by Sheila Julson
While basic chiropractic care can help bring lasting health of the mind, body and soul, chiropractic doctors Kevin Morford and April Morford, the husband and wife team of Chiropractic Now, realize that some people need a little more. Using their personal healthy habits as a foundation for patient education, they’ve incorporated nutrition, fermented foods, neurological components, movement, yoga and BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique (BEST) into their chiropractic services for adults, children and gentle infant adjustments—with rewarding results.
Kevin and April met while studying at Parker College of Chiropractic (now known as Parker University) and wed in 2007. They first opened Chiropractic Now in Lee’s Summit, just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Due to the economic downturn of 2008 to 2009, the Morfords closed that location and moved to the Oklahoma City area, where April’s parents live. In 2010, they reopened Chiropractic Now in Edmond.
The chiropractors have always offered typical chiropractic adjustments for headaches, shoulder injuries, scoliosis, sciatica and carpal tunnel, with an emphasis in spinal rehabilitation. “Spinal rehabilitation is the idea of correcting the spine as much as possible and making sure we stabilize what was done in the office. What we want to avoid is somebody going back to their car, and three minutes down the road, the adjustments we just did fell out of place because the body wasn’t strong enough to hold the adjustment,” Kevin explains.
Chiropractic Now has since grown to include comprehensive whole-person treatment. “In the midst of doing our typical treatments, we noticed there were some patients that reached a certain level of doing well but also some that struggled to get over a hump,” Kevin says. “We started exploring other techniques, such as the BEST technique, and when we added these little extra things, people would tell us they felt completely different than when they first came to the office.”
The BEST technique, similar to reiki yet goes emotionally deeper, was created by Chiropractic Doctor Ted Morter, who realized that sometimes there’s more than just a bone out of place causing physical distress. The gentle, non-force technique treats underlying thoughts and emotions in relation to patients’ complaints. According to Kevin, Chiropractic Now is currently the only practice in the Edmond area offering BEST.
Through lectures and at his practice, Kevin educates about brain health and neurology, specifically teaching people how the brain and mind influence healthy habits and decisions, and showing people how they can create healthier lifestyles by understanding the inner wiring of their brains. Chiropractic Now offers programs to promote wellness in the workplace; a lunch-and-learn series; and videos on making probiotic fermented foods, such as kefir and kombucha, available for viewing through their Vibrant Living membership site. Kevin and April also authored a book, Unexpected Wellness, which shares answers to some of the most common health and wellness questions they are asked by patients.
Both doctors love interacting with people and knowing they have the expertise to help people feel better almost immediately. “To watch someone walk in suffering from pain, and then watch them walk out with smiles on their faces, that is the best,” he says. “We’re blessed being chiropractors in that we don’t just give medication and say it will be better in two days; we do something where people get an immediate response.”
Chiropractic Now is located at 520 W. 15th St., in Edmond. For more information, call 405-844-4492 or visit Chiropractic-Now.com.
Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.