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Medical Journal 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Chiropractic care is used for much more than chronic back pain BY KRIS FERRAZZA Correspondent

WINTHROP – Chiropractic care, at one time commonly believed to be only for people with chronic back pain, today is used preventatively and to relieve a broad spectrum of ailments in adults and children. Michael Hoyt, a doctor of chiropractic, has been practicing at Hoyt Chiropractic Center in Winthrop for almost 32 years. Over the years he has treated patients of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens, and even some of their pets, including dozens of dogs, a few cats and a couple of lambs. “It’s interesting,” Dr. Hoyt said of the four-legged patients. “The spinal anatomy is very similar, but I usually

recommend they check with a vet first for any underlying medical problems.” Hoyt’s daughter, Lacaya Hoyt, is the newest addition to the practice; she graduated about a year ago from New York Chiropractic College. She is 25-years-old, and works with her father and Richard Knipping, another doctor of chiropractic, at the office complex on Route 202. The elder Dr. Hoyt is a proponent of chiropractic care for people of all ages and in all types of physical condition, whether someone is impaired and in need of treatment or feeling great and looking for preventative care. “It is for everyone who has a nervous system that they want to maintain in good health,” he said. “It’s not just

for people with back pain. Everyone should have their spine checked.” Patients at Hoyt Chiropractic Center currently range in age from infancy to 94 years. Some come to the office for injections, adjustments or other treatment for chronic back and neck pain, migraines, sciatica and other ongoing issues. It is a lesser-known fact that children often are successfully treated by chiropractors. Hoyt said he has treated newborns with colic, toddlers with recurring ear infections, and children with growing pains. Ear infections, a common ailment in babies and young children, can be an ongoing issue, with the child repeatedly being put on courses of antibiotics to battle the problem. Hoyt said in 80 percent of such

cases, the child’s ear is not necessarily infected; rather fluid may have built up in the eustachian tube that is located in the inner ear. He said when there is nerve irritation, muscles contract and these tubes constrict. However, they can be manipulated to open so the fluid drains, eliminating the pain and the need for antibiotics and other interventions such as having ear tubes surgically installed. “It’s a mechanical problem,” Hoyt said of some ear infections. He said he has seen young patients who suffered as many as two ear infections per month for much of their lives. One boy had experienced “dozens and dozens” of ear infections and had

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