“I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.”
– HARVEY LILLARD, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa *Excerpt courtesy of Palmer College Health Sciences Library
It was a correction of the spine that restored Mr. Lillard’s hearing back in 1895. While I am immensely thankful to have all my bodily faculties functioning at their highest level, I must admit, at times I longed for a miraculous story to share with my patients. How I was blind and could see after an adjustment. How I was deaf and could hear, or was lame and could walk after correction to my spine. Maybe you’ve heard a similar story of the miracles following chiropractic treatment. They’re real, they exist, both 100 years ago and today…but this isn’t one of those stories. However, despite its’ apparent lack of flare or drama, this story at its’ core is equally as miraculous because of one very important element…YOU… so let’s begin…
My name is Dr. Josh Buck. You can call me Josh. I was born in Ohio the son of a Chiropractor. My father Dr. Richard Buck still practices today, 28 years later, in my hometown. I didn’t dream of becoming a chiropractor as a kid and while I knew that my dad was a “doctor of chiropractic” this title was merely a word to me growing up. Looking back now, my lack of curiosity toward what exactly my father did astounds me. But as a kid, I had more important things to think about. Like, memorizing the entire starting lineup for the Cleveland Indians, collecting baseball cards or the most important thing, playing endless hours of catch, pickle and homerun-derby in the street with the other neighborhood kids. In case you hadn’t guessed by now, I loved baseball. I was a 4-sport athlete in high school. It was a small school in a small conference, but I didn’t care. Determined to play ball at the highest level provided a drive that placed me in some of the most competitive summer and fall leagues in the city. I rarely missed a game due to injury. For that matter, I rarely missed school for any reason. I can recall my dad adjusting my sister and I at the first sign of a cold, or during the flu season. Again, a lack of curiosity or preoccupancy with self, I never wondered why we got our spines checked. To me it was just something that we did.
Despite a few small offers from other schools, I decided to attend a small school is Mid-West Ohio where a close friend was already enrolled and playing baseball. My freshman year, I sustained a hip injury while diving for a ball during practice. In addition to being injured, my drive for baseball began to wane and I became more interested in other things; namely the female co-eds at school. While I never returned to college baseball after my freshman year, the injury to my hip lingered past the season. During the season I sought treatment from the team trainers and the school’s sports physician, but never resolved the issue. One day, my dad called and said he had a friend in town who was a chiropractor…there was that word again…who agreed to see me for free as a professional courtesy to my father. Dr. Bean took my x-rays and explained to me that my spine looked like “a 75 year old man” trapped inside of a 19 year old’s body. He described how the body worked as one whole unit; made up of many parts, but all working in unison under direction of the central nervous system. This made sense to me.
I was at the time a biology major and uncertain of what exactly I wanted to do with such an ambiguous degree. Following several visits to Dr. Bean, my hip pain was entirely gone and I returned home for the summer and became more interested in what exactly my dad and Dr. Bean did with the spine to affect how my body functioned. I played in a wooden bat league that summer and pondered what I would focus on in school when I returned in the fall. After some deliberation and way too many liberal arts courses, I decided that I wanted to serve people and educate them on being healthy.
My mother and brother-in-law were both nurses, so I enrolled in the nursing program my junior year. Let me preface these next few sentences with this: Nurses are quite possibly the most unique people on the planet. In addition to being entirely selfless, they are unfortunately often overlooked and underappreciated within the healthcare field by the rest of their colleagues. While in school I learned to give patients showers, wipe their backsides, rotate and lift patients from beds and even had the “pleasure” of aiding in the administration of a rather large suppository. I’ll often joke that this experience was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” in my nursing career. Through this experience I learned that nursing wasn’t exactly for me. While I have the upmost respect for these professionals, I wanted to help people in a different way; like Dr. Bean helped me. I wanted to learn more about how the body worked as a whole and to someday educate others on how the body has a unique ability to self heal. Entering my senior year, I returned to finish my biology degree and sought the guidance of my father about the philosophy, science and art of ChiropracTIC and the profession of being a chiropracTOR. And the rest is history.
Maybe by now you’re thinking, “nice story Josh. But you said this is about ME”. While I’m glad you’ve continued reading and you’re right this is entirely about YOU.
I have carried over my father’s passion for the treating the WHOLE body and the caring, nurturing spirit of my mother into this profession. I’ve devoted countless hours of study and work every day to better understand how the body works. With the help of my beautiful wife Becca, I’m understanding more about how exercise psychology and physiology can revolutionize the way we can prevent illness and injury. With a premium facility, we can better assess the specific needs of our patients and provide the premiere in office experience to ensure optimal results. All of this…just for YOU. This isn’t an over-arching message or silly sales gimmick. This is who I AM, this is who WE ARE… real people who really care about giving you real results through corrective chiropractic care. Thank you so much for taking your time to read this blog and get to know us a bit better. I hope that you’ll stop in soon so that we can meet and get to know YOU a bit better too.