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We thought the best way to get to know Dr. Kenn Seals, or just “Doc” as many of the drivers call him, would be to have him answer some questions.
For those who are interested, see the official bio, below.
Here are some questions we thought you’d most like to ask:
- Why did you become a chiropractor?
- Why do you choose to work in a truck stop?
- What is one of the more interesting things you’ve seen, while working in the health care industry?
- What do you feel is your gift?
- What is your favorite part of the day?
- Which part of your job would you gladly give up?
- What do you do for fun?
- If you could fix something in the world that you feel is broken, what would that be?
- How do you work with drivers when they want to lose weight or want to quit smoking, or get it together better?
- Official Bio
If I take this story back to the beginning, I was born in Miami, Florida. Raised in Florida, graduated High school in 1969 in Ft. Pierce. At the age of 18 I was in business for myself in the construction industry. In the 70’s I traveled throughout the U.S.
I was traveling back across the country in a truck and stopped to visit some friends in Iowa. They asked if I wanted to go to a lecture for beginning students at Palmer College of Chiropractic. I accepted the invitation and was totally captured with the entire concept and idea of natural healing and the body’s ability to heal. It was the hands-on, natural healing of people that had me hooked.
Ten years later I opened my first office in Florida, just south of the Wildwood Truck stop.
I had a practice in a small town in Florida, loaded with what you might call ‘rednecks’. I loved them. They were good people that told it like it is, and would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it worse than they did. After leaving that community and working in larger cities and dealing with the ‘city slickers’ who didn’t really care about anything but themselves, I was looking for a change. I moved to Salt Lake City in 2003. I was looking for ‘real’ people like those I worked with in small town Florida.
I found my home at Chiro Stop. Drivers are the kind of folks I connect with. Real people doing a vital job and telling it like it is. Pretty much honest people doing a seemingly thankless job – that if the American public ever understood how vital and challenging the job is, would say thank you every time they met a driver.
In 1987 and 1988 I had the opportunity to work with the Korean government getting ready for the ’88 Olympic Games, held in Seoul, Korea. I worked with high level athletes and I also worked with everyday citizens. I came into the project part way through the program and was asked to evaluate their findings. Koreans suffer with headaches, lots of people with lots of head pain and headaches. The doctors had been treating the Korean people based on what they’d learned while in school and in private practice, here in the USA. The textbook explanation for the headaches and the alignment of the neck said one thing, but the Koreans were not responding well to the treatment and the headaches persisted.
One of the first things I recognized was that what we’d been taught in the text book did not hold true in Korea. Most humans have 5 lumbar (lower back) bones. Most Koreans have 6 lower back bones, with a lot more spinal flexibility than the text book said. But the headache bit had me going. A lot of my study over the years has been in spinal bio-mechanics and how systems work. So one night I’m traveling on the subway going to a big meeting with the military officials, just before the Games begin, and I get thrown up on by a baby on the subway. First thought, “oh yuck”, but then I realize – Koren women carry their children tied to their backs. Children are tied to the backs of their mothers for 2 or 3 years, with their head facing to one side for 2 or 3 years. These first 2 or 3 years are the spinal formative years, and now the doctors are trying to correct these spines to American normal which is straight ahead, not Korean normal which is off to one side. So the textbook corrections were wrong for the bio-mechanical corrections that were needed.
Since then I’ve tried to look at the individual and what they present with, and correct the proper bio-mechanics of that individual spine, rather than fix all spines according to the textbooks. And the results speak for themselves.
My dad taught me that “if you look in a man’s toolbox and all you see is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail to him”. He said that a good mechanic had a large toolbox, full of tools, that he used often, and he also had tools that he rarely used, but knew when and how to use the right tool.
One of my gifts is the ability to connect with a person and understand the condition they present with, and determine if I’m going to be able to help them. I also have the experience to determine if I can’t help them, and my ego doesn’t get in the way of being able to tell them that too. I don’t approach my work from a textbook point of view, but treat every person with their whole, personal picture in mind.
Seeing friends/drivers that I haven’t seen for a while and doing some quick catching up with them. It’s always fun and interesting to hear about what’s going on in their lives and what they see going on across the country.
Can we say “Paper-work”?
Make guns go “bang!”. I shoot defensive handgun at Front Sight in Nevada. I recently qualified to take the Handgun Combat Masters prep program at Front Sight. Firearms safety and camaraderie with like-minded, freedom-loving citizens, in a setting specifically designed for mastering skill at arms … that’s a fun weekend. I’m a firm believer that one of the most important things an individual can do, is to have skill in the endeavors they choose. Front Sight is the best I’ve experienced and would highly recommend their programs. You’ll even find a ‘ammo fund’ jar on the desk to help me pay for my hobby.
As I work with the drivers of America, I see that they’re doing their jobs with general pride, but, they’re also doing it at the expense of their health. Time is limited, hours of service were established by people who don’t drive for a living and the truck-stop restaurants are about making money, not feeding healthy food to the drivers. With no time for themselves, drivers let their health go by the wayside and because it happens slowly, over time, they don’t see the problems until it’s too late.
The average commercial driver lives to an age of 62. Why?
If we go back to the way we were designed by God, everything about us is made to move. Walk, run, climb – to avoid being eaten. Hunt, gather – tasks that require movement to accomplish. Everything within the body depends on movement. Blood flow needs muscles to move blood from the feet to the heart. Digestion requires body movement to help digest the food you eat. Bowels work better when you’ve been active. You move toxins out of the body when you move around. You put more oxygen in the system when you move, giving you more energy and clearer thinking. But the trucking industry is more interested in the load and less concerned about the guy or gal who gets it there.
So if I could fix something in the world that I think is broken, it would be making sure the drivers of America have the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle while they’re out on the road, doing what they do best.
How do you work with drivers when they want to lose weight or want to quit smoking, or get it together better?
Many years ago I realized that some of the biggest questions and answers to most peoples’ challenges weren’t in the world of physical inability, but were more of a mind thing. So I went back to school and learned about how the human mind/brain works, and sometimes doesn’t.
My first exposure was to the field of Neuro-linguistics. Which is how and what the mind and body do with information, and use it or ignore it. How do habits form, how do we break old patterns, and how can we form new ones? How do we, as individuals see the world around us and what do we think is our part in it? How does that influence what we think and what we do? How do we talk about it and then act upon those choices?
The second field I studied was the world of clinical hypnosis. Which was a more in-depth study of how I could help an individual get to a place where they could see the things that seemed to be getting in the way of the changes they wanted to make, and see a way around the roadblocks.
It just made sense to me that if an individual wanted to make a change, like losing weight and getting healthy, then he or she just needed to see the pluses and the negatives, weigh them out and look for the way that would allow them to get what they wanted consistently. Most of the time people overestimate what they can do in a week, and totally underestimate what can be accomplished in a month or two. I also see that people try to make change without having all the information to make a good quality decision. You can only be as good as the information you have to work with. Part of my job is to expose people to more information that may lend itself to a better question, and thus a different and better choice of answer. It’s amazing what kind of results you can get in a few weeks with the right tools.
- Chiropractic Physician. Graduated Life Chiropractic College, Atlanta, GA. in 1982.
- Certified Active Release Techniques® Provider.
- ART® is considered the gold standard in soft tissue treatment.
- Auto accident acceleration-deceleration (whiplash) injuries
- Sports injury and sports performance.
- Medical examiner.
- Certifications in NLP and Clinical Hypnosis.