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Dr. Rick Essman

dr-rick.pngDr. Richard A. Essman Jr., D.C.

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Rick Essman is a 1990 Graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Essman also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Alternative Energy Sources from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada.

Dr. Essman has taken many hours of postgraduate instruction in Chiropractic Spinal Care, Extremity Adjusting for Sports Optimization and Recovery, Nutrition, Chiropractic Neurology and Muscle Testing.

Biomechanical/Neurological Stressors, Nutritional deficiency and Chronic degenerative changes have become common in our modern world. Our lifestyles and diet no longer resemble what our genetic coding was designed to utilize, (See Epigenetics). The modern stress lifestyle, with the nutritional deficiencies, refined foods, chemical stressors, and biomechanical/postural stressors, contribute 
significantly to the degenerative changes in our lives. Your body is either headed down the common degeneration path, or you are supporting your body's innate capability at orderly and vital regeneration. Version one leads to drugs, surgery and an early death. Version two leads to your matured "youthification" experience of "aging" with vitality and renewal.

Our techniques of utilizing traditional Chiropractic care with multiple modern tools of Chiropractic and Functional Neurology combined with Nutritional Analysis provide valuable support towards activating and sustaining your healthful life.

If you have any questions about our brand of chiropractic care, or would like to learn more about chiropractic, functional chiropractic neurology, or nutritional therapies, please contact us at Durham Chiropractic Center. Please call us at (919) 401-5061 today!

In his spare time, Dr. Rick visits the waterways of the ocean, bays, and lakes of our nation to race sailboats, and mountain bike the trails adjacent. Lectures and or presentations Dr. Rick can offer are, “Ergonomics for the Workplace and How your Posture Affects your Health” “How to have Healthy Blood Sugar Metabolism in a World Full of Carbs and Treats” “How do I get on the Anti-Aging Train?” “The Posture of a True American and How it Relates to Your Health” “Is Your Diet Causing Excessive Inflammation and Pain?” “Why do my Feet Hurt and Can Orthotics Help?” “Why are Whole Food Nutrition Supplements Better?”

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  • "Wonderful treatments and a great staff to assist Dr. Rick Essman. I could not go through a season without their care. Comfortable environment an escape"
    Joanne McCallie April 2012
  • "I'm so incredibly thankful that I met you guys... you saved me from having serious nerve surgery 2 years ago on my wrist, and for that I am forever grateful. I look back at my first visit to your office, when I couldn't pick up a pen to write, let alone ride my bike anymore because my ulnar nerve was completely dead. Wow. You saved my cycling (and my ability to button my shirt up)"
    Jenn K. / Durham, NC November 2009
  • "I have been a client of Durham Chiropractic Center and Dr. Rick Essman for years. As an endurance athlete I am constantly putting my body through all types of stress. Dr. Rick has changed my life with his Chiropractic skills, helping me through countless bumps, bruises, and injuries. Dr. Rick sets himself apart from other chiropractors I have seen because of his dedication to his clients’ long-term success. His focus and dedication to finding the route cause of issues in addition to treating the immediate symptom is what has made me a lifetime patient and is why I send all of my family and athletes that I coach his way."
    Ben Turits July 2015

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