What led you into chiropractic?
In my early 20s, I had devastating injuries that took from me all the things that made me the most happy—sports, weightlifting, hiking and mountain biking. I had doubt that I was going to get back to doing those. I was lacking a plan and hope. No physician I saw gave me the sense of leadership I needed. I don't want anybody to go through the type of head trash and doubt I went through. This career gave me the privilege to steer patients towards their goals.
How long is chiropractic school these days?
Four years of undergrad, followed by four years of chiropractic school. Very similar to med-school students.
How is training different than it was 10 or 20 years ago?
Chiropractic has come a very long way since then. The biggest difference in training now is based on combinations of empowering patients to move better while decreasing their pain.
It sometimes seems like the term “chiropractor” is outdated. How would you best describe what you do?
Chiropractic can mean many different things, depending on what you’ve experienced. What I do is give a thorough, full-body evaluation to see the entire picture of what could be causing the pain. So, the term chiropractor can be outdated because many people see chiropractic as only treating the site of pain.
What’s your favorite success story so far?
The first one that comes to mind is the patient who was considering surgery on her wrist because of multiple failed treatments. She stopped being able to exercise with her trainer, which increased her stress, fear and doubt of getting over this injury. When we figured out her pain generators and addressed them she was amazed it wasn't her wrist that caused the pain. Her trainer is a good friend of mine, and I received messages about how happy she was to get back after it. That’s a great feeling helping people get back to what they love.
We see you around the gym trying out different movements. What are you up to?
I’ve always had a passion for exercise and movement. My areas of training are Olympic lifting and kettlebell strength movements. There are a few challenges that I am trying to accomplish that are going to require a lot more training. You’ll see me doing all sorts of movements to reach those goals.
What do you like to do after a long day of fixing patients?
I’m most happy when I get to have some sort of activity, whether it's biking or weight lifting. Since I am a major foodie, any activity must be followed by a mouth-watering meal. If I have these two things after my day, I am a happy camper.
The most under-appreciated part of the body?
Hips! These guys are sat on and unused for hours at a time in today’s society. If we address this area in more people, I think we will decrease the prevalence of low-back pain.
Biggest life-changing moment?
After a long road of recovery from a devastating knee injury I was able to make it back to the first game of my senior season in college.
What words most inspire you?
FOMO—Fear of Missing Out. As much as it sounds like a funny acronym, people experience this all the time when they are unable to do what they love. I want to know what is driving my patients to get back to life.
Question you get asked most?
“I've been to a chiro before all they did was crack my back and neck. Is that what you do?” Definitely not. I have had extensive training to treat the entire body for musculoskeletal issues.
What’s one exercise or stretch everybody should do every day?
People in high stress need to practice breathing techniques. This can do so much for overall health. Stress, pain, recovery, relaxation and muscle tightness can all be affected by the way a person breathes.
What’s one thing a good chiropractor never does?
He never cuts off a patient from telling them the entire story. The patient deserves to be heard, and the most important information can come from the most trivial details.
To schaedule an appointment with Dr. Buth, call (702) 558-2151.