“Let Our Family Care for Yours”
Dr. Eoin Gregory, chiropractor, professor, and posture specialist, is a family man in all senses of the term; of course, he loves spending time with his two sons, but he also works with his wife, an acupuncturist, and his mother-in-law, a chiropractor, at their carriage house office (pictured right) located behind their family home in East Setauket, NY.
“Our biggest niche is families,” Gregory says. “Our practice motto is, ‘Let our family care for yours,’ and that’s what we do. We often treat the entire family.”
His patients boast that they feel better from doing posture exercises and have actually gotten taller, to which Dr. Gregory says, “Of course!”
“Mom always told you to sit up straight, but she never told you how,” he jokes. “Whether a patient is coming specifically to improve posture or reduce their pain, I take the time to speak with every patient about the daily and long-term effects of poor posture. I make sure that they understand that the road to retraining posture is not difficult, but that it does take practice, time, and repetition.”
Dr. Gregory mentions that his patients are largely compliant with the exercises, which he credits to the program’s built-in specifics, which are detailed in the posture exercise handouts.
“They respond to the specifics. They know how many times to do an exercise, when to breathe, proper form…Having a handout serves two purposes: a reminder to actually do the exercise regularly, but also to do it correctly. And that’s why they’re getting results.”
When asked about how he gets his younger patients to get interested in their posture, he laughs and says he has to “scare them” into it.
“I drill into their heads how important posture is because they are the ones who are exclusively using text messages, which is one of the worst culprits for postural problems. I’ll see kids who are in great physical shape with severe forward head carriage, but because they’re young, they don’t register pain. They’ll often ‘wake up’ when I show them pictures of a dowager’s hump. They can’t believe that they could ever look like that. Athletes, especially, think a lot about how it affects their sports performance.”
In addition to promoting posture awareness at his practice, Dr. Gregory is a professor at a post-secondary holistic school, where he has earned a reputation for his unique teaching style.
“I teach all day on Tuesdays, and it’s important for me to have regular posture breaks. So, I’ll have my classes join me in stretching and balancing for a few minutes, and to hold their engagement, I’ll talk about the hows and whys of each exercise.” Gregory continues, “I even have students who aren’t in my classes come up to me in the hall to ask questions about posture or for exercises they can do.”
Making an impact in his community is an important goal for Dr. Gregory, and he plans to collaborate with other local health businesses to host regular wellness fairs for the public. He notes that in the past, many wellness professionals have focused more on treating patients or clients that want to recover from illness or injury. He believes that as the landscape of healthcare changes, prevention should take top priority.
“It’s important to get a better handle on your health before you have problems, whether it’s obesity, diabetes, repetitive strain, or posture, for that matter. Patients often ask, ‘What is wellness?’ They don’t always understand that prevention is healthcare, too. If we approach it as business and not as the health of our community, patients see right through that. We’re looking to get them well and healthy, and if they see that as our first priority, patients feel more comfortable and are more compliant. The medical community needs to do a better job of encouraging that.”
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