“What I am sharing is simply what has allowed me to express life at a higher level, and almost everything on here is something that I’ve done and replicated with others. It can all be done safely by almost anyone, anywhere, without many resources or guidance.
I hope that you’ll find something here that can help you in your day-to-day life, and please reach out to me if you have any questions.”
In the fall of 2016, I moved across country from my hometown of Boston to California to start Chiropractic college. Like every big decision, a lot of factors lead to starting this process.
Rewind about five years to the end of my college athletics career when I left with a back injury that made me feel a lot older than the young 20-something that I was, feeling chewed up and spit out by the college athletics experience. Personally, I was in a spot that many recent graduates (especially student-athletes) find themselves in – I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and I couldn’t imagine 40 years of sitting at a desk.
While bouncing around jobs in different parts of the country, one of my first big tasks was to figure out what the hell was happening with my back. Through many visits to specialists, PT’s, and chiropractors, I ended up leaving disappointed and with more questions than I had answers. I witnessed different healthcare professions that seemingly contradicted each other and didn’t want to work together (despite my gut feeling that there was a time and place for all of them).
Through my best friend from college, I met a student finishing chiropractic college in the fall of 2011, and how he spoke about health (and life, in general) was different than what I had heard from any other doctor, coach, or trainer that I had ever been around – he spoke about how health was completely my choice, that I had to get to the source of any problem to fix it, that Chiropractic was about connecting the brain and the body (rather than back/neck pain), and that healthcare shouldn’t be about restoring you to what you were pre-illness/injury, but helping you get to a higher level of health and adaptability than ever before. Looking back, it’s funny to think that there was a point where I didn’t think this way…
I got under care with him at his school’s health center to get checked/adjusted regularly, and aside from regular visits, I followed a training program from him religiously. I also asked him questions, dug for things to read, and researched on my own. He was a great teacher and I’m still in touch with him regularly (follow him at @DrTommyJohn on Instagram).
After about two months of chiropractic care and training, I felt like I had a brand new body and a sharper mind. I started to push the limits with what I could do physically and realized I was at a higher level than I even was before the injury. More importantly, this new level of health was a catalyst for me to make a lot of positive changes – eating a diet of more “real” foods to recover faster and be able to push harder, meditating regularly to deal with stresses more constructively, reading regularly, handling relationships better, etc.
Spring of 2014 rolled around and I decided that I was going to enroll in Chiropractic school. This meant leaving a company that had been very good to me that I had worked with for close to three years, where I managed two different baseball training academies while also coaching 20-30 hours per week in private lessons and clinics.
Before I enrolled in school, though, I got an offer to player/coach a team in Europe, which I decided to take. Why not, right? Getting paid to play and travel sounded good. That offer turned into three more, where I played for two years/four seasons consecutively between Europe and Australia, chasing summers… pretty much living the dream. Most importantly, I stayed injury-free, performed at a higher level than ever before, and was mentally healthier than I had ever been – I felt like I had reached my genetic potential in terms of athletic performance through the approach that I’m sharing here (there’s only so much that a 5’8″/155 lb. dude can do), and decided that I could turn the page on the baseball chapter of my life without any regrets.
After hanging up the spikes in the spring of 2016, and (as the story started) I enrolled in school that fall. While here, aside from the curriculum, I’ve helped classmates (and others outside of school) through the programs and resources that are on this site. I love that the results are replicable when done consistently and with intent, given that proper nourishment, rest, and stress levels (plus a few more things) are taken into account.
The kicker (which I believe is the missing link in almost all movement, diet, self-development, fill-in-the-blank programs) has been addressing the nervous system through specific Chiropractic care, which enhances the results of every other effort through connecting the brain and body and allowing it to better adapt to whatever stimulus you’re presenting to it. This is just as true for the athlete in pain as the athlete who is pain-free, but way more importantly, the just-born child and their mother, the developing child, his parents, the single 20-something person trying to figure out the next steps in their life, or the elderly… we all have nervous systems, and the brain/spinal cord runs the show.
What I am sharing is simply what has allowed me to express life at a higher level, and almost everything on here is something that I’ve done and replicated with others. It can all be done safely by almost anyone, anywhere, without many resources or guidance.
I hope that you’ll find something here that can help you in your day-to-day life, and please reach out to me if you have any questions.