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Overwhelming response to free chiropractic care
Published Friday, July 26, 2013 5:29PM EDT
A group of London chiropractors is paying it forward by providing free chiropractic care to people who might not otherwise be able to afford the service.
For patients like Dan Kulinitch the makeshift chiropractic clinic at the Salvation Army's Centre of Hope isn’t just about hope, but also help and healing.
"I'm still suffering lots of pain, and I suspect I probably will for the rest of my life. But this does make it easier.”
Kulinitch is living on a disability pension and says "I would not be able to afford to go to a chiropractor if I had to pay for it."
More than a dozen London chiropractors volunteer their time for the clinic, and among them is Dr. Rod Overton.
"We are all chiropractors because we love chiropractic and we love helping people. And we recognize that there's a portion of the population that's not getting that care and we just love being able to serve them."
The clinic operates on a drop-in basis from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday afternoon.
The program has been in operation since February 2011, and it's so popular that before the doors open each Friday, there's often a lineup around the block.
There are usually upwards 80 patients each Friday, including the very young. And anyone who needs treatment gets it.
Overton says "Spinal problems are caused by stress, physical stresses and emotional stress and they can interfere with how your nervous system is functioning.”
For the chiropractors the clinic is a way of giving back to the community.
"The people here are so grateful and so wonderful," Overton adds.
But for patients like Kulinitch, the service is vital, "I know I have a long way to go to still to be pain free and I don't know if I ever will be but it does help."