Getting the body back to normal

Chiropractor Justin Hamblet, owner of North Peninsula Chiropractic in Poulsbo, adjusts the neck of Janie Adams Strand at his new office during a visit last week.  - Photob y Kassie Korich
Chiropractor Justin Hamblet, owner of North Peninsula Chiropractic in Poulsbo, adjusts the neck of Janie Adams Strand at his new office during a visit last week.
— image credit: Photob y Kassie Korich

Ever since high school, Justin Hamblet envisioned a career in chiropractic.

That vision is now a reality as the 1992 Central Kitsap High School graduate recently opened North Peninsula Chiropractic in Poulsbo.

“In high school I wanted to be a chiropractor, but I also wanted to live life,” he said of waiting until now to open a business.

Receiving board certification from New York Chiropractic about two years ago, Hamblet worked steadily to open his own place.

“When I first got out of school, I looked at all my options,” he said. “I had an idea of how I wanted to go about it. I realized I wanted to open my own practice.”

Starting up his own business, however, was something he says he couldn’t have done without his family — which includes his mom, Sue, a teacher at Ridgetop Junior High School and his dad, Brad, a football and wrestling coach and teacher at Klahowya Secondary School.

“There was no way I could have done this without the support of my family and friends,” he said. “My family was really great about supporting me.”

It was his dad’s experience with a chiropractor that initially opened Justin’s eyes to the chiropractic field.

“My dad was helped quite a bit by a chiropractor,” he said. “He had tried other doctors, but it didn’t help.”

Born in Bremerton, Hamblet saw the necessity in coming back to his hometown to practice. In the North Kitsap Medical Center on Bond Road, he found an ideal location.

“It was important to me to be in a medical facility,” Hamblet said.

In a freshly renovated building, Hamblet has strived to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for patients. He is currently the only chiropractor practicing in the office, but is looking to hire a massage therapist.

Chiropractic, Hamblet said, has become more accepted in current years, but is still slow.

“Chiropractic care, it’s a holistic approach to health,” he added. “The goal of chiropractic is to get the body moving normally again. By relieving joints, you relieve the nervous tension. Chiropractic is good at relieving chronic and acute pain.”

Hamblet specializes in the standard components of chiropractic care as well as applied kinesiology.

Being an applied kinesiologist, Hamblet says, “It put’s a few more tools in my belt.”

Sports injuries is a major focus of his work as is lower back pain. As an additional aid, Hamblet’s office features a flexion distraction table for lower back injuries.

Since opening North Peninsula Chiropractic earlier this year, Hamblet has found the job to be very rewarding.

“You want to help people and get the word out of what chiropractic can do for them,” he said. “The best advertisement is getting patients better.”

Because not everyone is the same, patients initially undergo a physical exam.

“It allows us to zero in on what technique is appropriate,” Hamblet said. “That’s the art of chiropractic — finding what works for that patient.”

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