Winter Has Chiropractors Shoveling Dough
BOSTON (AP) _ Winter has been no backache for chiropractors. Around the country, they’ve seen business boom with patients who slipped on the ice or shovelled their driveways a tad too vigorously.
″With all this snow, all this cold, if you’re out of shape, you’re going to hurt yourself,″ said Dr. C. Stevens Mandell, a chiropractor in Holyoke, Mass.
Mandell said he usually sees more injuries in winter, when cold causes tight muscles and stress. But already this year he’s had to make five housecalls to patients in too much pain to get out of bed.
″One good sneeze and your neck goes into spasms,″ he said.
Dr. Lee Magenheim, who practices in New York City, said this winter has been especially treacherous, with wet, icy snows hard to walk through and even harder to shovel.
Chiropractor John Haberstoh said his business has increased 10 percent.
″Unfortunately, these people are going to be in pain, but our business is great,″ said his wife, Danielle, who manages the practice, Brighton Chiropractic & Diagnostics in Boston.