Hello, I grew up in a family that when you had a headache you went to the medicine cabinet for a pill, if you had a stomach ache you went to the cabinet for some pink stuff. Sadly, most North Americans have been raised in an allopathic medical model that treats symptoms from the outside-in with pills and potions. I had chronic eczema that would get so severe that it would bleed when I moved and all the creams the doctor gave me didn’t ever make it go away. When I was a teenager, I was involved in several motorcycle accidents and one severe car accident. With each accident was a trip to the hospital and some x-rays where the doctor always had the same answer, no broken bones go home rest and you will be fine.
Well, I was not fine. At seventeen I was sick every day of my senior year and had many trips to our family MD without any success. After several rounds of antibiotics, corticosteroids and a bunch more drugs, I started to wonder how “good for me” was all this (ineffective!) medication? I was sent to “specialists” who had stronger pills but had no success in getting well. Before I was eighteen my low back started hurting (which was really a blessing in disguise) and the pain killers/muscle relaxants prescribed by my family MD didn’t seem to have any effect.
At the suggestion of my brother, I decided to go see a chiropractor to check if my low back pain could be helped. The chiropractor told me that he would check my spine for subluxation (misalignment/nerve interference) and if that was the case, I was in the right place and he could help me. He explained that as he corrected the subluxated areas of my spine that I would start to function better. He stated that chiropractic is based on these scientific facts: 1. Gray’s Anatomy states that every organ system and function of the human body is under direct control of the central nervous system. 2. An intact nervous system will lead to optimal functioning of the human body; Dorland Medical Text. He also explained that I was born with intelligence and designed to be healthy. He told me that you have to have a healthy functioning spine to have an intact nervous system, allowing optimal function of my body. Stress is what caused my subluxations and I had had plenty of that! He explained as that he did not treat or cure the symptoms or conditions that I had told him about, his job was to detect and correct the subluxations in my spine. Symptoms which he also called “body signals” were merely how my body responds when it is unable to adapt. As he corrected my subluxations I would function better, adapt better and the healing part was all up to me.
I was all in!
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I started getting adjusted three times a week. My chiropractor explained that the frequency of adjustment, which he called the “rhythm of healing” was to help teach my body a new better habit of being subluxation free. My back pain was gone after two weeks. My body had healed from the inside out without any medication. Chiropractic had addressed the cause of my symptoms rather than just trying to mask them. Now to back up a little bit, my mom had a life changing event at sixteen years old with chiropractic. However, where that chiropractor failed her (and me, for that matter) is that he did help her understand the principles of true health, healing and how chiropractic is a major contributor to function better. My mother was a believer but not an under-stander of chiropractic.
Now, I would like to be able to tell you that from that experience I had a huge paradigm shift from the (outside-in) medical model to the true wellness healing (inside-out). However, I started chiropractic school and my weekly regular adjustments were replaced with students practicing their manipulations on me. This was far from the specific and scientific adjustments I had grown used over to the last five years. I had competed in several bodybuilding shows, I had been eating great, exercising a lot, and looked healthy. Within a few months time though, I broke out in shingles which was the start of me getting sick again. I reverted back to seeking medical treatment (which was ironic, considering my own life-changing chiropractic experience in my late teens as well as being in chiropractic school) which just goes to prove how deep the medical (outside in) model is embedded into most Canadians. In California I was even paying thousands of dollars for medical care and prescription drugs that were making me sicker each day I took them.
I graduated from Palmer West in California and returned home sick. I started getting regular specific adjustment and once again I regained my health. This was finally my paradigm shift into to a functional wellness model which included chiropractic. This is what changed the life of me and my family - forever.
I am proud to be a principled chiropractor and I am on a mission to share true healing and health with as many families as possible. By doing so they can reach their God given purpose and avoid unnecessary drugs and surgery.
As a prospective patient, I remember sitting through an orientation called “The Doctor’s Report”, thinking why had I not done this before taking all the different drugs I was given? The only answer I had for myself is that I did not know there was another option to taking prescription drugs before that day!
I had been trying my best to regain my health and had decided that I was just genetically prone to being sick, as it had been suggested by my family doctor. During the Doctor’s report I was asked “What is the true meaning of health?” As I had always being involved in fitness my hand shot up to answer with “when you feel good and look good”. Which at the time was again ironic because I at the time being what some may call a fitness fanatic, I did “look good” but at the time was not feeling good. I had been eating healthy, working out several times a week, but why then was I so sick?
The chiropractor responded by correcting me and explaining that the answer is in the word itself. True health is expressed in the body’s ability to HEAL. I obviously had severe subluxation (misalignment/nerve interference) and lost my ability to heal and eventually lost my health. Thinking back to my childhood, I must have lost function in my earlier years being plagued with poor health, then later on several accidents which had seemed to compound.
As a parent of two young boys (Max and Xavier), I take a special interest in seeing children be healthy without drugs and surgery. I can vouch that when my wife Diana was pregnant and someone would ask what we were having, “Is it a boy or girl?”, my answer always was” It doesn’t matter, just as long as they are healthy.” Our health is our most valuable asset and many of us don’t realize this until we get sick. As my young family grows, I am amazed at the child’s eye view of the world and their ability to dream incredible dreams.
As an adult (that has been tainted by the world), those dreams seem silly and less attainable. Somewhere along the way many of us seem to lose hope. We become ‘realistic thinkers’ and we set ‘attainable’ goals. At Atlas Family Chiropractic our dream is to bring the hope back by beginning the process with improving your health.
Regardless of the past or your current health concerns there is always hope. We have created a culture within our office that allows our practice members the ability to dream again! For some members a dream might be to walk up a flight of stairs, for others it could be completing an Ironman, or just being healthy with the ability to adapt to this stressful world we live in.
Chiropractic is a unique profession and we feel blessed to be a part of it!
We look forward to you joining us in our mission, to create a culture of true HEALTH for the community of Airdrie.
Welcome to the Atlas Chiropractic Family!
Sincerely, Dr. Glen Johanson
*Chiropractic does NOT treat or cure conditions or disease. Chiropractic has one objective: To detect, analyze and correct subluxation.
I had issues with my neck and could not turn my head to the left. I also had panic attacks which I had no idea chiropractic could help. Dr. Glen explained removing nerve interference would allow my body and brain to function better. Try it, listen to your body and it will let you know how it will be working for you. I now have full motion in my neck.Mary
Initially my chiropractic care was to treat “back pain”. I had thought about spinal health, but my thought was pain = improper alignment. Today my thought is proper alignment = proper function = health. I tell my network that chiropractic care is a part of my overall health. One of the largest improvements in my life has been my quality of sleep.Amanda H