|This is Your Chiropractor
by Michael Dorausch, DC
Ever wonder what your chiropractor is doing on the weekend? Some may be golfing, fishing, exercising, spending time with family, organizing their chiropractic office, or participating in countless other activities that people typically do on the weekends. For those of you that are receiving chiropractic care, at times you may have heard your chiropractor mention they were going out of town for a conference, seminar, or some other chiropractic event. I recently spent some time with a chiropractor doing just that and wanted to share his story.
Dr. Adam Church practices chiropractic in East Haven, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife Liz and his one year old daughter Sabela. This past weekend they were all in Phoenix, Arizona attending a chiropractic event. I took a ride with the Church family from the hotel back to the airport and mentioned it typically results in an article on Planet Chiropractic, and here it is. (photo was taken on the shuttle bus en route to the airport)
I live in Los Angeles, California, so travel to Phoenix for me typically involves a backpack, computer, cell phone, camera, MP3 player, half a dozen power cables, and Starbucks card. The Church family had most of those items as well (probably no Starbucks card) but also had a baby stroller, car seat, baby toys, two large suitcases, and miscellaneous other items required when traveling with children.
I traveled with the Church family to the car rental return, and even with my assistance, there was quite a bit carry and load onto the shuttle back to the airport, and then unload from the shuttle to the check-in counter for their departing airline. One thing I learned was why parents with small children get preferential treatment when it comes to boarding flights, it's a lot of work just getting there.
The bigger picture for me though was the reason behind all this effort Dr. Adam Church and his wife go through, better service for their patients. You see, I was home in Los Angeles within about an hour and a half after reaching the security checkpoint at terminal four at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. I had time to unpack, play with my dogs, have dinner with my honey, and do a number of things that I do on Sunday afternoons, perhaps maybe taking it for granted.
At about 8:30 Sunday night my phone rang and I noticed the number was the cell phone of Dr. Adam Church. I figured he was calling to let me know they arrived safely, but when I listened to the call it sounded like his cell phone was in his pocket and had dialed me by "accident." I could hear what sounded like the rustling of bags and it occurred to me that they were probably just getting off the plane or getting into their car, and Adam had turned his cell phone back on. It was 11:30 p.m. on the East Coast and for all I knew they still had another hour and a half until they were home in East Haven Connecticut.
What does any of this have to do with chiropractic? Here's a man who takes his wife and child with him on the weekend (we do this nearly every month). They travel more than halfway across the country to learn and share what they've learned with other chiropractors. They received no continuing education credit, no licensing renewal, no certificates, no accolades, and nothing physical to bring home to show their community what they had accomplished. What they did bring home was a reinforced desire to serve the people in their community. I remember being in the car with Dr. Adam and asking him about the hour and a half drive to the airport, the five-hour flight, the hour drive to the hotel, the short time he spent with others, then repeating the trip in reverse order less than 48 hours later. "To better serve our patients" was his simple reply.
To Dr. Adam Church and countless other chiropractors across the planet, chiropractic is not about cracking backs and collecting money from insurance companies. Chiropractic is a lifestyle, it's a way of serving one's community to the best of one's ability, always working to improve. It's about sharing the message of that lifestyle by living it, talking the talk, and walking the walk. It's about getting people well without the need for drugs or surgery. It's about natural healing from above down and from the inside out.
Ask your chiropractor what they did this weekend and they'll likely respond briefly, quickly bringing the topic back on you and your health. It's all about you, you are the reason we're here.
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East Haven Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Church