Chiropractic Care and the Teachable Spirit

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Chiropractic Care and the Teachable Spirit

Why is chiropractic care so vital to our well being?

What makes chiropractic care so valuable to our lives?

How does chiropractic care bridge the gap for those with little resources?

Returning to Kenya in January 2015 brought me face to face with my own values. Growing up with mixed feelings from my family regarding chiropractic care, I regarded it with some ambivalence.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs adjusting a Maasai woman's baby, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs adjusting a Maasai woman’s baby, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Having a friend as a chiropractor for 30 years, Dr. Dean Simmons with Simmons Chiropractic Clinic, gave me some appreciation for the practice; however, it came with the respect for the person, and not necessarily his vocation.

Remaining open to learning why God wanted me to participate in the Dreamweaver International mission to the Maasai in Amboseli National Park, the teachable spirit was overcome with joy to find the impact chiropractic care had on the indigenous population of Kenya. Receiving chiropractic care in the U.S. often involves a closed private room shared only with the practitioner. In the bush, no such luxury was at hand. Being exposed to the vulnerability of the doctor/patient session, the teachable spirit witnessed first hand the change that occurred in the psyche of each individual as they were attended by one of three chiropractors who participated in the mission: Dr. Warren Bruhl, Executive Director of Gear for GoalsDr. Jeff Kahrs, my personal chiropractor who also works at Simmons Chiropractic Clinic, and Dr. Dave Neubauer, Director of HealthSource.

The care each person received was accompanied by:

  • giggles from the patient with the cracking sound of bones aligning
  • laughter from the crowd gathered around to watch
  • words streaming in their own language from one of the interpreters in explanation
  • wind, dust, and flies
  • sounds and presence of animals; goats bleating or donkeys braying
Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs observe Dr. Dave Neubauer working with a three week old baby girl, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs observe Dr. Dave Neubauer working with a three week old baby girl, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Witnessing the value added to these people in health, vitality, function, and mobility, greatly increased the value of my own life.

Realizing the impact of chiropractic care became an epiphany for these people, leading them to bring their friends and loved ones to us as the week progressed. The doctors turned no one away. They worked tirelessly, passionately, and eagerly. Among their many patients included:

Dr. Warren Bruhl adjusting one of the Maasai and Dr. Dave Neubauer, January 2015 in Amboseli Park, Kenya.

Dr. Warren Bruhl adjusting the 90 year old father of the Maasai chief and Dr. Dave Neubauer, January 2015 in Amboseli Park, Kenya.

  • a three week old baby
  • a 90 year old man
  • a child with a sprained ankle
  • patients with blurry vision
  • those with old injuries not properly healed
Dr. Dave Neubauer working on a sprained ankle with the assistance of Dr. Jeff Kahrs, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Dr. Dave Neubauer working on a sprained ankle with the assistance of Dr. Jeff Kahrs, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

All walked away better because of the encounter, including the doctors. If chiropractic care is good for those of us in reasonable health, imagine the impact it has on those whose lives are precarious due to the harsh environment in which they live. The sole means of transportation for the Maasai is their feet, typically covered by sandals made from used rubber tires. The uneven terrain is covered by rough volcanic rocks, which can turn an ankle in a heartbeat. The tribal pride is displayed in jumping; the higher they jump, the more attractive they are to the women. The jarring impact contributes to knee, hip, and ankle injuries, resulting in heavy wear and tear on the body.

Dr. Warren Bruhl working with one of the Maasai in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Dr. Warren Bruhl working with one of the Maasai in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Bridging the gap for these people is chiropractic care, an emerging phenomena in an area lacking in resources. The teachable spirit was moved by the loving tenderness of these three doctors attending the needs of people in adverse conditions. My estimation of this particular practice rose greatly in the week that I was exposed to their efforts. Watching vitality return to nerve function in the extremities of the body affected all who witnessed the event, enhancing the lives of everyone involved.

Contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board through Dreamweaver International to support Kimana School or Leadership and Professional Studies, Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, or Gear for Goals.

Contact Douglas Monene, founder of Ingrid Education Centre via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com to learn how to sponsor one of the children who attend Ingrid.

Support Dr. Jeff Kahrs as he returns to Kenya in January 2016 to work with Dreamweaver International, visit the children of Ingrid Education Centre, taking dresses to the school from Little Dresses for Africa as well as providing chiropractic care to both.

To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/mp6trnr8

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