A creased corner in a beloved book page. A bulge in a soft sheet. A tangle in a sentimental necklace. A wrinkle in a cherished shirt. Flattening, smoothing out, untangling, ironing, continual care and attention provided to common important everyday items. When it comes to continual care, equally critical is one of the most overlooked yet integral, vulnerable parts of our lives, our spine.
Drs. Andrew and Lisa Hall, husband and wife, own and operate of WellSpine KC, a chiropractic office located in Overland Park. They help straighten out all the kinks in life by providing an unparalleled level of care and service for people of all ages, even someone as young as three days old — a story Lisa relays about a former patient who waited a whopping 72 hours before her baby’s first adjustment. “I thought that was really funny she was apologizing for not getting in before three days,” Lisa says. She begs the question: “Shouldn’t we all think that way?”
The average age of most chiropractic patients is much, much older at 32 years. Both Andrew and Lisa compare chiropractic care to dental health. Dentists of past pulled and pulled and pulled and then pulled some more teeth before realizing if they encouraged people to take care of their teeth with regular brushings and flossings, overall health would increase while the number of punishing pulls would decrease drastically.
“Just like your teeth decay and degenerate so too does your spine,” Lisa says. “They’re bones. Those bones will rust, and they’ll fuse. It’s called arthritis and then advanced arthritis.”
“Imagine going to your dentist for the first time at 35 never having brushed or flossed,” Andrew says. “We’re going to be talking to people about spinal hygiene.”
Both chiropractors will be talking to people about a lot of things. They work full time gently, or sometimes more powerfully, pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing more spines back to their natural, healthy adjusted position, all the while raising their 5-year-old son, Jaxon, who’s been receiving regular adjustments since day one, not three. Watching the duo do their dance is like sitting front and center at Carnegie Hall while Swan Lake plays out onstage. Grace, precision, and fluidity formulate an efficient, functional, open operation that results in hundreds of happy, applauding patients. They’ve been dancing together for more than ten years mostly in the Boston area and more recently in Johnson County, where Andrew grew up and where most of his family resides.
While Andrew adjusts their patient, Rob, Lisa describes the topics she and her husband discuss, along with spinal hygiene, with patients — typically involving largely the patient recounting years and years of physical, chemical, and emotional stress, which all eventually settle in the vertebrae and nerves encapsulating the spine.
“It’s accumulation of incidents and accidents throughout our whole lives that then end up creating this body we’re in now,” Lisa says.
Oftentimes chiropractors are thought of as bone doctors. Andrew and Lisa would more accurately describe chiropractors as nerve doctors.
“It’s really simple,” Andrew says. “Your brain sits up here, shoots messages down your spinal cord and then back up. When those messages get interfered with, it causes symptoms. Having a normal healthy spinal cord and nervous system is four bars of cell phone service.”
When stress necessitates adjustment, Andrew and Lisa headline to create a clearer, crisper, stronger, enduring, harmonious call. Between the two lovebirds and doctors, they may adjust up to 400 people in one day. Preceding care and the ignition of healing though, listening and speaking take center stage.
“When it comes to chiropractors, we need to doctor our patients,” Lisa says. “We need to really talk to them and teach them and educate them and engage them in their own healing process because we innately know what we need.”
“In chiropractic, we call [x-rays] spinography,” Lisa says. “One of the ways that we are unique is that we will look at an x-ray with somebody, and it serves a huge purpose in us understanding their spine, but it also serves the purpose of understanding what can be done because there are phases of spinal degeneration that are correctable, and there are phases that are not. We need to find things as quickly as possible, correct what’s correctable and then help it stay that way versus allow the body to continue degenerating.”
Without the proper levels of communication and diagnostic tools, less feedback and information results as well as fewer insights into improvements and progress ultimately leading to subpar performance and dissatisfied audience members.
“People are leaving because they don’t know why they’re staying,” Lisa says. “In most chiropractic offices, what people are experiencing is occasional care and really a lack of that follow through of how is the body really doing. Is it better, worse, or the same? If you don’t measure, you won’t know.”
Whether a few days or a few decades old, Drs. Andrew and Lisa can help you smooth out the bumps, flatten the creases, release the knots and in turn experience the infinitude benefit. When it comes to starting sooner than later, the timeliest of responses in the tiniest of bodies says it all in rather dramatic fashion.
“You adjust a baby, and then all of a sudden they take a deep breath, they turn pink, have ease and stop crying,” Lisa says.
Nothing is more worthy of a standing ovation than that.