Meet Your Merchant: Adjust your life from the comfort of home with Dr. Susan Birch
Special to the Sun
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Dr. Susan Birch has been a practicing chiropractor for 27 years. Sheand#8217;s seen all types of injuries, from bum knees to thrown-out backs. Birch also has seen a lot of homes in the greater Reno-Tahoe area.
As a traveling chiropractor, Birch brings her practice to the patients, in the comfort of their own homes.
and#8220;I found that the patients that needed me the most were patients that couldnand#8217;t necessarily get into an office,and#8221; Birch explained.
In fact, since she has started practicing in her patientand#8217;s homes, she has been able to help them in other areas of their lives as well, further aiding the healing process.
and#8220;(Going into homes) helped me to transition from being just a chiropractor to a chiropractor and a life coach. I can give them nutritional counseling, lifestyle counseling and customized in-home exercises,and#8221; Birch said.
Birch explained that the basic concept of chiropractic treatment is removing interference, specifically nerve interference, so the body can heal itself. There is more interference now more than ever, both chemically and environmentally, Birch said. She has found her practice more successful now that she travels to patients, because she has the ability to remove the interference with adjustments, then remove all other interference, whether itand#8217;s nutritional or environmental.
Dr. Birch didnand#8217;t always travel to her patients. For the first nine years she was practicing, she had an office in Incline Village. After taking some time away from her practice, her patients started calling her for help. Soon, she found herself going to her patientsand#8217; homes and working on them there.
and#8220;It wasnand#8217;t a business design,and#8221; Birch said of the change to a traveling doctor. and#8220;It was an organic progression. It grew out of a need that was out there.and#8221;
A typical day for Birch may start in Truckee, then make her way to Tahoe Vista, along the lake to Incline Village, over Mt. Rose to Reno, then back to Truckee.
and#8220;I try to set up appointments to make a circle or a figure eight,and#8221; she said of her schedule. Birch also noted that she does her own triage as well, offering first aid treatment along with scheduled appointments.
and#8220;(Patients) can always contact me. Thatand#8217;s a huge asset for patients; they get to talk to me when they have a problem,and#8221; Birch said of her business and#8212; which has no secretary, just her cellphone.
While Birchand#8217;s primary treatment is chiropractic adjustment, she also offers a variety of other services. She offers ultra sound treatments, massages, exercise therapy and SCENAR (Self-Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulation) therapy. She attends research review conferences every year to keep up with the latest changes and techniques.
and#8220;Just because youand#8217;re getting a home visit doesnand#8217;t mean Iand#8217;m 95 years old and weand#8217;re doing ancient techniques,and#8221; Birch said. and#8220;I keep up with the latest literature, techniques and treatment. Everything from athletic taping to dietary supplements.and#8221;
Often, Birch will visit with an entire home or office, giving parents, children and anyone else who needs it, treatment.
and#8220;At the end of the day, everyone comes home from work and I have mom, dad and three kids (to adjust). Iand#8217;m doing the whole family in one place,and#8221; Birch explained. and#8220;(My practice) works for those that are disabled and for those that are too busy to take time out of their schedule … Besides, who wants to get in your car after you get adjusted?and#8221;
On any given day, you can find Dr. Birch driving around in a stuffed Jeep, with her table, several ultrasound units and other chiropractic adjustment instruments. She travels with a set-up that can help patients with problems on the regular spectrum of chiropractic problems, as well as those with more unique issues.
and#8220;Some patients might start out with one diagnosis, but then they have an underlying issue that needs dietary change … I go through their entire lifestyle from start to finish so we find out any potential problems,and#8221; Birch said.
Birch added that there is a stereotype surrounding chiropractic care, and that she as well as other chiropractors can help much more than back pain.
and#8220;People think of chiropractic as and#8216;Oh, I hurt my back, Iand#8217;ll go get adjusted,and#8217; but there are huge life changes that happen. I have patients that would be on disability if they didnand#8217;t get adjusted,and#8221; Birch explained. and#8220;I have patients that would be morbidly obese if they didnand#8217;t get adjusted because the only way they can exercise is after they get adjusted. Itand#8217;s a lot bigger than back pain.and#8221;
Many of the patients Dr. Birch sees are considered surgical, but with her help, can receive adjustments and possibly avoid surgery. For example, if a patient tears a ligament in his or her knee, he or she may want to turn to chiropractic care before getting a surgery. If one sees a chiropractor soon enough, he or she may be able to remove interference, and the ligament may heal itself.
Ranelle Rubin has been a patient of Birchand#8217;s for two months. When Rubin fell off her horse several weeks ago, she suffered a case of extreme whiplash and was in pain.
and#8220;She got my head put on straight again,and#8221; Rubin said of Birchand#8217;s work.
Rubin receives adjustment treatment via a high-tech adjustment instrument once a week from Dr. Birch. Her appointments may last only 10 minutes, but she said she leaves each appointment feeling better than before. She began seeing Birch a few days after the accident, and has been able to continue riding horses because of the treatment she receives.
and#8220;(Chiropractic care) allows life to go on,and#8221; Dr. Birch said. and#8220;Itand#8217;s about being able to do what you want.and#8221;
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