Once again the Red Bank Guinness Oysterfest was a huge success!
This was Health In Hands' seventh year participating as a vendor, and Dr. Solan and Dr. Storti introduced Chiropractic to over 70 new people. As always it was a high energy day with beautiful weather and a great crowd of people who were very interested in what we were talking about and showing people.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
By Dr. John Solan
Health – In – Hand Chiropractic
Life University Graduate 2000
All around the country, chiropractors have been taking care of military personnel and veterans injured in the service of or country. In April of 08’ while attending a New Beginnings Chiropractic Philosophy weekend in New Jersey, a chiropractor from Ohio told me how he was taking care of soldiers at the U.S. Army base near his home. I was inspired to do the same in my own neck of the woods.
The most common complaints are spinal problems of one type or another. There is no mystery surrounding the causes of these ailments, as the rigors of military duty are extremely demanding. Heavy ruck-sacks, body armor, ammunition and in the case of the corpsman (military EMS) all this plus their emergency medical kits. All told they may carry as much as 150lbs of “extra” weight. I don’t have to tell you what this can do to a spine.
In an effort to play a part in helping those serving in our military, I contacted the local Navy base and suggested that we start a program where I go there a couple of times a month and adjust the base personnel. The person in charge of the medical department was very open to the idea and we have been working together for the last six months.
As most of us already know, people who serve others are usually pretty humble, and don’t seek accolades. In my opinion and in my experience, this can be said of every Sailor, Soldier and Marine I have ever met. They are thankful and grateful for our care and our time. When you speak to them about their experiences in battle and in the every day grind of serving in the armed forces, you come to realize a whole new level of sacrifice.
One of the Navy corpsman (military EMS), I am working with was shot through the knee while stationed with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Another sailor told me of his experiences while carrying all of the heavy gear I mentioned before while on patrol as a corpsman. If you have ever watched the news and seen how the homes in Iraq all have these little compounds around them with walls ten feet high, you can get an idea of the forces exerted when jumping from them with a full load of gear. This corpsman told of how this was normal routine while on patrol with the Marines. He spent the last ten months of his tour with excruciating pain in his thoracic spine. Ironically, his uncle is a chiropractor. He knew what he needed, but there are no chiropractors commissioned in the military.
In an effort to reach more sailors and Marines on active duty, I approached one of the officers I was adjusting on a regular basis to see if it would be possible to get on to one of the ships when it came to port. Some ships have around 50 Navy personnel, while others have thousands, and they all need chiropractic care.
Two weeks later an amphibious assault carrier was in port. This particular ship, the U.S.S. Wasp has around 1100 on board and they were trying to make up time lost because of two consecutive days of snow storms. That means five days of back-breaking work in three days.
We made the arrangements to go out to the ship where Dr. Tom Kelly and I adjusted about 200 Sailors and Marines over the next four hours. I asked every person I adjusted that day if they had ever been to a chiropractor before and there were only three of four who answered yes. Every single person we saw that day was amazed at the power of the chiropractic adjustment. Just hard working service men and women in the hands of two chiropractors giving back to those who give so much to us.
Throughout the day onboard the Wasp we were accompanied by one of the ships doctors. Dr. Matt is a D.O. and was very interested in what we were doing. He explained to us that although they learned some types of “manipulation” while in school, that they rarely practiced it or used it in practice. This did not diminish his interest however and he asked many questions while we adjusted and took numerous pictures. Eventually, toward the end of the day when things were slowing a bit Dr. Matt got on the table and Dr. Kelly gave him his first chiropractic adjustment. You could see the enthusiasm in his eyes and I explained to him that he could very soon be the busiest person on ship if he began using what he had learned. An osteopath is the closest thing to a chiropractor that they have since there aren’t any commissioned chiropractors in the Navy, or any other branch of the military.
Following the adjusting, we were invited to have lunch in the Chiefs Mess; afterwards we were treated to an incredible tour of the ship. Chief Chris took us everywhere from the bridge where the ship is controlled all the way down to the well deck, where they launch landing craft, amphibious tanks and hovercraft right out the stern of the ship. They also have onboard several types’ helicopters, Harrier fighter/bombers and V-22 Osprey which takes off like a helicopter and transitions into an airplane after takeoff.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better Chief Chris knocked on the captain’s cabin door. We were invited in with great enthusiasm and Captain Fillion thanked us and expressed his gratitude for bringing chiropractic to their ship. We left the U.S.S. Wasp shortly thereafter having had an experience of a lifetime. We will probably be doing this sort of thing again in the near future, but this first time going out to such an impressive vessel to take chiropractic to the U.S. Navy was special in many ways.
Two months later during Fleet Week in New York City we had the opportunity to go on board the U.S.S. Iwo Jima. This is a sister ship to the Wasp. This time around there would be many more people to see, and after two days and a dozen chiropractors, we had seen 500 to 600 Sailors and Marines. The captain of the ship received the first chiropractic adjustment of his life.
I encourage others to consider this service to our military personnel. To say it is fulfilling is an understatement. Their appreciation and humility leave me with a renewed understanding of what it means to serve others. So Give, Love and Serve Out of Your own Abundance.
If you would like more information on how to get started, you can contact
Dr. John Solan, at 732-747-4646.
Dr. John Solan adjusts Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Wasp, LHD1 on March 5th, 2009. To Give, to Love, to Serve out of one's own abundance.