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Dr. Ryan N. Russell
My name is Dr. Ryan N. Russell. As you’ll read, the story of how I came to be a Doctor of Chiropractic was no mistake. My journey from discomfort, pain and fear to wellness, relief and happiness is a very personal story.
At a young age, I was very active in extreme sports such as motorcycle and bicycle racing. Around 14, I was riding and jumping motorcycles with a couple of my friends one day. I had been riding motorcycles since I was in the fourth grade, so there wasn’t much I was afraid of. That day changed the path of my life forever. I had no idea what God had in store for me. After hitting the jump most of the day and having fun with my friends, I decided to jump a few more times before we left. On the last time, I lost control of the motorcycle in the air and had to jump off. I came down and landed face first digging my helmet into the ground. A very sharp pain shot down my neck and into my arm, but I was young so I got up, shook it off and ignored the pain.
At first the pain and discomfort I felt was tremendous. I had trouble sleeping no matter what position I was in at night. I had trouble turning my neck and performing everyday activities. My pain continued for weeks. After a month or two the pain was more manageable and I was able to enjoy life, but still had discomfort during certain activities. I went back to riding motorcycles and realized that the jumping and jarring caused immediate pain.
After 6 months I told my dad, who is an orthopedic surgeon. He sent me to his partner for an evaluation. I told my father's partner what I had done and he injected my neck with cortisone to try to reduce the pain and inflammation. After the initial irritation from the injection went away, I had immediate relief, but the relief only lasted for a few months. I went back to have a second round of injections about a year later. This time the pain seemed to dissipate and didn’t come back, so I assumed I was better.
During my first year of college, I was working out at the gym with some of my friends after class and had very sharp pain in my neck. This time, it was so painful that I couldn’t sleep at all or workout again. I went home to see my dad, and he performed an MRI on my neck. He told me I had a bulging disk in the cervical region of my spine. He sent me to the outpatient surgery center, where I received a cervical block to try to reduce the bulging disk and take the pressure off of the surrounding nerves. The block helped for about a year and the pain was back again.
When I was home visiting one weekend from college my mother suggested that I see a family friend who was a chiropractor. My mother had never seen a chiropractor herself, but she hated seeing me in pain and was willing to send me to someone else for alternative care. The chiropractor did an exam and x-rays after I told him my story. He adjusted me that day and I experienced immediate relief after my first adjustment. I had better movement in my neck and also other areas he adjusted. After two weeks I had no discomfort and was completely relieved of pain. That first visit sparked my interest in the world of chiropractic.
I moved home from Auburn to finish my degree at Samford University, but I was struggling to decide what direction to go with my life. My family and teachers at Samford were pushing me to become a surgeon like my father, but after my experience with the Chiropractor, how much he helped me that was all I could think about. I struggled with the decision for a while. After graduating I took the MCAT and then made the decision to go to Life University to become a doctor of chiropractic.
While I was in school I met Dr. Mark Berry, who further piqued my interest in chiropractic. I went home as much as I could on the weekends and breaks so I could be at his office and learn about scoliosis and postural correction. Once I realized that chiropractic wasn’t just black and white and there were hundreds of avenues to take, I decided to become a Clear Technique certified doctor. I was amazed at how many conditions Dr. Berry could treat and eliminate just by proper adjustments and therapies. After seeing his testimonials and watching his patients come in with pain and leave full of life and pain free I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I became a Doctor of Chiropractic.
- Doctor Of Chiropractic - Life University, Marietta, Georgia
- Bachelors of Science, Biology - Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
- Bachelors of Science, Biology - Auburn University, Auburn Alabama
- Bachelors of Science, Biology - Bevill State Community College, Jasper, Alabama
- Certifications - CLEAR Institute Basic Scoliosis Treatment and Care Protocols, Graston Technique Certified, Acupuncture Certification
Trained Chiropractic Techniques
- Graston Technique
- Activator Technique
- Extremities Technique
- Sacro Occipital Technique
- Diversified Technique
- Toggle Technique
- Thompson Technique
- Torque Release Technique
- Dry Needling and Soft Tissue
- Sports Injury Prevention and Correction
- Dry Needling
- Soft Tissue Cupping