“My mom would go and she would take us,” said Boufford, who now operates her own chiropractic businesses – House Call Chiropractic and Wellness. “For part of our overall wellness, we would go see the chiropractor growing up. It was a natural progression.”
But Boufford, who holds a doctorate in chiropractic from the University of Georgia, added her own twist — she visits patients in their homes.
“I was interested in taking the care to the patient to make it more convenient,” Boufford said. “House calls are kind of old-school, but there's a lot of value to them. It's an environment that's comfortable for the clients. I can see how they live and move in their natural environment, which is something you don't get to see in a traditional approach. For the patient, it takes away traffic and waiting in a waiting room. You don't have to bundle the kids up.”
Boufford said since it's considered a “premium service,” she can spend about 30 minutes with a patient during a house call.
“With house calls I can spend more time with a client,” she said. “So often doctor appointments are quick in and out. With house calls I get to spend more time and really look at their needs.”
She can watch posture, how they move around their home, how they sit on a couch or chair.
“I make sure they're sitting properly,” Boufford said. “I watch them in the kitchen. I can look at their mattress and pillows – all those things people don't really think about. If they have a home office, I take a look at their work station setup. Sometimes you can make small suggestions that can make a big difference. It's nice to be able to see people in their own environment so y ou can make relevant suggestions that can make a big difference.”
Besides making house calls, Boufford also sees patients in a more traditional office environment through her New Beginnings Chiropractic business at Engage Wellness, corner of Washington and Sixth Street in Grand Haven.
She's also certified in prenatal chiropractic care.
“There are different needs we need to address,” Boufford said. “The biggest thing is their pelvic alignment. There's a lot of research that shows that proper pelvic alignment helps with shorter labor times. It increases birth outcomes and decreases C-section rates. If you have proper alignment, there's more room and it's more efficient for deliver.”
Boufford said pregnancy can bring its own set of aches and pains, hormones and center of gravity shifts.
“I think chiropractic is essential,” Boufford said. “I don't know how people go through pregnancy without getting adjusted.”
Boufford's patients range from age newborn to 90-plus.
“The most common thing with newborns is the birth process itself can be an athletic event for the baby just as much as it is for the mom,” she said. “They're coming through a small space. Things can get shifted during birth. I use a very small amount of pressure. It's very gentle.”
Boufford said many companies have gone mobile – vets, groomers, computer repair.
“People are busy,” she said. “In this day and age of Amazon, everything is brought to your door.”
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