Guest: Dr. Sarah Horsley DC
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: From the small town of Olive Hill located in eastern KY.Dr. Sarah Horsley, DC, received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology at Morehead State University. She graduated there in 2010 and started chiropractic school that year in St. Louis at Logan College of Chiropractic now Logan University. Shortly after graduation, she was hired on at Maysville Family Chiropractic and worked there for a year before transferring to the Georgetown, KY. clinic location where she currently practices.
Segment overview: In this segment Dr. Sarah Horsley, DC, a Logan University graduate, talks about why she chose chiropractic.
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Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, so glad that you could join us once again today. There are so many different disciplines when it comes to the practice of medicine and healing. There’s traditional medicine, there is holistic medicine, there’s all sorts of disciplines. Our guest in studio today chose the discipline of chiropractic. She is practicing now in Kentucky and she is a graduate of Morehead State University with her science degree in Biology. And also a graduate in the Chiropractic at Logan University in St. Louis. Our guest in studio today is Dr. Sarah Horsley, known affectionately as Dr. Sarah. How are you doing today Doctor?
Dr. Sarah Horsley: I’m doing great, how about you?
N: Great, thanks so much for joining us today.
H: Oh yeah.
N: I mentioned that there are so many different disciplines in medicine. Now you received a degree in science in Biology at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Had you planned on going into traditional medicine at the outset or was chiropractic always your goal?
H: I actually wanted to do the traditional route well at the beginning, that was always the main goal, so I knew yeah, I needed a Biology degree for that. So that’s why I chose a Biology degree, chiropractic really wasn’t decided on until I was a senior at Morehead.
N: Uh huh. Now what happened at Morehead? Your senior year that kind of lead you down the path of chiropractic?
H: Well I had been shadowing, I’ve shadowed pretty much every specialty there was from geriatric, to psychiatry, internal medicine, surgery and I just didn’t really feel a real connection with it. I really like the hands-on approach of chiropractic, and treating people with your hands. I didn’t know much about chiropractic at that time. But my dad happened to be seeing a chiropractic then for some, for issues in low back pain. And during one of their meetings she just casually brought up I was kind of struggling trying to figure out my path, my future and she’s like “Well how about you come shadow me? This sounds like this might be …
N: Uh huh.
H: So we went out to lunch and kind of told me about chiropractic and what she did and I shadowed her, watched her treat my dad, the with few other patients and I absolutely just fell in love with it. And it was like an intimate connection like I knew that this is what I wanted to do the rest of my life.
N: Now during this decision making process, had anyone put any bugs in your ear one or the other saying “Well you know I don’t know about chiropractic, you might want to go the traditional route.” Or vice versa “I don’t know about traditional medicine maybe look at chiropractic or some other alternative form of medicine.” Were there any people telling pros or cons either way?
H: Pretty much everybody was really supportive with my decision. My mom was a nurse so I grew up around the traditional medicine, but that’s what I was used to. So growing up really I didn’t know much about chiropractic and honestly I didn’t know much about it, just what she has told me up until chiropractic school. But it was just like instant connection I felt that my heart that’s what I was supposed to do.
N: Once you decided that you wanted to pursue a career in chiropractic, what led you specifically to Saint Louis?
H: Well that was the school that the doctor that I shadowed, that’s where she went to, and she was like, this is my favorite and we went and toured the … and I fell in love with the city, I fell in love with… beautiful and very warm and inviting it just, it felt like a second home to me.
N: I see. So you’re in St. Louis now and you’re a brand new chiropractic student there at Logan University. Where there any specialties or does chiropractic have specialties as it were or is it all kind of inclusive, or is it just like traditional medicine where you specialize say in as you mentioned pediatrics or in geriatrics something like that?
H: There are definitely specialty around you can take, it really depends on which state that you decide to practice in.
N: You say it depends on which state you decide to practice in?
H: Yeah. Each state has a different rules regarding chiropractors, like in the state of Kentucky the only specialty that you can actually say that you specialize will be radiology or like orthopedic something like that. You can’t really say well I specialize in pediatrics or anything like that.
N: Ah okay.
H: And then in other states that you can. But they had courses that you could do a lot of extra work, like if you had a pediatric program that you could go into, and I did a lot of soft tissue programs.
N: Uh huh.
H: So I kind of say that I specialize in “soft tissue.”
N: Okay. So it’s soft tissue, it’s like above and beyond a massage type of therapy yeah?
H: Yeah, exactly.
N: Do you train in massage therapy as well? Is that part of chiropractic or are they two total separate disciplines?
H: You could say they’re two separate disciplines. But we did in some of the soft tissue course that I took, we did learn from different massage techniques.
N: Uh huh. Now you said that you fell in love with the “laying on the hands of the patients.” How much of chiropractic involves manual manipulation? And how much involves mechanical manipulation and were there always an intermingling of the two with chiropractic being a new discipline or am I wrong in that assumption that is chiropractic new at all?
H: Well chiropractic has been around for a long, long time. It’s gotten to be more known that has more recently, as far as manual adjusting at St. Logan, we were taught diversified technique, which is completely manual adjustment there’s no instrument adjusting at all.
N: Uh huh.
H: So that is the primary hands-on technique that we learn. And that’s the majority that how we adjust at the office. But you take special classes for your instrument techniques. So again it’s more like a specialty, it’s more of an elective and I did a technique called “activated technique” which is a strictly instrument adjustment.
N: Okay. Now unlike traditional medicine where a lot of drugs are used as part of the course/ When it comes to taking care of yourself do you learn techniques where you can take care of your own adjustments or your own particular problems through chiropractic?
H: Yeah. Chiropractors in general we intend to not use as many prescription medications in a whole.
N: Uh huh.
H: We always … if I had a headache, I’m gonna get adjusted first before I will take some Tylenol – that’s pretty much what we do. And then there’s different protocols and stuff like that.
N: Now would you have to get another doctor of chiropractic to adjust you or could you do it yourself? I mean because traditional doctor like you say can take their own prescription. They can suture themselves if they get a cut on their right hand or they get cut their left hand they can suture themselves up, is that’s the same with chiropractic? Or do you have to get someone else?
H: Well there are certain parts of your body that would be really hard to adjust yourself to get the right one, so it’s better if somebody else does it.
N: And I guess that’s safer too.
N: You do say that the chiropractic has been around a long time, is it considered alternative medicine? Is it considered eastern medicine or does it stand alone?
H: I would consider it as holistic type of medicine.
N: Uh huh. Is there much nutrition training involved? I know that there’s not a lot of nutrition training that goes on in the halls of traditional medicine. What about chiropractic?
H: There are certain nutrition courses that we were taught. But again it was more of an … approach but chiropractors do a lot of nutrition.
N: Uh huh.
H: Like, so I give …. inventory type diet or certain vitamins that will help with muscle spasm. So we do a lot of that regular … hand and hand with our adjustment.
N: Okay so you’re saying that the dietary supplements go hand and hand with chiropractic?
H: Oh yeah.
N: Oh okay. So sort of like traditional medicine, has there pharmaceuticals chiropractic has supplements that enhance the body’s natural proclivity to produce certain nutrients or in the food that we eat, is that why some of the nutrition was taught to be go hand and hand with supplement training as well?
N: Alright. As we wrap up I’d like to let our listeners know that you are practicing now in the state of Kentucky and I guess would be Central Kentucky, Georgetown Kentucky yeah?
H: Yeah, correct.
N: Alright, and I guess you’re loving your practice and planning on doing it, as you say for the rest of your life is that good a thing for you, yeah?
H: Absolutely, I’m actually on of the people that actually enjoyed it and that’s from the morning and going to work.
N: That’s right. If you find something like that, it’s never a job right?
N: You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. We’ve been in studio today talking with Dr. Sarah Horsley – Doctor of chiropractic, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Morehead State University and shortly thereafter graduated with a degree in chiropractic from Logan University in St. Louis. And we’ve been here talking about why she chose chiropractic as opposed to traditional medicine. And why she chose to specialize in what she chooses to specialize which is “soft tissue manipulation.” It’s been great having you here with us today Dr. Horsley.
H: Thank you.
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