• The Art Of Mastery: Taichi and Hapkido with Dr. Chad Billiris

    The Art Of Mastery: Taichi and Hapkido with Dr. Chad Billiris

    Aside from being an extremely talented upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Chad Billiris has an amazing life story and has some very impressive credentials in the world of martial arts. Dr. Chad spent ten years in Korea and studied with the top masters in hapkido and taekwondo, earning himself a fourth-degree black belt in hapkido and a second degree black-belt in taekwondo. He also spent time in China earning himself a fifth-degree black belt in tai chi and became the first westerner to be elevated to the status of disciple. His primary goal is to further his martial arts. Dr. Chad shares his incredible life story and touches on the art of mastery and the many different forms of healing he has come across in the orient.

    Dr. Chad Billiris is an Upper Cervical chiropractor out of Cape May, New Jersey. Aside from being an extremely talented Upper Cervical chiropractor, Dr. Chad has an amazing life story and has some very impressive credentials in the world of martial arts. He spent ten years in Korea and studied with the top masters in Hapkido and Taekwondo, earning himself a fourth-degree black belt in Hapkido and a second degree black-belt in Taekwondo. He also spent time in China earning himself a fifth-degree black belt in Tai Chi and became the first Westerner to be elevated to the status of disciple. On the podcast, Dr. Chad shares his incredible life story and touches on the art of mastery and the many different forms of healing he has come across in the orient. Please welcome, Dr. Chad Billiris.

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    The Art Of Mastery: Taichi and Hapkido with Dr. Chad Billiris

    On the Expect Miracles Podcast, we have Dr. Chad Billiris. He is an Upper Cervical chiropractor in Wildwood, New Jersey. Is that correct, Chad?

    It’s actually Cape May Court House. It’s right outside of Wildwood though.

    Did you grow up down there?

    I did. This is where I grew up.

    You’re from South Jersey. What were you into growing up as a kid?

    When I was a kid, I was a typical sports jock. I loved all kinds of sports. My passion was probably football and basketball and I spent most of my time playing sports. When I wasn’t playing sports, I was playing video games.

    Did you ever go to the chiropractor growing up at all?

    I actually have never even heard of a chiropractor.

    How was your health throughout playing all those contact sports growing up? Did you ever have any injuries that set you back at all or were you pretty healthy throughout your career?

    I actually suffered a lot of injuries. When I was in high school, I developed stingers or the typical radiating pain down the arm that most people experience. It was one of those times where I played defensive end, you’d take a big hit and the next thing you know, my arm was numb. At that time, I had all my faith in the medical profession. My father was a nurse. My family grew up in that model and they just said, “Give it a few minutes, it will come back. You’re all good. Put ice on it.” I didn’t think anything of it until I ended up going to college. I went to college on a partial football scholarship and something in me always felt that natural was better even though I had that background. My shoulder got progressively worse and I ended up getting some MRIs and they thought maybe I had a torn rotator cuff or something along those lines. Maybe I tore the labrum in my shoulder, but nothing was conclusive. The doctors said, “We’ll give you a bunch of shots and see where it goes from there.” I remember I denied the shots.

    Was it cortisone?

    Yes. My coach was there and basically they said, “What are you doing? You’ve got to take this shot if you want to play.”

    Did something just feel off or you knew it wasn’t solving the root cause of the problem?

    Yes. No one could give me the real answers and I just felt that putting something synthetic in my body like that wasn’t good. I didn’t know why. I didn’t have any scientific basis to base that opinion on. I just felt it.

    You denied the shots?

    Yes.

    Did you continue to play or was it too painful?

    I reached out to some orthopedic surgeons and they said, “You can get surgery, but we would recommend you stop playing.” I felt crushed. In a lot of ways, I’d tied my identity to playing sports. When I was at college, I chose the college I was at primarily based on the scholarship I got for football.

    I was the same way. I played hockey. I was only able to play for two years and then too many concussions. I knew I couldn’t play anymore. I remember trying to play my junior year, but the headaches and the concussions were too much. It was the worst feeling in the world because at that age, that’s all that mattered and it was devastating when you can’t play anymore and you see all your friends doing it.

    My roommate was on the football team so he’d get up and go to practice and I was there sitting in the room. It was terrible.

    How many years were you able to play?

    I was only able to play two years in college.

    What happened after that? What was the next thing up for you?

    When I was going from middle school to high school, I got involved in martial arts and at that point, I immersed myself 100% in martial arts again. I started to train hard. I felt that if I can’t do sports, if I can’t play football, I’m at least going to do martial arts.

    Did you hone in on anything specifically?

    I was doing Hapkido, which is a traditional Korean martial art. I started working hard at that. I started a club at my school that grew to be a decent club on campus.

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    The Art Of Mastery: I immersed myself 100% in martial arts. I felt if I can’t do sports, if I can’t play football, I’m at least going to do martial arts.

    Did you graduate college in four years?

    I graduated college in four years. As I was getting ready to graduate, I met a Korean exchange student and a Japanese exchange student at the university. They needed a place to stay one summer, so I brought them home to my house here in New Jersey and they stayed with me. At the end of the summer, they said, “Your family and you’ve treated us so well, we’d like you to come to our house.” I was blown away at first, I was like, “What do you mean? Your dorm room?” They said, “No, if you can come up with the airfare, we would love to take you to Japan and Korea. We know you love martial arts. We’ll take you around. We’ll show you a lot of great martial artists. We’ll introduce you to the culture. We think it would be a good time. What do you say?” I talked to my parents and at that time I was working a summer job and they said, “If you can get the money up, by all means, go ahead.” Going into my senior year of college, I went for two and a half weeks in Japan. Then, I flew to Korea and did another two and a half weeks there and came home.

    Were you interested in the culture at this point? Was your teacher in martial arts a rooted guy? Was he from over there?

    The funny thing is my teacher was American. We had a Korean flag hanging in our school and he would always talk about Korea and tell us about these old Korean masters. The interest was there. I was very curious and to a large extent, I wanted to find out if the stories were true or not, I wanted to see it with my own eyes.

    Were you hearing some wild stories?

    I was hearing amazing stories of these feats that these people could do, and my instructor couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do it.

    What happened? What was your first trip over there like?

    My first trip over there was amazing. It was everything and more than I’d ever expected. It’s one of those things like you don’t know until you know, so once I knew about it, I wanted to get back. I didn’t know how to get back, but I knew I wanted to get back. I brought the subject up to my Korean friend and he said, “Why don’t you apply to teach English? You have a four-year degree. That’s what you need. You can go over. In that way you’ll make some money. You don’t have to worry about asking your parents for any money. It would be a good chance for you.” That’s what I did so I applied in December but didn’t hear anything. I graduated in May then, moved back to New Jersey. I was contemplating what I was going to do next, put some job applications in different places. Suddenly, I got a call by the end of June from a school in South Korea and they said, “Can you be over here in a week?” I talked to my parents again and I said what I wanted to do. After my mom made me promise that it will only be a year, I agreed and I went there.

    I feel like there would be some parents out there who would be like, “You’re not doing that.” That was awesome that they were with you on that. What were you drawn to when you got over there? What did you like? What’s the culture like over there?

    The culture is like nothing you can explain. It’s something you have to live. One thing I did realize is I was very naïve to the fact that I thought I’ll come over here for a year, I’ll learn the language, I’ll learn the culture, I’ll do some martial arts. I soon realized that a year wasn’t going to be enough. If you don’t mind me telling a short story about my martial arts experience. I knew how to read the word Hapkido in Korean. I knew how to write it and I knew a few Korean words, but that was the extent. I went around town looking for a sign that said hapkido and I found one that was close to my house. I walked up in the school and the instructor was there.

    I remember I went through a sign language telling, “I want to train,” and so he handed me a uniform and a white belt. I had already reached my first-degree black belt in America. I said to him, “I’m a black belt” He looked at me and in broken English he goes, “Black belt?” I said, “Yes” He goes, “No, you’re a white belt.” On the very first class, he paired me up with this high school student. He wasn’t a senior, a junior or sophomore in high school and we started sparring.

    What belt was he?

    He was a red belt and he whooped me bad. I realized, “I’m a white belt.” That was a big wakeup call and I said, “This is going to take some time. This is not something that I’ll just jump into.”

    That was one of your goals going over there. Not only to teach English, but further your career in martial arts?

    I would say that was my primary goal to further my martial arts. Teaching English was just a way to make that possible.

    What happened after that? How often were you training over there?

    In Korea that was another big surprise because when I was in America, we trained two days a week, sometimes three days a week for an hour or so. They trained six days a week, two hours to two and a half hours a day, some days it was up to four hours.

    You are fully immersed.

    It was a fulltime commitment and if you missed a class, you paid for it.

    In what way?

    Either physical or punishment. They wouldn’t teach you if you miss a class. You don’t have to learn anything. There was incentive to be there and be there as much as possible. Somewhere along the line I met my wife and she ended up understanding that this was a goal of mine. I knew who the famous martial artists were and she helped me track them down.

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    The Art Of Mastery: It was a full-time commitment and if you missed a class, you paid for it.

    You left the school you were at?

    I left the school I was at. I moved two hours south, to a remote country village and to train with the disciple of the founder of Hapkido. That was intense. Their practices start at 5:00 in the morning. On the dot you had to be there, two and a half hours. At one point, I was riding my bike an hour to get there. I was waking up at 3:00 in the morning to get there. To say it strained my relationship with my wife would be an understatement. It was a commitment you had to make and they considered that to be your top priority.

    I was training there. He was 77 years old. He required you to train at 5:00 in the morning and at 7:00 PM. Before and after work, he expected you to be there. It was taking a toll and my shoulder kept getting worse, my neck was getting worse. I tried to fight through it, but I would say the skills I was learning were like nothing I had learned to that point.

    You were getting good at this point?

    Yes.

    Do they have good acupuncture over there because you’re into the natural stuff at this point still?

    Through the martial arts training, they talked a lot about chi. My martial arts instructors were the first ones to start talking to me about diet. They were recommending no bread, no sugar and no milk. This was a big paradigm shift for me because I considered myself to be healthy, but I definitely grew up in the American culture where it was like the food pyramid, you get your protein. I absorbed it because I wanted to do the best I could, but it was difficult at first. I ended up going to an acupuncturist. I went at first because I was having stomach problems.

    Like what? Just digestive issues?

    Yes. My appendix burst at one point.

    Over at Korea?

    Yes.

    You had that removed?

    I had that removed in Korea. I went over and the guy said, “I’m going to put some needles in different places of your body. You’ll throw up, you’ll feel better.”

    While I wasn’t a fan of throwing up, I was intrigued. He ended up putting a bunch of needles in my feet. Next thing I knew, I threw up. I did feel better. I asked my wife and said, “Can you go ask him to teach me this?” She said, “You can’t ask a doctor to teach you this, you’ve got to go to school for it.” I said, “No.” I refused to leave the office, so she went and talked to the guy. He ended up saying that he was a Christian missionary. He did a lot of Christian missionary work where he would donate his medical services to help spread the gospel. He said, “If I was willing to help him improve his English, he would teach me.” He made me order some books and I ordered some books from Amazon. I had them shipped to Korea. It was like a regular class. He gave me a homework and I would come over. We would go through chapters in the book. We’d spend about two hours a night, two days a week until I got to the point where he would have me wear a suit and say, “Come in, I want you to sit in on the patients.”

    He introduced me as Dr. Chad, a visiting doctor from America. At that point, I was not a doctor and he was having me treat some of the patients. It was the most unreal experience I’ve ever had in my life. I ultimately wanted to become a chiropractor because I started to enjoy the idea of being able to help people on a holistic level. He spent a lot of time with me in showing me things. There’s a cause for everything but you’re going to be able to search out that cause and a lot of times if there’s a dysfunction in one area, there’s a dysfunction in another area and you’ve got to find out what the primary dysfunction. That was a total paradigm shift on my part with the way I look at medicine. He became not only a mentor but a great friend. He was the person that I would then go to and say, “My son has a fever, what should I do?” He was the one who started to say things like, “Let the fever run its course or don’t worry about this or no, don’t take that.” That was a real eye-opener.

    Do you find yourself taking anything that you’ve learned with him into the chiropractic field?

    Yes, absolutely.

    What’s one of the main things?

    In my office, I do a full neurological exam on all my patients. One of the exams I do is I look at their uvula for any uvula deviation, but while I’m doing that, I also look at their tongue and I found that being observant of skin color, tongue color, how their fingernails look can tell you a lot about a person. I ended up incorporating that into my patients.

    I know it’s probably so much more detailed than this, but what are a couple alarming things that you see by just looking at a person’s tongue?

    If you see a person’s tongue and it has a lot of white coating on it, that’s a sign that there’s a problem. You want to pay attention to the coating of the tongue and you want to pay attention to the cracks in the tongue. A lot of people feel it’s natural, but the cracks in your tongue can tell you a lot about specifically your gut health. If I see someone that has a significant number of cracks, especially in the posterior portion of their tongue, I’ll think they have a gut issue and I’ll start talking to them about diet and that for me correlates with what I do upper cervically.

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    The Art Of Mastery: People who have gut issues tend to not be able to hold their adjustment as long because of that gut.

    I had a mentor once by the name of Mike Anderson. He told me that people who have gut issues tend to not have as clear of a pattern or not be able to hold their adjustment as long because of that gut. That’s something that I make a note about so that when I go to look at their pattern, I keep that in mind. The other thing is, I did a partial Master’s degree in nutrition and a big aspect of the adjustment is clearing out inflammation. What we know if you have inflammation in your gut due to bacterial overgrowth and things like this, you’re going to always have some residual inflammation in your body, which is going to hinder my ability to clear that inflammation out and gets your nervous system back on line when I’m doing my adjustments. That’s something I then talk to the patient about and say, “These are some things you can do at home. You can take control of your own health to help me help you.”

    What are a couple things that you could tell your patients nonspecifically that they can do at home to decrease the inflammation and get back on track?

    I usually tell people to stay away from everything white. When I was in Asia, I used to joke and say, “Everything white. You want to stay away from flour, from sugar and from milk. In a lot of cases, you want to stay away from eggs.” People don’t usually lump that into the white and I joke and say, “Then white people.”

    Dr. Chad, you’re pretty knowledgeable on Tai Chi, right?

    Correct.

    What is Tai Chi and how is that beneficial? All the movements and everything, getting people healthy. I don’t know much about it. I have just heard amazing things.

    I mentioned I lived in Korea, but for seven years I went to China and studied Tai Chi under grandmaster Chen Bin who is the twelfth-generation lineage holder of the Chen family, which is the family who created Tai Chi.

    You got it directly from the source?

    Yes. I started my Tai Chi journey in Korea from a Chinese man who was living in Korea and I got to a certain level, but I wanted to just go a little bit deeper.

    When you say you wanted to go deeper, it’s an art form like almost within yourself though, right?

    This is the issue with Tai Chi. I feel that Tai Chi is super beneficial in so many levels: Physical, mental, emotional for anyone. I feel that it’s been bastardized a lot in American society. A lot along the lines with yoga I would say. The reason for that is because of one, the timing. There’s always these, “Get your certification in ten-week online program,” and I think that dilutes the real value in Tai Chi. First and foremost, people need to realize Tai Chi has all the health benefits that you’ve ever heard about. Tai Chi can do all those things for you, but first and foremost Tai Chi is a martial art and if you don’t understand the martial art application of the moves, whether you’re practicing it for that reason or not, you’re not going to do the moves correctly.

    The other thing that is misleading with Tai Chi is that people feel that the movements themselves are the key to the benefit. The movements themselves have no intrinsic value outside of their martial art application. It’s the coordination of the body and the breathing connected to the movement that gives you that health benefit. If you have an instructor that doesn’t understand those first two components, you would get just as much a benefit of taking a dance class.

    When they’re teaching it over there, I don’t know much about it but when I see it, it’s very slow. The movements are very precise. Because you said it’s a martial art, how is it different training over there than over here?

    First of all, it’s a lot slower. To give you an idea, I was flying from Korea to China to learn. I remember one time, I flew over and I was all excited to meet my instructor. This had been about four years I had been training with him. For the first seven years, I was with him. I learned the same form every time I went out. No progression. I remember one time I went over and I thought, I’ve put it in several years now that he’s going to teach me something really cool, he’s going to teach me a sword form or something. He started looking at my movements and he started watching me and he said, “You’re pretty good. You’ve come along but I think we need to go back to the basics.”

    What he had me do was he had me stand in what’s called like a standing post posture where you’re standing with your hands out and your knees are bent, like in a half squat position. He left me there for two hours. I was paying good money to learn and you’re going to imagine the frustration of being told to sit in a corner and basically squat. It was like, “I didn’t have to come to China to do this.” I started to realize that because they laid the foundation, they made sure you have the foundation and that’s where you get the true benefit. I feel like we’re so quick in Western society to want to skip over that, get to the juicy stuff that we miss a lot the true benefits there.

    As someone who doesn’t know much about Tai Chi, what are the benefits without bastardizing it? What would people seek out for that they truly want to do it, what are the benefits if you’re serious about it?

    The first one is it improves your circulation. When I talk about improving your circulation, anyone that has any issues where they’re feeling coldness in their hands or their feet or they have trouble with temperature changes, Tai Chi will benefit you tremendously. The other aspect is anyone that looking for a way to learn how to focus their mind and not let things distract them as much, Tai Chi will teach you how to really be able to calm your mind down and just simplify things in your life. Lastly, because Tai Chi is so slow and so intricate, you’re actually using each part of your body. You’re reprogramming those muscle memory connections, each movement from your fingertips all the way up to your ear. I feel like that’s the real benefit when you hear about situations where Tai Chi helps ward off dementia or Parkinson’s because you’re using these neuronal connections over and over again, you’re firing them to where your brain becomes healthier.

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    The Art Of Mastery: Tai Chi is so slow and so intricate, you’re actually using each part of your body.

    What point in the training do you speed it up because you said it’s originally in a martial art form and it’s very slow? At what point do you become sound enough to speed it up and use it as a martial art?

    I would say after your first two years of practice you can speed it up. Typically, in Chen style, the first form is traditionally very slow that what you would normally consider Tai Chi it to look like but the second form you learn is actually a very fast form, more of Kung Fu form, I would say.

    If you were looking to do Tai Chi in America and you want to do it right, what would somebody look for? Do they even have the right classes over here?

    They do. There are some qualified teachers in the United States, but I always tell people, you have to understand the principles of Tai Chi. If you find an instructor, first and foremost, make sure they have a good lineage. I don’t mean to be rude about that but that’s important. You need to know who they learned from and you need to know if they truly did learn from that person because if they didn’t have a good teacher, chances are they’re not going to be good themselves.

    The second thing is you have to understand the principles of Tai Chi. There are books out there that explain the principles, but I’ll just go through a few. Tai Chi is typically represented with what we refer to as the yin yang sign and with each movement of Tai Chi, it encompasses that yin yang aspect. Each movement has an opening movement and a closing movement. There’s a rising and falling. There’s a part where you breathe in, there’s a part where you breathe out and you have to be able to coordinate those into one cohesive fluid movement and that’s when you’re practicing what my instructor refers to as Tai Chi because you’re not practicing necessarily a set of movements. That’s not what’s important. It’s you’re then incorporating a set of principles. If you can find an instructor who can articulate that to you and show that to you, then you found a good instructor. I will tell you that there’s a lot of people that I question their legitimacy. For example, I was at an acupuncture seminar one time and the instructor stood up.

    You were in America?

    Yes. They mentioned they were going to teach the class a little bit of Tai Chi. I didn’t say anything but my good friend that I went all through chiropractic school with, I sat next to him, he kept kicking me under the table and laugh. I don’t like to tell people but she stood up and she said, “Which way in this room is north?” We’re all confused and she’s like, “I need someone to take out their phone and tell me where north is because you can never ever practice Tai Chi if you’re not going north because it will mess your body up.” My friend started kicking me and he’s like, “Is that true?” I looked over to him and I think this is a good rule for anyone, if it doesn’t make sense, it probably doesn’t make sense. I said to him, “Let’s think about this, my instructor is world famous. He travels the world giving demonstrations. Can you imagine he pulls up at Madison Square Garden and the stage is facing south? Would he cancel the show?” He’s like, “That’s a good point.” I said, “It’s an excellent point.” There are principles, there are holistic things that we need to pay attention to but then there are also people that get carried away with it. I would like to warn people about being gullible about those things.

    Dr. Chad, you are a chiropractor and we haven’t even touched on that yet. How did you go from all of this back to America to chiropractic school? What resonated with you and what made you choose the field? It sounds like you were doing a lot of phenomenal stuff before this.

    I had those ongoing injuries. I actually reached a point where I tore all the cartilage in my hip and I ended up getting hip surgery, not a hip replacement, but they went in, they shaved down the head of my hip and then they repaired the cartilage. At that time, again, it set me back. I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to do martial arts again, so the whole football thing all over again. I met a very famous martial artist in Korea. His name is Seo Bok-seob and he is the first ever student of the founder of Hapkido, living legend. I met him and I went to his apartment. I was lucky enough to do that. I was on TV a few times in Korea where they did a Korean special on me. I went around and met a bunch of famous Korean martial artists and he was one of them. That’s how I met him. I met him through the TV company and afterwards we formed a relationship. He gave me his number and I reached out to him from time to time and go and visit him. He was very old. He was in his 80s.

    At one point, I was telling him about my hip and he had me laid down on his table. He started feeling my neck, feel my back, he touched my hips and then he put a board in my hips and he goes, “Your pelvis is twisted. That’s how you tore your cartilage. Has anyone ever told you that?” I said, “No but I can see it now.” He gave me a chiropractic adjustment. Lo and behold, I didn’t realize this man was the head of the Korean Chiropractic Federation. Chiropractic still to this day is illegal in Korea.

    Why illegal?

    Him and his Federation have been fighting for years for Korea to accept chiropractic. The only way someone can practice chiropractic in Korea is if you work under a doctor, an MD or an oriental medicine doctor. A lot of oriental medicine doctors take seminars and they actually do it. I received a few adjustments from my acupuncturist not knowing that it was chiropractic until I met this man. He clued me in on more about what chiropractic was and it was at that time I went to my wife and I said, “I want to figure out what’s wrong with me. I want to be able to understand it for myself. At this point, I had to take some time off from martial arts. I think this would be a perfect transition for me. Instead of getting frustrated, I can use this time to learn and start a new career.” My wife agreed, so we moved back to America.

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    The Art Of Mastery: Chiropractic still to this day is illegal in Korea. The only way someone can practice chiropractic in Korea is if you work under a doctor, an MD or an oriental medicine doctor.

    Dr. Chad, are you a professional martial artist over there? What was going on?

    I was a certified instructor by the Korean and Chinese government. I did run a martial arts school.

    That’s what you were doing. That’s how you got your income and everything?

    It was part of my income. I was a university professor as well.

    We’re back to America.

    I came back to America. I reached out to a family friend that was a chiropractor and he mentioned that I should look at a few different schools. One of them was Life University, the other was National University, but he never mentioned Palmer. I found out that Palmer was where everything was started, but I never went and visited. I only went in to visit Life, National. I went to Northwestern because someone else mentioned Northwestern. I had no real idea other than what I had learned from the man in Korea and what I researched on the internet about what chiropractic was. I ended up choosing Life University. I went there and I remembered him sitting in my first class and someone turned to me and said, “What technique are you going to do?” I was like, “What are you talking about?”

    “There are 3,000 techniques. What techniques are you going to do?” I said, “The best one I guess. What’s the best technique?” At that time, there was a big Gonstead presence on campus and some people were saying, “You’ve got to do Gonstead.” I looked into Gonstead at first and I ended up of going through the gamut. I’ve probably been at every seminar known to man until I found upper cervical.

    What was it that resonated with you with the upper cervical?

    I think the way Life University works is you start practicing full spine, which what I’d like to refer to as traditional chiropractic for those that aren’t familiar with the technique in your technique classes. That’s when you practice on each other, your other classmates and then you go into a student clinic where you’re allowed to see family, friends and other people on campus. Then you go into outpatient clinic which is you see the general public. There’s like three different levels there. I remember I got up to a student clinic and was seeing my wife and my two children and I remember I would adjust them, I’d hear a cavitation, or a pop is people like to refer to it. I asked them, “How do you feel?” They say, “Good, I guess.” I’d palpate, I feel with my hands and the professors always go around and make you verify what you’re going to adjust before they let you adjust it. Sometimes I’d find a segment and a professor come over and say, “No, I think it’s the segment above.” They’d walk away and another professor walk up and say, “No, I think it’s the segment below that.” I just felt that that was not very scientific.

    I ended up getting adjusted around that time by a friend in a dorm room. He cracked my neck really good and they thought I was having a stroke. I ended up in the emergency room and for a short time I said, “I’m done with chiropractic. This is crazy.” I went to a seminar by Ray Drury. Ray Drury if you don’t know, he is upper cervical knee-chest doctor. He said, “The power of upper cervical chiropractic is that answers a few very important questions. The first question to answer is where to adjust, then answers the question of when to adjust, and most importantly answers the question of when not to adjust.” When I heard that I said, “Those are the three things I’ve been looking for.” From that point on, I knew I was upper cervical or nothing.

    Dr. Chad, where are you located and where can people find you? You incorporate atlas orthogonal upper cervical which is what the instrumentation. Talk about your practice a little bit.

    I’m located in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. We’re about a mile from the beach. It’s down in the southern tip of New Jersey. I’m in upper cervical practice. I practice orthospinology, which is a form of orthogonal chiropractor where we use instrumentation so I don’t use my hands. In rare cases I do incorporate some knee-chest at times, but for the most part, instrumentation and your adjustment is based off the vectors we find from your X-ray. It’s very specific and very tailor-specific to each patient that comes in. No two patients received the same adjustment I should say. We used the Tytron thermographic instrumentation to tell when and when not to adjust the patient as well as we incorporate Blair leg checks to further our analysis to make sure we’re adjusting patients when they need it.

    Do you have a website for your practice or yourself?

    My website is SummitChiropracticNJ.com. I have all the information on there. I have a bunch of good videos. I encourage everyone to go out and check that website out. If you have any family members or friends down in this area or you come down here on vacation, this is a big vacation spot, please stop in and see me, I’d be happy to help you.

    Dr. Chad is very gifted and very talented at what he does. Dr. Chad, closing question. What is one piece of advice that you have taken with you throughout all your years of experience that have resonated with you that you would like to share or gift the audience?

    I would say the best piece of advice I can give to someone is keep learning and keep an open mind in all things and always question what you think you know.

    Thank you so much, Dr. Chad. I would love to have you back on sometime in the near future and I’ll probably see you at the Blair Seminar.

    I look forward to it. Thank you so much.

    You’re welcome.

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