PRESS RELEASE: October 3, 2018
Dr. Alison M. Benedetto knows a thing or two about staying healthy and fit for life. The Bethlehem-based Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) was recently elected President of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association (PCA), which represents the interests of the Commonwealth’s 4,000+ Doctors of Chiropractic. As a mother of 3 young and active children, partner in a successful chiropractic practice with husband Ray, and very involved in a variety of athletic activities, Dr. Benedetto literally and figuratively “walks her talk.”
This month, Dr. Benedetto headlined the PCA’s announcement declaring October as Chiropractic Health Month in Pennsylvania, with the theme Move 4 Life. Following Dr. Benedetto’s lead, House Resolution 1042 was introduced by Representative Jim Marshall (R- Beaver, Butler), as well as a Senate Resolution, introduced by Senator David Argall (R- Schuylkill, Berks) and a Proclamation was signed by Governor Tom Wolf, recognizing and celebrating Chiropractic Health Month.
Moving beyond those declarations, Dr. Benedetto and husband Ray (also a DC), are the “poster-docs” for PCA’s theme, Move 4 Life. According to Dr. Benedetto, “Ray and I regularly engage in high intensity interval training, obstacle course racing, and local 5k and half marathons.” She also said that her children, ages 10, 7, and 4 are also very actively involved in a variety of sports and physical activities such as ice hockey, cross-country running and dancing. “We strive to be positive role models, not only for our children and family, but also our patients and profession. Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is the foundation to better health and we do our best to demonstrate, through how we practice our profession AND how we live our lives, what Move 4 Life really means and how beneficial it can be to our patients, their families and lifestyles.”
As the 2018- 2020 President of the PCA, Dr. Benedetto has added one more ”activity” to her daily to-do list: promoting Chiropractic and the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association at every possible opportunity. “Since being elected as PCA’s President this past July, I think I receive an average of anywhere from 5 to 25 emails, phone calls and text messages every day of the week regarding my responsibilities with PCA.”
Yet another example of how PCA’s newest leader “walks her talk” and stays active, if not in hyper-drive and constantly on the move representing the Chiropractic profession in the Keystone state.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians- practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
DCs may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care (Conservative Care First) may be a patient’s primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic services complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.