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About Dr. Coutcher

WHY I BECAME A CHIROPRACTOR

Dr. David Coutcher, Chiropractor

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I have been asked by many people to tell this story for all to hear. So here goes:

"I personally have had to go to the emergency room on multiple occasions for back and knee problems that were severe enough to render me unable to walk.

I know that many of you have experienced the horror of having to go to the emergency room after an accident (with multiple symptoms) only to be told that there is nothing wrong with you. And then you receive a bill for several thousands of dollars.

Many already know that I am a third generation chiropractor but some do not know the details. You see, my grandmother and grandfather actually met each other in chiropractic college in the early 1920's. They got married. Shortly after graduation, my father was born. My grandmother and grandfather practiced chiropractic in Monroe, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio. In the 1920's there was no chiropractic licensing board in Ohio (because the profession was so young) and my grandfather was constantly hassled by the police for practicing without a license.

What a wonderful legal system we have. The school gave him a diploma and the police won't let him practice because he doesn't have a license because the state doesn't have a board that can issue him one. And when he and my grandmother (both graduated and bonafied chiropractors) get up every morning the patients are lined up out to the road because those patients know, from personal experience, that chiropractic works.

When my father was of college age he wanted to be a medical doctor (so as to avoid all of the problems that he saw my grandparents have with the authorities) but my grandparents sent him to chiropractic college. There, in the 1940's he was able to study chiropractic, osteopathy, and naturopathy. He was able to graduate with a diploma in chiropractic and continue his education to get his license as a "Doctor of Naturopathy".

Some of you may know that the old naturopathic license allowed him to write prescriptions for drugs and medications and to perform surgical techniques. For those of you who don't know, drugs and surgery are the main difference between a chiropractor and a medical doctor.

So, needless to say, I spent a lot of my childhood hearing stories about how different treatment techniques, therapies, and medications were working. It may be of interest to note that it appears that chiropractors were the first physicians in America to experiment with physical modalities (physical therapy) and x-rays on their patient's. My father has stated many times that the practice of physical therapy got started in this country by ex-employees of chiropractors who went out and started their own profession on what they learned from their previous employers. My hats are off to them. They don't appear to have ever had any problem with the authorities over their license.

Obviously, the physical therapy modalities work quit well along with chiropractic because we still use them on our patients today. Even though there is now a separate profession for that, which has aligned itself with the medical profession. Again, my hat is off to them because our profession has not been able to accomplish realistic relations with the medical profession in it's 114 years of existence. But maybe that's because our treatments work and present a degree of competition with the medical profession, thereby making our relationship a little too adversarial.

Anyway, my father always said that his license was the best because he could give the patient whatever they needed.

So I began to study pre-med on a wrestling scholarship but was interrupted by military duty, where I worked as a flight evacuation medic. I then became interested in professional wrestling. A profession that aggravated a slough of previous injuries and even produced a few of it's own. A very dangerous sport. I saw medical doctor after medical doctor who took x-ray after x-ray and told me that there was nothing wrong with me. I actually had to go to the emergency room on multiple occasions for back and knee problems that were severe enough to render me unable to walk. And the doctors there took x-rays and told me that there was nothing wrong with me.

I know that many of you have experienced the horror of having to go to the emergency room after an accident (with multiple symptoms) only to be told that there is nothing wrong with you. And then you receive a bill for several thousands of dollars.

That is part of the reason why I became a chiropractor.

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