HOUSTON (KIAH) – We are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting stories in the Houston metro area. A local doctor has opened his practice in the heart of Houston’s Third Ward. The goal is to erase the stigma surrounding chiropractic therapy in the black community.
Houston native Dr. Marquetta Giles says two things drew her to chiropractic therapy — not medicine or surgery. Everything is done with the use of your hands. She wants everyone to have many long-term benefits from seeing a chiropractor.
“When they walk in and they see someone who looks like them… who’s going to tell them that what they’re going through isn’t just mental. That it’s real. Whether it’s a physical thing they’re dealing with…it makes a huge difference,” Dr Giles said.
Dr. Giles specializes in the care of pregnant women. She wants pregnant women to know that not all pregnancy pain is common. In fact, black women are three times more likely to die from complications. Especially during labor and delivery.
“Much of it is due to cardiovascular disease. So our goal is to make sure that this phase of pregnancy and birth goes a little faster,” Dr Giles said.
On the other hand, Dr. Giles says his business has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quite simply because everyone’s daily lifestyle is constantly changing.
“There are a lot of people working from home. They are more seated at a desk. Instead of working in an office building. Stand up, move. Even students, we see children. More and more children, especially during virtual learning, are having recurring headaches – stiff necks and backs,” said Dr Giles.
More importantly, Dr. Giles says injuries shouldn’t be the only reason to see a chiropractor. It’s about prevention, not just rehabilitation.
“Well, if you have a spine, you definitely need to see a chiropractor. It’s like seeing a dentist every six months or having your eyes checked every year. If your spine was on your face, you would definitely take some. more care,” Dr. Giles said.
Overall, seeing a chiropractor once a month can increase your mobility and longevity.
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