Dr. Aleck lives for movement, coffee, and quality food. Get to know our newest chiropractor in Greenville, South Carolina!
1. When did you know you wanted to become a chiropractor?
I tore my pectoralis major muscle going into my junior football season while playing at Miami University. After surgery, I completed my rehabilitation process for my injury with my chiropractor back home in Chicago. While working with him, I was able to witness the variety of patients he was seeing and keeping out of surgery while doing his job, this was my tipping point from originally wanting to become an orthopedic surgeon, but instead a chiropractor.
2. What do you wish more people knew about chiropractic care?
The chiropractic scope is extremely vast, this allows chiropractors the opportunity to treat differently from one another. I was encouraged by this because it allowed me to pave my own path of learning the most efficient treatment tools to get people out of pain fast and achieving their physical goals.
3. What is the most rewarding aspect of being a chiropractor?
Helping my patients achieve their goals – I love helping a wide variety of patients. I may see a powerlifter trying to max out their back squat one hour and the next hour see a retired business professional wanting to get back on their bike ASAP. I love the different interactions, meeting new people, and learning from everyone along the way!
4. What is the most challenging part of your job?
Let’s be real – chiropractors can get a bad rep! There are some chiropractors who just crack your back, scare you about improper ‘alignment’, and try to convince into a very long-term treatment plan based on these scare tactics. The biggest challenge is differentiating that I’m a different type of chiropractor! My goal is to give you the tools to reduce your pain quickly and help you move better.
5. What is one thing people can do to stay proactive and healthy?
#EatWell #MoveOften #TrainSmart
These are three hashtags I implement in any educational post I have on social media. I believe they are the most important factors in physical health!
#EatWell – eat real food, not too much, and mostly plants. Three principles that provide the most value in everyone’s daily routine.
#MoveOften – Controlled Articular Rotations! These are a sequence of movements that I teach my patients that allows them to move each joint through their entire range of motion on a daily basis. Movement = Medicine!
#TrainSmart – sign up for something, create a goal, and train for it. By focusing on something you want to achieve it will help you stay consistent and motivate you throughout the process!
6. What is a condition you treat that most people may not realize?
Any pain that isn’t located in the spine. I OFTEN have people seem surprised when I tell them I treat conditions outside the neck, upper back, and lower back pain. Yes, chiropractors are non-surgical spine specialists. However, I treat a wide variety of conditions including shoulder pain, hip pain, elbow pain, ankle pain, jaw pain, and any tendonitis or tendinopathies.
7. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
#EatWell #MoveOften #TrainSmart
I am someone who consistently practices what I preach! I love spending time at the grocery store for meal prep, searching for ways to challenge my joints and muscles in the gym, and training towards a specific goal. Right now – I’m working on improving my aerobic system (endurance) and creating more mobility in my hips and shoulders.
8. What food can you not live without?
Meat. The taste of a perfectly charred piece of medium-rare red meat after cooking it on the grill… awhhyaa!
9. How do you take your coffee?
Here comes the coffee snob… IT DEPENDS… on what time of the day is it, what season of the year it is, am I about to workout or about to see patients in the morning or afternoon?! It all matters.
But if you were in a jam and HAD to get me something from Starbucks… blonde roast americano, two thumbs up.
10. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“If you set your mind to it, make a plan, and work for it… anything can be achieved!” – my dad.
11. A quote that inspires me daily:
“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.”
To speak to Dr. Aleck directly you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org