Ms. America, a chiropractor from Concord, wants to spread awareness of concussions
Stephanie Mills, a chiropractor from Concord, waves to the crowd after being crowned Ms. America on Saturday. Ms. America Pageant Inc.
Mills, 37, of Concord, was crowned the 2014 Ms. America on Saturday at the annual pageant in Brea, Calif. The competition is open to women ages 26 to 60 who are single, married, divorced or widowed.
The pageant has four phases of competition: an interview, physical fitness and sportswear, evening gown, and an on-stage question. All segments are weighted equally in the final scoring.
“Having lost three years in row, it was definitely a shock,” she said.
Mills’ platform — a cause that contestants in pageants represent and raise awareness for — was concussion awareness. This past March, one of her daughters, Brooke, sustained a concussion in physical education class and struggled in school as a result.
She has been invited to attend a charity event in Los Angeles after the Emmy Awards hosted by actor Jamie Foxx, and on Sept. 28, Mills will participate in BIANH’s Walk By The Sea at Hampton Beach. A publisher also approached Mills while she was in California about contributing to a new book coming out about concussions.
“I’ve seen the correlation between kids who have had concussions and being under chiropractic care, and having relief from some of their symptoms — the headaches, the brain fog … the tiredness that comes along with concussions,” Mills said, though she stressed every case is individual. “Whether research is showing it or not, I really see it in my practice, and I saw it with my daughter when I adjusted her during her concussion.”
“When you’ve had a concussion, that means you’ve had an impact of some sort to your body,” she said. “You could’ve misaligned a vertebra [during the concussion].”
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