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Chiropractic is not just a job to me, it is a way of life. The core belief in chiropractic is “The power that made the body can heal the body. It just needs no interference.” I find this tenet shapes my life. My occupation is physically strenuous. Yet, 30 years after beginning my practice, I feel just as strong and just as capable of caring for our patients. I give credit to the good Lord, three decades of chiropractic care, physical exercise, good nutrition and healthy relationships with family, friends and patients.
Before I was a chiropractor I attained a degree in medical technology. I worked in a hospital laboratory and enjoyed it. I was a generalist, which means I worked in hematology, blood bank, immunology, chemistry and bacteriology. One of my favorite jobs was bacteriology. It seemed like we were solving a bit of a mystery (although nothing quite as grand as CSI). Specimens would arrive at the lab, we would plate them on a special media and incubate them for 1 to 3 days. The bacteria would grow on the agar and we would send the report to the doctor. We could identify the bacteria that was causing the disease (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus Pyogenes, Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus.)
For a while I was satisfied with the fact that we had figured out what made a specific individual sick. Eventually, it raised other questions. Why was that person sick? Why not the other family members? Why not the nurses and doctors that were exposed to these sick people … and their sick germs?
One of my friends was a chiropractor. He listened to my questions and gave me answers that were radically different than allopathic theories. He told me one of the originators of chiropractic was fond of saying, “If the germ theory was true, there would be nobody left on earth to believe in it.” He told me that bodies reacted adversely to stress. That stress could come from physical, emotional and chemical (environmental) sources. He said sickness occurred when the stress became too much for an individual. He said chiropractors helped people get healthier by removing subluxations in their spine. It sounded like craziness to me! He invited me to his office where I read books, watched videos and spoke to his patients. There was something crazy going on there, that’s for sure. His patients came to see him if they had back pain or headaches, I could kind of understand that part. I was amazed to find out they came for an adjustment when they had different symptoms like sore throats, colds, colic, indigestion, anxiety attacks, constipation, and injuries from sports and car accidents.
I decided to try chiropractic care because I wanted to see if everything I was learning was true. My chiropractor explained that the vertebra acts like a circuit breaker to the nervous system. When the vertebra becomes misaligned because of stress, it puts pressure on the nerves. The message from the brain to the other parts of the body is slowed down and the life energy carried by the nerve is unable to reach the organs and tissues at 100% of its potential. An adjustment realigns the spine and helps the nerve to function at peak efficiency. I watched my chiropractor gently align the spin, relieving pressure on the nerves. The results his patients experienced went from mundane (the headaches went away) to spectacular (no longer needing surgery for carpal tunnel).
I took a leap of faith and enrolled in Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. I’ve never looked back. I always thought I would return to my hometown of Traverse City, Michigan but love had other plans. Fred and I were married while we were still in school and we returned to his hometown. Now I proudly consider myself a Carolinian. Chiropractic is my profession and my vocation.
-- Dr. Jill Patient since 1981