RASMUSSEN CHIROPRACTIC TREATS PEOPLE WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND KINDNESS
BY MANDY DETWILER
PHOTOS BY PAUL YOUNGER
For decades now, Rasmussen Chiropractic has been a popular stop for those seeking relief from aches and pains. Dr. Chris Rasmussen and his partner, Dr. Doug Breger practice in New Albany, and the office is booming with business.
Dr. Rasmussen has been in practice since 1983 having begun his career in Louisiana. He moved to Southern Indiana after friends told him how nice the area was and opened his chiropractic business in 1988. Initially, he had two locations, including one in Jeffersonville on 10th Street, but eventually sold that location to his then-partner and focused on his office in New Albany. The company now employs nine.
Aside from basic chiropractic care, the office does decompression therapy, massage therapy, electro stimulation and heat and some rehabilitative procedures. Chiropractic adjustments and massage are their most popular therapies.
Rasmussen said it’s a common misconception that chiropractic care is strictly for bone, joint and muscle complaints. “Chiropractic has been known to help with headaches quite efficiently,” Rasmussen adds. “Chiropractic deals with any kind of a pinched nerve situation such as numbness and tingling and aching in the arms and hands. It can help restore normality in terms of slipped disks or ruptured disks. It’s pretty versatile. The original purpose was never to treat back pain or neck pain. It was to remove pinched nerves and improve the health of the body and that goes back over a hundred years.”
Rasmussen says the Golden Rule is the reason his practice has been so successful.
“I treat people in here the way I would prefer being treated myself,” he says. “If I tell somebody I think I can accomplish something for them, I try to do my best to accomplish that, and if I feel somebody has a problem I can’t treat, the first thing I do is try to find somebody that can treat them better than I can for that purpose. As long as you’re honest and straightforward and upfront with people, it works.”
Depending on a customer’s complaints, it could take just a couple of visits to resolve an issue or clients could be seen repeatedly if a problem is chronic. “There’s no cookie-cutter, one-treatment-fits-all kind of thing,” Dr. Rasmussen said. “It depends on the problem.”
He likens it to taking an antibiotic prescribed for 10 days but stopping it mid-dose because a person feels better. “If you’re not consistent with what you do you do not get predictable changes,” Dr. Rasmussen says. “When we treat someone, the purpose of the adjustments is to restore flexibility and movement to the joints, correct any type of misalignment problem that exists and try to get things back to as close to normal as we can. If that means we can get it back to normal, that’s what we want. If it means we can’t get it back to normal but we can get it close, then that’s what we do.”
Statistically, chiropractic care is a safe and viable method of healthcare because it is non-invasive.
“When it comes to chiropractic care, stress on the body and on the spine causes trauma to the mechanical structures of the body,” Rasmussen says, “the joints, the cartilage that’s in the joints of the spine, the disks… and as long as we maintain things the way God designed them to be, they can tolerate a tremendous amount of mechanical stress and last for as lifetime.”
When things become altered because of bad posture, trauma, or different types of things that cause mechanical issues or structural issues on muscles and joints, says Dr. Rasmussen, “that’s when we set up issues that cause arthritis, degenerative disks, pinched nerves, constriction on the spinal cord, which leads to neurological disorders. … When we do things with chiropractic, it is to try to restore normal to the body and to the spine as much as we can. We know that a normal, healthy body and a normal, healthy spine are vibrant and can last a long time.”
Rasmussen Chiropractic is open Monday through Friday and is located at 2652 Charlestown Road in New Albany.
RASMUSSEN CHIROPRACTIC LLC
2652 Charlestown Road New Albany