Why do you do what you do? Is it because you have to? For the money? For something to do? For fun? To help people? There are so many reasons we do what we do. So many reasons we have the jobs we do. Everyone is different. Every situation is different. Everyone’s needs are different. Sometimes we are doing what we want, and sometimes we are doing something for need only. Maybe it is a combination of the two?
Why do you do what you do? Looking back on things, I can tell you there are many reasons why I do what I do today. I have five degrees and have spent many years in school. Two of those degrees are my Doctorate in Chiropractic and my Masters in Teaching. My journey, just like most of you, was not a straight path. It was a path filled with curves, turns, hills, and valleys. However, I am lucky enough to be able to use those to degrees every day in my clinic.
So, I ask myself, “Why do I do what I do?”. This is my “why”…
A policeman came to me in dire straits. He told me he was having unrelenting pains shoot down his right arm, caused by disc bulges in his neck. His hand was shaking and he was unable to hold his gun. He broke down as he told me this was affecting his job to the point, they put him on leave. This is all he ever wanted to do in life. He wanted to be a policeman since he was a child. He said he had surgery scheduled for six weeks out, but wanted to give me a try. His sister was a physical therapist, living in another state, and told him he needed to seek other treatments before going under the knife. He said you have six weeks, and I will do whatever you need within that time. We had work to do. It was not easy. It was not fun. But, by the time those six weeks rolled around, the policeman was able to hold his gun without pain and without shaking. He cancelled surgery and was back to work with his fellow policemen. There were tears shed from pain. There were tears shed from happiness. He wrote me the most amazing thank you letter, and to this day is still working without pain.
A lady came in with severe back pain. She had been going to all sorts of doctors throughout the last 15 to 20 years. Her back pain was never solved. We sat down, looked at her specific case, and talked about how to attack the issue. After a week or two of care, she was without back pain. She had told me she thought this is how she was supposed to live out her life, with the back pain. She has been able to function so much better these days and is able to come in for wellness checks, not for “pain” remedies. It wasn’t just about adjusting her. It was also about the muscle, posture work, and finding the root of the problem (which may or may not be where the pain is).
Another low back pain case came in. Again, we were able to sit down, discuss and evaluate the problem, and find a plan of attack. She was so appreciative when we were able to find the issue, get her out of pain, and help with lifestyle changes to keep the pain away. Side note (which she was not in the clinic for): her IBS settled down and her colon started working properly. There were several other things that she noticed she was able to do that she didn’t realize was a problem until she was receiving treatment.
A gentleman came in with his wife because he was having shoulder issues. He wasn’t able to bring his arm up to his face to shave. This had been going on for weeks! Within one treatment, he was able to reach across his chest and touch his opposite shoulder. His wife was tearing up, seeing him be able to do that. Throughout the next few visits we were able to continue to increase range of motion and decrease the pain. He is still able to shave his face and do the things we take for granted!
I could go on and on with cases from over the years. Within my clinic, it is about finding the root of the problem, and building relationships with my patients. This is why I do what I do.
Why do you do what you do?
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