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Meet Adam McBride of SoCal Concierge Chiropractic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam McBride.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adam. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was first introduced to a chiropractor when I injured my neck in a wrestling camp back in the summer before my sophomore year in high school. Previous to seeing the Doctor, I was putting ice on my neck, trying to stretch it out, and using Advil with no relief whatsoever. Following 3 visits to my chiropractor, I was 100% healed. It shifted my paradigm of thinking about what true health expression was, and I learned how powerful the healing potential of the body can be when put in the right conditions to heal most effectively. I always had a passion for health and fitness, especially being an athlete all throughout my life, and I knew when thinking a career for myself, I knew I had to go where my passion and drive took me.

I worked as a personal fitness trainer for several gyms previous to and after graduating from my undergraduate degree in Health & Exercise Science/Kinesiology at Syracuse University in 2008. I loved being a trainer and I loved seeing the progression of clients continually get better movement, less pain, and overall happier and more positive attitudes with everything in life. During this same time period, I was also working as a Physical Therapy Aide since I thought about also going back to school to become a Physical Therapist. I gained a great understanding about how to rehabilitate people from injuries and surgeries, and it also helped build on my further knowledge of the human body and its physiological processes.

Following working as a PT Aide and a Personal Trainer, I still was trying to figure out a career passion I could love. I was then offered the opportunity to participate in an internship at New England Baptist Hospital in their Orthopedics Department. During this time I was shadowing a few Physician Assistants (PAs) and Orthopedic Surgeons who worked on replacement knees, hips, shoulders, and many other joints in the body. I had thought about going to school become either a PA or a Medical Doctor (MD) specializing in orthopedics. But I knew that the prevention aspect of healthcare was where the dynamic was shifting, and I had always kept chiropractic in the back of my mind.

After interviewing and seeing several chiropractors, I decided that I was going to commit myself to the chiropractic profession. So, from September 2010 to April 2015, I worked diligently to understand and comprehend what are the best methods in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within my education to best treat patients coming from a chiropractic standpoint in contrast to the medical model. In April 2015, I moved on my own to San Diego, CA to start up an internship with San Diego Chiropractic Group (SDCG), where I shadowed the Doctors, captured and wrote up x-ray reports, completed case histories, and learned about the business of chiropractic care.

On the second to last day of my internship, I was offered a position to work alongside the Doctors at SDCG, and I accepted their offer. I have been very fortunate to work with them over the last 2 years, and I have learned so much in that time frame. Recently, as of January 2018, I decided to start up my own company: SoCal Concierge Chiropractic. This model brings chiropractic care and health promotional services to the people of San Diego in the comfort of their own home. In this model, we will be able to take the necessary time to go through their health history and thoroughly evaluate the causes of patient’s pain or dysfunction in their body.

From here, it gives us a much better understanding and specificity of how to best treat the individual This will also allow for a much better rapport with patients and being able to address their needs to recover and live to their best quality of life.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. It has had many setbacks and struggles, but building on those struggles has helped me grow as an individual. I am not perfect. I have to retake a few classes in the chiropractic curriculum due to the misunderstanding of information in the first go-around. I have also had to deal with living apart from my wife as I was setting up my internship and an eventual job.

I traveled from Atlanta to San Diego in 3 days with nothing but what I could pack in my car. I did not have a place to stay when I first got out to San Diego, and I was sleeping on an air mattress for the first few weeks of living in San Diego. I also got incredibly depressed being all on my own in an apartment with just my television, TV dinner stand, and fold up chair with not knowing anyone in the area either. I was also nearly broke for the first year in a half while starting into practice, having to skip meals or go to bed hungry. I could barely pay my rent and utilities month to month.

Now that my wife is with me, and that I’m more established in my job, and that I have furniture in my place including an actual bed now, life is good! I have learned throughout this process that the struggle is necessary in order to become successful, and success requires that “hunger” to reach your goals.

Please tell us about SoCal Concierge Chiropractic.
My company is called “SoCal Concierge Chiropractic”. It is a house-call/concierge service that delivers quality chiropractic care and other health promotional services to the people of San Diego County. I utilize a technique called “Applied Kinesiology” which uses muscle testing as a window into the nervous system to determine factors of physical, chemical, or emotional health concerns related to the patient.

Health is about a triad of balance, and in order to best help an individual, we have to work together to better sync that harmony of health. In this service, chiropractic care will be utilized to correct segments of the body having a greater effect on the nervous system functioning, whether it be in the spine or in the extremities. To complement the chiropractic care, which is more of a ‘passive therapy’, we will also offer corrective exercise education as well as nutritional testing to better understand the needs of the individual and how they are able to live a life without pain or discomfort naturally.

I am very proud to be starting this company because I think the dynamic of how healthcare is shifting is swinging back to the model of house-call formats, and the field of chiropractic does not have many practitioners who are using a concierge/house-call type of model. This is vastly different than any chiropractic care on the market, because we won’t just simply “adjust” or “crack” a person’s back for relief purposes, but we will address the needs of their lymphatic flow, their circulation, their cerebrospinal movement flow, their acupuncture meridian flow, and of course their nervous system. We also will work on extremity joints (hands, wrists, shoulders, elbows, and feet) in addition to the spine to best address the ‘whole person’.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would not have done anything differently to this point. I made plenty of mistakes. However, due to my mistakes, I have learned a lot and it leads to me being able to get to this point in my life. I’m very happy at where I am right now, and I’m very happy about where I will go from here.

Pricing:

  • Initial/First Visit (1 person)- $180 (1-1.5 hour duration) ; following visits- $120 (1/2 hour)
  • Family of 4: $400 flat rate ($100/family member)

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