The business of taking care of one’s health: October Is A Month Of Two Health Initiatives

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    October is National Chiropractic Health Month, as well as Spinal Awareness Month and Dr. Cecil Forbes, a Detroit-based chiropractor, is taking the opportunity to educate Detroiters on the benefits of chiropractic and spinal health and care.

    According to Dr. Forbes, who owns and operates iCare Spine & Rehab Center in the Palmer Park area of the city, National Chiropractic Health Month and Spinal Awareness Month offer the perfect time for individuals, regardless of age, occupation, or fitness level, to learn more about what good chiropractic and spinal health mean. The theme for this year’s National Chiropractic Health Month is “Get Vertical.”

    Through iCare Spine & Rehab Center, Forbes provides such services as treating sports injuries, chronic back pain, neck injuries, headaches, whiplash and brain trauma, as well as providing massage therapy.

    “Our goal at iCare is to treat people in need of chiropractic and spine care with the highest level expertise and professionalism,” said Forbes.

    “We want to get people moving and get them back to the best level possible in order to live normal and active lives. In addition, we want to better inform people of how to follow preventive measures to assure chiropractic, spinal wellness and optimal health.”

    Forbes’ expertise as a chiropractor is well documented. From 2006 to 2009, he was an associate chiropractor for the Detroit Lions while affiliated with HealthQuest. In 2011, he hosted a talk radio show on WCHB 1200 called “Second Opinion.“ Forbes, along with radio partner Dr. Trotter, discussed various health and medical topics for the listening audience. Additionally, Forbes gained valuable experience while treating thousands of patients in Hyderabad, India, as a medical participant of the Clinic Abroad Program.

    Forbes currently serves as the team physician for Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School’s football team in Detroit. As a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the American Black Chiropractic Association, and the Michigan Association of Chiropractors, Forbes is always plugged in to the latest and best developments in the field.

    A native Detroiter, Forbes attended King High School where he was a cornerback on the football team. He also ran track and played volleyball. During his junior year, he injured his knee, but went on to play football at Jackson State University (JSU). At JSU, Forbes was faced with declaring a major.

    At first, he wasn’t sure of what major to pursue, but remembered the extraordinary medical care, treatment and rehab services he received when he injured his knee in high school. Thus, he majored in biology, with a concentration in physical therapy, which earned him a bachelor’s degree in four years. Subsequently, Forbes was accepted at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where he earned a doctorate of chiropractic.

    Since returning to Detroit in 2006, Forbes has remained busy in his professional endeavors. However, he makes time to talk with African-American youth about making good choices in life, including good career choices.

    “I love speaking with young people about the great possibilities that they have in life if they make good decisions,” said Forbes. “Interacting with young people is so important to me because I feel that they need to see and hear from good role models that have come from the inner-city, just like they have, which will let them know that they can be successful.”

    In addition to his professional and social commitments, Forbes also walks in faith. He is a member of Word of Faith International Christian Center where he works with the ministry of helps. He also is an usher.

    “I know that I would not be where I am without God,” said Forbes. “I am so thankful that He has blessed me to be able to do what I do to help my people with my time and talents.”

    To learn more about chiropractic and spinal health and care, contact Dr. Cecil Forbes at 313.867.5705 or visit his website at


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