[fusion_builder_container background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”” padding_right=”” hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]On this Thanksgiving Eve 2014, I reflect back on my life and on the things that have propelled me to the place I am today. Specifically, I reflect upon my own journey to health, my own Atlas Orthogonal story and the numerous people who gave of themselves to change my life. Without those people and those circumstances, I would be in a different place, with different people, leading a different life. I wouldn’t change a thing. You can read that story here.

First, I am thankful for the chiropractor in Eldridge, IA who first taught me about chiropractic and who helped stop the cycle of respiratory sickness. He set me on the path. He was the first of many to change the way I looked at things; the first to challenge me to take charge of my own health.

I am thankful for the chiropractor in Manitoba, Canada who inspired me and taught me about chiropractic, even though he wasn’t able to help me with his particular technique. He guided me further down the road.

I am eternally thankful for one chiropractic student, now a practicing chiropractor in Queensland, Australia, who changed my life by adjusting my atlas with the Atlas Orthogonal Percussion Adjusting Instrument for the first time. He sent me on a path of healing and saved me from a life of misery and pain. He brought me into the folds and introduced me to the genius behind the technique. He inspired me to take on the intensive study of Atlas Orthogonality. I am thankful for him.

I am thankful for the practicing A.O. chiropractor who took over my treatment when the student doctor graduated and moved home. He facilitated my healing and made it possible for me to complete college and to learn to be an Atlas Orthogonal doctor myself.

I am thankful for Dr. Roy W. Sweat and Dr. Matthew Sweat for being two of the most humble, selfless, and brilliant teachers and doctors in the world. Without their knowledge and kindness, I would not be a chiropractor today. Without them, I would not be able to help the patients to the extent that I do.

I thank God for bringing all of these people into my life. I am thankful that I can now bring this kind of hope and healing to others.

I am thankful that I have personally experienced fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and trigeminal neuralgia pain. Every bit of it has helped me to understand my patients, and every episode of exacerbation is just a golden nugget of continuing education for me. I am so thankful that I can honestly say, “Yes, I know how you feel. I once felt that way too. And now I don’t. I can help you!”

Think about all that you have to be thankful for this year. Your health is on that list. Who else do you know who could be helped here? Who has fibromyalgia? Or migraines? Or some other pain issue? Maybe you know someone who knows a lot of those kinds of people. Be the first step in their path to healing. Send them to me! Let’s see if we can change some more lives in 2015! Call us or talk to me at your next appointment if you have someone in mind and we can work together on it. To quote the developer of chiropractic, Dr. B.J. Palmer, “We may never know how far reaching something we think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.”

Most of all, I am thankful for you and for the opportunity to work with you. It has been rewarding every step of the way.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Dr. Laurel Griffin
November 26, 2014[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]