Why I Became a Chiropractor by Dr. Lianna Morrow
My entire life has been go, go, go. As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be better and do better. This mindset mostly applied to sports, but also to all aspects of my life. I told my parents when I grew up that I was going to be in the NBA…that was cute. Growing up I played a lot of sports, and was constantly training, lifting, and practicing. I loved it; I was the definition of a gym rat. Some weekends I’d have basketball tournaments and hockey games overlapping on the same day. I would play a basketball game, and my parents would drive me to the arena while I changed into my hockey gear. After my hockey game ended it was back to another basketball game. I can’t even imagine having the energy to do that now! I can say two things; I have the best parents..ever, and my over active lifestyle put a lot of wear and tear on my body. Do I regret it? absolutely not. It definitely shaped me into the person I am today, and even better, has provided me with a career I absolutely love.
Like I said, I played a lot of sports. When you’re young, you’re invincible, or so I thought. I’ll never forget the day I injured myself. I was playing in a soccer game, dribbling down the field, and when I went to shoot the ball I felt a sharp pain in my low back. Immediately I knew something wasn’t right, but I didn’t care. All I cared about was playing the game I loved. Whining or complaining about my pain was not an option. My dad taught me the quality of hard work and he always pushed me to be my best, so I didn’t want to let him down. Eventually, the pain got so intense that I had to ask my coach for a sub so I could let my back rest and stretch out. I’d give myself a little break and then get right back into the game. I continued this cycle until the pain was so intense it was difficult to even walk. My breaking point finally came when I couldn’t get myself dressed for school one morning. I got out of the shower and quickly realized I couldn’t flex my head down or bend over to pick up my clothes. I called my mom sobbing (I was a teenager, dramatic, and thought the world was ending), which ultimately led me to my saving grace, chiropractic. My doctor took x-rays of my low back and found a fracture through L5. The constant stress I was putting on my body at a young age took a toll on my low back. I had to sit on the sidelines for a year before I was able to play any type of sport again, which was absolutely devastating for me. Over this year I was seeing my chiropractor regularly and he eventually got me back to better health. I thought he was a God, and I fell in love with chiropractic.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. At the time, I felt extremely discouraged from the pain I was experiencing and the limited activity I was able to do, but I wouldn’t be pursuing my career as a chiropractor if that incident never happened. I fell in love with the whole concept and philosophy of chiropractic. Using your hands to heal, and helping people achieve healthy lifestyles is truly rewarding. There’s no better feeling than having a positive impact on someone’s life and seeing them progress. That is what drives me to be better and do better everyday.