Chiropractor publishes guide to pain-free life
Post Independent Staff
Dr. Paul Parsons’ new book is for everyone with a back.
On Friday, the Glenwood Springs chiropractor released his first book, “The Back Pain Chronicles: Your Complete Guide to a Pain-Free Life.” He wrote the book to inspire people in pain ” and even those who aren’t ” to take an active role in their health.
“The point of the book is that you don’t have to live in pain,” said Parsons, who graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in the early ’80s and was a professional snowboard racer before receiving his pre-medicine degree from Western State College. “When you’re suffering, it’s agonizing. Pain is a great motivator, just like a heart attack is a great motivator.”
In the book, Parsons discusses a variety of factors that lead to pain, such as postural and emotional stress, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. He offers tips on diet, stretching, detoxification and massage therapy to help people lead pain-free lives.
“Back pain is a multi-faceted problem, so you need a multifaceted approach,” he said. “It’s usually the tiniest thing you can do that makes the biggest difference. Our bodies are amazing organisms ” the human body is amazingly adaptive.”
As a former GSHS state football champion and World Cup-level athlete, Parsons is familiar with pain. He said his back issues started as early as 18.
“When I was a kid, I came down with a pretty big back problem while I was skiing ” what they call ‘extreme’ now ” in Crested Butte as a freshman at Western State,” said Parsons, who received his doctorate degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and opened Parsons Chiropractic Clinic in Glenwood Springs six years ago. “Doctors scared me away from going to chiropractors and said they would paralyze me. Those ideas and notions still exist.”
Parsons said he finally sought help from a chiropractor after being prescribed medication for his back pain, a route he was not so interested in taking. He prefers an all-natural, drug-free approach to pain relief, which he shares in his book.
“The basic idea is to put the power back in the hands of the patient,” said Parsons, who recognizes his sister, Mary Lou, for buying him his first book on alternative health in his book’s acknowledgments. “The point is, it’s up to each of us to take care of ourselves. No one is going to make you healthy. There’s not a magic pill, but it can just be a couple things that can turn around your life.”
Andi Struble, a fourth-grade teacher at Sopris Elementary School and a five-year patient of Parsons, said his book serves as a tool in helping her manage back pain.
“It gives me a follow-up on what I can do for my active lifestyle, and it’s done on a level I can understand,” Struble said. “I do have a very busy schedule.”
Struble, who said she has experienced back pain since a waterskiing incident in high school, said she has already sent a copy of Parson’s book to her sister in Montana, who also suffers from back problems.
“She really has enjoyed it. It’s given her a supplement to what her physician and chiropractor suggest,” Struble said. “He really shows you the stretches you can do in the areas where you have pain so you don’t hurt yourself. The pictures are helpful because I’m a very visual person.”
Written in six months after a few failed starts, “The Back Pain Chronicles” is the first of many books Parsons plans to print under his Painless Publications publishing company. He said the next title will focus on children and back pain, a trend that is increasing in many of his own patients.
“I want to teach parents how they can take steps for their kids to avoid a lifetime of pain,” Parsons said. “I see more kids than I used to because a lot of kids spend their time sitting down, playing video games. Sitting is the hardest thing on our backs. The muscles of our bodies and our organs are crammed together. That’s what ‘Back Chronicles’ is all about, things you can actually do to put those curves back in your spine and change the way you carry your body.”
From posture to diet tips, Parsons said he hopes the book will bring about positive changes in its readers ” especially those who live in constant pain.
“It’s kind of about hope,” he said. “When people don’t have hope, life is long. And when you’re suffering, it can be agonizing.”
“The Back Pain Chronicles” is available for $29.95 at Parsons Chiropractic Clinic, Book Train, Through the Looking Glass, Good Health, Red Canyon Books, online at http://www.backpainchronicles.com, and by calling 1-800-862-1704.
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