By Sheila Julson
Chance encounters in life can ultimately launch people on fulfilling journeys, and so it was for Doctor of Chiropractic Jason Pargeter. As an undergrad student at the University of Central Oklahoma, he was uncertain about which career path to follow. During that time, he began suffering from arm and neck pain. He happened to meet two chiropractors, brothers Mike and Josh Spears, through neighbors at his parents’ vacation home on Lake Texoma. The Spears brothers worked to correct Pargeter’s pain, sending him not only on a route to better health but also toward a new career interest.
“That was my first experience with chiropractic, which pushed me in that direction,” Pargeter says. “They treated me and showed me how chiropractic works. I also like the whole philosophy of chiropractic in that it’s a drug-free, hands-on approach to healing.”
Pargeter earned his doctor of chiropractic degree in 2009 from Cleveland Chiropractic College, in Kansas City. As an Oklahoma City native, he promptly returned to his hometown after graduation to be near his large, close-knit family. He opened Corrective Chiropractic in October 2010.
Pargeter, along with his chiropractic assistant, Christian Gattis, strives to provide a welcoming yet efficient environment where patients’ time is respected. Some chiropractors use tools to help adjust patients, but Pargeter does all adjusting with his hands, known as the diversified technique. He also performs what is called specific prone, where the patient lies face down and the chiropractor focuses on specific areas to be adjusted.
“It’s a gentle, low-force technique, and it’s especially popular with older patients or those afraid of going to a chiropractor because they have misconceptions about rough back cracking,” he explains.
More people are becoming aware of how crucial the spine—which compresses 1.2 million nerves—is to overall good health, Pargeter observes, and common ailments, such as headaches, are often the result of misalignments in the neck. He will do a consultation, an exam, take X-rays and develop a tailored treatment plan for each patient. He’s inspired by the success stories of how much better patients report feeling after a couple of months under chiropractic care.
Pargeter sees patients of all ages, but he notes how beneficial chiropractic can be for infants, children and pregnant women. “Chiropractic can help kids with ear infections because the neck plays a big part in nerve function and how it affects the ears,” he says. “A simple, low-force adjustment technique can be particularly beneficial for newborns. Their little backs or sacrum can be out of place, and a gentle form of adjustment can help. Then we have a lot of happy parents because their babies aren’t up crying all night.”
Pargeter performed adjustments on his wife during her pregnancy and reports that because she received chiropractic care, she experienced a fast and uncomplicated delivery. He also performs adjustments on his young son, Jaxson, and the toddler has never had an ear infection.
Corrective Chiropractic also offers needleless acupuncture, which uses a hand-held electric device about the size of a pen. It stimulates auricular points on the ear to treat different conditions. Pargeter says this type of acupuncture takes just a few seconds and can appeal to people that don’t like needles.
Pargeter believes that holistic modalities, such as chiropractic and acupuncture, can coexist with allopathic medicine. “We’re all tools in a toolbox, and no practitioner can say, ‘I’m the best way,’ but instead we can all use our tools to benefit patients through multiple avenues of care,” he says.
At the end of February, Corrective Chiropractic moved to a new, modern facility less than five minutes north of its former location on Heffner Road. Pargeter says the new space is more efficient and has a home-like healing setting.
When Pargeter is not at the clinic, he enjoys spending time with family at Lake Texoma. He goes skiing, tubing, fishing and hunting. He often bikes the trails around Lake Hefner, enjoying the natural recreation that Oklahoma City has to offer.
Corrective Chiropractic is now located at 7820 W. Memorial Rd., Ste. 200, Oklahoma City. For more information, call 405-603-4188 or visit CorrectiveChiropracticOKC.com.
Sheila Julson is Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.