The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C. declared, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” Dr. David Hardin, who’s a U.S Army veteran and has been a licensed chiropractor for five years, has taken Hippocrates up on that challenge. His new practice in Stephenville opened a little over a month ago.

As just about anyone from around here knows, rodeo and all other sports are an extremely important influence in our area. And while his is a general practice that welcomes anyone of any age - athlete or not - he has considerable experience in sports-related treatments. Here’s what we learned from Dr. Hardin in a recent interview:

Q: Can you give our readers some idea of your background such as where you grew up, attended university, went to Chiropractic school and so forth?

A: My wife, Sarah - who is also a chiropractor - is from Hico and my family goes back several generations here in Stephenville and DeLeon. We both graduated from Tarleton then attended Palmer University in Dallas for our chiropractic training, which took approximately four years, including a one-year internship.

After that, we were in Missoula, Montana for about four years working for a couple of other clinics before coming back here. Our oldest is about to start school and we decided it was time to come home.

We have three kids and Sarah’s staying home until our youngest is in school, so she’s not directly practicing. If something comes up that I need to deal with outside the office, she’ll cover for me.

Q: What drew you into this profession, that is, have you always wanted to enter this field?

A: As I said, we both went to school here at Tarleton for our undergraduate work and that’s where we met. I knew I wanted to do something in health care, but I really didn’t know much about chiropractic.

She’d already applied and been accepted to Parker University in Dallas and chiropractic is what she’d wanted to do for a long time. The more we talked about it, the more it resonated with my personal philosophy, which is allowing the body to heal itself naturally the way it’s designed to do. One reason chiropractic is so effective is that it treats the cause rather than the effect and I like that.

Also I wanted to work for myself and at the same time help people. Chiropractic practice provides both of those things, so it’s a very good fit for both my family and me.

Q: Do you practice traditional chiropractic methods, and can you tell us a bit about your experience in treating athletes?

A: The treatment is pretty traditional and I stick to what I do best. Chiropractic’s very effective, especially with things like neck pain, back pain, and headaches and it’s very cost effective as well.

Chiropractic treatment is always adapted to the individual and people of all ages can benefit from it. For instance, we all know that children have lots of falls, run into things and all of that. People may not automatically think of taking their child to a chiropractor. But often we can really help with problems that arise from normal childhood mishaps and kids’ overall health in general. And the treatment is especially gentle for children as it is with elderly patients.

As for sports-related treatment, I’ve spent quite a bit of time working with athletes. I was a team doctor for a Rocky Mountain Football League team, worked with the University of Montana baseball team, and have experience helping rodeo professionals keep doing what they love. I really enjoy helping rodeo people and other athletes stay healthy and active in their individual sports.

Dr. Hardin also does DOT physicals, bills all insurance companies, and right now is offering a complimentary consult and exam for a $20 donation to help start an official chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Stephenville High School. His office is located at 1917 W. Washington Street. You can phone his office at 254-434-4488.