Our mission at Charleston Disc Center is to help each patient achieve optimum wellness and freedom in health through proper care.

Dr. Charles L. Schuster, D.C.

Disc Doctor Charles SchusterDr. Charles Schuster graduated Eastern Illinois University in 1989 with a degree in Health Science and completed his bachelors in Human Biology on his way to competing his Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic at Logan College of Chiropractic in 1995. During his college years, Dr. Schuster served in the U.S Army National Guard for 8 years, working his way up from private to sergeant and having the distinct honor of serving as the Unit Master Fitness Trainer for his company before completing his service. It was here that he learned first-hand, how to meet his patient “where they are”. Proficient in six chiropractic adjusting techniques and physical diagnosis, Dr. Schuster realized here that “people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care”.

Early in his career, Dr. Schuster had the opportunity to train with Dr. Alan Miller, a former U.S Olympic Chiropractor for two Olympic teams. It was here that he became an expert in extremity adjusting and prepared to be the official team chiropractor for Eastern Illinois University. Since then he has cared for over 300 individual sports teams over the past 15 years. Dr. Schuster is a member of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society where he regularly attends the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and stays abreast of the most advanced treatments that NFL players are using. Dr. Schuster was nominated Chiropractor of the Year in 1998 for service to the profession and his community and was the first and to date, the only chiropractic physician in his community to medically integrate his clinic. In addition to his own clinic, he also assisted with helping over 150 clinics nationwide in adding a medical wellness staff to include Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, and Nurse Practitioners to their clinic while serving as a senior consultant with Breakthrough Coaching. While he has specialized in non-surgical treatment of disc disorders for over 26 years, Dr. Schuster continues to study the latest and most effective treatments for Disc Disorders including Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. He tells the following story about why he became a Chiropractic Physician:

When people ask me, why Doctor of Chiropractic, I always have the same response; ‘I didn’t choose it, it chose me’. I didn’t always want to become a Chiropractic Physician. When I began college, I just wanted to study health and live a healthy lifestyle. It didn’t take long for me to discover a profession that embraced true health and after visiting a couple of Chiropractic Colleges; I had made up my mind that I was born to do this. I can still remember the nervousness of seventh-grade basketball tryouts and the excitement I had when I found out that I had made the team. Little did I know that making the team and actually playing were two very different things. After a year of playing second and sometimes third-string, I was determined to play the next year. So much so that I spent every waking minute either thinking about basketball or playing pickup games on the campus of EIU with anyone that would let a 12 year old play in their pick up games. As Eighth grade began and the time came for tryouts, I was so excited to show my new skills and take on a leadership position. I was leading the team in stretches and performing in a starting role until a couple practices before our first game. That was when I found out that a simple lay up could cause disabling pain. I was sent to the trainer and given therapy only to go back out and do the same thing again and again. By the end of the season, the coach had done all that he could to save a place at the end of the player’s bench. This nagging and sometimes disabling pain came and went for the next 8 years and no one ever suggested that I see a Chiropractor! It wasn’t until my freshman year at Logan College of Chiropractic that I had my first Chiropractic checkup. You see at Logan, EVERYONE had a chiropractic checkup and an individual prescription for optimizing their health through proper spinal care. Thank You, Logan! Today, my mission is quite clear: ‘Live Long. Live Well’. I want everyone to experience the renewed youth that modern wellness based natural healthcare can offer. Chiropractic, Non-Surgigical Spinal Decompression, Laser Therapy, Hormone Therapy and Regenerative Medicine can be life changing!

One of my favorite quotes regarding health refers to the fact that some people seek miracles for their health which would defy the laws of nature and yet they take for granted the fact that their bodies automatically obey the laws in the first place. This is the greatest miracle in all of health care. I believe that you and your family were created to have the most and best of life and our dedicated team has the same purpose!

We are here to facilitate those who want to take that opportunity. Applying these simple laws of nature and using what God gave us as our first and most effective way to live out our physical lives the way we were designed to is why we get out of bed every single day. Those that have witnessed their body’s ability to heal itself, know exactly what I am talking about!

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