BAR PORT – Joel Chaloux has opened his first chiropractic office called Movement Med on the West Eden Commons at the intersection of ME-102 and Crooked Road in Bar Harbor. Chaloux offers personalized body modification services tailored to each patient.
“I try to keep people’s goals first. People here in Maine are very tough and don’t care so much about pain as they do about the activities that pain keeps them from doing,” Chaloux said.
Chaloux attended the University of Bridgeport (UB) in Connecticut for his Bachelors and Doctorate in Chiropractic.
In his early 20s, Chaloux suffered a neck injury as a result of his physically intense lifestyle. “UB had a hands-on chiropractic program that helped me a bit, and the injury to my neck was completely gone after one visit,” he said.
Before deciding to open his own practice, Chaloux worked at another chiropractic facility for about three years.
Having his own practice, Chaloux said, gives him more time to connect with his patients. Movement Med was created because Chaloux wanted to offer longer appointment windows.
“I don’t want it to be just an in and out thing. I want to make sure I’m actually helping the customer without wasting their time or money,” he said.
Different practitioners have different approaches and methods of doing things, so Chaloux focuses on evidence and patient-centred care. It targets the reasons a person seeks care so that their desired goals can be achieved. He orients the condition of his clients to the performance of their muscles, joints and nerves, which sometimes requires adjustment.
“I call it a movement supplement. I have adjustments and manual therapies that I do to get people to loosen their joints,” he said.
Chaloux believes that all providers, especially physicians and chiropractors, should work together for the benefit of the patient.
“The more we work as a team and not in a competitive way, the more likely patients will have better outcomes,” he said. To ensure issues are resolved, theChaloux provides all of its patients’ doctors with a detailed summary of their visits.
Movement Med appointments can be booked by calling (207) 801-9277 or online at www.movementmedmaine.com. Potential customers are also encouraged to visit Movement Med’s Facebook page.
Ninah Rein, a native of MDI, covers the city of Bar Harbor. She’s happy to be back in Maine after earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego.