Bailey ‘thrilled’ to open practice in hometownMay 15, 2018
By LEANN BURKE
JASPER — After 15 years away, chiropractor Tracy Bailey moved back to Jasper to start her own practice.
“I just knew if I was going to have my own practice, I wanted it to be in my hometown,” the 35-year-old said.
The Jasper Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for Bailey’s practice, Bailey Chiropractic, 1450 Executive Blvd., this morning. Bailey began practicing at the location in July 2017 with chiropractor Bernie Nonte. She took over the practice when Nonte retired in December.
Bailey graduated from Jasper High School in 2002 after playing on both the girls volleyball and girls basketball teams. In college at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, she continued to play volleyball. Her career in sports is part of what led her to a career in chiropractic. Several times throughout her athletic career, chiropractors helped Bailey handle pain that came with the game, getting her back out on the court quickly. Doing the same for athletes now is one of Bailey’s favorite parts of the job.
But chiropractic isn’t just for athletes. Bailey also sees patients with other chronic pain, such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain and headaches.
Unlike other medical treatments, Bailey said, chiropractic care manages pain without the use of medication. Chiropractic looks at the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these systems on general health.
One of the most common treatments used by chiropractors, according to the American Chiropractic Association, is spinal manipulation or adjustment, which restores mobility to joints through the controlled application of force. Often, chiropractic adjustment leads to pain relief, better coordination and posture improvements, to name a few. Relieving patients’ pain is another of Bailey’s favorite parts of the job.
“I not only get to help them feel better, I get to help them move better and walk better,” Bailey said.
In fact, some of her patients have gone from walking with a cane to walking on their own through her care.
In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors can also offer therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and dietary counseling. In her practice, Bailey often teaches patients stretches that can help keep their pain away, especially neck stretches for people with desk jobs.
After graduating from IUPUI, Bailey attended the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida. During that time, she returned briefly to Dubois County to intern with chiropractor Phil Gilbert in Huntingburg. After graduating from Palmer, she moved to Indianapolis where she practiced for a couple years before moving to Munsterto continue her practice. Now that she’s back in Jasper, she’s preparing to become the team chiropractor for the Jasper High School girls basketball and volleyball teams. That gig starts this fall.
“I’m just thrilled to be back in Jasper and to see people that I know,” she said. “I have people come in and say, ‘I knew you when you were 10 years old.’”
Bailey Chiropractic can be reached at 812-634-2474.
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