An Interview with Dr. Erik Vose
This month, our chiropractor, Dr. Erik Vose, took time out of his busy schedule at OMBE Boston to sit down with Sylvia Guo and discuss his chiropractic care philosophy, patient care experience, and dispel some of the common myths about chiropractic medicine. Q: First off I’d like to thank you, Erik, for taking time out of your tight schedule to do this interview. Let’s first learn a little bit about you – what is your background and educational training?
A: I’m from Newburyport originally and started my undergraduate studies in engineering here in Boston. Eventually, I transferred to the University of Colorado and got a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology because I was interested in studying the mechanics and movement of the body. Finally, I went to California to attend one of the fourteen chiropractic schools in the US.
Q: So would you tell me what interested you about chiropractic medicine originally?
A: I’ve always been interested in the human body - and that’s why I majored in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology in college. When I first heard about chiropractic medicine, I didn’t have any first-hand experience with it was fairly curious. Eventually, I learned that chiropractic medicine deals with the muscles, bones, and nerves of the body as well as being closely linked to kinesiology. What I found to be even more interesting was the idea inherent in chiropractic medicine in that the body can heal itself without drugs or surgery. Q: How long have you been practicing?
A: This is my fourth year practicing. Q: Many people are confused by chiropractic medicine. Could you please describe briefly the treatment philosophy and practice in your own words?
A: Chiropractors look at the whole body, the musculoskeletal system, and focus on the specific problems. For instance, I examine how the whole body is functioning-including the muscles, skeletal and nervous system of the body- and look for musculoskeletal imbalances. I also give my patients home exercises, such as stretching and strengthening exercises to help them recover from injuries.
Q: What sets your treatment apart from other chiropractors in the same field?
A: Most practitioners practice adjustment treatment – they introduce movement into a stuck or immobile joint. I use this strategy as well, but I focus a lot more on the musculoskeletal system and the muscles of the body, because they control the joints. This way I won’t miss the connections within the whole system. Many practitioners focus only on the spine, while I work on all the joints of the body. I also spend one hour with my patients during follow-up sessions-generally unusual for other chiropractors. I also use high-tech devices like ultrasound and electric stimulation.
Q: Why did you choose OMBE? What’s so special about OMBE that you think it’s a good choice for patients?
A: I met Laura Foresta, the nutritional counselor and dietitian of OMBE and was introduced to OMBE. I like the integrative concept of OMBE. There are a lot of different modalities and practitioners working in the office, so I can always reach out to others if there’s something I cannot do. The Copley Square location is great and the general ambience is peaceful and healing. Q: It seems like more and more people are either going to a chiropractor or are considering trying one. What is it that attracts so many people to chiropractic care?
A: Now, more and more people have realized that being proactive about healthcare is beneficial. Instead of waiting to be healed, people seek treatments for maximum health. Besides, chiropractic care is very cost-effective; much less expensive than certain surgeries or in-patient care. Many corporations have included chiropractic into their healthcare options for employees as an effective way to keep people from getting sick and losing work productivity.
Q: Is chiropractic treatment for everyone? Or is it more appropriate for a certain segment of patients?
A: Guess who are the most appropriate patients for Chiropractic? Q: People in their 40s to 60s?
A: Actually newborns! Especially after a difficult, prolonged, or complicate labor and delivery. They respond so well because most of their musculoskeletal system is naturally balanced at the beginning of their lives unlike us adults. In general, I’ve treated kids as young as 12-months old and patients in their nineties. Basically, chiropractic care can benefit everyone, but I use different treatment plans according to different patterns that patients present and their specific condition. Q: What are the most common issues that you’ve treated?
A: One common issue is trauma-related, so patients recovering from surgeries or accidents; another group of people I treat frequently are athletes of all levels. Weekend warriors to serious competitors alike-usually their musculoskeletal imbalance or some unresolved chronic issue comes up once they start training or change their activity level. Q: What about people like myself who sit in their office from 9-5? Do they develop problems?
A: Yes, they do! The human body isn’t meant to sit for such long hours. So for office workers, I take a look at their desk and computer set-up, suggest that they take breaks, move around a little bit, and stretch their bodies every half an hour.
Q: How long does it take to get satisfactory results with chiropractic care?
A: It really depends. Some treatment effects might last for a whole year; while on average, patients can feel a difference after 4 to 6 sessions. My goal is to provide a treatment that is as effective as possible so my patients can get back to doing what they enjoy.
Q: What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
A: Well, of course I love it when a patient leaves my office feeling a lot better and experiences the long-term benefits of chiropractic. This is a very rewarding experience when I know my patients are well on their way to health, and I can help them live their lives the way they want to.
Q: Sounds great! And did you know that you’ve received a lot of great reviews online, on Citysearch and OMBE’s website?
A: I’m aware of a couple. They’re encouraging.
Q: Thank you for your time Erik! Finally could you please share some of the success stories of your patients?
A: Of course. I have several patients who had problems for years and weren’t healed by other treatments and they came to me and improved. Their experiences really turned into remarkable stories. One woman has had headaches every day for almost ten years. She’s gone through several treatments, has had numerous tests, all showing negative results, and has taken many different medications. Then she came to me. I found that the joints in her neck didn’t move well and muscles controlling these joints were very tight. After a few treatments her headaches are gone. Q: Wow.
A: Another patient sprained her ankle eight or nine years ago. She saw several physicians because the pain still was bothering her. I noticed that the soft tissues around her joint were mislaid, and the bones were not in the right place. I adjusted the joints and her pain disappeared. Q: That’s wonderful! Thanks again, Erik. I hope more people can benefit from chiropractic care and the time you take with your patients!