Re-Printed with permission from the Washington State Chiropractic Association.
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For 4 days, Oct. 22-25, 2015, the Key arena was changed into a clinic.
A clinic where many diverse services were offered to those without
healthcare. Chiropractic played a major role with the Seattle Center
Foundation in putting on this clinic called the Seattle/King County Clinic.
During the planning stages, it was determined that of all the services, the
only one requested for the medical volunteers, was chiropractic. This
meant that chiropractic essentially set up two clinics: one for the public,
where we used 5 sky box suites and then one in the medical staff lounge,
where we had a room big enough for 3 adjusting tables.
Each day we were seeing hundreds of people in the our public chiropractic
adjusting area. We would have between 5-8 doctors volunteering each day
in this area. On Thursday we were joined by a friendly osteopathic doctor
who works at the local VA hospital but she had never treated a patient.
We also had a PT from San Francisco join us but with the limited ability
to treat with spinal adjustment, they both mostly observed.
On Sunday at the end of the day, many members of the medical
planning committee came up to me and asked what we were doing in the
chiropractic area of the clinic. I responded, “taking care of people.” They
commented that we were the most popular area of the entire Key arena.
Let it be known that most of the people, when asked, stated that this
was their first time seeing a chiropractor. In one case, a limping man left
without his limp and even forgot to take his favorite cane with him. In
another case, a woman was caught in the elevator crying. When asked,
she stated that she had just come to the chiropractic clinic. Asked if those
chiropractors had hurt her she responded that it was the first relief she had
experienced in 20 years and her tears were happy tears.
In the clinic where we took care of medical volunteers we were seeing
close to 100 per day. On Sunday, I believe Dr. Doug Pierce saw 92 by
himself. Each of these is like seeing a new patient. A brief consultation
was taken, then a brief examination, then they received an amazing
adjustment for spinal health. When asked, most of these medical staff
indicated that this was their first time ever seeing a chiropractor. What an
opportunity we had to educate.
Here are a couple stories for this clinic:
On Saturday I was working in the clinic area. A nurse from triage came
in and was limping, sharing how her knee had been hurting for 6 months,
how she had gotten many different treatments and physical therapy the
entire time. I quickly shared that her knee probably wasn’t going to
respond well unless her spine and the nerves from her low back were
healthier, that there was less interference. She got adjusted and left. About
30 minutes later she came bounding back into our area and gave me a
hug and said her knee was much better already. What a strange discovery.
The nurses in triage at the beginning of the week thought chiropractic was
for neck and back pain. I kept telling them that everyone would benefit
and they should be sending everyone to chiropractic for care.
On the medical forms where we kept our notes, triage would always put a
priority ranking on where people should go. On Thursday there were lots
of times we were listed as a 5th priority. On Sunday, I was shocked to see
so many medical forms where the nurses were putting chiropractic in the
#1 slot as the first thing people should do once they got in the building.
Chiropractic knocked it out of the park!
We had volunteers from all over the state. We could have used more. The
medical team started putting DC volunteers on the waiting list because
they thought 5 would be enough each day. They didn’t tell me, and on
Thursday I got a bit miffed with them for that. It was minimizing our
potential, and as an old chiropractor, potential is all we have.
I have made every effort to have a complete and accurate list of volunteers
but I am sure that I have missed someone. Many of these volunteers also
served for more than one day. Thank you to those below who changed
the lives of many:
Dr. Lorri Nichols
Dr. Diane Sherwood-Palmer
Dr. Jay Goodwin
Dr. Douglas Pierce
Dr. Jeffrey Abrams
Dr. David Dannels
Dr. Ben Jennings
Dr. Katherine Ritchey (osteopath)
Dr. Staten Medsker
Dr. Ryan Sweet
Dr. Aaron Toler
Dr. Sarah Deem
Dr. Hyun Jo
Dr. Chanil Jung
Dr. David Warwick
Dr. Adam Swick
Dr. Nathan Wall
Dr. Avery Martin
Seattle/King County Clinic had another successful residency in KeyArena
at Seattle Center this year. It required at least 750 people per day, ranging
from general support volunteers to healthcare professionals to operate the
Clinic, not to mention the volunteer efforts in the days and weeks before
and after to help with preparation and wrap-up. Thank you for joining us
and making a difference in our community! In 2015, 3,838 volunteers
helped to provide nearly $3.5M in care to 4,010 patients.
Chiropractors Knock it Out of the Park
at the Seattle/King County Clinic in
October at the Key Arena
Avery Martin, DC