Chiropractic is about family.
From the generations of families under chiropractic care to the generations of chiropractors that have often cared for those families. Like any great tradition, when something is good, it sticks.
The chiropractic tradition in my immediate family began with my brother Mark.
If it weren’t for Mark, I would have never become a chiropractor. He had been seeing a chiropractor after a football injury when I was in a minor car accident at the age of 15 . Had he not been seeing the chiropractor, I would have never set foot in that office.
At 5 years and 1 week older than me, Mark saw a lot of birthday parties land a week earlier than his actual date. Although I never heard him complain about that or me, this post is dedicated to him as a small token of my gratitude for all he has done for me.
August 19th is a very special day in our family. Not only is it Mark’s birthday, but it also marks the birth of my son Tyler. That means a lot to me and I love that they share that special bond.
Both have taught me more about life than I could come close to sharing on this page so I won’t attempt to.
However, I will say this, I can’t imagine how different my life would be without either in it.
Tyler turns 6 today. Hard to believe.
Seems like yesterday that I cradled him in my arms and gave him his first adjustment. Something so gentle and so natural yet foreign to so many.
I would never dream of not checking Tyler.
That would be like a parent deciding to not give their child enough food when their shelves are full. What parent in their right mind would do such a thing?
Obviously, every parent that is mentally and emotionally sound would do anything and everything to give their child every opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Whether it be food, shelter, an education. Whatever it may be.
So how could I, a chiropractor, knowing that the body needs a good nerve supply in order to express life optimally, ever withhold a chiropractic adjustment from my child?
I have checked Tyler once to twice a week since he was born. Not because he was injured or sick, but because like any good parent, I wanted the best for my son and every opportunity for him to express his highest potential.
This is not a huge leap in logic, but it stands to reason that the only reasons any parent would not make the same choice is that they either do not understand that chiropractic safely removes one of the most major and common sources of neurological stress from our bodies, do not have a chiropractor within a reasonable distance, or are unable to afford care. The later being something that can be worked out in numerous ways from free clinics to exchanging a service of equal value.
Like many of you, I often ponder how we can educate more parents and share with them the science, philosophy and amazingly beautiful and artistic adjustment in such a way that they too would never dream of not having their children checked for subluxation.
So you can imagine how proud I was of my brother after reading his recent blog post on why he takes his children to the chiropractor, and how elated I was when it reached over 16,000 views in less than a week!
Mark also has nearly 7,000 fans on Facebook. How many parents now see chiropractic in a new light because of that post?
How many families are about to embark on a new tradition that will impact their lives and future generations?
Perhaps a few will become chiropractors.
It reminds me of a quote by Dr. BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractic.
“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.”
It also makes me think of this recent review of Mark’s latest book.
“This novel will make you think, and it will make you want to fight back, and want to find a way to rise above.”
Never underestimate the power of your thoughts, your voice and the words you share.
Some things in life, like family, truth and opportunity, are worth fighting for.
Be sure to check out Mark’s article here and like his page on Facebook. Rumor has it he will soon be a contributing author in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s magazine, Pathways. While on his site, check out his writing. He is an amazing author and has been receiving incredible reviews on his most recent work, 25 Perfect Days, as well as his first novel, Brightside.
For those of you that don’t know I moonlight as a stuntman, be sure to check out the trailer for Brightside as well. 😉