by Carol Lincoln
Doctor of Chiropractic William H. Karl, founder and director of Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, isn’t shy about his passion for his profession. Seeing what he describes as “miracles” every day, he draws great satisfaction from helping patients work through health challenges with the goal of helping them enjoy a higher quality of life.
While growing up, Karl’s inquisitive mind led him to carry a small suitcase lled with things he might need for exploration and experiments in the natural world. In high school, he was called “Doc” by his peers for helping them through advanced science classes and occasionally teaching the class. During that time he also worked in a medical research laboratory with plans to study traditional medicine. After high school, he took over his father’s industrial electrical business which gave him experience running a company and income for his growing family.
He decided to pursue chiropractic after becoming inspired by a friend’s father who was a chiropractor and realizing that this natural form of health care had kept his family healthy for generations. Karl graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 1980 and opened his own practice that same year. He incorporates his electrical engineering background into his current profession when explaining chiropractic concepts because electrical systems in the body run on similar principles.
Karl sees patients with a wide range of problems and believes that the best help is multifaceted. “Chiropractic is literally the backbone of our care. The spine connects the body with the brain, which puts out over 3 trillion nerve signals every second to run the body through a system of nerve bers that, if laid end-to-end, would wrap around the world at least once,” he explains. “We work with body systems and the brain, ensuring that joint spaces are moving freely, and then we see miracles.”
Another part of Karl’s adjustment is resetting the supportive structures holding the skeletal structure in place. Specialized ligaments, called discs, hold space between the vertebra. “When there’s damage to the body structure, the vertebra moves backward, right or left, often remaining in an unnatural position, causing interference with the normal transmission of electrical and hormonal signals through the body,” he says. “Discs can also move forward causing interference with the nerves that run the systems in the body. Returning these structures to their proper location and resetting the supportive tissues is vital to health. While nutrition and exercise are highly important, it is not possible to have a fully functioning body and optimal health unless structure is restored.”
For over 30 years, Karl has attended numerous seminars throughout the country to learn about the latest research and advancements in the realm of natural health care.
“The tried and true methods that have been around for over 100 years are just as valuable today, but technology is constantly emerging. This is why we make it a priority to search out and utilize cutting-edge technology that we believe will be most effective for our patients, such as cold laser for faster healing and pain relief; pulsed electromagnetic eld therapy (PEMF) for overall enhancement of all body systems; and ionic foot baths for detoxi cation. Karl and his team also work with nutritional labs to bring high-quality, yet affordable whole food nutrition to their patients.
Karl says he is the only Brimhall Certi ed Wellness Doctor in Michigan. His ongoing recerti cation includes training in advanced chiropractic techniques, nutrition, detoxi cation, allergy reduction and elimination techniques, and natural hormone balancing.
Like many holistic health care providers, Karl uses a speci c form of muscle response testing called Applied Kinesiology. He says that with proper practitioner training, the procedure can address a wide range of problems. Karl also utilizes a computerized program called ZYTO that taps into the energy system of the body to conduct an assessment called a bio- survey. At Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, all chiropractic patients receive free ZYTO bio-surveys.
Outside of the clinic, Karl has two grown sons and recently became a grandfather. His youngest son, Doctor of Chiropractic Jacob H. Karl, joined the practice more than three years ago. When Karl is not teaching workshops or attending seminars, he loves being outdoors, hiking, swimming or paddling about on a boat or a kayak. His mission is to also help others stay active through natural health care for many years into the future.
Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic is located at 30935 Ann Arbor Tr., in Westland. For more information, call 734-425-8220 or visit KarlWellnessCenter.com.