It's 1990 and my life can't get any better, or so I thought. With two kids, Alex and Samantha, a wife of four years, Pam, and my career on the fast track, I never saw the changes that were going to take place for myself and all those around me.
While playing a pickup game of basketball I hurt my neck, I couldn't get it to lean to the right; it was too painful. I knew it would loosen up with time, but after a few weeks I thought maybe it's more than a pulled muscle.
Pam suggested I see her chiropractor, but I knew that wasn't going to happen. She had been under the care of chiropractors as long as I knew her and the kids were under care from birth. (Ok, this is the part of the story where it becomes embarrassing to tell... but it needs to be told.) We all know our significant other wants what's best for you, even if they are wrong, and she was. Years ago Pam's doctor asked if she would bring me to his office so he could explain how chiropractic care could improve my life. Much to her surprise I agreed to go. As doctors go he was nice enough, but after he introduced himself all I could or would hear was bla...bla...bla...chiropractic this bla...bla...bla...chiropractic that. Then the good doctor asked if I had any questions, what a mistake for him, I then proceed to tell him he was a quack and this chiropractic stuff was just a scam, but if it made my wife think she felt better, I didn't care if she and the kids went, but I was too smart to fall for this garbage. Yes, Pam has forgiven me, but only through the passing of time.
Well a couple of days went by and still no change with my neck. Thank goodness Pam was going to a different doctor than the one I wasn't pleasant with, so I agreed to go to the chiropractor to see if he could help.
After the exam and x-rays, which I knew I didn't need, after all, it was just a stiff neck. The doctor explained what he found, and the treatment plan. He adjusted the top of my neck a few times a week for a month. After about two weeks I felt great and thought I didn't need to keep going, though I did for another two weeks. Then I just stopped going...after all, I was fixed.
Now here is a little background in what changed my outlook in chiropractic care. Around the age of thirteen or fourteen I stared to get headaches. When the headaches progressed to one to two times a week my parents took me to medical doctors to find out what was wrong with me. After many tests and medicines nothing helped. Since my mother suffered from migraines the medical doctors concluded that I too was a migraine sufferer and would be for the rest of my life.
It was now five weeks after my first neck adjustment and I noticed I hadn't had a headache for about two weeks. I asked Pam what we were doing differently because I hadn't had a headache in awhile. She told me the only thing I was doing differently was the chiropractic care. Well I knew “that” couldn't have anything to do with the headaches, so I dismissed her remarks. Approximately ten weeks after the first adjustment my headaches started again. I asked Pam what we were doing differently that would bring back my headaches. She pointed out I stopped my chiropractic care and I need to go back.
Needless to say she was right and I was wrong. Over the next eighteen months the chiropractor taught me about the relationship between health and chiropractic.
Now with three children, Saul our newest, Pam and I decided I would become a doctor of chiropractic. And as they say the rest is history.