Interview with Dr. Charles Hecht – Partners in Health & Wellness
How did you get started in chiropractic care?
I wanted to become a chiropractor after suffering with a herniated disc in high school. I had tried PT and was scheduled to have surgery. However, I tried chiropractic as a “last possible solution” and got full resolution of my problem and was able to avoid going in for surgery. Since that time, it has been my “go-to” for musculoskeletal issues like back and neck pain, elbow tendonitis, headaches and much more.
How long have you been in business?
I received by chiropractic license in November 1999. Soon after, I started practicing in Virginia before moving down to North Carolina. I opened my current practice in Chapel Hill, NC in March of 2001.
What are the top issues you treat?
The most common issue I treat is lower back pain, followed by neck pain/headaches. However, in the summer, we have an increase in sports injuries like shin splints, hip pain from running, and tennis elbow. Also, I treat the occasional gardener who over did it tending their crop.
Are there any issues that women are prone to?
Yes. Many women have a unique series of posture issues that usually result from post-pregnancy changes. Most common is the rounding of the shoulders and upper back because of how they hold/feed their child during the early years. Unfortunately when this problem is not corrected, it can lead to upper back pain/burning, as well as neck pain and headaches. In addition, women who run tend to have more hip flexor and sacroiliac issues as a result of these weak middle and lower trapezius.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care for individuals who exercise regularly?
Regular chiropractic care is fantastic for individuals who work out. It is one of the many reasons I have a trainer in my office. I encourage all of my patients to do at least 3-4 days per week of 20-25 minutes of exercise. Unfortunately, if you do “the same old routine” over and over, then it can cause muscular and joint imbalance creating pain. With chiropractic, I analyze a patient’s spine for normal movement, their muscular patterns for imbalances, and the health of their joints for longevity.
For example, I treat many runners (of all levels) in my office. The two most common reasons they come to me for help is hip and sacroiliac pain. There is a predictable pattern of overuse. First, the individual is usually someone who has run for many years. Often, they do not take “rest” days. Finally, many of these patients will sit all day at a computer which causes the glute muscles not to function and leads to hamstring shortening. Partnering chiropractic care with exercise will help you “stay in the game” and avoid injuries.
If there is one piece of advice you could offer everyone, what would it be?
Look at the big picture! When you are training for an event that “you just have to do” but have nagging injuries or worse an acute injury, cancel the race. Consult with a professional that will help to treat the ailing issue, then return to the activity healthy. Avoiding these warning sides will lead to more time out of exercise versus just missing “one race”.