, while receiving chiropractic care, I also began to see changes elsewhere within my body. I began to see improvement in every aspect of my life. I began to sleep better. I began to feel more energetic, lost weight and truly began experiencing life on a much more fulfilling level. Being an avid outdoorsman and having an intense love of fishing, especially saltwater sport fishing, I began to gain a much deeper sense of enjoyment from these activities. I also found myself becoming fascinated with these changes. I found myself talking with people about chiropractic. I found myself becoming passionate about being a chiropractic patient. Dr. Karen picked up on this passion and slowly began to plant the seeds that ultimately, over a two year period, germinated into the decision to make a change and apply to Chiropractic College. I recognized that I had a calling to a greater vision. I recognized that I needed to share this experience with others on a much deeper level. So, at 26 years old, I applied to Chiropractic College at Life University in Atlanta, GA, got accepted and packed everything up for the long trip south.

Chiropractic College was an intense process. Basically five years of post-graduate curriculum, (a biology or chemistry based bachelor’s degree is required for admission) compressed down into three and a half years. I graduated in December of 2011 and became the newest team member at Northboro Chiropractic Center that January. It truly is an honor and a privilege to be a team member here and part of an office completely dedicated to improving the health of our community so that everyone we care for lives their best life ever.

My chiropractic story is a true testament to the power of referral. My father had no way of knowing at that time what an incredible gift his referral was. In a sense he had “paid it forward” as he was also referred by a long-time patient. B.J. Palmer, the developer of chiropractic, said in the early 1900’s, “we never know how far reaching something we may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” Having people in my life that were passionate about spreading the gift of chiropractic care has truly changed my life forever. Their actions have played a major role in developing a life of service and in return, every life that I impact as a chiropractor owes a debt of gratitude to these people.

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