Dr. Ralph Stokes
“I grew up as a typical kid who played many sports, mainly football, tennis, and track. I remember at age 16 I hurt my back in football, and my coach told my dad to take me to a chiropractor. I recall the chiropractor ‘bounced up and down on my back’ for a few weeks, and I recovered from the injury. This was my first experience with chiropractic. During my college years, I majored in pre-med and worked as a physical therapy aide in the P.T. department of a large hospital. I saw a lot of people die, both young and old. I had a very hard time accepting these losses and could not understand why medicine could not do better at restoring people’s health.
Fast forward a few years to my late 20’s. I was a semi-pro tennis player. With an overly aggressive serve, I hurt my back again playing the sport I loved. I had a back spasm so strong it curled me into a ball like a cat. I had forgotten my previous success with chiropractic. For several weeks I followed my primary M.D.’s instructions of taking drugs. I recognized not only that it was not working, but one of the drugs he gave me caused a terrible headache that was 100 times worse than my back pain. I called the primary doctor and was told that the drugs were the only thing that would help. I was totally depressed and dejected that I could not play tennis anymore. Fortunately, a friend of mine reminded me that I should try a chiropractor. He suggested one who treats some of the Dallas Cowboys. I went because I knew how well I did at age 16, my first sports injury. Sure enough, after a few weeks of treatment I was well again.
The chiropractor had a sign in his office that said ‘Urgently Needed – more Doctors of Chiropractic.’ I discussed this with him and he said with my pre-med degree I could easily start chiropractic school. So I did!
I have been practicing for 25 years. My first 12 years were my own private practice in Richardson, Texas. I then joined the spine surgeons as a chiropractor at Texas Back Institute. After five years, they decided to take out chiropractic and focus only on surgery. I went to Oklahoma for three years to replace a chiropractor who passed away. I wanted to return to Dallas, and I found Dr. Nannis at Optimum Wellness Solutions.
There are different ways to look at chiropractic treatment. Unfortunately, as many chiropractors do, the adjustment can be viewed as a modality for pain control. Dr. Nannis taught me that the adjustment is about removing the interference on the nervous system, which in turn not only reduces pain, but restores the body’s function and wellness. This philosophy is now the cornerstone of my treatment protocol . This is what has restored my health.
I look forward to sharing this with you very soon.”