Why Chiropractic

At University Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer at our office in Durham,NC.

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Why Chiropractic Health Care?


Because it works! If it didn't work, 4,000,000+people a year wouldn't be seeking chiropractic for relief & health.

Dr. BJ Palmer developed a healthcare paradigm in the early part of the 20th century that aimed at monitoring the nerve system function of the body and removing any interference that may be present. He worked in conjunction with a scientist named Dossa Evans to invent an instrument that would provide objective evidence to nerve system interference. When that instrument, called the neurocalometer, was introduced, Dr. Palmer steered the fledgling healthcare profession in a scientifically sound direction, while several of his colleagues broke off and cultivated their own systems based on instinct and subjective complaints. Dr. Palmer would eventually establish a research center in Davenport, Iowa, where he did 15 years of research to Spinal Health Care. He and his team of doctors, which included not only Chiropractic Doctors, but also Medical Doctors and Psychiatrists, studied the entire nerve system. They saw people from all over the world with various health conditions. Failed cases from the Mayo Clinic were often sent to Dr. Palmer, who would return them with a clean bill of health. Patients and Doctors alike were amazed. The research concluded that an interference to the nerve system, called a subluxation, would decrease the normal function of the body and subsequently cause the body to break down into various medically termed and/or psychologically based conditions. Once identified, that interference could be removed with a simple, non-invasive correction. Most importantly, the use of the neurocalometer confirmed that the body was returned to its normal state of function, with other medical tests such as blood work and urinalysis providing further proof. People of all ages with asthma, cancer, colic, depression, diabetes, digestive problems, ear infections, heart conditions, lung disorders, multiple personality disorder, multiple sclerosis, sciatica, viral infections, etc. would come to Dr. Palmer sick and leave the facility well.

It would surprise most people to learn that Dr. Palmer's profession was known as chiropractic. When he finished his 15-year research project, he reported that only the bones in the spinal column could cause nerve system interference. His colleagues did not accept this. The rest of the chiropractic profession, amidst pressure from the medical profession to conform much like osteopathy before it, became less and less about scientific, evidenced-based practice and found its niche as pain management for people with low back and neck pain. Whereas Dr. Palmer's work was based not on symptoms alone, but objective findings, the other leaders in chiropractic manipulated the entire spine according to subjective complaints and palpation (touch). In Dr. Palmer's final years, he put all his effort into uniting his profession. Everything that he'd done since his teenage years had been geared toward promoting chiropractic as a new healthcare paradigm that focused on keeping the body functioning as close to 100% as possible, thus allowing it to heal from the inside without the use of drugs or surgery.

Today, we continue the work that Dr. Palmer started years ago. At University Chiropractic, we strive to complete Dr. Palmer's vision of creating a new healthcare paradigm. We see many, many conditions in our Durham office, but a major focus is checking for and correcting subluxations. A misalignment to one of the bones in the spine can squeeze down on the nerves, causing a cascade of effects throughout the body due to its adverse effect on the nerve system. In order for any bodily process to occur, the brain must be able to communicate with the body. Be it smiling at your spouse, the beat of your heart, taking air into the lungs, telling your kids that you love them, playing golf, digesting food, etc. etc...You name it...it is all made possible by the brain giving the body instructions through the nerve system. A subluxation decreases that brain-to-body communication.

The Analogy

The easiest way to understand how the body works is to relate it to something we are familiar with. Cell phones have been all the rage for the last several years. Do you know how it works? Well, let's say that you need to call your spouse. You pick up the cell and you dial the number. What happens between the time you dial and the time you are connected is this: a signal sent from your phone is transmitted through a wireless network to a cell tower. You've likely seen these cell towers when you are driving along the highway. The cell tower relays the signal from your phone, connecting it to your spouse's cell phone.

The human body works much the same way. The brain sends a signal through the nervous system to the rest of your body. The nervous system is what connects your brain to every cell, organ & tissue in your body and is actually the very first thing formed in the developing fetus. The nervous system's job is to relay every signal from the brain to the appropriate part of the body.

Now, imagine that each of the 6 billion people in the world had a cell phone. Imagine that there is just one cell tower for every cell phone in the world. Can you imagine the amount of work that the cell tower would have to do to appropriately relay all those signals? Multiply 6 billion times 167 and you get 1 trillion. There are about 1 trillion nerve fibers in the human brain-stem. Believe it or not, the brainstem is responsible for transmitting nearly a trillion signals from the brain to your body every second of every minute of every day of every year of your entire life.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is a lifestyle and a state of mind. Being pro-active, putting constructive foods and drinks into your body, and exercising on a regular basis are keys to the wellness car. But do you want to do the minimum and drive the wellness moped? Or do you want to truly live the lifestyle and drive the luxury wellness sedan? Staying active and eating right are not pro-active habits, they are simply what should be doing. Being pro-active involves doing whatever you can to live your life to the fullest. Without a fully functioning nervous system, you cannot achieve your full potential. And don't you owe it to yourself to live up to your potential? The wellness state of mind involves never stopping your quest for better health. Health, along with wealth, are the two things in life that you can never have enough of...

The Reality

The reality is that there are over 150 different types of chiropractic. Chiropractic was founded on having profound effects on the nervous system, helping to restore and maintain its integrity so that the brain and body can communicate without interference. The first chiropractic patient was a deaf man by the name of Harvey Lillard, who had his hearing restored through the first recorded chiropractic adjustment. High blood pressure, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, sinus congestion, autism, etc. These are just a few of the many conditions that can be helped simply by unlocking the body's natural recuperative powers.

Another reality is that the point, in which the body's internal environment can no longer withstand the stress of external forces, is the time when the body will begin to break down. Then, it takes time for the body to develop into conditions. From emotional stress to more resistant viruses and bacteria to the hormones pumped into the foods that we eat to the toxicity of the environment, in today's world there are more external forces working against our health than ever before. Taking a pro-active approach is the best way to stay healthy and live a full and happy lifestyle. What better service can you do for yourself than to ensure that your body is functioning at its best? To maintain and strengthen the body's own natural healing abilities?

We also provide advanced spinal correction utilizing a chiropractic technique called Chiropractic BioPhysics as well as several other techniques to restore your spine to it's full potential. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As Doctors of Chiropractic, Dr.Kirk & Dr Sandra have 36+ combined years of training and experience in spinal adjustments providing over 250,000 spinal adjustments in their professional career!

Corrective Exercises

spinal correction by as much as 40%. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.

Lifestyle Advice

We often find it helpful to "coach" our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients.

Nutritional Counseling

Both Dr. Sandra Childers and Dr. Kirk Childers are certified nutraMetrix Consultants and Transitions Lifestyle coaches. We do provide our patients with recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patients return to optimal health. Nearly every week we provide classes and seminars on how to eat healthy and stay well. Basically, if you are eating well balanced meals on a regular basis you're doing better than the average American. We believe everyone should be supplementing daily because today's foods do not provide enough of the necessary vitamins & minerals our bodies need to fight the viruses and toxins we are exposed to these days. Our patients often asked what Dr. Childers takes for nutritional supplements.

Spinal & Postural Screenings

Posture and spinal screenings can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and well-being. As a regular patient you will receive this service as a regular progress check throughout your care plan. We also provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment.

Contact us today to arrange a screening at your event or workplace or even church.


To complement and enhance the healing effects of Dr. Kirk specific Chiropractic adjustments, we at University Chiropractic also provide the following physiological therapeutic procedures:

  • Cold Laser (see below for more details on this fantastic complement to your treatment)
  • Ultrasound (helps reduce swelling of inflamed joints, muscles and other tissues)
  • Interferential electrical muscle stimulation (promotes muscle relaxation and increased blood flow)
  • Mechanical traction (relieve compressed disc and joints)
  • Cryotherapy (or ice, reduces swelling of inflamed joints & surrounding tissues)
  • Moist heat therapy (aids in decreasing muscle tension and increasing circulation)


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