Steven Lowe answered his heart's desire to serve mankind and his longing to live in Arizona by becoming a chiropractor and moving to Pine.
He opened Abundant Life Chiropractic 10 years ago.
"Chiropractic is a scientific, valid and natural conservative approach to improving and restoring health and vitality of life. It is about being all you can be, and that is abundant life," Lowe said.
"While I would not diminish the use of medicine, in many cases the human body is fully capable of healing most health issues on its own," Lowe said.
He uses Palmer upper cervical and Thompson full spine methods when adjusting patients.
"The Palmer specifically addresses the upper neck," he said. "Thompson addresses the whole spine, using the drop table. It is a low force specific technique."
He may employ heat packs, ultrasound and physiotherapy treatments to assist his patients in their search for wellness.
Chiropractic care and treatment can also help people with addiction and recovery issues Lowe said. He cited a 1994 study by the Holder Research Institute on the brain reward cascade.
"(The brain reward cascade is) that process of events that says all is right with my world. Whether it's I need sleep, I'm hungry, I need love and affection -- it triggers a chain of events. They have found that in compulsive disorders that (the reward cascade) is messed up."
In the study, one group used only a 12-Step recovery approach; another group added medical treatment; and the third group included chiropractic care.
The group that used chiropractic care had fewer trips to the nurses station for medication and a 90 percent success rate for staying clean, Lowe said.
He chose this career because his grandmother was successfully treated in her 30s by a chiropractor.
She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in the 1930s, he said. At that time, she was told to "go home and prepare to degenerate and die. A chiropractor was sought as a last resort."
Lowe's grandmother lived to be 80 -- knitting, crocheting and sewing until she died.
"Becoming a chiropractor also fit in with my Christian calling," Lowe said.
He studied to be a chiropractor at Palmer College in Iowa before transferring to Cleveland Chiropractic in Los Angeles, where he earned his degree.
"Cleveland provided me with a unique opportunity. I was able to go through clinical rounds with medical and osteopathic interns. That was an extremely interesting and valuable experience. It gave me an appreciation for the skills necessary to perform crisis intervention services."
Lowe sees patients at Abundant Life Chiropractic Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. His office is at 3617 Bishop Park on Highway 87 in Pine. For more information, call (928) 476-2777.