How Lifestyle Design Strategies can help chiropractors overcome adversity

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Yet another

Chiropractic Blog?


And you may find yourself in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself in another part of the world And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife And you may ask yourself-Well…How did I get here?

Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads

First posts are the hardest.

Remember the first day in your own practice. The butterflies, some trepidation and concerns about if you have prepared enough.

Publishing this post feels the same.

Will this blog be well received or wallow in obscurity?

In Internet related News:

The more prominent stories of interest to a humble chiropractor and Internet freelance coach, such as myself (in no particular order):

The people of Egypt toppling the government in peaceful protest using Twitter.

How Egyptians Used Twitter During the January Crisis [INFOGRAPHIC]

[In less than 2 weeks from original draft until now has seen a domino effect of Twitter based news from North Africa centered around Libya and Tunisia involving social change. You may need to use Google translate to read the next link]

Bloody riots in Libya, seen through Twitter

In chiropractic news:

The ongoing changes within the chiropractic profession as some DCs’ push to prescribe drugs.

Subluxation-free Chiropractic?

While at the same time a proposed anatomical connection between the upper cervical spine and cervicogenic headaches via Spine Journal.

Anatomical Connection Between the Rectus Capitis Posterior Major and the Dura Mater.

Why don’t more people “get this” chiropractic stuff?

I chose the links above to illustrate three points.

  1. How quick information changes online today.
  2. How easy it is to get access to detailed information at the click of a button.
  3. And show how powerful the Internet is today in affecting change in society.

Pundits can say what they want, but the Internet is changing our world faster and affecting it in ways before only imagined in science fiction.

And also to show how interruptions in our thoughts is an everyday experience that can consume us, if we let it.

Life after technology:

So you do not feel so alone, allow me to share how technology and information overload have affected my life.

My current clients keep me busy 30+ hours a week with various web related projects which include content creation, creating business strategies, implementing Internet marketing using the leading techniques in search engine optimization. Having 10 ongoing projects is common place.

20-30+ hours are dedicated to the few patients I see, providing coaching and freelancing services to choice chiropractors’ and growing this website to help more doctors.

On the To Do list:


Sitting here composing this post, I have 9 applications open that I am working on, while I get this first post published.


I have an email inbox with 2,941 unprocessed emails (due to a switch of computers 6 months ago). Can you relate? Don’t worry; I vet the important ones to keep up with paying clients. If you send me an email I will get it.


Currently I am reading:

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Here is a small sampling of the more than 100 books I have worked through and will continue to read over this next year.

Do you feel overwhelmed with information?

The above is a sample of the ongoing list of “To Do’s” common today as information hammers us daily. Interruptions are the unfortunate norm in today’s world. But a solutions exist. [Que the bright lights and music] And I have seen the light of solutions. LOL

Reality check: you need to find and develop an information management strategy that works for you to deal with this deluge of information, or you may perish in Internet obscurity, especially if you are marketing your practice on-line.

Your full-time practice is a challenge enough without having the added burden of figuring out how to use the internet effectively to help you grow your practice. You do not have enough time in the day to test the best methods of informational time management, which is a big reason more chiropractors’ have not embraced technology in their practices.

A solution to information overload:

My primary goal with this blog site is providing you the best information to curb and manage this flood of information for your desired benefit.

For example, I could show you some simple tricks that would cut your Google search time by 10-40% depending on how efficient you already are with search. And I will in future posts.

I could show you the best strategies used to manage all those “ideas” that pop into your head, especially when surfing the web.

And on it goes.

How the hell did I get here? And why should you care?

Here is where the story gets interesting.

Currently we am staying in Bacau, Romania providing chiropractic care for my 14 year-old sister-in-law who is having some serious health issues. In the coming months, we may share a bit more of the details surrounding these events, but for now, I will share she is doing better after 4 weeks of upper cervical chiropractic care. So much for the better, we have decided to extend our stay here to help care for her over the next few months.

Why did this website come together?

Honestly, when I graduated from chiropractic school at Life University, I did not think I would be where I am at today. This wasn’t the plan to say the least.

4 big life events that have changed my path in life and brought me to where I am today.


1. Following 5 years of successful practice, I moved into a new practice after making some horrible business and life decisions back in 2005 and 2006.

It took almost two years to piece together a life following those poor choices. Professionally and personally my life will never be the same. Despite my best ongoing efforts, over two years towards this path of recovery, everything drastically changed in three months. What took two years to rebuild, fell apart in less than twelve weeks.

2. On August 4, 2009 a 15,000 pound tree fell and crushed the house we were living in.

3. Three weeks later my wife had an emergency life saving surgery. Which took three months to recover.4. And three weeks later the practice I was working in, as an associate doctor, no longer had a need for my chiropractic services.

I share this with you not for pity or woe, I share this because the fall of 2009 was a turning point in my life and that of my wife. For the first time in my life I started to ask drastically different life questions and the answers catalyzed changes unlike anything earlier.

New Lifestyle Design Question #1

Where do we go now?

After some serious discussion and a brief 10 day trip we decided on Superior, Colorado.
2 months after my wife’s surgery we moved to Colorado.

Perhaps this would serve as a nice ending. A happily ever after moment immortalized here on the Internet for future generations.

Nope, the universe would have none of that plan.

New Lifestyle Design Question #2

What am I going to do now?

In Colorado, I set about organizing yet another practice, number 9 for those of you who are counting. But, something didn’t seem right this time. I didn’t expect perfection in the process, dammit, I know how to start a practice. I have done it successfully 8 out of the last 9 times. But, something still wasn’t right. I felt it.

Do you want the good news or the bad?
In January of 2010 my wife and I got some disconcerting news about her sister. Seems she was recently diagnosed with some serious health conditions after suffering with “unknown symptoms” for over 3 years. The typical case that walks into a chiropractor’s office everyday across the United States.

I am not going to go into details now, it is more important you understand this news brought up feelings of frustration, anger, anguish and helplessness. I knew in my heart I could help her. But, how could I, we were 5000+ miles away?

For the first time in my professional career I took another serious look at what I wanted to do with my life. My wife’s sister needed my help, but how? We had just moved from Atlanta, GA to Superior, Colorado. How can we pick up and stay with her long enough to put our best efforts toward getting her well?

New Chiropractic Lifestyle Strategies

Yes, it must involve chiropractic and I will never stop adjusting, but I needed a different strategy if I was going to make this happen. The only other thing I am near as good at, besides adjusting, is setting up practices and Internet related specialized knowledge. :)

I have honed my business strategies, marketing skills and Internet knowledge since long before I graduated from chiropractic college, but it was only as a hobby.

For the last two years it has been a full-time effort of acquiring and applying Internet wisdom. And this blog aims to share that knowledge.

Urban markets, suburban markets and small towns too are all included in this plethora of chiropractic experience. Add in some more recent real world experiences with international cultures and voila’ the makings of some hard-core wisdom.

With this hard-earned knowledge from the traveling school of hard knocks, I set out to create the lifestyle necessary to take care of my sister-in-law, visit friends and family, provide for our financial well-being as we travelled. This topic is cover in more detail here: How a chiropractor turned internet consultant went from a home body to world traveler.

Enter this blog

This is not my only gig. Honestly I do not know how well this blog will be received by chiropractors’. That is up to you. If you like what you read here, GREAT, please show your support and pass it along.

In the future weeks there is a flurry of topics we will be covering. If there is something in particular you want me to cover, drop me a line and I will do my best to get you what you are looking for.

Comments welcomed below

My life decisions, triumphs and failures are emotional and personal subjects to me and it took a lot to share this post with you. I hope it helps you in some way. If it does, please drop a line below along with any questions or comments. Future planned posts will cover topics more directly applicable to helping you in practice.

Until next time, thank you for visiting.


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