This is my first foray into the “blogospere”. I am excited that I can combine two things that I like to do: Chiropractic and Writing. After twelve awesome years of practice I can honestly say that it has been a great ride so far. I have had a lot of fun, made some mistakes, and been able to help a lot of people. What’s really exciting to me is that I feel like I am just now hitting my stride as a Chiropractor. I’ve see enough types of things that come through the door to have some confidence, but not too many that I feel like I cant keep learning and growing.
There’s a story that I have told a few times about meeting an old high school friend a few years after I opened my practice in Largo. After catching up with our lives, I asked him about his sister Tina. He told me that Tina took her own life earlier that year. As I listened in stunned silence, he told me she was in a motorcycle accident with her boyfriend. She had some broken bones and herniated discs in her back and neck. When she sought treatment for her pain she was just given pain medication. She became addicted to the drugs and took so much medication that she caused damage to her digestive system. It got so bad that that she could barely digest her food and went days without going to the bathroom. With a borrowed gun, she took her life. She was 28 years old and had 3 kids.
I think about that story from time to time. I remember Tina’s red hair and nice smile. Now she’s gone. The reason it really bothers me is that I have had countless patients like Tina in my office since I opened. We see patients with herniated discs every day. Although I haven’t helped 100%, its been close. It angers me that no one tried to put their loving hands on Tina or recommend an effective and safe alternative to drugs. I’m mad at myself for not being able to help. That’s why I do what I do: Adjust patients and help them get better. That is why I am so passionate about Chiropractic. Only the body can heal itself, NOT A PILL. It only makes sense that conservative care should ALWAYS be the first line of care. Chiropractic FIRST, drugs and surgery last. Somewhere in my town are three children that deserve to have their mother. Each day I will give it my all to not have any more Tina’s happen in my community.
Thanks for reading and I hope you come back soon.
Love and Health,