Oftentimes at work I am asked why I decided to become a chiropractor. When the time for filling out paperwork begins, I tend to ask myself why I got myself into it too. There are so many other fields that I could have gone into that would have been rewarding. None of them, however, have as deep an impact for the better on my patients, and so at the end of the day, I am proud to be a chiropractor and healer. We are all in search of the same thing- the abundant life. While that looks different for everyone, there are commonalities that each of us need to reach our abundant life. The most universal of these, in my opinion, is having a body that is healthy enough to enable us to do the things we enjoy the most. Being able to hike the beautiful trails of Utah, feeling the rush of scoring a goal for my soccer team, looking forward to a restful night sleep after a long day, those are all part of my abundant life. I cannot imagine how hard it would be to not be able to do those things I love so much due to pain or disease. Sadly, that is the case for many of us.
One such individual was a young patient of mine a few months ago. She has always loved painting. Her condition, however, was so bad that she was not able to sit for more than five minutes before getting a horrible headache that would impede her ability to concentrate, and she would have to go lie down until the headache was gone. I remember the sadness I felt for her as she explained to me how difficult it was for her to function each day, and how there have been times that the abundant life seemed out of reach for her. I also remember the joy we both felt when she came back after a few visits and reported that her pain levels were down so much that she was able to sit for a few hours now without debilitating pain, and that for the first time in years, she could paint uninterrupted.
I truly believe that the greatest gift I can give to another human being is this piece of the abundant life, and that is why I chose to become a chiropractor. I want to help people obtain the health they need to do what they love. There is no better feeling in the world than to see someone leave our office ready to go out and live more fully and knowing that you had a little part to play in that.
Dr. Jason Painter is a chiropractor at Muscle Works Chiropractic in Farmington, Utah. He can be reached at 385-515-3668.