My Chiropractic and Healing Arts Story:
In 1996, while I was working a shift as a Basic-EMT for AMR in Worcester, MA, I began seeing blurred vision in my right eye. After a short time, the vision cleared and was replaced with severe head pain. Immediately, I went to a local ER where the nurses and doctors diagnosed me with a migraine. They administered Fioricet, which unfortunately only took the edge off the pain, while making me feel agitated and restless. The following day, I scheduled a visit with my PCP who prescribed other medications. Not happy with the ineffectiveness of the medications to take away the pain, as well as the side effects, I searched for another answer to treat the problem.
At that time, I decided to go to a chiropractor who explained to me that the issues were coming from my neck, due to a reversed cervical spine, and that chiropractic adjustments would help to treat the problem at its source. I was happy and relieved to find a solution to the problem that would help my body rather than having to worry about side effects. After receiving just a few adjustments, I no longer had pain, and with occasional follow-up treatment, the migraines did not return. I was extremely happy with the effectiveness of the chiropractic treatment. The way in which the art of chiropractic and the body worked together made sense to me. It was at that moment that I began to shadow chiropractors. I knew that I always wanted to help people in a health profession. Becoming a chiropractor felt right. I would be my own boss, the job was physical in nature, and I could help patients immediately feel better after receiving a treatment.
After this realization, I enrolled at New York Chiropractic College. I loved the strength and diversity of the curriculum and how it prepared me to pass the licensing boards. During my first 4 years as a chiropractor, I worked in multiple practices, gaining experience with a variety of patients who had a variety of conditions. I felt passionate about learning a variety of chiropractic and soft tissue techniques so that I could have a “tool chest” of treatment modalities, which would help patients obtain relief in a gentle, specific, and timely manner. I also enjoyed learning easy-to-remember, specific rehabilitation exercises that patients could perform at home, to help themselves hold their adjustments and decrease the chance of an exacerbation in the future.
In 2005, I opened my own chiropractic office, “Ruggiero Family Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center,” in downtown Manchester integrating all that I had learned from my past experiences. I went back to school to learn acupuncture as another powerful tool to help people out of their pain, as well as help with a variety of other ailments.
Throughout my years of practice, I began to realize that pain was often the symptom of a deeper core issue. Treating the physical body was only one part of the puzzle to help remove the true source of pain. This realization inspired me to learn more about healing the mind, body, and spirit, which motivated me to obtain additional training and certifications. Slowly, I began to incorporate hypnotherapy, “feeding your demons” therapy, reconnective “hands-off” energy healing, shamanic chakra energy healing therapies, Qest4 bioenergetic healing, and ionizing detox footbath treatments with chiropractic treatment patients. Amazingly, they responded more quickly and with more lasting, life-changing results.
Contact Dr. Ruggiero at (860) 643-2888 to discuss any questions you might have about the services offered at our office and how they can improve your quality of life starting today!