by Sheila Julson
The life of a professional musician, while exciting and glamorous, can have a downside—long hours, working weekends and holidays, and unhealthy temptations. Dr. Jack Janway, a doctor of chiropractic and acupuncturist in Muskogee, was a professional trumpet player during his young adult years, performing with jazz artists in New York City and Las Vegas. Although he got to play with iconic legends, such as Lionel Hampton, Janway recognized that the musician’s lifestyle wasn’t for him.
“In the music world, there’s lots of substance abuse and a lot of alcohol,” he observes. “It’s a hard life. You start to feel and see the toll the lifestyle has on musicians and how traveling all of their lives has taken a toll on their bodies.”
Janway returned to his hometown of Muskogee—wiser, health conscious and ready to reinvent himself. He leaned toward a career in health care, but even during the 1970s when alternative health modalities were still considered fringe, Janway noticed the massive amount of chemicals Americans were exposed to through food, yard and household chemicals, pain relievers, and other physical and social environmental factors. He became intrigued by the natural and preventive concepts behind chiropractic medicine and acupuncture.
Janway graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College (now known as Cleveland University), in Overland Park, Kansas, in 1983 and opened Janway Chiropractic and Acupuncture that same year. He also received diplomate status with the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture.
Although trends in health care—even in the holistic realm—have come and gone, and many practitioners choose specialties, Janway stays committed to one tried and true concept: preventing illness by simply balancing the body and keeping it healthy and functioning in the first place.
“Chiropractic and acupuncture are two healthcare systems that revolve around not utilizing drugs and chemicals,” he says. “In today’s society, there is a desperate need to bring back some form of balance, because we’re so reckless and willing to use and consume chemicals, whether it’s weed killer in the garden or handfuls of pharmaceuticals. Cancer rates are increasing, especially among children, and people are asking, ‘Where did all this cancer come from?’ but not enough people seem to make the connection between illness and all the toxins in our world.”
Since opening his practice, Janway has incorporated homeopathic medicine, biopuncture, supplements, botanicals and probiotics. He stresses that preventive care and staying healthy is not just beneficial for the physical body but also for mental health, as illness can create costly medical bills, which leads to stress. “Ill health can lead people to financial ruin,” he says. “Insurance companies are paying less for everything, and people are getting stuck with more of the bill. We have the most expensive health care in the world, yet we have the highest level of chronic illness. One of the leading causes of depression and anxiety is finances. Acupuncture and chiropractic medicine remain viable systems that are basically chemical-free and are cost effective in most situations.”
Janway says chiropractic medicine and acupuncture go hand in hand by building stronger and healthier organs by increasing circulation of blood and other body fluids. He equates the human body to a car that needs oil and other fluids to flow freely in order to function.
“It doesn’t matter what type of car or how expensive it is; if fluids aren’t moving properly, something’s going to burn up,” he explains. “Chiropractic and acupuncture determine what’s not circulating in the body and why, and we get that to improve by carrying nutrients and oxygen through the body, removing waste and restoring joint motion.”
Many societal lifestyle changes have occurred since Janway entered the natural health profession 33 years ago, most notably the reliance on technical gadgets, leading to much more sitting, which he says can lead to toxic accumulation and a drop in circulation. Yet he is optimistic that more people will embrace alternative and preventive care. “Chiropractic care and acupuncture help you move, perform and maintain the best general health possible,” he says.
Janway Chiropractic and Acupuncture is located at 655 E. Okmulgee St., Muskogee. For more information, call 918-683-0981 or visit JanwayChiropracticAndAcupuncture.com.
Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.