Many of you have probably come across chiropractors who came into the profession because they have personally experienced the ‘miracle’ of chiropractic care to they are born into a chiropractic family and are now second, third generation chiropractors.

I wish I have an amazing chiropractic miracle story to wow you. But I don’t. In fact, I have never heard of chiropractic till 4 years ago.

Why then would I gave up a lucrative, rewarding 12 years teaching career and leave my family to travel halfway across the globe to be trained as a Chiropractor ?

To make a BIGGER difference.

For 12 years, I was a secondary school Maths teacher and I enjoyed interacting with the young minds and playing a key role in their development. Work was tiring but immensely satisfying. For those who have school going children or who have friends or family working in the education sector, you would probably agree that teaching is a mentally and physically demanding job involving long hours. I started to see hardworking colleagues with chronic pains and aches in various areas of their body. Low back pain, chronic headaches, adrenal fatigue, a permanent bad knee and the list just goes on. For many of them, their options to resolve these ailments are severely limited. Very often, it boils down to either take long term medications or surgery. Neither seems appealing.

Looking around me, the same limited options apply to my young charges as well. Increasingly, I saw more and more children being medicated. Ritalin for ADHD, prescriptions after prescriptions of antibiotics that one “MUST COMPLETE THE WHOLE COURSE”, ridiculous number of injections for this vaccine and that vaccine…

I wonder to myself, “What if there is a drug free, surgery free solution to our ailments?”

Jamaica Mission Trip

Just as I have always taught my students to “research what they are curious about”, I did exactly the same. And I found chiropractic! Chiropractic allows the body to heal itself from building a strong immune system and hence adapting well to external stressors, be it mental or environmental. Ailments are simply symptoms that our body is not adapting well. Like my military officer husband who often quotes, “The best defence is a good offense”. So the best defence against diseases is simply to build such a strong army of immunity within yourself that it will attack whatever virus, bacteria, and etcetera that dare to infringe upon your body.

What a simple, brilliant concept! The best part is, a strong immune system can be achieved WITHOUT drugs or surgery. And so this is the story of how both my husband and I become chiropractors. And you know the best thing about this is, I am STILL a teacher! I educate my patients, my friends and all my loved about the benefits of chiropractic and how they can take charge and mount the best offense against any attacks on your body!

About the Author


Dr. Tracy Tan is a local born and bred Singaporean who graduated from the esteemed Sherman College of Chiropractic, U.S.A. with top honours (Summa cum Laude, GPA 3.99/4).

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