"Start with Why."
A great book by Simon Sinek about great companies starting with just that question.
So, I thought it about time to share my why to 2 of the most frequent questions I get asked:
Two great questions that I had to answer before even thinking about being able to help others!
So I'll answer each of them during this blog, each important.
So stick around for the whole thing for a look into what drives Restore Family Chiropractic!
Question 1: Why did I become a Chiropractor?
Short answer: I care about people getting better using a natural approach.
Long answer: I know my short answer is cliche. So I find it necessary to include more detail:
I have always had a strong desire to see people healthy. But I also had a desire to identify the underlying causes of issues instead of covering up symptoms. And I wanted to find ways to get to the root cause. And in my preparation for choosing a career, I found Chiropractic pop up a lot.
***Really Quick*** I am NOT saying there are NEVER moments when covering up a symptom is the wrong thing to do. To just function through the day, I get it. BUT it shouldn't be a long term solution, hence, correcting the underlying issues should be a priority!
Everywhere I looked for natural solutions for common ailments, Chiropractic was there. So I started my long journey towards becoming someone who could help.
And not just help, but educate and help people make great decisions regarding their overall health. Because, to be honest, Chiropractic can't cure everything, and if it isn't the best solution for you, I want to help you find what is.
Question 2: Why did you focus on one aspect
This one is due to a personal story.
But premise: If you don't know this about chiropractic - not each one of us is the same.
One more time for dramatic effect:
Not all chiropractors are the same!
Just as others can specialize and focus within their respective field, pediatrics, specific conditions, long term care, etc, chiropractors can as well!
So, back to my personal story -
I wanted to find a way to help people get rid of their health concerns for good, forever, completely.
During my search, early in school, I had someone very close to me, my wife, going through extremely bad hip pain.
Hip pain so back that by the end of the day, she would get home from work and cry out in pain.
And I couldn't do anything to help her. Talk about the worst feeling.
She went to her M.D., had x-rays, was told nothing there was nothing to diagnose and there wasn't much that could be done except to manage the pain. Not the best news.
So, we finally had a chance to try out my new profession and what it had to offer as I was just getting started in the program.
She started getting adjusted via Traditional Chiropractic:
If you have ever been adjusted, chances are you have been adjusted this way as well.
Adjustments to the spine to create temporary decreases in pain, muscle spasm and increases in range of motion.
They can be very beneficial for some, but for my wife she got minimally better and then it always came right back soon after her adjustments.
Enter Structural Chiropractic.
She was analyzed and was found to have NeuroSpinal Shift in her lower back, leading to her hip problems. (underlying cause leading to symptoms)
She then started to get adjusted via Structural Chiropractic:
Small adjustments to the spine over time resulting in a better foundation and reduction in NeuroSpinal Shift, resulting in reduction of the secondary conditions. (I.E. Hip pain.)
Then, one day, she came home and said she had NO ISSUES ALL DAY.
No more pain at night, when she woke up, at work, walking, sitting, ...
And it has been that way ever since! She has now even gone through pregnancy, without the common aches and pains thanks to Structural Chiropractic.
MY PATH WAS SET. I knew that this is what I wanted to do for people who had lost hope and have been told there were no remaining options.
Because that is where WE were.
She, tired of coming home only to be able to lay on the couch the rest of the night in pain.
Me, helpless to do anything for her.
I don't want ANYONE to be in that situation.
So, now you know WHY.
Finally, if you know of those who are in that situation, tell them about having more options. Structural Chiropractic SAVED our household, which is why I want to share it with others!
Yours in Health,
If there was a way to make your pregnancy better would you do it?
If there was research proving that something very simple would improve your chances of having a healthy baby, would you be more interested?
My wife and I are a mere 4 weeks (give or take) until our lives change forever!
Yep, just 4 weeks until our new baby girl arrives.
We (my wife) have been through quite a little these last few months.
For anyone who has been through this, I don't need to present the list.
For anyone who hasn't, it's long, though still worth it.
Now I could spend the entirety of this blog talking just how much my wife has been a champ through this whole thing, but I'll leave it at this-
She has been amazing, strong, and growing our child with a grace and glow I can only stand to smile at.
She, so far, has had a pregnancy many could only dream of.
(minus the kidney stones of course)
First trimester nausea was only ever that. Food always stayed down.
and this short little story.
'Our last OB appointment, our doctor was asking all of the standard appointment questions to make sure everything was ok. Then she asked, "how is your low back pain and your hip pain?" Katie: "I don't really have any"
Our OB was so surprised because at this point in the pregnancy, not being in pain is such a rarity!
So naturally I told her that Katie was seeing a fantastic chiropractor!'
Why is this?
Because she has a body functioning the way a body is supposed to during pregnancy.
Let me break it down for you. Because, if you, your wife, your sister, aunt, etc, wants a pregnancy the way your body was designed, I have a way to make that happen:
Pregnancy is a process in which a woman's body goes through an immense amount of changes and stress.
As stress is placed upon the body, a normal and stable foundation (your spine) starts to get lost.
An incorrect or unstable spine can put pressure on our nerves. The very nerves that connect our body and brain with information to keep us functioning the way we are supposed to.
We are much more prone to these issues during pregnancy.
To make sure we keep a stable foundation, we need to see someone who is an expert at keeping our spines well aligned, even in the midst of an increase in stress upon the body.
But please don't just take my word for it.
Research done in 2014 shows that simple adjustments to the spine can produce significantly improved pregnancy outcomes.
Research has proven that spinal adjustments improve pregnancy and health outcomes for both the mother and the baby.
It also shows that a much higher chance of the mother having a healthier, shorter and much more successful birthing process.
What would you say the most important asset in life would be?
What are the most important things in life to you?
I know many things can come to mind and there are so many different things we want to enjoy in life.
Having a family.
Buying a brand new sports car.
Going on Vacation.
There are so many things we can enjoy in life,
let me make a case for one more asset that is more important than any other.
There is no other asset more important than your health.
And here's why:
We can enjoy anything our hearts desire. We can drive our brand new car, take a well deserved vacation, play games with our kids/friends.
We can do and enjoy everything until...
Until we don't have our health.
When we live in the absence of health, we lose the ability to enjoy,
If our body starts showing secondary conditions (symptoms), like pain, it makes enjoying things much. more. difficult.
And on and on and on.....
What does this mean?
We HAVE to take care of this asset!!
We NEED to take care of the one thing we literally can't live without.
Well, I can't list everything here. But what I can do is talk about one of the topics I know a lot about.
Making sure we have a stable foundation.
If our spine, our foundation, is working the way it is supposed to, then secondary conditions won't rise up.
Simple as that.
So find someone that can provide the best care possible of your foundation.
Make sure to take care of your #1 asset!
Yours in Health,
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