Cara-Celeste Parot, a graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic in Connecticut and the only woman chiropractor in the area, practices at Imperial Valley Chiropractic. | Jayson Barniske photo
IMPERIAL VALLEY — When
Cara-Celeste Parot graduated from University of Bridgeport College of
Chiropractic in Connecticut in 2014, she had never heard of the Imperial
Valley. Today she is the only female chiropractor in the area.
“I was working in Boston
when my husband, who works for the government, was transferred here. When Dr. (Andrew)
Martino (the owner of I.V. Chiropractic) and I met, we clicked right away,” she
The two doctors at
Imperial Valley Chiropractic in Imperial share similar philosophies of
healthcare but adjust their patients using slightly different techniques.
“Chiropractic is a
science and an art. No two chiropractors will adjust exactly the same. There is
no rulebook or manual of how to treat patients,” Parot said.
After seeing a
chiropractor speak during one of her undergraduate classes, she recalled she
decided to seek out a chiropractor for an adjustment.
Describing her first
visit, she said, “Oh my gosh! I didn’t have a lot of discomfort or pain when I
went into his office but valued talking to someone about different ways helping
Parot said she appreciated
the hands-on approach of chiropractic, which she described as, “a way for
someone to become their most optimum with hands-on from of healthcare.”
adjustments to subluxations in patients’ spines that alleviate pressure in the
nervous system, thus allowing the body to operate at its maximum potential.
Patients report feelings
nearing euphoria after chiropractic adjustments, Parot said.
“Some people might still
be in discomfort after they get an adjustment, but they have other parts of
their body that feel good,” she said.
Patients walk into I.V.
Chiropractic for a range of reasons from healing old injuries to seeking
“There is no one size
fits all for healthcare and everyone’s body is different and requires different
amounts of time to heal,” Parot said.
Being a little more
petite than the average, Parot’s adjustments tend to be lighter and less
“Being smaller, I have to
use my body and set the patient up differently for a better advantage,” she
Parot said she enjoys
helping patients wherever they fall in the spectrum of those treated at I.V.
“I like working in the
full range of family health–infants, children, athletes, adolescents, men,
woman, pregnancies. Every different sub-type has their own specific techniques
that they need and the way we look at their care,” she said.
Being a woman makes Parot
the first choice for many women before, during and after pregnancy, as well as working
with their children.
“Because so much is
changing in a woman’s body during pregnancy, chiropractic has a tremendous
affect of the entire childbearing process,” she explained.
Parot spoke about results
that benefit everyone in a household where a mother is expecting.
“Chiropractic helps with
all the hormonal, physical and mental changes going on in the body during
pregnancy. Just to relieve any bit of pressure will help the woman feel more
comfortable and at ease,” Parot said.
One patient of Parot’s,
who asked not to be identified, said treatment during pregnancy “helped the
whole structure of my body. I felt lighter and was less stressed mentally. It
took away aches like the pressure off my hips and swollen feet.”
New patients to I.V.
Chiropractic undergo a full orthopedic and neurological exam upon entering the
office. In certain cases, patients get an x-ray. Most insurances cover