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Hattiesburg Chiropractor Dr. Chris West

Hattiesburg chiropractor Dr. Chris West.

Dr. Chris West

Skeptical…unsure…even a bit scared….

These are sometimes common feelings people have about seeing a chiropractor. Not for me, however, because I had no preconceived ideas about it. You see, my mom was seeing a chiropractor for migraine headaches and my dad for old sports injuries when I was just a kid. When my parents were getting their treatments, our chiropractor would sometimes treat me as well, just to keep my posture developing correctly as I was growing. Now, as a chiropractor myself, I know that I was receiving preventative or maintenance care. So, when I had my first sports injury, seeing my chiropractor to fix it was no big deal – I was already a patient.

I remember when my older brother began college and decided that he was going to be a medical doctor. It got me thinking about what I would be doing as an adult. I wanted to do something that was a natural fit for me so that I would enjoy my career. I thought…I am athletic, I really enjoy pursuing healthy things like learning about and practicing good nutrition, exercise, and vitamins. Many of my friends were already coming to me for advice about such things. I had always consulted my chiropractor about such issues, as well as for treatment when I had injuries and pain. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to be a chiropractor. I was actually surprised that I hadn’t thought of it before. Now, after being in practice for over 25 years, I could not imagine doing anything else!

A Chiropractic Education

After choosing chiropractic as my career I began to attend The University of Southern Mississippi. My major was Human Biology and my minor was pre-medical studies. I particularly remember enjoying classes like Human Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition which teaches how the body works. I also remember the challenging classes like Physics I & II, Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, and so on. I have to admit that I did not particularly enjoy those classes, but at the very least, they instilled an incredible work ethic which I can appreciate only in retrospect. However, it was neat having an older brother just ahead of me in college taking the same pre-med classes. He would always give me a heads-up on which classes and professors to look out for.

After completing my undergraduate studies at USM, I was able to enroll at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO. Although I was anxious to start learning about diagnosing and treating patients, more basic sciences were in order. Two more years of a more in-depth look at Anatomy & Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Microbiology, and a lot more -ologies before the real fun got started. Over the next two years I took classes like x-ray, physical diagnosis, lab analysis, as well as chiropractic techniques. I was surprised that as my brother (the medical student) and I talked, that our educational curriculum’s were very similar. The primary difference being the M.D. education having more hours in studying drugs and pharmacology and the D.C.(Doctor of Chiropractic) having more hours in neuroanatomy & physiology, and orthopedic related classes. I graduated from Logan College in 1990 and came back to Hattiesburg to begin practice.

My Philosophy

After practicing chiropractic over the last 25 years, I have developed a style of practice that most people find to be unique and comforting. I am on a first-name basis with most of my long-term patients. I believe developing a long-term doctor/patient relationship is crucial so that I am familiar with a patients history and with what has worked best in the past for relief and prevention. I believe in always having a good ear to listen and in turn give helpful advice about nutrition, exercise, and health-related topics. I believe ultimately that my patients are my boss. You, the patient, are the reason that I am here. I am respectful of your time and you will rarely have to wait to be seen in our office. I am dedicated to helping you get well and to also keeping you that way through education and prevention. I will always advise what is best for you, but I will gladly accept the decisions you make concerning the frequency and amount of care you choose to receive in our office. We are always here to help you, not to hurt you, and we value you as our customer.

On a Personal Note…

Unlike many local doctors, I was born, raised, and educated (through undergrad) right here in Hattiesburg, MS. I am married and have three children. My wife, Brandi, is a radiology technologist at Wesley Medical and specializes in CAT scans. It’s funny sometimes because we share many patients in common and that makes for good conversation when our patients realize our connection.

As a practicing chiropractor it is very important to me to practice what I preach. I make it a point to exercise often, eat healthy more often than not, take nutritional supplements, attend to spiritual matters, and personally benefit from preventative chiropractic care. One advantage to having other chiropractors in our office is that it is very convenient to treat one another as often as we see fit. I have been receiving preventative chiropractic care since I was a kid which has been very beneficial to my overall health and especially athletic performance. I like to discuss my hobbies interchangeably with my health habits. I’ve always believed, as many of us are pressed for time, that if you can kill two birds with one stone you are much more efficient. That’s why I like to make healthy things my hobbies and my hobbies healthy things. Being healthy can be made easy and these are the things I like to talk about with my patients. My hobbies include exercise & fitness (health), yard work & gardening (peace of mind), and you guessed it – home improvement (sense of accomplishment & it keeps my wife happy). My primary hobby as a young man was fitness/athletic exercise training. I say that to let my patients know if they need exercise advice that I am extremely knowledgeable about that. Currently, my primary hobby is cycling. I cycle for leisure with my wife and friends and also  race bicycles sometimes.  I guess it’s true that 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40.   Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. You may have figured out by now that I can also be long winded, so I’ll move on.

So, I say enough about me. How can I help you? If you are apprehensive about going to the chiropractor in anyway, I say relax. We can sit down and just talk about your concerns, that’s why our initial consultation is always free. It gives us a chance to talk, just to see if you’re in the right place. If you’re not, we can refer you to the appropriate specialty. If you are, we go from there. I have had many apprehensive patients come to talk to me over the years, but you know, I have never had one leave that way. Most people say, “I wish I had done this a long time ago!”

Please read on and learn more about Dr. Brian Page and Dr. Brandon Herrington who are my colleagues here in the office. As our practice has grown over the years we have been happy to have these doctors join us so that we may continue to serve you in a relaxed environment without waiting to see the doctor. Although the three of us work independently from one another, we are under the same roof working as a team covering more office hours, filling in for one another so that your care is never interrupted, and for many other win/win reasons that allow us to serve you better. So, read on, choose your doctor, and call to make your appointment today!

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