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How are we different? 

7/8/2024

 

Dear Future and Present Patients: 

 

I’ve tried to write this section now for over 8 years. For 8 years I wanted a way for people to understand the basis of what I do. I’m classically trained as a chiropractor. However, my work, guided by the constraints of my licensure, is far from classic chiropractic. I have always had a hard time explaining my approach to healing in a succinct and easy to understand way. Until now….

 

The driving principle of how I work is: tissue matters.  Specifically, all tissues matter.

 

Not everyone in the healing arts agree or understand this concept. 

There are four fundamental tissues that comprise the human body - muscle, connective, nervous, and epithelial.

Muscle tissues contract. Connective tissues bring together otherwise disparate regions of the body. Nervous tissues communicate received stimuli and command responses. Epithelial tissues cover, excrete, absorb and filter the different chemicals we encounter or make ourselves. 

The quality and function of each of these tissues determines our health and well being.

 

Chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapist, massage therapists, personal trainers all classically target some, but not all of the four foundational tissues. They all achieve some success alleviating pain and dysfunction and promoting health and wellness. But, when strictly practiced, each have gaps in their offerings - chiropractic included. 

 

This always bothered me. I have a background in high level athletics. The most successful people in athletics have a holistic approach to developing and executing their training and competing schemes. This is my pedigree. Its the way I operate. Skills gaps are unacceptable. 

 

So, I set out to acquire skills and perspectives to best serve my patient base holistically within the constraints of my licensure. 

 

I studied neuro-functional acupuncture, traditional osteopathy, soft tissue manipulation techniques, functional neurology, and rehabilitation exercise and philosophy. Over almost 20 years, I brought this training together to build a broad set of tools and techniques that worked well for my patients. 

 

I was happy with my approach and work until the inevitable question came. It came in the new patient exams. It might be asked within the first 2-3 visits. Sometimes, it was asked after years of caring for whole families. Nevertheless, the question came. 

 

“What exactly do you do?"

 

I know a lot of things about the human body. I’m very good at what I do. I even knew how to answer this question - if given 1 to 2 hours. However, one to two hours is not practical for every patient who wanted a simple term for the care they were receiving.  I still faced the need for an easy and succinct way to describe my methods. 

 

Finally, through a lot of conversations with patients and trusted advisors, I came to understand what I did in the clinic with all of my skills was an attempt to attend to all of the elements of health and healing.

 

I now refer to my way of evaluating and healing as: THE ELEMENTS APPROACH

 In the following months, I will offer a graphical and narrative explanation of my understanding of pain, dysfunction and healing that will be accessible to all levels of interests. This section is a work in progress. It will evolve over the next 6-12 months and I hope to have a level of detail that goes from the general to the most granular. I believe answers exist for every patient who wants to understand their condition better

For now, please study the graphical representation we have worked so hard to create. This chart is a framework on how I examine, treat and evaluate progress. I am happy to answer any questions about what it represents. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Brian R. Murer, D.C. 

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