Dr. Joseph Darr of Port Clinton, was among a select group of doctors of chiropractic from around the world invited to participate in the 21st Annual Symposium on Natural Fitness held February 28–March 2 in Columbus. Held annually in conjunction with the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, this event welcomed hundreds of doctors of chiropractic, students and friends from around the world. Sponsored by the Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science of the International Chiropractors Association, this event celebrated its 21st Anniversary this year.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger again highlighted the 2013 ICA chiropractic conference with his personal appearance before the packed Symposium audience. A strong advocate of chiropractic care for people of all ages, Governor Schwarzenegger shared his thoughts about the importance of chiropractic care and his appreciation of its ability to help people on many levels, stressing the importance of chiropractic as a significant means of prevention and its preventative function as a key component of all health care programs, both public and private. Governor Schwarzenegger spoke about his observations and experiences with chiropractic’s value from the podium, telling the audience:
“I really appreciate the chiropractic profession because you are out in the community taking care of patients of all ages, naturally and with great skill. I myself have always been out there campaigning and talking well about chiropractic. We’ve got to let the people know that there is a necessity, it’s not even an option, it’s a necessity to have a chiropractor. As much as it is a necessity to have a dentist, if you have a dentist for the family, you should have your chiropractor for your family.”
Governor Schwarzenegger also spoke about his own personal experience with chiropractic, recognizing the care he received throughout the years in relation to his success in championship bodybuilding and for his ability to maintain such a rigorous public service, travel and appearance schedule. He commented on developments in health care, the need to include prevention and the contributions chiropractic care makes to that key element in health care:
“Prevention, it’s all about prevention. I have seen it over the years, over the 40 years since Dr. Franco Columbu, my dear friend became a chiropractor, and how this has helped our family, how many times he has saved the day in our family. So we know the value. We talk about it all the time. Every seminar that I do about exercising and training, weight resistance training, good nutrition, I talk about the importance of chiropractic.”
Commenting on the importance of including incentives for healthy living and prevention in all health care programs and linking the chiropractic profession to the benefits of health and prevention, he noted,
“We know it (prevention) works. And we know that you (chiropractors) are in the right profession. Because you are really in a profession that saves people money, and it brings the health care cost down. This is what I love about your profession. You are the most incredible profession, you always help people.”
This year’s Symposium program included a special presentation by Olympic champion and coach for the US Olympic Water Polo team, Dr. Terry Schroeder, who spoke eloquently about many aspects of chiropractic’s clinical efficacy in enhancing sports performance and managing injury prevention and injury recovery, and also shared insights about his personal experience with chiropractic and sports performance.
The ICA Natural Fitness Symposium focuses on the close relationship between fitness and health, and brings together the worlds of athletic competition, exercise and fitness, and chiropractic science to educate all participants on the value of natural health through exercise.
Dr. Joseph Darr is a 1978 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic – National University of Health Sciences, where he also served as a teaching assistant in anatomy and x-ray. Dr. Darr served as Board President and Outstanding Alumnus of the Firelands College of Bowling Green State University. Active in his profession, he is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. In practice for over thirty-five years, his practice is located at 125 E. Third Street in Port Clinton.