by Julie Ann Madden
Oct. 3 was the 10th anniversary of an Akron businessman’s dream becoming reality.
Next week, Chiropractor Dr. Bradley Britton will be celebrating this milestone all week long. In addition, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, there will be an Open House supper, which not only includes food but tours of the facility.
In 2003, Dr. Britton and his wife, Sara, came back to his hometown to raise their family and turn his dream of owning and operating a chiropractic clinic in his hometown into a successful venture.
From the moment it opened a decade ago, Britton Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic has offered traditional chiropractic care along with physical rehabilitative care for sports, auto and work injuries.
In addition, patients may receive acupuncture treatments; neuromuscular re-education; and proprioceptive care, which is helping individuals with balance issues.
In January 2005, the Brittons opened Express Fitness & Health Club. One of the main reasons for this expansion was Dr. Britton believes in total body health. This club expanded Dr. Britton’s ability to treat muscle, joint and nerve issues such as pre/post surgery, knee/hip replacements, athletic injuries, repetitive sprain/strains, and any other back, neck, shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle and other extremity problems.
In December 2009, Express Fitness was transformed into a 24-hour access facility offering clients gym memberships, personal training, athletic excel programs, weight loss and nutritional supplement programs, fitness classes and tanning.
There is an adage out there which says, “Once you go to a chiropractor, you have to go the rest of your life.”
“My statement back is ‘Yes, you’re right,’” said Dr. Britton, “or at least all of us chiropractors hope that you do because we hope you have now found the ability to really look at your body and understand your body better instead of constantly ignoring your body.”
“If we sat down and paid attention to what our body is telling us on a daily basis, we’d have much fewer health problems,” he said. “Our nervous system is the key. It controls all aspects of our bodies. If the nerves aren’t working right, nothing else can do its job.”
“The nerves not only talk from the brain to the body, telling our hearts to beat, our intestines to get motility, our liver to detoxify and so on,” he explained. “It talks backwards — from body to brain. So if our stomach is disrupted, producing too much acid, it’s supposed to communicate with the brain saying we have a problem here.”
Chiropractic adjustments help keep the nervous system’s communication paths working, said Dr. Britton. “We try to facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself versus using a drug to overcome the body’s processes.”
“My dream is to see patients be self-aware of their bodies,” he said. “Instead of allowing doctors to take control and expect them to take care of us, we need to take care of ourselves. Then we’ll do much, much better.”
“It’s amazing,” said Dr. Britton, who has completed a one-year Fellowship with the National Chiropractic Pediatric Association. “If we could all understand why we’d ever want to take our babies to chiropractors, everybody would always use chiropractic care the rest of their lives.”
Dr. Bradley Britton graduated from Akron-Westfield High School in 1995 and completed an associate of science degree in biology at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville. Next, he earned a doctorate of chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn. He also became certified in pediatric, physiotherapy and rehabilitative chiropractic care. Furthermore, he completed First Line Therapeutic Lifestyle Healthcare, which helps individuals through nutrition and supplements.
After completing residencies in St. Paul and Bloomington, Minn., Dr. Britton opened his own clinic in St. Louis Park, a suburb of downtown Minneapolis.
“My goal I strive for is to make sure people understand what chiropractic care is truly about — not just the fact we’re here to crack your back,” said Dr. Britton. “My goal is to help people understand how they can heal naturally — that we are a viable source of care and not just for back pain and headache pain relief.”
Not only does Dr. Britton provide chiropractic care, it’s one of his personal goals to give back to the community.
He and his staff have hosted many benefits, raising thousands of dollars for local community needs.
At the top of his philanthropic giving is cancer awareness and research and feeding the hungry. Many times a year, he donates the costs of his services to organizations such as the Plymouth County Relay For Life cancer fundraiser and Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc., which helps local needy families and operates the Akron Food Pantry.
“We’re able to help a cause we believe in at the same time we’re helping patients,” said Dr. Britton. “That’s pretty important to me and it’s a win-win-win scenario.”
“I think everybody should find a way to give back to their communities,” he said, adding it’s nice to keep all the money in town. “Giving locally truly makes a difference one can see.”
This month, Dr. Britton is charging new patients only $20 for examinations and $10 for an X-ray of a single skeletal area. Then he is donating 100 percent of these fees to Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. to help meet the needs of local families.
In November, new patients’ fees will go toward Brittons’ Heap of Thanks Food Drive. In addition, on Nov. 5 he is hosting his annual Patient Appreciation Day where current patients can receive adjustments for $20 to improve their health and well-being, and these fees will also go toward Food Drive purchases.
“Giving back is something I’ve really enjoyed,” said Dr. Britton. “What you give is going to make an impact. It makes a huge difference for our community.”
For the next decade, Dr. Britton plans to continue growing his business through his personal philosophies of chiropractic care and philanthropy.