The first no-hesitation, definitive, absolute answer I was given. The answer was yes; local fireman Kurt G. definitely had preconceived notions about chiropractic.
“They weren’t real doctors.”
“It wasn’t real.”
“It’s wasn’t going to help me.”
Kurt has been a patient at Ability Chiropractic for four years, a fireman for 15 years, a father for 13 years, and an athlete for his entire life. His chosen career, paired with an assortment of strenuous hobbies has put more wear and tear on his body in 46 years than an average man sees in 80. His hesitation about chiropractic didn’t stem from anything in particular; in fact, Kurt’s wife had been seeing a chiropractor for years before he could finally be persuaded to stop in.
“I’d never been till probably I was 40… I thought I had no reason to go,” he shrugged.
Kurt tried to minimize the seriousness of his profession, downplaying the actual fire-fighting aspect.
“We see maybe six fires a year. People call us for random stuff. Lift assists are probably the most common call we get,” he explained. “They’re in bed, they’re in pain, their family can’t move them… so that’s what we’re there for.”
Okay, so being a fireman doesn’t necessarily mean he’s like the one you see in cartoons who comes barreling down the street next to his Dalmatian sidekick, colossal fire hose in hand, ready to extinguish the scorching flames licking up the side of an orphanage. But the real trauma isn’t in the drama of a stereotype; it’s in the real-life, every-day heartbreaks. It’s in the sleepless nights, the emotional strain of confirming a suicide, the consolation of a panicking child and grieving wife.
“We’ve seen bad stuff,” he admitted, “You just learn to try to calm people down, and it’s never easy… everyone’s different.”
It had never been at the forefront of Kurt’s mind that the constant emotional stress he’s under could cause extensive damage to his body. Chronic stress can lead to muscle tension and contraction, which puts imbalanced compression on the spine, leading to subluxations or interferences. Subluxations cause the nervous system to be impaired, meaning the nerves that help your mind communicate with the rest of your body are unable to send their signals correctly. Chiropractic adjustments remove those subluxations. Essentially, when your nervous system isn’t at 100% you are not physically or emotionally at 100%.
When Kurt finally began chiropractic treatment his body was given the opportunity to begin a healing process that had been delayed for years. But Kurt’s mentally tasking profession wasn’t the only thing causing damage to his body over the years.
Kurt has never been the type to occupy his free time with X-box or Netflix. Above all else he craves action, adrenaline, and the thrill of competition. Kurt has competed in countless races over the past ten years and even trained in Arizona for an Ironman Triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a marathon, which is 26.2-mile run.
“When you train for these things you train more than what you’re expecting to do, and I was training like crazy. I even had to have shoulder surgery because I tore it.” He recalled.
But the completion of these competitions came at a cost. Running farther, swimming faster, biking longer, golfing better, and lifting heavier resulted in not one, but two herniated discs, a stress fracture in his leg, and 5 surgeries.
“The body just starts freaking out,” he explained, “You can get away with it for a while and then it just catches up to you and I think it just caught up to me.”
He had good days and bad days and on his bad days he turned to chiropractic.
“I had been golfing and I was a mess… I’m like ‘please dude fix me I can’t even bend over right now’, crying almost,” he recalled of a particular visit. “Then he adjusted me and I was able to do the entire tournament with minimal pain.”
Although Kurt was only getting adjusted as a last resort when he was doubled over in crippling pain, he has since reconsidered his previous stance on the frequency of his treatments.
“It’s a maintenance thing,” he said. “Personally, I just feel better when I leave. It’s a good reset on my body.”
Laughing, he recalled the many times his wife urged him to go and realized he is now that guy–the advocate campaigning for chiropractic around the station.
“If I didn’t have any issues I probably wouldn’t have gone, but now I’ve seen the light.”
So I urge you to see past a particular ache or pain and see the light. Consider your life, your hopes, and your dreams reconstructed around a restored body and refreshed nervous system.
We have learned to simply accept the discomfort, pain, and dysfunctions that arise in life. We shrug it off as ‘something I was just born with’ or chalk it up to ‘getting older’. But what we fail to realize is that we never have to resort to living our lives at anything other than our full potential, a goal that is impossible to attain without chiropractic.
“You’ve got to take better care of your body and that’s part of it.”
Give your body the opportunity to do what it was always meant to do: heal itself so you can live at your full potential as a father, as a firefighter, as an athlete, as whatever you are or wish to be.