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Cardwell Chiropractic Associates

Cardwell Chiropractic Associates

By Kristie Darling

Photos by Shane Greene Photography

On the cover–Dr. Wes Cardwell and Cary Cardwell

Right–Dr. Cardwell applying a specific chiropractic adjustment
to remove vertebral subluxation syndrome..

Ashley Steele applies ultrasound with interferential current.
Used for reduction of pain, inflammation, and muscle spasm.

Cardwell Chiropractic Associates

Cardwell Chiropractic Associates


Quality of Life — you’ve heard this phrase before? Stop for just a moment and think about what Quality of Life means to you. Would your life change if your health improved? If discomfort no longer kept you from being more active? Would you be more lighthearted if you could do activities you love—playing with your kids or grandkids? Getting your golf game up to par? Taking up walking or running again? Waking up each day feeling your very best? These things are in your control, and there are specific ways to get there. Dr. Wes Cardwell and his team at Cardwell Chiropractic know that many of today’s chronic or debilitating diseases can be avoided or reversed by teaching you how to use prevention, not reaction, in a health crisis. “I truly believe that wellness comes from being proactive toward preventing diseases that keep us from an excellent quality of life,” Dr. Cardwell shared. “The body has an innate ability to regulate all of its functions—it can bring about improved health and a fuller life.”

“For the last 30 years, I have been in love with what I do, where I do it, and who I serve. I can think of no where else I would rather practice than here in Hickory. I really like the people I serve—the socioeconomic spectrum in my practice is fully diverse, and everyone is the same to me—human beings.” Dr. Cardwell’s love for chiropractic is manifest in his dedication to his patients; everyone benefits from his passion and years of experience.

Every day, Dr. Cardwell brings his passion for athletics, fitness, and wellness to share with those who come to him for help with a variety of health issues. His background in body building and personal training gives him a unique perspective on how the body functions and how it can function at its fullest. “I am practicing an art that is as old as humanity; it will continue long after I have gone,” he shared. “You cannot end the science, art, and philosophy of the healing power of the innate intelligence that guides, directs, and controls all healing. I’m just here to assist that.”

After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Cardwell attended Life University of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia. In addition, he has two-year diplomates in acupuncture, meridian therapy, and applied kinesiology. “My mastery is I am a great neuromusculoskeletal diagnostician, which simple means, I can recognize, assess, and diagnose the differences in conditions that may appear similar, but are truly different and each require a totally unique approach. Someone may come in with back pain, but after listening carefully, using tools such as applied kinesiology, orthopedic and neurological evaluations, and in-house x-ray, I might discover their problem is actually gall stones.”

The dictionary says chiropractic is a “system of integrative medicine based on diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially the spinal column, which cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.” Dr. Cardwell does all this and more. His whole-body approach is supported by his personal and clinical understanding of pain, stress, and vitalism—the understanding of the body’s inherent ability to regulate its functions through the central and peripheral nervous systems. “I teach my patients this fundamental understanding—how to think about pain and how not to think about pain. It’s sad to see how misinformed people are about their bodies and its healing capacity. Pain is not your enemy; it’s a function of life that we need in order to experience pleasure.” Dr. Cardwell’s goal is not just to alleviate the pain but to focus on all aspects of daily living—work, sleep, diet, exercise, posture. Maybe, like so many folks today, you have text neck from looking down at your phone all day long? Stress? “I tell patients I don’t care about their pain, instead, let’s focus on function and human performance…that will get us the best results.”

We all experience pain based on these primary stressors: repetitive motion or injury; psychological stress, as in relationships, depression, finances; chemical stresses like alcohol or drug abuse, OTC medications; and the classic American diet laden with harmful additives. “These stresses cause vertebral subluxation—misalignment of the spine—in all humans,” Dr. Caldwell said. “Once misalignment occurs, without removing it, it causes loss of normal nerve function. This results in issues from headache to foot pain and anywhere in between. A healer’s choice is to prescribe a chemically induced sedative that will wear off OR how about finding the cause and removing it…that is what I do. I diagnose the cause and together we remove it.”

There’s so much more to learn about Dr. Cardwell’s philosophy and his approach to the healing art of chiropractic. I recommend you visit www.cardwellchiro.com.

“I’ve known Doc for about 30 years; we’ve played golf together for eight,” Charles Connor told me. He praised Dr. Cardwell and his own remarkable return to his favorite activities. Charles golfs, runs (15-20 miles a week), and enjoys activities with his three kids. “I’d seen several chiropractors before, but I continued to have back pain. Doc not only does his magic on my back with adjustments and such, he also teaches me how to best manage discomfort. I know the exercises I need to do—I’m religious about doing them—and how to recognize and deal with my life stresses.” Results like Charles’ are common.

Chiropractic isn’t just about back pain. Dr. Cardwell treats “from womb to tomb” and sees patients suffering from auto accidents, carpel tunnel, head and neck pain, pinched nerve and slipped disc, sciatica, scoliosis, stress, whiplash, pregnancy, and many other debilitating conditions. You will receive treatments not only by Dr. Cardwell’s hands-on manipulations but also using cutting edge chiropractic equipment and techniques.

Whether you’re an infant, blue-collar worker, work at a desk all day, a high school athlete, or a senior on Medicare, Dr. Cardwell will take good care of you. He accepts all patients regardless of condition or financial ability to pay. His philosophy is based on the Lasting Purpose: “Giving out of your own abundance: unselfish, spiritual, love, compassion, and dedication to humanity.”

“My best friend and my wonderful wife, Cary Beth, is my anchor and inspiration,” Dr. Cardwell shared. “She’s been my office manager from the start and is certified by the NC Board of Chiropractic Examiners as a certified chiropractic assistant.” Also CCAs in the practice are Ashley Steele and Cassey McConnell. “We all share the same philosophy and dedication to healing. My team is compassionate and professional all at the same time—I couldn’t do what I do without them.”

Whatever your concerns are about your health, pain, or quality of life, or if you continue to have pain after other treatments, this may be the place you finally find relief. Questions are free, make a call. You will be well served.

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790 U.S. Hwy 70 SW
Hickory, NC

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