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Dr. Josh Howe purchases Northville Chiropractic

Dr. Josh Howe

There's a new practice in town that offers chiropractic services and health education. Josh Howe, DC, purchased the practice of Kathleen Rohlig, DC, who retired after 25 years at that location on 412 N. Center.

The 33-year-old solo practitioner renovated the one-story office space, across from Kroger, by adding new paint and trim, replacing fixtures, expanding the reception area with an elegant granite reception counter and making other improvements. It opened for business on April 28, 2016, and held an open house on Sept. 28 with a ribbon-cutting by the Northville Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Howe had been working toward having his own practice for the past 10 years. Previously, he worked as an associate at a chiropractic office in Ann Arbor.

His decision to become a chiropractor was unexpected. He was attending Schoolcraft Community College when he had a sudden desire to see a chiropractor, even though he wasn't ailing. He asked around for referrals and several people told him to see Dr. James O'Dell, who has a practice in Westland and resides in Northville. The doctor talked to him about the profession - how chiropractic is about restoring the brain-body connection as well as physical function and health.

From then, his interest in becoming a chiropractor became a calling. He completed his undergraduate requirements at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina, and earned his Doctor in Chiropractic from Life University, outside of Atlanta, Ga. He said that his dealings with the city to establish the practice were handled efficiently. He applied for a business license through the mail and his office passed a fire inspection.

He chose to open his practice in Northville because of his personal experience growing up in the area and it fit his demographics: an affluent and well-educated community that he thought would be health conscious and want the benefits of chiropractic. "I've noticed that people in Northville want to perform at their highest and be their best," he said.

Many patients seek out chiropractic if they have neck pain, back pain or headaches. Dr. Howe notes, "Being in a healthy state doesn't mean that there is something we need to get rid of (such as a disease), but that we've lost something that we need." He says that cultivating good habits and practices is key to overall health.

Erin Summers
The chiropractic assistant Erin Summers is happy to help patients.

"Health isn't based upon a feeling. Textbooks describe health as an optimal function. Thephilosophy that I teach my patients is that the body is a self-healing, self-maintaining, vital organism. The brain/nervous system regulates and coordinates all functions of healing. It's imperative for messages to clearly get from the brain to the body," said Dr. Howe said.

Working with the body's "missed messages" is corrected by manually aligning the spinal cord segments so there's a clear path of communication for the nervous system - from the back through the neck and to the brain, he said.

"Losing alignment doesn't always involve pain," he said. "Roughly 80 percent of the time, people don't realize that they have lost spinal alignment, they only know they aren't functioning at their best. Most people think we're all about the back, but we're about the brain.
"The brain coordinates all the functions of the body; whenever we lose alignment of the spine, we partially lose connection between the brain and body, and that creates a loss of function and ultimately a loss of good health," he said.

"As a chiropractor, I find areas of the spine where there is a disconnect between the brain and the body (subluxation) and correct it using a specific adjustment, subsequently re-establishing a clear brain-body connection. This is why chiropractic is more about the brain than the back."

Setting up a private practice was a difficult task, but Dr. Howe didn't do it alone. He has several mentors, including his father, who owns Howe Auto Body in Plymouth, and Dr. O'Dell, who is still his chiropractor.

"I put together a team...nobody can do it on their own. I have five people that I can and do call upon regularly," he said.

Of the office renovations, he notes, "We wanted the interior to match the high level of care that we offer." Many returning patients say they like the renovations, that the interior is brighter and it is a positive place.

Dr. Howe's vision for his office is, "To give, to love, to serve out of a sense of my own abundance." Inspirational signs abound on the walls of the office. He wants his patients to leave the office feeling like they are on top of the world. "I want to see my patients being the best version of themselves and performing at their best."

Now that his practice is in alignment with his philosophy, d├ęcor and furnishings, he welcomes new patients.

Florene Forinash
Dr. Howe shows patient Florence Forinash how the spine works.


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