“Chiropractor combines physical and emotional treatment”
April 16, 2016
Tickel is one of seven chiropractors in his family—the practice is in his blood. Early in his career he practiced as a traditional chiropractor, focused on the ideal curves, he says, “obsessed with getting the spine straight from the front and curved from the side.” Tickel then moved into tonal, light-touch work, which is less concerned with alignment and more focused on “the freeness of your neurology, your spinal cord is able to oscillate free like a guitar string.” Then came the energetic work, “the emotional stuff,” through which he’s able to ask the body what kind of trauma is causing pain and what it needs for relief.
“I just noticed people weren’t getting better,” he says of the traditional, back-cracking chiropractic work. “I see that people get better quicker when the treatment is more integrated, and they stay better longer. Their alignment holds longer, they’re able to process stress better. I’m able to get people better in fewer visits, and they just don’t need it as much anymore.”
Tickel says the body experiences three types of trauma: physical, chemical and emotional. Physical and chemical are straightforward—a broken leg and exposure to the toxins in new paint, for example—but emotional is more nuanced. It can be more intense, yet it gets less attention in the medical world.
“Emotional trauma tends to not get the credit that it’s due as far as how bad it’s tearing us apart,” he says. “A lot of times we don’t think emotions are beating us up physically as much as they are. Sometimes on the table I’ll have patients crying or having some kind of emotional releases, and a lot of times those emotional traumas are actually the things that are causing their physical pains.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE