I remember my very first Histology class at Chiropractic school when our professor had us each stand up, say our names and tell the class what brought us to Chiropractic. The stories were fascinating. The vast majority of us chose the profession because of our own positive experience with it. Many of us had life changing healing happen that brought that “aha” moment when we knew for sure this was our life path.
I would love to hear from anyone willing to share—what brought YOU to Chiropractic? I will tell you my story and would love to hear yours.
Way back in the mid 1980’s, I had begun taking Anatomy and Physiology classes because I knew I wanted to be some type of healer. Actually, I had known that I was meant to be a healer ever since I can remember. My favorite TV shows even from a really young age, were the Medical shows. I know I am dating myself here but I loved watching shows like Marcus Welby, M.D. Family members would say to me, so you want to be like the nurse on the show when you grow up? Nope, I wanted to be the doctor, I said! No reason I could not be Marcus Welby I thought.
I had a car accident way back in 1986 that was pretty serious. I was rear ended by a truck in very snowy and icy road conditions. I got pretty tossed around, ended up with whiplash and a shoulder injury. I was brought by ambulance to the Emergency room and they proceeded to do X-rays, told me nothing was broken, gave me a prescription and a referral to an orthopedist. I found the drugs the Orthopedist gave me were of no help and in fact, caused serious stomach upset so I quickly abandoned those. The Orthopedist referred me to physical therapy. I religiously went to my physical therapy sessions twice a week. The hot packs and muscle stimulation felt good but I wasn’t any better weeks later. My neck and my shoulder were still limited in how well I could move them and hurt a lot. I talked with my sister who had injured her back as a nurse lifting heavy patients. The only thing that helped her was chiropractic. So, I decided to give it a try. I was amazed with chiropractic care. Within a week, I was moving better than I had for the last months. And I was having much less pain. My energy was better and I was sleeping better. Wow, this was impressive! I began talking with my chiropractor about chiropractic. She talked with me about “subluxations” (or “nerve interference”) and how they effect everything in the body. She explained why I hadn’t been able to move fully after the accident (my body had tightened up muscles and created swelling in the areas where there was nerve interference, so that I wouldn’t move fully and put further pressure on the nerves). Well, chiropractic “got me” after that. I went back to school part time while still working and took my pre-requisites for chiropractic school.
It took a while to get through the pre-requisites and the schooling. It was an incredible amount of work and effort but I knew it was what I was meant to do. That kept me going through school and clinic, and boards. And I never regretted that decision. Life works in mysterious ways and I know if that accident hadn’t happened I would not be a practicing chiropractor today.
So, what brought you to Chiropractic? I shared my story, where an automobile accident brought me to Chiropractic but beyond that it brought me to my career path. Please share (you can make it as long or short as you want) your story. (If you are more comfortable just using initials or being anonymous, that’s okay.) Looking forward to hearing it.