I am a chiropractor. I’ve been in practice for over 20 years now and private practice continues to be my favorite part of this work. Over the years I have taught Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Physical Medicine at both, a massage school and in a naturopathic college setting. There’s nothing quite like being on that side of the classroom to drive home the practical reality of what we (practitioners in training) think we are learning as we go through school, not to mention the much deeper understanding I gained about my impact as a clinician.
My approach to chiropractic is rooted in a whole body perspective that starts with structure and function but keeps in mind the complex influences by our neurobiochemistry on both of these things. There is a much more esoteric and non-mainstream side to my clinical thinking that I look forward to sharing a bit about in this blog.
It’s my patients who inspire me to teach and to write. Every day I hear from them similar questions about the pain that brought them in to see me. For the most part, the kind of pain I see is not as a result of a serious disease processes. Most of the time it’s not pain from cancer or from an open wound. It’s usually something much more benign which leads people to find themselves on my treatment table. But when there doesn’t seem to be an obvious reason for the pain it can feel just as scary. In the case of everyday pain with its insidious nature, and in the absence of frank disease or overt injury, we’re left wondering: “What the heck happened?” or we worry about whether or not it’s ever going to get better. Anyone who has been through a bout of this kind of everyday pain is usually wondering the exact same combination of things:
- Why does it hurt?
- How do I make it stop?
- How do I keep it from happening again?
It frustrates me when I see how these questions are typically handled by the mainstream with claims of quick fixes while placing blame on equally erroneous aspects of daily modern life. The answers provided are often one sided, never taking into account the complexity of the human body and thereby not doing justice to the many ways that are actually quite easily available to help us find our way through and out of pain quickly. The complexity of everyday pain must be acknowledged and exposed in order make possible for everyday people to see that there may not be a quick fix but being healthy and pain free is well within our reach.
I choose to address these three questions in my practice with some uncommon common sense and I’m in the process of putting it all in writing. The first volume of three Every Body’s Guide to Everyday Pain is now available on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats. Click here to get on the mailing list for priority notice about the release of the volume two.
While I’ve tackled these issues very systematically in the writing of my books, there is a never-ending stream of relevant issues being brought to my attention on the treatment table: ranging from the very basic to the very philosophical. I want to share with you here the multitude of dimensions of possibilities open to us when looking for true balance in life and in health.
I hope you’ll feel welcome to contribute since this is about you and we all have something to learn from each other.