Watson Clinic Adds Chiropractic Care to Its List of Services

Jalen Banks

Watson Clinic is joining a growing number of medical practices that are adding chiropractic medicine to its list of services. Chiropractor Jalen Banks recently began seeing patients at the Watson Clinic Center for Specialized Rehabilitation on E. County Road 540A and Lakeland Highlands Road.

“Excited is an understatement,” Banks said. “I feel that with my multidisciplinary background that this position was made for me.”

His focus is treating sports and spinal injuries. Dry needling, acupuncture, and cupping are some of the therapies he uses to loosen trigger points and knots.

Watson Clinic began investigating adding chiropractic services after learning of other large medical practices doing so, according to Jack Ryals, the clinic’s coordinator of physical therapy and sports medicine, the department where Banks is housed.  

“We desire to have a comprehensive approach to managing spinal pain and believe we can offer an additional treatment option with chiropractic medicine,” he said.

Banks is originally from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., which is just outside of Atlantic City.

“I moved to Lakeland to be closer to family. My fiancé, Karla Thiele, grew up in Lakeland. We’re getting married this June in Lakeland and wanted to set our roots with a great support system surrounding us,” Banks explained.  

Banks received a bachelor of science degree in exercise from Montclair State University and a doctorate in chiropractic medicine from Keiser University in West Palm Beach in May 2020. After that, he worked at the Chiropractic Sports Rehabilitation Institute in Boynton Beach. His practice incorporates dry neddling and cupping.

Dry needling is a process that involves a thin needle being pushed through the skin at trigger points or knots in the muscle. The goal is for the needles to stimulate the muscle’s tissue in order to trigger the brain to change the way it interacts with the muscles, encouraging it to return to a normal movement pattern, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Cupping is an ancient healing therapy where cups are placed on the body and create a suction force to pull the skin upward in an effort to ease pain, according to the Cleveland Clinic.


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