Dr. Gail Letterle, D.C.
After 36 years of solo practice in Lafayette, and almost 4 years of working with Dr. Joy Duhon, N.D. and Elizabeth Champagne, R.D. and the Acadiana Center for Natural Health, practicing and working with patients and the people of Acadiana is more amazing than ever! IT IS FASCINATING,.......listening closely to the patient with difficult issues, picking through their entire history like a detective, and discovering how they have arrived in their unique predicament, looking for exam findings that others have missed, that I believe I can help, and assessing what it’s going to take to unlock that person's ability to heal and self-regulate again.
In my senior year in undergraduate school, I studied a course entitled Physiological Psychology, which studied the structure and function of the nervous system. I didn’t know anything about the chiropractic profession at the time. When a roommate left school and then quickly entered chiropractic college and told me about it.........
I was enamored with the idea that problems in the spine could cause pain and malfunction in other parts of the body. That was in 1974, and was not widely accepted by the general public, nor by the Medicos, but itshould be widely known to be fact by now, ... but isn't!
Furthermore, then it became apparent that if this, a mechanical problem in the spine or elsewhere was interfering with the nervous system, then simply pouring more and more toxic chemicals, or drugs, into the body, or surgically removing vital body parts was not the answer, but only complicating the situation.
Chiropractic is a NATURAL SYSTEM of HEALING based around the assessment and treatment of joints, especially of the spine and pelvis, that are out of balance in alignment and motion and are affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs, and other tissues and cells in the body.
A chiropractor is a trained doctor who specializes in detecting and reducing misalignments of the spine that interfere with the ability of the body’s nervous system to send and receive messages to the brain.
Patients think.... "we crack your back or neck to get rid of your pain", This is such a caveman-like idea of what is happening. Many patients who continue treatment on a regular but less frequent schedule after their pains are gone will report months later, "Doc, I don't get sick anymore. Could this treatment have something to do with that?" INDEED!
Guyton’s Medical Physology Textbook states “the nervous system controls, co-ordinates, and regulates EVERY FUNCTION of the body”.
Indeed! including a stronger immune system!
Should you see if you can benefit from chiropractic care? How can you know? Are their indicators other than pain?
You have little energy and aren't sleeping well? You feel overwhelmed by the demands of life and stress? Are you moving as well as you should and could? or, you're beginning to get stiff and tight, and yes, you've been exposed to even one (or, more!) physical traumas - auto injuries, sports injuries, work injuries, slip & fall injuries, lifting injuries - to your body. And, you sit behind a computer most of the week for your work?
You suffered physical trauma at birth! and, then fell a thousand times as a toddler, exploring and trying to learn how to navigate this new environment you were living in:
If you have a spine, you probably need and will benefit from this unique approach to your better health.
“Look well to the spine for the causes of disease”, said Hippocrates, the Father of modern medicine, for “if any of those bones_slightly_ go out of place, they pinch the nerves that feed the vital
As time has passed, I have realized thru my own personal habits/ practices, and that of patients, when a body is more well-nourished and low of toxins and inflammation, then the body responds more rapidly and appropriately to therapies such as chiropractic. AND THAT when the body is taken through regular, and appropriate motions/movements, then the body responds better and more completely to this care!
Then optimal health and wellness are more easily obtainable. Thomas Edison said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet
and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
This is another reason why I’m happy to be a part of the team at Acadiana Center for Natural Health with Dr. Joy Duhon, N.D. and Elizabeth Champagne, R.D.
I was not born with good health!
At five years of age in 1958, the doctors told my parents I had Hodgkins Disease and had only 6 months to live. I suffered every childhood disease to the max. All of my first 25 years of life, I was sick with head colds and sore throats and fevers twice a year that would last for 6 to 8 weeks. Life was pretty miserable. But then I noticed after graduating from chiropractic school.... I was getting sick less and less, almost never. I was severely injured in a high-speed accident in 1999. I wasn't sure for several weeks, if I would ever be able to work or exercise again in my life.
So, I have walked in the shoes that my patients walk in. I have known chronic sickness and disease. In a world where each year seems more stressful and demanding, eating a healthy diet, exercising properly, and going to my own chiropractor helps me to continue enjoying life to the fullest!
Chiropractic care itself is one of the best investments in your life and health! Life can be good again! Call today and make an appointment.
Let us help you find your way back to a healthy and enjoyable life.
You’ll be glad you did.
I hope to see YOU in clinic SOON!
Dr Gail L. Letterle, D.C., C.C.S.T., C.C.S.P.,
Certified Yoga Instructor