Years before Dr. Robert Crimi's office was among the many beautiful storefronts in Babylon Village, he was an aspiring football player and, after playing college football at C.W. Post, moved on to a semi-professional team. It was there, Crimi said, that his life changed forever.
"I ended up getting hurt at a game," Dr. Crimi recalled. "The team sent me to the chiropractor. It was my first introduction to it at all... and it really had an effect on me. It pushed me into it [chiropractic medicine]."
And that was the beginning of what he called "something more meaningful" in his life.
For almost three years now, Dr. Robert Crimi's office, Main Street Chiropractic, has stood among the many businesses of Babylon Village – next to Deja Vu on Main and the Village Knitter, and just in the shadow of the Old Babylon Town Hall.
Dr. Crimi's office is for more than just your average back adjustment – he believes in helping to influence the body's nervous system and promote it to heal itself.
"I'm always trying to enhance healing properties," he explained. "Influence the brain, glands, thyroid – they all have a role in chronic health problems."
He also said that all continuous health problems have an answer, and it can usually be found from the inside.
"We want to help remove the body's obstacles to allow people to get better," Crimi said. "My level of thinking has really expanded beyong just the spine – adjusting the spine helps, but certain problems that just need a bit more."
He added to that: "There's just so much people should know about their bodies – it's a machine, after all."
Crimi, as a former athlete himself, has seen his fair share of patients with issues stemming from sports. He noted that for many with problems in their backs and knees in their 30's and 40's, the problem started way before then – as children, teenagers and young adults playing sports.
"I love sports but the later problems... many come from junior high, high school sports," he said. "Now is the time to have children get checked – make sure everything mechanically is good. It helps later on with their speed and strength if problems can be identified and fixed.
"The human body can take a mechanical beating," he added. "I'm just, chiropractically, trying to restore it and cut down on future injuries."
After previously practicing medicine in and near Babylon Village, Crimi knew his future would be to eventually open his own practice in the area. In July 2010, Main Street Chiropractic officially joined the business district and the rest, as they say, is history.
"I really love it here," Crimi said. "It's the most beautiful village and I'm proud to practice here. I call it the best kept secret on the South Shore... there's just no other place I'd rather be."