By Terry Rogers
After dislocating his shoulder for the 15th time as a teenager playing football, Dr. Jesse Riggin of Delmarva Chiropractic and Wellness Center said that he was told he would need surgery and would lose significant range of motion in his shoulder. He was also told that he would probably never be able to play football again.
“My mother took me to her chiropractor, Trent Camp, for a second opinion,” Dr. Riggin said. “He told me I could avoid surgery but it was going to take a lot of work. Together, we did the work. I avoided the surgery and finished the season. Since then, I have been able to participate in several high level military training courses and sports. Chiropractic and all facets of healthcare have their place. Sometimes surgery and medicine are necessary. What I love about Chiropractic is that it provides a minimally invasive means to get well and thrive by increasing the body’s own natural vitality.”
Dr. Riggin grew up in Middletown and joined the Army at 18. He served in the military for seven years and deployed with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division to Iraq. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Delaware and his Doctor of Chiropractic from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. He served his internship with 1st State Health and Wellness in Newark before opening Delmarva Chiropractic and Wellness on February 8 of this year. Between internships and working on his own, Dr. Riggin has been practicing for approximately three years.
Delmarva Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located in Harrington, offer modern chiropractic care, soft-tissue modalities, nutritional therapy, fitness classes and yoga in an effort to provide whole-body health and mobility to patients. Dr. Riggin explains that chiropractic care consists of adjusting the spine, something that provides a plethora of health benefits. He says that most people are unaware that chiropractic treatment is also beneficial to extremities and that developing nutrition interventions for systemic conditions can also be helpful.
“We look at the whole person when developing treatment plans,” Dr. Riggin says. “Many people who walk into our office have discomfort that is biomechanical in nature. However, sometime these symptoms are exacerbated by, or derived from, other stressors in their body. I use the Triad of Health to show people how physical, chemical and mental stressors all play a part in their condition. The primary goal is to identify what the primary stressors are in someone’s life. Then we determine how we can work together to increase their resilience and/or reduce those stressors. Most people I see want to know what they can do to get healthy and stay healthy. In short, we empower people to take control of their health by helping a person understand where their symptoms are coming from and then giving them the tools to stay well once they leave our office.”
Dr. Riggin said that chiropractic keeps the body moving, relieving stress on the nervous system and reducing joint restrictions that inhibit proper biomechanical motion. He says that he uses those principles to treat patients with serious acute conditions as well as to help healthy patients maintain optimal function. He says that chiropractic cannot cure all ailments, but it is an effective and minimally invasive option for many musculoskeletal conditions.
Another service offered at Delmarva Chiropractic and Wellness Center is soft-tissue modalities. Dr. Riggin explained that most musculoskeletal conditions, there is tension in one area and weakness in another. This occurs because the body compensates in order to protect itself from further injury. Chiropractic treatment normally addresses the weakness by taking stress from the nervous system and restoring proper muscle function. Once that takes place, the doctor must then address the muscles and fascia or soft-tissue modalities.
“I use various forms of myofascial release, trigger point therapy and even certain instruments to release the tension. This is often the final part of the active treatment of musculoskeletal conditions,” Dr. Riggin explained. “But we don’t stop with the muscles and joints. In some cases, it is necessary to support specific metabolic processes or cleanse the body of toxins to get a person well. In those cases, I may order laboratory tests to identify chemical stressors and prescribe supplements to restore the body to optimal metabolic function. However, in many cases, all that is needed is to clean up the diet. I have several nutritional plans, to include a 21-day cleanse.” Dr. Riggin says that he has had great success stories from those who participated in the 21-day cleanse this past spring, reporting weight loss, increased energy and even reduction of systematic conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is amazing to see how resilient the human body is when you provide the proper nutrients and decrease the toxins.”
In addition to chiropractic care, Delmarva Chiropractic and Wellness Center offers fitness classes and yoga. Every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30, the practice offers yoga and they will offer a boot-camp class in August followed by Tai Chi in September. Dr. Riggin says they are not interested in becoming a fitness center or even making a profit from this aspect of the business. Instead, they hope to use the fitness classes as a way for people to stay healthy.
Anyone interested in making an appointment can call 302-682-7975 or go online to www.delmarvawellness.com and click on Request an Appointment.
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