Only Dead Fish Swim Downstream
I’m a big fan of milking the magic out of everyday life- not really following the ‘someday when things are just right’ philosophy.
It’s a beautiful winter day here in Colorado. In reality, it’s the only winter day.
I’ve had a number of my young adult patients inquire about being a chiropractor.
Of all the rewarding aspects of my job, when this happens I feel like I’ve made a difference in someone’s life.
Even if it’s just temporary and something important was etched in his mind. Over the years I’ve had a handful of patients who’ve had a great experience in the office then one thing leads to another and…
Aha! A moment of inspiration occurs. “I want to be a chiropractor!” “I was helped and I want to live a life helping others.”
The same thing happened to me. And many others in my profession for that matter. In fact, it seems ubiquitous.
It’s truly humbling and heartwarming when ‘the moment of truth’ happens. When you become inspired to do something that feels like a calling rather than a job. To see a boy become a man, a girl become a woman… of character and purpose.
Chiropractic is a tough profession in a lot of ways. You’re always the underdog because it’s not mainstream medicine. You’re usually perceived as not being a real doctor.
When a parent of a child says to me, “Hey, you got my kid feeling better, naturally, when no one else could, that’s real enough for me.”
How cool is that?
I’ve seen children who’ve had repetitive stress injuries from over use where they can’t even play.
I do what I always do- treat the person not the symptom.
After assessing patients I usually find I find pretty significant bio-mechanical instabilities or mobility problems including marked foot pronation, tension in muscle groups, or core weaknesses. All of which can be remedied. I frequently confirm findings via x-ray to have all the cards on the table.
The one axiom I can follow pretty consistently in practicing bio-mechanically sound physical medicine is this; you’re almost always wrong if you treat and chase the symptoms, so i check and treat the person, not the symptoms.
Regarding the health care aspect of this story, practicing as a sports chiropractor isn’t different because of what I think, it’s different because of how I think.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
If making an impact on a child’s life causes him to be inspired to want to help others as he was helped so be it- consider me not a real doctor.
Some things are just worth swimming upstream for.
Fish swimming against the current grow stronger….. and only dead fish swim downstream.
Hockey, golf, baseball, football- the story is always the same. If the body is bio-mechanically unsound, not only is it vulnerable and prone to injury but there will be a cap on the abilities of the athlete… it’s just pure physics.
Function is directly related to structure.
Here’s my secret recipe: (Shhh. Don’t tell anyone!) Love the patient, assess their needs, locate and detect problems regardless of symptoms, restore the structure, develop strength in the new position, unleash the potential…drop the jaw.
Sports chiropractor from Littleton, CO Dr. Ron Spallone
Posted from Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States.