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Daniel Long D.C.
My journey to discovery of chiropractic, like a lot of people’s, started with an injury. In high school I ran cross-country and during a run I had an intense pain in my knee that developed and would come back shortly after starting again.
I went to my doctor who gave me pain medication and told me stay off it for two weeks and come back if it still hurts, but there was no hands-on work with my knee. I followed these orders with no change and got a second opinion resulting in a diagnosis of tendinitis and received some solid instruction on how to care and manage my knee. As one who was interested in the medical field as a potential career this experience discouraged me from looking further as it seemed pain medication wasn’t a good long term solution.
After high school I went on a service mission and accompanied a friend to his appointment with a chiropractic doctor. Watching the doctor perform his craft, while answering and explaining everything he did, shifted my thinking about patient care and before even being adjusted, I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor.
I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology at Brigham Young University- Idaho in preparation for chiropractic training at Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area where I learned the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic. I was instructed in many techniques and find value in all of them but the one that stood out to me the most was Chiropractic Biophysics.
The balance of acknowledging and working with the body’s innate ability to heal and create a long-term structural change, all supported by peer-reviewed science, really stood out to me as a method of creating optimum change in the quality of life for the patient…not just for the short term, but for the rest of their life.
The ability to help people express their full potential of life without the need for drugs or surgery in a way that is engaging and personal is a great blessing in my life and I wouldn’t want to do anything else. One of the greatest pleasures of being a chiropractor is helping others realize their potential so they can do the things they find meaningful for a lot longer, whether that is participating in a sport or being able to spend more quality time with their family in the future.
My chiropractic conversion starts with my knee. I always took for granted feeling well and moving with ease. One day in college, I woke up with a slight pain in my knee. I thought it was just from sleeping wrong on it or something. I kept going about my day, walking from class to class and by noon, I was done for. I couldn’t walk. The pain was so excruciating. A friend of mine was going to school to be a chiropractor and made the call to the local office. He even carried me into the office. By the end of the visit, I was able to limp out. After a few adjustments I felt great.
During a few of my visits I was observing other people’s care and noticed it wasn’t all like mine. There were other conditions that Chiropractic could help with. The doctor explained to me what else Chiropractic could help with. Word for word he started “Allergies, hormone levels, sports injuries” I was shocked! Where had this been my whole life? Why hadn’t I heard of this before? If I had this in my life as a child, would I have had as many issues now? I immediately started asking more questions. After my care for my knee was over, we discussed what could be done for my allergies, hormone levels and previous sports injuries. I clearly enjoyed having the mobility back in my knee and wondered if I was truly missing out on blessings in my life.
When I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with a hormonal cancer and told that I would never have kids, I would be on medication for the rest of my life and that I basically needed to get my reproductive organs removed to prevent future worry. I WAS A TEENAGER! How does a teenager cope with all of this? They suppress it and accept that this is their life now. Later this then creeps up and causes other issues of course but that’s a different story for a different day. I had now accepted that I was going to be a medicated, childless woman and needed to focus on my new dreams of being an actor.
After about two months of being under Chiropractic care I had an awakening, quite literally. My body was functioning the way it needed and could communicate CLEARLY with the rest of my body, something that before couldn’t be accomplished. I was now able to stop taking ALL medications. My body was producing all my normal levels of hormones with my natural parts and I felt like there was finally hope of fulfilling my life long dream of being a mom to children of my own. At this same time I was no longer taking medication for my allergies. I could eat the foods I loved without having reactions, I could enjoy being outdoors without my eyes swelling shut after five minutes. I could go to friends houses and play with their cats or dogs. I now could tell when it had been too long in between my visits and my body needed that extra boost of an adjustment. It was a natural high that filled my life with purpose and meaning again. I vowed then that I would never be without Chiropractic in my life. Little did I know, my journey was not over with the blessings from getting care.
Remember how I had been told I couldn’t have kids and everything needed to be removed? Well, I didn’t take that advice. I have never liked the idea of being told I only had one option and that pills or surgery would fix everything. Granted cancer is a big bad thing and I’m glad I had those to help with getting me into remission, but staying on medication and having surgery wasn’t the life I wanted. About 2 years after starting Chiropractic care, I experienced another awakening. I went on a trip with my husband and had been feeling sick, fairly common routine, but it didn’t seem normal. I made some joke as we were getting on the plane that if something happened and we needed to get out quick, just yell “Lady with a baby coming through”. He didn’t think anything of it but that is all I could think of. When we landed, we went straight to the store and picked up a test. The test came back positive and he didn’t believe me because of all my history. I was naive but still confident. After we got back into town the doctors didn’t even believe me.
Here I am thinking, I have drastically changed my life and made so many changes that doctors said would never happen, truly they can’t be right now. I can proudly say that I am a mother of my own offspring and I am such a firm believer in Chiropractic! I have my own miracle stories and now, I see others stories everyday. This is what I live for. I do what I do, so I can see others experiencing their own mini miracles each and every day.
Kevin Liddle LMT
I became interested in massage as a student in high school while taking a sports medicine class. I was intrigued with the power of touch improving health and functionality. While I tried many other career paths, massage was always on my mind. Eventually, I learned that I could make a living at massage and made the switch. I have been practicing professionally since Dec. of 2017. Have worked in a clinic which treated auto accident victims, workers injured on the job and medical prescriptions for chronic pain since April 2018. I know various styles of massage which lets me adapt to the needs of each client and work within their boundaries. I genuinely enjoy watching the progress of clients as they move toward their health goals and increase in their functionality.
I am new to chiropractic care but have been in healthcare for 2 years now. I was working as a medical assistant before moving to Washington from California. I am currently studying to get my bachelors in healthcare management. I joined healthcare because I want to help people improve not just physically but mentally as well.