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Annual Report: Health & Public Service

March 22, 2010

Money goes father with alternative medicines

Recession dollars best spent on alternative treatments, nontraditional physicians say

ANDERSON, Ind. – The hands are the best tools to work out pains and stresses, even during a recession, according to alternative medicine clinic owners.

“If they want drugs and surgery, they should call their MDs,” said Dr. Gary A. Young, an Anderson chiropractor. “If they want to bypass all of that, I’ll help 80 percent of them – at least.”

Young and specialty masseuse Debra Robinson said their businesses suffered a slight downturn during the heart of the 2009 recession. But they maintain that money spent for their alternative methods would save patients more than if they visited a traditional medical doctor.

“Given the effectiveness of the work and how much work goes into a Thai massage, it’s probably the best spent medical dollars,” Robinson said. “Pills and needles aren’t always the best answer.”

Robinson offers a Thai massage for $60 an hour at her Scatterfield location. a technique she learned living in Thailand.

A rarity in massage clinics, the massage releases tension, increases vitality and “encourages harmony of the body, mind and spirit” through rhythmic compressions, accupressure, gentle twisting and deep stretching, she said.

“Eighty percent of illnesses is caused by stress,” Robinson said, quoting the American Medical Association. “We hold our bodies very tight under stress. So, we just kind of unwind that.”

Young said chiropractic medicine also works out stress kinks but only after the problem has been x-rayed and examined.

He said, during 2009, income restraints forced patients to wait until the problem was more severe, which cost them more in the long run.

“What the economy has done more than anything else, is to make the patient wait until they had the money to come in,” Young said. “By then, the pain is worse and it takes longer to fix.”

The 31-year Anderson chiropractor said pains don’t appear overnight. They develop over time, even if the patient doesn’t initially feel it, Young said.

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