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Meet Dr. Deborah (Debbie) Backman DC
Chiropractor in Amherst

As Fate would have it…

Dr Deborah (Debbie) Backman, DC

Dr Deborah (Debbie) Backman, DC

Let me tell you a little about myself and how I came to be a chiropractor. I grew up in a small town about 1.5 hours northwest of Toronto. I had played golf most of my childhood and became quite good at it. So good in fact I was given a full scholarship to play golf for Chicago State University. Alas, my journey there was short lived and I found myself not enjoying college life there. However, as fate would have it, my fellow golfers as a junior had also received golf scholarships to play at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and it is there I transferred to and ultimately graduated from with a Bachelor in Science in Bio molecular Science.

It was senior year when my parents began asking what I had planned for after I graduated. I had no idea! I thought graduating with a Bachelor of Science would open many doors as that was a broad degree, but it did not help me pinpoint what door to go through. It was only when I was driving to go home one break I passed a “Chiropractor” sign and a seed was planted. I knew I wanted to get into the health field in some shape or form and after googling what exactly a chiropractor was, I figured it was an option. I looked up the nearest chiropractor to my school and shadowed him for one afternoon. I watched him do one adjustment and saw the relief on the patient’s face. I had not really thought about the body as a moving, functioning system in terms of joints and mobility. I had always though if it hurts, take an Advil or Tylenol and you’ll be fine. Chiropractic was a whole new field that had opened my eyes to an area of health that was holistic and natural. It was fate I should see a chiropractic sign just as I was ready to graduate from CCSU.

A Chiropractic Journey

I searched out chiropractic schools and before I knew it I started chiropractic college the following semester. It was while I was in chiropractic college that I received my first chiropractic adjustment! People were always so stunned to hear I had never been adjusted before attending chiropractic school. I guess I just had faith in a profession I knew would help me. It was amazing to me after the first adjustment just how much range of motion you lose without even knowing it. I was not in pain, I was young, and I was healthy, however after the adjustment I felt even more amazing. From that moment on I knew I had to spread the word that chiropractic was a healthy, holistic alternative to many musculoskeletal issues the majority of the population have.

In a society where over prescription is common practice, I loved the idea of helping people regain their life a natural, holistic way. We live in a time where working at a desk, sitting on a couch, and being overall sedentary have become the norm. Our bodies are meant to move! It is when our bodies don’t move we start to feel symptoms like stiffness, pain, numbness, etc… This lack of movement, also known as a restriction puts pressures on nerves exiting the spine causing inflammation, irritation, swelling, or all the above to the nerve, thus impacting the muscle and surrounding tissues.

More Than Pain Relief

Chiropractic helps people get out of pain, but it also helps maintain a healthy balance in the body. With regular adjustments the body is able to function at its optimal level. We adjust to remove restrictions before they become symptomatic and keep you moving. The idea that you only need to get adjusted when you are hurting is false, you need to get adjusted to keep you moving through life!

I adjust my family whenever I am home in Canada because they know they feel good after getting adjusted.  They may not be hurting, but they know they will feel even better after I remove restrictions in their spine.

Contact our office today to find out if chiropractic care can help you. I look forward to meeting you!


Dr. Deborah (Debbie) Backman, DC | (716) 832-1818

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