Louis M. Cofrancesco, D.C. graduated from the Amity School System in 1973. He then was the owner/designer of Furniture Design until 1981. From 1981 to '82, he was founder and co-owner of Therapeutic BodyWorks in New Haven, Connecticut.
Dr. Cofrancesco enrolled in Southern Connecticut State University Pre-Med, graduating in 1986. He graduated from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in California in 1989 and has been studying with the Gonstead Clinical Study Society in Wisconsin from 1986 through the present.
Dr. Cofrancesco then returned to his hometown of Bethany, Connecticut, where he resides with his family, and began his own chiropractic practice, located in Woodbridge where he has remained for 19 years.
Dr. Lou's patient hours:
Tuesday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Lou's epiphany:
My interest in chiropractic began in 1980. I was in my 20’s and a cabinet maker. In the course of my every day work, which was a lot of repetitious maneuvers, standing, bending, cutting wood, there were 3 areas of my spine that were very painful, my neck, my mid back and my low back. Conventional treatment included pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories, none of which I could take while working. It was then I decided to seek the advice of a local chiropractor in Woodbridge. What he taught me on the first day completely changed my perspective about health care. In about 6 weeks of treatment, I began to feel my body healing itself and I was completely sold on the idea of becoming a chiropractor.
After completion of all my pre-med requirements at Southern Connecticut State University, I was accepted at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in California. After a 5 day cross-country journey, I arrived at school suffering from the same spinal problems that brought me into chiropractic. As fate would have it, none of the doctors at school would touch me that day for reasons of insurance. So I went to the technique laboratory and was greeted by a very eager student. He began to examine my spine in ways that were very different from what I was used to. He told me I needed full spine standing x-rays to be accurate, and adjusted my spine with more specifity than I had ever experienced before. He kept telling me about this Dr. Gonstead from a little town in Wisconsin, who in his 55 years of practice worked on over 1 million people from around the world. I soon began the quest of finding out about Dr. Gonsteads work, which led me eventually to taking his seminars and living at his clinic in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.
There I experienced what some would describe as miraculous. Dr. Gonstead died in 1978, 10 years before I arrived at his clinic, where I stayed with Dr. Douglas Cox. He and his brother, Alex, had worked with Dr. Gonstead for many years, and took over his legacy. On my very first day of observation at the clinic, I witnessed a case of a 7 year old girl who was brought in from Indiana with epileptic seizures. She experienced 13 petit mal seizures that morning waiting for her appointment. I was able to observe her history, x-rays and examination and first adjustment. It turned out this little girl, two years prior, had a tricycle accident and struck her head against a fence, soon after which she had her first seizure. They grew in intensity and frequency to the point where doctors put her under the strong medication, phenobarbitol and recommended they put her in a two-day drug induced coma to calm her brain down. Dr. Cox’s words are still emblazoned in my memory. He said “I cannot give you any advice regarding medicine, because I am not a medical doctor, but I can tell you this, in all honesty. That if this were my daughter, and it had been recommended that she be put into a two- day drug induced coma, that I would try everything in a conservative manner and exhaust every other avenue I could before I took that recommendation.”
I observed every adjustment, three per day, morning, afternoon and evening. The family stayed in a hotel which was attached to the clinic. At the end of the week, that little girl was free of all seizures, and I thought – "How Brilliant!" Where would this little girl be today, if she stayed on conventional treatments of drugs, instead of finding the source of her problem? This is the kind of work I want to do.
The greatest lesson that chiropractic gives the world is that the body has the power to heal itself from anything, given the right conditions. Those conditions start with a nerve supply that works without interference.
~ Dr. Lou