A story disseminated on January 8, 2003 by the Associated
Press highlighted the benefits of chiropractic care for truck drivers. Drs.
Paul Boris (left), and Andrew Giran (right) have an interesting chiropractic
practice at a truck stop, helping those who cross the open road.
The article starts by relating the story of Erwin
Daugherty, a 71 year old trucker from Quinlan, Texas. Daugherty regularly
stops at the Smithton Travel Center, a truck stop about 25 miles south of
Pittsburgh, not to get his 18 wheeler truck checked, but rather to get his
spine checked. "Id see a chiropractor every week if I could," Daugherty
said. "About the only way I get to see a chiropractor is one that had truck
parking, Daugherty said in a telephone interview Tuesday from Texas, where
he was driving a load of automobile tires. So when the chiropractors
started putting offices near truck stops, it really made it handy for me."
Daugherty has found about nine chiropractors who
operate at or near truck stops in Arizona, Missouri and Texas. "If I just
happen to find one that's close to a truck stop, I'll put them in my cell
phone and say, 'Hey, I'm on my way."
It is estimated that 25 million Americans visit a
chiropractor each year, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
And a growing number of the nation's 65,000 chiropractors have decided to
serve truck drivers, a group that really needs their help. Truckers, who
spend hours on the road and sometimes do heavy lifting, are among the most
serious sufferers of spinal problems.
Most of the chiropractors who have offices at or near the
truck stops say that the majority of the truckers they see also have
chiropractors who take care of them when they are home. The
truck-stop-doctors offer help while the truckers are on the road.