5 responses to Some Amish Travel 1000+ Miles For Chiropractor Visit
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    Amish Girl – Rebecca
    Comment on Some Amish Travel 1000+ Miles For Chiropractor Visit (April 14th, 2016 at 14:41)

    Ironically, my parents just returned from a trip to Ortman a few weeks ago. My Mom sings their praises. My uncle (who has some kind of muscle disease) goes every year and it really helps him. So , they went with him and some others. They met people from all over Amishland. My grandparents used to go years ago, in fact when my parents and I traveled with them when I was 3 months old, I rolled over for the first time in Minnesota. They also did some sightseeing that time. I always tease Mom that I picked up the travel bug/wanderlust way back then already.

    • Neat to hear that Rebecca. I found it interesting that this place has had such a long tradition of serving Amish and other Anabaptists. I didn’t find an exact year, but the postcard photo I posted is probably from close to the time Amish started going to Ortman.

      Also interesting from the article was the history of the Ortman family–some members had apparently been Amish while still in Europe.

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    Comment on Local Chiropractics (April 14th, 2016 at 14:48)

    Local Chiropractics

    I have many good Amish friends with whom I share outings, frolics, meals, local shopping trips, etc.. I also chauffeur them and their children to dentists, medical doctors and…chiropractors. They sometimes go out of state for operations. I don’t ask why they don’t just go to local hospitals for surgical procedures; I figure if they want me to know, they’ll tell me. Last year Amish friends took their daughter to the University Hospital in Madison for very delicate surgery on their daughters larynx. Having very recently arrived back in Green Lake County I have yet to go visit my friends and find out how their daughter is.

    Regarding the ‘travel urge’ of the Amish, a good friend in the furniture manufacturing business is on his way down to Florida with a load of cabinets to a couples’ home in Florida…that’s about 1400 miles from Markesan, Wisconsin. The two days it takes to get down there can be somewhat boring, riding in a big truck. Be that as it may, they tell me that they’ll enjoy the trip there and back and the little time they’ll spend there.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Some Amish Travel 1000+ Miles For Chiropractor Visit (April 14th, 2016 at 20:25)

    I’ve found chiropractic treatment to be much used in several Amish communities I have regularly visited. I was surprised one day a couple of years ago when I was leaving some Amish friends’ home in southern Ind., a chiropractor had just arrived to make a home visit. I observed him taking his bag of work items as well as a portable treatment board into the house to do his treatment on one (or more!) patients.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on REAL social media... (April 15th, 2016 at 09:45)

    REAL social media...

    I can certainly understand how word-of-mouth advertising for any kind of medical care is sought out and respected in Amish culture. I suppose it could be considered the precursor to online social media. Face-to-face beats Facebook, in my humble opinion!

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