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Athens Chiropractor : Dr. Meg Ann Lawson

Thirty years ago my life changed forever. I was suffering from daily headaches and chronic neck pain.

Dr. Lawson, Athens Chiropractor, and her dogs

Dr. Meg Ann Lawson and her rescue dogs

I suffered from chronic pain since I was five years old, as I got older it got worse. The pain in my head was so intense that I couldn’t do anything. I was missing work and time spent with my family and friends. I was afraid I would lose my job if the disability continued. I had tried the “medical” route without success. I had multiple tests and was given drugs to take. But I was still having pain.

One day a friend referred me to her chiropractor. The chiropractor did a thorough examination and then adjusted my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt, it actually felt good. I got relief, and got my life back again. It worked so well that I enrolled in chiropractic school and that’s why I am a chiropractor today. And I am proud to say I no longer suffer with chronic neck pain and daily headaches.

A Chiropractic Education

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from Quincy University, Quincy, Illinois, 1985, in Pre-medical studies: Biological Sciences, with a chemistry minor and a concentration in psychology. I attended Life University School of Chiropractic in Atlanta GA. I graduated Cum Laude in March 1994. I am Board Certified in Physiological Therapeutics from National College. I have postgraduate studies in X Ray Proficiency, 100 hours, thru Dr. Russell Erhardt. I am a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner from Dr. Kevin Herron’s Postgraduate Program (since December 1997). I have attended over 300 hours in Clinical Neurology at the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies Program, and am Board eligible to be a Chiropractic Neurologist. I earned my Masters degree, summa cum laude, in Human Clinical Nutrition and functional medicine from the University of Bridgeport.  I am Certified in Webster’s intrauterine breech baby technique, Certified in Basic Activator Methods, Certified in Basic and Advanced Sacro-Occiptial, Certified as a NIMMO Receptor Tonus Practitioner, Certified Basic Cranio-Sacral Therapy.

I have completed numerous hours in advanced chiropractic, functional medicine and neurology, pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic, and rehabilitation. I have training in animal adjusting, and have been treating animals since my clinical days at Life University in the early 1990’s.  I have adjusted athletes, including Olympic, Professional, and University levels. I have treated musicians and professional dancers.  I see ALL ages from newborn to seniors.

My Philosophy

My overall philosophy is the power of the adjustment in its ability to help the body heal. The statement ” the power that made the body heals the body” is evident everyday in my office. The adjustment allows proper nerve transmission throughout the body and gives the body an opportunity to achieve optimal physical and mental well being. Whether one is in pain, or has an ailment such as high blood pressure or an ear infection, if nerve interference is involved, optimal function gets restored, then the patients symptoms improve. My goal is to bring chiropractic to the community to as many people as possible. This will make our community a better place to live.

The patients that respond the best to care in my office are the ones who follow the care plan: by keeping their appointments, doing their exercises, taking any supplements as prescribed, and using ice/heat as prescribed. I believe in doing “chiropractic first, medicine second, and surgery last.” (Of course there are always some exceptions to this rule, such as medical emergencies.)

On a Personal Note…

I live with my three active rescue dogs. I am learning to play the acoustic drums. I love to take my camera out and take photos of just about anything. I’m a music lover of any kind, except Rap. I am somewhat of a movie buff. I love sports, especially the Red Sox and the Boston Celtics (can you guess where I was born and raised?), and basketball. When I take a vacation I usually go to the beach.

Patients often ask me , “Do you get adjusted?” Yes, I get adjusted every two weeks. I also get a massage at least once a month. I perform stretching exercises daily, Tai Chi, and aerobic exercise biweekly. I regularly take nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. I eat a healthy diet and avoid the Standard American Diet as much as possible.

Thanks for visiting our site. We look forward to meeting you in person. Give us a call so we can help you take your first step towards better health.


Dr. Meg Ann Lawson | Lawson Family Chiropractic | (706) 546-4488
Delivering quality chiropractic care to the Athens area since 1995
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