Dr. Juneau K. Robbins was introduced to chiropractic medicine in high school. After injuring his knee on the basketball court, he was told by an orthopedic surgeon that surgery was necessary.
His family took the high school sophomore to a chiropractor in Ontario, Canada, to get a second opinion. Within six weeks, his knee was healed without surgery or medicine.
“The body has its own ability to heal itself,” he said. “We just have to get out of the way. Chiropractic medicine is holistic health care.”
At his clinic, he spends much of his time helping patients manage pain. “I help them function again and do the things they previously were able to do.
“As a society, we overrely on Western medicine because alternative or Eastern medicine can’t always be explained. In many cases, the combination of both forms of medicine works best. Chiropractic medicine is great for a lot of things, but it is not necessarily the be-all and end-all,” Robbins said.
Robbins believes practicing a preventative lifestyle is the best approach to good health. He said it is especially important for African Americans, who are prone to health concerns such as high blood pressure. He is hopeful the field of black chiropractic doctors will continue to grow as the practice becomes more accepted.
“I never take offense when someone is skeptical about chiropractic medicine,” he said. “But I do find that once people try it they say, ‘Why didn’t I know about this before?’”
Chiropractic Medicine: A process of treating the body through manipulation and adjustment of the spine and related structures.