Sandoz Chiropractic November 2019



How Dr. John Sandoz Found Chiropractic Care and Still Loves It After 40 Years BASEBALL DREAMS

When I was 5 years old, I decided I was going to become a professional baseball player. All throughout my childhood, I never wavered from that dream, and I worked hard to achieve it. I was on the all-state team in high school and on the all- star team in college. I passed up joining the MLB draft out of high school, so I could pursue a college education.

Miraculously, my son didn’t get a headache for the next 48 days, and I

didn’t have to adjust him for two months. He returned to his regular, rough-and- tumble life as a little boy, and I was both an amazed father and chiropractor at his results. Immediately, I knew this was something my patients needed. Everyone deserves a chance at that level of prolonged relief even if it means I see my patients less.

And during my junior year at Temple University, I hit a crossroad.

At Temple, we were on our spring trip to open our season and playing at the Philadelphia Phillies spring training complex. During that early-season game, I hurt my neck and shoulder, leaving me in tremendous pain. Not wanting to spoil my dreams, I went to the top orthopedic doctor in Philadelphia who told me I was done playing baseball for the season. Heartbroken and disenchanted, I decided to see if there was something else that could work. I couldn’t let the dream that 5-year-old me had cooked up die because of some shoulder pain. I had to try something, and that something was chiropractic care. Miraculously, the injury one doctor said would keep me on the bench was healed in 10 days by the chiropractor I saw in New Jersey. It was such a transformative experience that I decided baseball wasn’t my calling anymore. Instead, I was going to become a DC, a doctor of Chiropractic. It’s been 40 years since I began practicing as a chiropractor, and to this day, I still love what I do. The field of chiropractic care has grown tremendously over these past 40 years, and I have tried to make our practice grow with it. In fact, one of our greatest additions is, in part, thanks to my son Joshua. In the early 1990s, I took my son to a specialist in Atlanta because his daily headaches and migraines were so severe that I was adjusting him nearly every day at ages 9 and 10, just so he could feel some relief. Unfortunately, the pain kept returning. We met with Dr. Roy Sweat, who invented the Atlas Orthogonal technique, an innovative style of chiropractic treatment that repositions the top bone of the neck into a healthier, more stable position. After five days in Atlanta, my son and I headed home, hopeful this treatment would offer relief.

So, after 14 years, I renovated my already successful practice around this model for care. I knew this was going to have such a dramatic impact on the long-term health of my patients, and I didn’t want to let something this innovative slip by. There are nearly 70,000 chiropractors in the nation, and today, I’m proud to say that my son, Dr. Josh Sandoz, and I are 2 out of only 500 who use this technology in their form of care. I continue to see the amazing results of this style of treatment. I once treated a woman who had suffered from headaches for 10 years and found relief in three treatments. I know what it’s like to be that disheartened, in pain, and wondering what the answer could be. I love taking on the seemingly impossible cases with patients who are as desperate and confused as I was more than 40 years ago on the baseball diamond. It’s a joy to give them their lives back. My patients are still as special to me today as they were when they first walked into our office and when I began this practice four decades ago. I love seeing you at every appointment and celebrating with you as you feel better after each visit. Some of you joined our family on my children’s wedding days while others bring joy to our office with each visit and every smile of appreciation. It’s all of you who motivate me to continue my career after 40 years in the field. Looking back, I like to think 5-year-old me would still be happy with where I ended up. I may not have home run records or a World Series ring, but thanks to all of you, I am the luckiest man alive.


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