Jerry Murphy, a 1991 graduate of Richmond Senior High, first became interested in chiropractic care when he was in high school.
“I suffered from back issues developed over many years playing sports and lifting weights,” said Murphy. “I exhausted all the traditional methods of orthopedic involvements — including medicine.”
He finally visited a chiropractor, and said the experience was “life changing.”
“I was finally free of pain, and I had a new career direction,” he said. “Other members of my family had suffered from failed back surgeries and I believed chiropractics was the answer.”
He went on to obtain his undergraduate degree at East Carolina University, and his doctorate from Life University College of Chiropractic. Murphy is certified in several chiropractic methods, and primarily utilizes Diversified Technique with the objective of restoring proper movement and alignment of spine and correcting joint dysfunction.
He practiced in Illinois for 10 years before deciding to move back to Richmond County with his wife and children.
“This is where I grew up, and all my family is here,” he said. “After a while I just felt like it was time to come home, so I moved my practice to Rockingham.”
Murphy said he concentrates his efforts on educating his clients on health and wellness, as well as treating them.
“My emphasis is in combining a joint approach using rehabilitative measures of physical therapy, a soft tissue approach and chiropractic technique,” he said. “I have a great deal of experience in treating conditions involving spinal and extremities injuries and use all the most advanced techniques.”
He added that he uses a “whole person” approach to treatments; meaning he looks for underlying causes to physical ailments and pain.
Early in his career, Murphy had an experience that served to solidify his belief in the practice of chiropractics.
“I treated a 15-year-old boy in a wheelchair,” he said. “Doctors had diagnosed him with idiopathic petit mal seizure disorder, and he couldn’t talk or feed himself. His joints were fixed in flexed or extended positions. He could have as many as 40 seizures a day, along with projectile vomiting.”
The boy was brought in for chiropractic care daily for two weeks. By week three, Murphy said the patient’s seizures decreased to 10 per day. By week four, the patient was seizure free.
“This case only solidified my belief in how far-reaching chiropractic treatment can be, and how important it is to never lose hope in finding the right solution,” he said.
Murphy Chiropractic and Wellness, P.A. is located at 617-A East Broad Avenue in Rockingham (beside Quick Copy). Hours of operation are Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday by appointment only, Sunday closed. For more information call 910-817-7126.
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.