From Falling Out a Window to Becoming a Chiropractor

This is the story of how I became a chiropractor.

Life is a learning experience. Stressors abound and especially during our early years we have a tendency towards accidents and trauma. First learning to walk, then going up and down stairs, and starting to ride a bike… scabs and bruises were likely a part of your childhood. Part of youth is learning the limits of what our bodies can and cannot do.

We have all had trips and falls, but during my early years I had one particularly severe accident. The details are all recounted to me from my mother, as I was less than two years old when this happened. As the story goes I was in the stumbling forward walk/run stage of my development. At the far end of our second story living room was a screened in window that slid up from the floor. In front of that window were light cloth drapes blowing in the wind. And I guess my fascination with wind began early on, because as those drapes were blowing in the wind I got up and ran to play with them. My mother, who was ironing in the room, saw me running and frantically tried to catch me. I had a tiny lead on her and she was just a little late. My little body went through the drapes and the window screen effortlessly and I was flying.

My 25-inch tall body dropped twelve feet to the ground below. As a new parent, I can’t imagine how my mother felt as she exploded down the stairs and rushed out to find me on the ground. Part of my body was on the sidewalk and a sprinkler had missed my neck/shoulder area by inches. She scooped me up and raced to the emergency room. The doctors did an exam and x-rays and said miraculously I hadn’t suffered any injuries or broken bones.

It seemed like a positive ending to this tragic story. And until I was fifteen we thought I had escaped any damage in what was my earliest of extreme sports stunts. The problem, if we can call it that, is that the human body has an unmatched ability to compensate when injured. When injured your body automatically favors other muscles, slightly shifts movement patterns, and alters postures. Indeed, the best athletes in the world are those with bodies that can compensate instantaneously during their sport or when injured.

I hadn’t suffered any broken bones in my fall, but what the MDs at the hospital weren’t trained to look for would nonetheless cause my body to be imbalanced and less than optimal. I was fifteen when I received my first chiropractic adjustment.

That initial visit to the chiropractor was for a pain in my right hip that had seemed to come out of nowhere. After two visits to the chiropractor my hip has never bothered me again. This chiropractic experience occurred in Hood River, Oregon where I was training as a professional windsurfer during the summer months.

Flash forward six months and it is a rainy, foggy, and cold winter in my hometown of Fresno, California. I am in high school and suffering from horrible acne. It had been getting worse since I became a teenager, but now it was almost unbearable. I feared I might have permanent damage to my skin from the eruptions on my face that plagued me daily. And I was ashamed each day to go to school because of how bad my face looked.

To try and get a solution to my acne my mother took me to a dermatologist. The doctor said that indeed I had a very bad case of acne and that it would probably go away by the time I was eighteen (I was still fifteen years old). He wrote me a prescription for an oral steroid that he said would help to calm my acne down until then. An oral steroid? I am someone who doesn’t like to take an aspirin unless I really need to and I was being put on a two-year course of steroids!)

We asked the MD if there was anything I could do diet or nutrient wise to help with my acne. He quickly stated, “No, your diet has nothing to do with your skin or acne.” I left the appointment with the dermatologist feeling frustrated, ugly, and without any hope for my skin except to take this severe medication.

My mother and I didn’t fill the prescription for steroids. I couldn’t bring myself to do it and I knew there had to be another way. The side effects of the steroids really scared me and I knew there had to be another way. My body and skin wanted to be healthy; I just had to find the way. Little did I know that I was soon to make a discovery that would forever change my life.

My mother was talking to our neighbor about my struggles with acne and the neighbor suggested we see her chiropractor. My mother exclaimed, “A chiropractor? Aren’t they back and neck doctors? They had helped my sons hip, but what could they do for acne?”

The neighbor replied, “Well it can’t hurt and maybe they can help balance out his nervous system and teach him something about how his diet could be better.” She left my mom with one question, “What do you have to lose?”

My mom asked if I was willing to see if a chiropractor could help my skin. I felt like I was ready to try anything and agreed to the visit. My life at that time involved spending thirty minutes per night in front of the mirror with alcohol wipes and topical creams that were advertised to reduced acne and redness. Nothing was working. I was so embarrassed.

A few days later I saw Dr. Steven Hoopes (DC) at his office in Fresno on the recommendations of our neighbor. Dr. Hoopes took a thorough health history and did the most complete physical exam I had ever received from a doctor. He asked my mother when

I had had major trauma to my head and neck region. I had never been involved in any car accidents or other major traumas and so there were none listed on my intake forms. Or were we forgetting something? Dr. Hoopes asked again about trauma because I had a nerve pinched in my upper cervical spine and some scar tissue that he could feel in those tissues.

Up until that chiropractic visit I had never heard the story about falling out of the second story window. When questioned by Dr. Hoopes again about trauma my mom said “well he did fall out of window as a child, but we took him to the hospital immediately and they said
everything was ok.”

Dr. Hoopes next asked how long I had not been able to breathe through my nose. I told him “for as long as I can remember.” It wasn’t that I had sinus problems or a plugged up nose. It was just as if my nose didn’t work. I would try and breathe through my nose and nothing would happen.

Dr. Hoopes proceeded to gently adjust my neck and do some cranial adjusting work. Five minutes later he asked me to take a breathe in through my nose. It was the first time I can ever remember being able to take in any air that way and it felt energizing and wonderful. He explained to my mother and I that I had probably pinched those nerves in the back of neck when I had fallen as a young boy and although that wouldn’t show up on x-ray, it certainly had an effect on my health.

He then talked with me about my diet and how that could affect my skin as well as other aspects of my life. I was a ravenous carb-o-vore and lean protein and good fats were completely absent from my daily meals. He gave us some simple suggestions on how to incorporate a balanced diet into my routine and sent us on our way. We scheduled a followup appointment for a few weeks later. And when the next appointment rolled around my acne was 95% gone. I was ecstatic!

Was it the chiropractic adjustment that helped my acne? We will never know. I do know that ever since that visit I have been able to breathe through my nose. And from my chiropractic training I know that when the body and the nervous system are properly aligned and cared for that all the systems in the body work better, including our skin. Or was it the nutritional advice that Dr. Hoopes had taken a few minutes to give me that helped my skin? Maybe the adjustment and the counseling? We will never know.

What I do know is that it was then, at age fifteen, that I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people through natural, conservative health care, the way that I had been helped. I wanted to empower people to have amazing health without drugs and surgery. And I wanted to give people options when they felt they had none. I had been treated for a severe injury, the fall from the window that went unnoticed for thirteen years. And I had my eyes opened to a new healthy way to live and feel my best.

Obviously I am biased; I had my life profoundly changed by a chiropractor. That being said, I strongly urge you and your family members to be evaluated and treated by a good chiropractor. Not just because you have pain or need to take medications daily. You should see a chiropractor because you may be limited by things you consider “normal” but that are nonetheless holding you back from being truly healthy. Being adjusted and receiving advice for healthy living from a chiropractor is invaluable.

Inflammation: Cause or Effect?

As I drove to work today, I was listening to the news and one of the topics was side-effects of anti-inflammatory medications. That news story made me want to express the holistic approach to healing versus the western medicine approach to treating conditions. Inflammation is a great way to explain this concept so central to dynamic health.

Inflammation in our bodies is characterized by a few cardinal signs: swelling, redness, heat, and pain. Inflammation may be easily visible to the naked eye, as in a severely sprained ankle. In contrast, inflammation can be deep in our tissues. An example of this that I commonly see in my office is patients complaining of digestive problems that upon examining and palpating their abdomen, I find have severe tenderness to even light pressure. This tenderness to light pressure is a sign that they have intestinal inflammation. It isn’t visible from the surface, but nonetheless their digestive tissues are inflamed.

One other distinction when talking about inflammation is inflammation that isovert versus inflammation that is on a microscopic level. People can have “systemic” body-wide inflammation that causes plaquing of their arteries or hastens the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation doesn’t have to be visible, it can be microscopic. The more we learn about inflammation the more we realize its implication in a wide variety of conditions.

So when a patient presents to a doctor’s office today complaining of inflammation, what is the doctor’s response? I would hope that it would be to determine the CAUSE of the inflammation. That is what I do every day in my office.

A simpler, quicker, and one-size-fits-all approach is to give each patient an anti- inflammatory medication. This addresses the EFFECT, which is inflammation, without expending any effort to diagnose the cause of the patient’s inflammation. This approach drives me crazy! Sadly, this is the standard of care for most doctors.

So you may ask, “What can be a CAUSE of inflammation in my body?” Here is a brief list of common causes of inflammation:

  • Improper joint biomechanics: For example, if you ride a bike frequently to get exercise and your knee starts to hurt, the geometry of your bicycle could be causing abnormal wear and tear on your knee.
  • Tight muscles causing abnormal wear on joints: If your muscles aren’t balanced and working properly they cause joints to degenerate at an accelerated rate.
  • An inflammatory diet: The Standard American Diet (SAD), consisting of lots of grains, refined carbohydrates, tons of dairy, processed foods, and red meat is inflammatory. On the other hand, fresh fruits and vegetables, cold water fish, and unprocessed whole foods are anti-inflammatory.
  • Subclinical immune challenges: This could be anything from a semi- dormant virus, such as hepatitis, to an infection smoldering away in a tooth underneath a crown. “Subclinical” means the infection isn’t keeping you in bed or giving you overt symptoms. Nonetheless, it is putting strain on your body and causing inflammation.
  • A lack of anti-inflammatory pre-cursor nutrients: Your body makes its own anti-inflammatory molecules that are great at quenching the inflammatory fire. But you need the basic nutrients like EPA (an Omega 3 oil) and the vitamin and mineral cofactors to be able to produce them.
  • Poor adrenal gland health: Your adrenal glands, your “stress glands,” produce cortisone and cortisol which have anti-inflammatory properties. If your adrenals are “stressed out” then your body won’t be able to produce adequate amounts of either of these hormones.
  • Metabolic syndrome or Insulin Resistance: These conditions, which are becoming more and more prevalent in our society, are very inflammatory.

Can you see why it is important to look for the cause of inflammation? I went to college for 8+ years to learn how the human body works. I also learned how to diagnosis causes of inflammation and solve them, in most causes, by natural means. I have devoted my life to solving patient’s health complaints, and I LOVE doing it.

I hope you will give me the opportunity to find the CAUSE of your health
complaint. In today’s health care environment, more and more patients are fed up with covering over the symptoms with medications. They want a doctor that will go to bat for them and put in the work necessary to solve the mystery of their pain. I’m excited to be that doctor for you.


Dr. Brant Pedersen (DC)

You Deserve A Body That Feels Amazing

Prologue: I wrote this blog in October 2014 as an exciting new chapter of my professional life was unfolding. The curiosity and passion for my life’s work has only increased since then and I look forward to many more decades of learning, sharing, and helping my patients.


It begins… or it continues. All hinges on perspective.

As of this week, I have been in practice as a chiropractor in Los Gatos for a decade. It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to help so many people “get healthy and feel better.” I have witnessed the miraculous healing powers of the body, been humbled by cases I could not solve, and awoken many a night with insight into how I might help a patient… impatient for the patients next visit so I could continue my life’s work.

This morning I left my house at 4:30AM on a trip to Paris to study with one of the world’s leading experts on posture, Noelle Perez-Christiaens. She has devoted her life to helping western society not crumble into somatic chaos. I say western society, because in many parts of the developing world people utilize their body daily for physical labor. And in these cultures excellent posture is common, effortless, and the human body resilient.

In our modernized world we have every convenience. We utilize our brain much more than our physical body. Many of us sleep in comfortable beds, sit for our meals, drive to and from work, labor at our desks, and collapse on the couch in the evening. And almost everyone has chronically tight muscles, discomfort with prolonged sitting and standing postures, and bouts of neck, low back, and/or hip pain.

I believe that it is a human being’s birth right to live in a body that feels amazing. When I look at my boys running around, squatting effortlessly, bounding with energy, I see physical ease. No restricted movement. Muscles supple and relaxed. A physical body transporting their ever-learning brain and their soul.

Some would say that is a luxury of youth. Then I see a picture of a sixty-year-old woman carrying water in a bucket on her head from the river to her home. Her spine is straight, she has a look of resilience in her step, and her face has peace and joy as she easily converses with her friends during her daily trek.

What would life be like in a body that was perfectly balanced? What would it feel like to sit for three hours, unaware of any sensations from our body, able to fully immerse in our mental and spiritual faculties? I had a few hours of this experience a month ago enjoying the production of Wicked. I’ll blog about my experience, but it was mental and emotional euphoria because I was able to completely focus on the musical. Unlike anything I had previously experienced, because my body was utterly silent. No sense of discomfort or tension or strain. Silence.

I think that might be what my boys are experiencing throughout their days and nights. Maybe it is the reason children learn so rapidly. The reason they are full of bliss and wonder. The reason they “sleep like a baby.” Maybe a large part of it has to do with silence from their 650 skeletal muscles. As we age does the constant, nagging static signal from our imbalanced physical body compete with our vibrant experience of the world around us and our true mental capacity?

I’m in search of that still point of physical being. And I want to learn how to help those around me on their journey towards body awareness and balanced posture. My journey has me traveling to the other side of the world currently. I’m excited to share what I learn.

I want to finish this post with gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for in my first ten years of practice:

  • Thank you to God for giving me a passion and purpose to help others. I value every day on earth, even the challenging ones. I love being in service to my patients. And I humbly appreciate the wonder which is the human body.
  • To my wife, Aryn: you inspire me, push me, comfort me, and I have so much fun with you. I am the man I am because of you. And I become a better man, day-by-day, because of your influence. Thank you for being such a wonderful mother to our children and for encouraging me to take this journey to France to continue my education.
  • Jean Couch and Jenn Sherer from the Balance Center / Spinefullness in Palo Alto, CA. A patient seven years ago told me that Jean had ended his chronic back pain with a seventy-five minute “sitting class.” That got my attention and I signed up for the class that day. Thank you for being my teachers.
  • To my patients: I love being your chiropractor. I have a dear mentor who once told me that “God will send you patients that you will fail on so that you will learn.” I show up every day at practice with the intention of fixing everything that ails each patient. I don’t always succeed, but when I can’t figure something out, that patient doesn’t ever leave my mind. When reading a journal article, sitting at a medical conference, or consulting with a colleague I am thinking of that patient and if “now” is the moment I am going to learn the secret to help them. Hopefully, my travels in Paris will include some of those moments.

In Positive Motion,
Brant Pedersen, DC, CCSP

Is Your Child In Pain?

According to a study published in the journal Spine, many more adolescents have pain in their neck, shoulders, low back, and limbs, then was previously assumed.

The study showed that nearly 25% of 16-year-old boys and girls and nearly 20% of 18-year-old boys and girls had pain in at least one of these sites.

I was 15-years-old the first time that I went to a chiropractor. That doctor’s visit changed my life. I had been involved in many minor traumas, as most children are. I fell off my bike, crashed skiing, and even fell out a 2nd story window when I was two (ask me about that one sometime). All those traumas that children and teens have, get stored in their muscles, joints, and tissues as restrictions of motion and can cause pain. Many times children just “play through it.” Additionally, they can often have difficulties describing pain to their parents. It isn’t always easy to describe where, how, and when parts of our body hurt.

This is why it is so important to take your child to get assessed by a chiropractor. Adjustments, when indicated for children, are extremely gentle and children often times LOVE it! They get excited about how much better their body feels immediately after the adjustment. Also, they feel that it is easier to sit without pain for long hours at school and many note improvements in their athletic performance.

When we correct joint fixations/subluxations and muscle tightness in children it usually only takes one or two visits and it allows the child’s growing body to not be hampered by imbalances and pain. If we never address a child’s tight muscles and joints then those imbalances become “locked in” to their adult tissues. I think this is why many of us have our “trouble areas” as adults which require numerous treatments, instead of just a couple adjustments as when treating children.

My first visit to the chiropractor helped me so much, I decided at age 15 that I wanted to devote my life to the chiropractic profession. I would be honored to have the opportunity to check your child’s joints for fixations and muscle imbalances. After I help you and your child understand what I found and answer any questions you have, we can get to work helping your son or daughter feel their best!

In Positive Motion,
Brant Pedersen (DC, CCSP)

My Son’s First Chiropractic Adjustment

I was empowered watching this video to continue teaching my patients and the public at large about dynamic natural health through whole food nutrition, exercise, and chiropractic adjustments. We have such an awesome gift: our body. I want to help people learn how to make their body feel energized, beautiful, and powerful.

I’m very proud to announce that on June 8th, 2011 our son, Finn, had his first chiropractic adjustment.

He was officially one week old. I would like to share the why and how of this exciting event in hopes that it might help others.

Patients often ask me, “Do you adjust children?” I respond, “I adjust children after they are age five.

Before that age I refer them to a chiropractor that specializes in chiropractic pediatrics. The chiropractor I refer to in these situations is Dr. Beate Teufel (DC).”

I have spent most of my time since graduation from chiropractic school focusing on sports medicine and functional nutritional medicine. Dr. Teufel, who in addition to being a doctor of chiropractic, is a registered nurse and worked in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for ten years, did her advanced studies in pediatrics. The day my son was born I set up an appointment for his first visit to her office.

“Why would you adjust an infant?” is a question I am frequently asked. I love answering this question because it is at the heart of what is so special about chiropractic. My answer to this question is two fold.

The Birth Process is Traumatic

First, the birth process is a traumatic experience. Yes, we have been doing it since the beginning of humanity, but squeezing an infant’s huge head and tiny body through the cervix and vagina by forcefully contracting the uterine walls is a challenge on the infant’s delicate body.

Indeed, my wife’s labor and delivery went very smoothly, but our son, Finn, came into the world with a two-inch round hematoma on his head. The cause: getting forcefully contracted upon while his head wasn’t turned exactly perfectly to align with the birth canal.

This is a very normal occurrence in the birth process, and the hematoma, a large bruise, and collection of blood under the skin, is resorbed and goes away within a few weeks.

The hematoma goes away. But what about the fixations and misalignments in the neck and spine that can happen with such a compressive force on the head and body during vaginal delivery?

It was no wonder that during Finn’s first chiropractic assessment and adjustment, he had a misalignment in his upper cervical spine.

The misalignment was easily corrected with an adjustment using a precision instrument called an Activator.

The Activator carefully applies a measured force of a few ounces to a couple of pounds.

Compare that to the average vaginal birth that subjects the newborn’s neck to an average of 40 pounds of traction or torsion. And if the birth is more difficult, like during a cesarean section, forceps or vacuum extraction, the force can reach upwards of 100 pounds of pull on the newborn’s neck.

Don’t You Want to Give Your Child The Best Chance at Health and Happiness?

We take our children in for routine medical check-ups. We get their teeth cleaned and cavities filled. But what about getting their joints, muscles, and nervous system checked by a chiropractor, a specialist in the proper function of the human frame? Don’t our children deserve to have their spine checked as well as their teeth?

Children, especially before they are talking, have a hard time letting us know that they are in pain or experiencing some difficulty with their body. Sure, a baby might cry a lot, but is that because they are hungry, need to be changed, tired, etc? As an example, how does your son or daughter let you know that they have a hard time turning their head to the left?

Although they are often overlooked, sometimes parents will notice these asymmetries in their child’s movement patterns. A common statement I hear is “I noticed that Sydney doesn’t like to lie on her right side or feed from my right breast.” The parent may or may not link this to their child’s difficulty with certain postures that can be caused by misalignments in the child’s spine. A chiropractor is trained to assess the child’s spine and make adjustments where appropriate.

I fell from a second-story window as a toddler. I suffered with problems in my nervous system and spine for years not knowing how my body should feel. With such a severe trauma at such a young age, I thought, “this is just how my body feels.”

When our son was born, we wanted to assure that his spine and nervous system were working to their full potential. We want our child to become all that he can become, and we obviously want to remove any barriers to his success. That is why we had him evaluated and treated by a chiropractor soon after his birth.

Obviously, I am biased as I have dedicated my life to chiropractic and natural healing methods. That being said, the children that I see under chiropractic care get sick less, have improved balance and posture, and overall seem to excel. I believe that a balanced health care approach, where the medical doctor (M.D.) and doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) work together towards the well-being of the child is always the best approach. I hope that you will have your son or daughter evaluated by a chiropractor today so that they can realize the gift of limitless health.

What’s In A Name?

I was 20 and just about to graduate with my pre-med degree. Sitting in my college room with all the excitement of a life starting to bloom, I was signing off a letter to a friend and trying to come up with a letter close that would convey my attitude in life…

“In positive motion,”

The way I saw it back then, and still see it today, is that we have a few choices in life.

We can be in only one of these states:

Not moving forward. Nor backwards. Not moving at all. Not making an impact. Not standing for anything. No opinion. No desires. Each day that passes brings little feeling or emotion.

In “negative motion.” Sliding backwards. Devolving. Slowly decaying in our minds, bodies, and spirits. Letting the world make us old before our time. Giving up the will to strive for better health and a life of abundance and joy.

Positive Motion.
Living a life of action geared towards making a difference. A difference you feel as your body and mind becomes strong, vibrant, and fun to live in. Activating your soul and using your gifts to help those around you. Smiling. Sharing your heart, your stories, and your love. In my life, I choose to be in Positive Motion. I choose to help my patients experience dynamic health. I believe that health is not just the absence of disease, but a vibrant body that functions gracefully and effortlessly.

I hope that you will join me in Positive Motion.

7 Reasons You Should Go To A Chiropractor

35 million people see a chiropractor each year[1] – and with good reason!  Chiropractic care is effective at alleviating pain and improving function. But is it the right treatment for you?

Check out the many benefits of chiropractic care for both chronic pain and acute injuries, and learn why it might be the right way for you to find healing.

1. Chiropractic care is cost-effective.

The average American spends almost $13,000 each year on healthcare.[2] Even if you have health insurance, you could save as much as 85% on your medical bills by choosing chiropractic care.[3] 

In multiple peer-reviewed journals, chiropractic care has been proven to be less expensive than traditional care[4] – especially when treating chronic issues and back pain[5]. While physical therapy and traditional medical costs keep going up, chiropractic care costs have remained stable.[6] A recent Journal of American Medicine Study showed that older Medicare and low back pain patients saw considerable cost savings – especially when they initiated care with a chiropractor.[7]  As prices skyrocket, it’s no wonder most people are looking to make the most of their healthcare dollars.

2. Chiropractic care gets quick and lasting results. 

When you are hurting from an accident or struggling to enjoy day-to-day activities, you want relief fast. A 2010 study in the prestigious journal Spine found that “most studies suggest spinal manipulation achieves equivalent or superior improvement in pain and function when compared with other commonly used interventions for short, intermediate, and long-term follow-up.[8] 

While there is no magic bullet for immediate healing, chiropractic treatment is often the fastest way to feel better. The nature and severity of your injury, your lifestyle, and your age all play significant roles in how long it will take you to heal. Chiropractic care has been shown to be a better way to get lasting results than many medications, massage, yoga, pilates, muscle relaxers, and over-the-counter drugs.[9]

3. Chiropractic care is safe.

When performed by a licensed doctor of chiropractic (DC), chiropractic care has been proven to be safe, especially for low back pain and headaches.[10]

Many Americans are grappling with the opioid crisis and looking for less invasive treatment options. The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) recently released a study of 750 military personnel who saw the benefits of chiropractic care. As a result, “Chiropractic care has expanded in the U.S. military where an estimated 65% of veterans suffer from chronic pain.”[7]Chiropractors are now on staff at over 100 VA treatment facilities and hospitals in the United States.[11]

4. Chiropractic care works with your body by addressing the underlying cause of your pain.

Chiropractic care takes a ‘whole person’ approach. This means looking for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain instead of just treating the symptoms. Many seemingly unrelated symptoms often arise from imbalances in the spinal column.

By determining the root cause of the pain and creating a personalized chiropractic and wellness plan, patients report improved functioning in multiple areas of their lives. The effects of chronic pain can include depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping, so it’s essential to have a holistic approach to your healing. 

5. Chiropractic care is accessible.

Unlike most doctors who are constrained by complicated health insurance contracts, chiropractors offer flexible care so that you can be seen when you need it most. It is easy to make an appointment that fits your schedule and budget when you don’t have to worry about getting a referral or finding an in-network provider.

Accessible care can help to avoid long-term pain and complications by getting you seen fast and allowing your body to start healing so that you can get back to living your life. 

6. Chiropractic care can help people avoid unnecessary surgery.

While surgery is sometimes necessary, it is also expensive, painful, and can lead to future complications. The side effects of surgery can get pretty scary! Between 10 – 40% of patients experience ongoing pain within two years of lumbar laminectomy surgery, a common low back surgical procedure, and many are diagnosed with failed back surgery.[12] 

In a study of almost 2,000 workplace injuries, those who saw a chiropractor first reduced their chance of needing surgery by over 40%.[13] Opt for non-invasive chiropractic adjustments to avoid unnecessary surgery or a lifetime of pain medications.

7. Chiropractors know how to refer to appropriate medical professionals when that is what is needed.

Conservative treatment through your chiropractor can be the best place to start dealing with your ongoing pain. In some cases, spinal manipulation may not be the best course of treatment. For complicated spinal cord injuries or issues with the nervous system, you may need to be treated by a specialist.

These days most chiropractors have extensive medical training[14], including at least four years of professional study after a four-year pre-medical education. Their education helps them determine when a referral to another medical specialty is the best option for you. Are you ready to start your treatment?

You’ve only got one spine. Take great care of it with supportive chiropractic care. Positive Motion Chiropractic is committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs. 

Whether you are experiencing back or neck pain, headaches, pain from an injury, or suffer from a chronic spinal condition – we can help you find healing. Our team will give you a full evaluation and customize a plan of care to help you reach your health goals.















What Does Playing Guitar and Fitness Goals Have In Common?

I play guitar. I love exercising the artistic side of my mind. But when I sit down to play I always start by tuning the six steel strings. I have found that my guitar, when tuned, makes fantastic music. Untuned, it just makes noise. Tuning makes all the difference.

This time of year, with spring around the corner, I see a lot of people wanting to get back to being more active. Maybe they want to lose some weight or get more into a sport they love. The intention is great. But many times a few weeks into their new routine a voice starts to creep up in their mind saying “Maybe I am just getting too old…” It might be because their shoulder starts hurting. Or their feet. Or low back. For others it is tendonitis that sidelines them.

What does playing guitar and fitness goals have in common? I find that many times people who have stayed on the fitness sidelines for a length of time (sometimes due to work, family commitments, life transitions, etc) set out to get back all their lost strength and fitness in a matter of weeks. And this many times turns out just like me playing my untuned guitar — horribly.

My advice for those looking to get in the best shape of their life this spring is two-fold.

1. You don’t have to get it all back at once. Actually that never works. You didn’t lose your strength, add extra inches to your waist, or get fatigued going up those couple flights of stairs overnight. Be gentle, but resolute with yourself. I believe that you can get back to feeling better than you have in years (maybe decades) but this is going to take some time. Good news: if you watch for it, you will start seeing tiny victories even after just a few days. So don’t try to make up for lost time. Instead institute one or two healthy habits, of reasonable intensity, and work on those for awhile.

2. Every athlete that gets on my table at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is asked one question first “how can I help you today?” About 1/3 of those athletes reply “Doc, I feel great. Please just help me keep feeling that way.” The best athletes in the world know that a well-tuned body, like a well-tuned guitar, performs better AND (bonus) has less of a chance of getting injured. On your path to physical amazingness you too will probably be in need of a tune-up. Know that it is better to start your journey well-prepared than to wait until you are frustrated and in pain to get tuned up. That being said, we will be here to help you get back to feeling your best regardless.

All of us have lived a crazy rollercoaster the last 2+ years. I see a sunrise of hope were we can get back into our good and healthy habits. I know that I am humbly working that path. And that I cannot do it alone.

You are not alone. We are here to help.

What Specific Activity Do You Do to Renew and Recharge?

What specific activity do you do to renew and recharge? That thing that can turn a bad week or month around in an instant. It wasn’t until I was 45 years old that I would have been able to definitively answer that question. And that was after my wife had been pointing it out to me for years (I know I’m stubborn).

I think knowing this about oneself might be one of the most important keys to a happy and balanced life. There are many things that can get us down in life. Unexpected trials, difficult personalities, and mean drivers to name a few.

But I have found that how I feel in my life is like a bowl filled with a liquid of amazingness. There are a myriad of things that drain away that amazingness. But conversely, there are things that fill it back up. And when our bowl is filled up life’s challenges seem fun, everyone is our friend, and nothing can shake our positivity.

The activity I do to renew and recharge is getting in the ocean. Any body of water will work. A river, lake, or even a bath. But to fill my bowl to the brim nothing is better or quicker than a few hours of getting wet while playing in the ocean. Surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kiteboarding, or just floating on my back. My mind, body, and spirit all immediately start to feel better. It is like I am plugged into a vast network of positive energy. And it feels great!

What is that thing for you? Is it spending quality time with a specific person? Maybe hiking or biking out in nature? What about curling up by a fire with a good book in a room filled with peace and quiet? Take a few moments to see if you can identify it in your life. Or ask a loved one if they can see what it is for you (like my wife did for me). That thing that makes you light up. That activity that transforms grumpy you into happy you.

I think many times in life people end up chasing things like alcohol,  drugs, retail therapy, and/or overeating to try to fill their bowl. It is a story as old as time. And yet these activities never really fill us up or make us truly content. That is why discovering your special recharging activity is so important.

I challenge you in the next 30 days to try to discover what makes you fill plugged in and recharged. Share what you discover with your friends and family. And then make sure you schedule in time to recharge yourself. Make it, and yourself, a priority.

Changing This 1 Thing Will Help You Keep Your Resolutions

I don’t have a great track record with keeping my New Years Resolutions. Waking up to the brisk morning air on the first day of a new year brings optimism and a renewed commitment to self disciple. But I have found that within a few months I have a hard time even remembering what my resolutions were.

This year has been different in that regard. I set a resolution on the evening of December 31, 2021 and I have kept it up every day since. A 330-day streak! And the changes it has made in my mental and physical health have been wonderfully profound. I want to share what I think was the secret to my success this year.

When we fail to create lasting healthy habits science says it is not a reflection of our lack of abilities, but rather because many times our resolutions are missing some key ingredients.

So in late 2021, while submerged in the funk that was everything COVID, I decided to study what I could learn about the science of habits. I reckoned that if I could replace just one unhealthy habit with a single healthy habit that the changes might just make me smile. 😊

I don’t know about you, but to me the world, and our country more acutely, seems turbulent and chaotic like no other time I can remember. And I have noticed that when I delve into news or political discourse it never leaves me feeling good.

As I work more on observing my feelings I noticed that physically it will leave my chest feeling tight and interesting it would make my whole body feel a little cold. Like a slight, lasting, uncontrollable shiver on a cold winters day. Mentally it would leave me feeling lost, frustrated, and vulnerable.

On New Years Eve 2021 I made the decision to replace my morning habit of consuming news with a practice my wife shared with me, the 5-Minute Journal. We use the iPhone app version of the 5-Minute Journal, but it is available in a paper version as well. The journal lives up to its name of just taking 5 minutes.

Here is what the process looks like for me upon waking:

  • The app opens showing me highlights of past entries and/or pics which make me reflect on my amazing life.
  • When I hit the “Start Today’s Entry” button a positive quote or growth challenge greets me.
  • Next it asks for “3 things I am grateful for?”
  • Following that it asks “What will I do to make today great?”
  • Finally it prompts me for my “Daily Affirmation” – something short that helps reinforce in me who I want to be.

Eleven months in how has this single habit improved my life?

  1. I am not missing looking at the news at all. I did for the first week or so and then… nope.
  2. I have not been getting that tension / tightness in my chest feeling I used to have almost daily. Is that a physical sign that it helped me be less anxious?
  3. I don’t want for things nearly as much as I used to. I feel genuinely content with my life and I’m not looking for a purchase or new shiny object to make me feel happy.
  4. Overall I feel more care-free and I have less of a tendency to jump to judgment  about people and things around me. I find I am more of a curious observer and I like that mindset.

Upon reflection of my 2022 new year’s resolution experience I have learned two main lessons. One, it is important to set up a single, well-focused, resolution that I can accomplish. And two, it is critical to stick with it long enough to see the positive changes it is bringing to varied aspects of my life. As we approach new years eve 2022 I hope you will find peace around the life you want to live.