This week, I interview a Melbourne native, Dr. Ryan Dalzell. Dr. Ryan is a local chiropractor with a concierge-style practice in that he comes to your home or office to provide your chiropractic service. He and I discuss health and wellness beyond chiropractic.
Dr. Ryan also shares some of his photos with us.
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Dr. Ryan Dalzell is available to help you get out of pain and improve your overall health and wellness.
Learn more and connect with Dr. Dalzell on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rdtotalwellness/
Aside from his work as a chiropractor and wellness coach, Ryan spends quality time taking photographs of Florida’s beautiful wilderness. I like it when guests share some of their personal passions, because we all know that relaxation and downtime are critical to our health.
Takeaways from My Interview with Dr. Ryan Dalzell
Chiropractic adjustments allow our bodies to heal themselves. I loved this information and it made me rethink what happens when I see a chiropractor. I’ve had chiropractic treatments many times over the years, and this changed my mindset around what is happening within my body.
Complete Transcript of My Interview with Dr. Ryan Dalzell
Kim: 00:01 You’re listening to Space Coast Stories, a podcast with interviews and stories from people and businesses on Florida’s Space Coast. I’m your host, Kim Shivler. Thanks for joining me.
Kim: 00:13 Hey everybody on the Space Coast. Welcome back. I’m your host Kim Shivler and you’re listening to Space Coast Stories. I’ve got another wonderful guest with interesting information on the Space Coast. In fact, I think today is the first time I have a guest who’s a local, but we’re not talking about that much. We’re going to talk about chiropractic because I’m here with Dr. Ryan Dalzell. He is a doctor of chiropractic and a health educator and he’s going to come in and give us some information and maybe dispel some myths and answer some of the questions you may have about chiropractic. Welcome Dr. Ryan.
Dr. Ryan: 00:52 Thank you for having me.
Kim: 00:54 So first let’s get started with, what’s the biggest question, concern you hear people ask about chiropractic?
Dr. Ryan: 01:02 So after having been a chiropractor for a little while, I would say that, uh, one of the things I hear the most frequently is once you start going to a chiropractor, you always have to go and I to that, I would have to say that there, these people are practically technically right, but for a different reason than they’re perhaps suggesting. So a lot of times when you hear that response or that answer, it’s because they feel like the doctor is either creating an issue where, there wasn’t one or something along those lines. And I would like to say that it’s more about maintenance. And so one of the things that I really like to do while I have time with the patient is educate them. And part of that process is letting them know that it’s a, it’s about maintenance. I mean, you get maintenance on your car, you get maintenance on your teeth, you get maintenance on all sorts of things. You should continue to get maintenance on your spine. So just because you go to a chiropractor and you’re relieved of your current issue, it does not mean that there’s not still one underlying the surface somewhere else.
Kim: 02:04 Well, and is it also possibly a things that we are continuing to do to our bodies? Perhaps a bad posture working at a computer too often, which we were not built to do. Does that then impact how often we might need to have maintenance done?
Dr. Ryan: 02:21 Absolutely. So posture is one of the biggest things that can also be prevented or fixed the most easily. Um, and it’s literally day to day type stuff like you just suggested, um, your posture at work, the ergonomics of your station at work depending on your occupation. So you definitely want to make sure that you always have a PR correct posture. You want to roll the shoulders back and you want to keep your head up straight and you want to Tuck the chin over the shoulders. You don’t want to necessarily roll the head back or look up, you want to do more of a chin tuck. So a posture plays a lot into it for sure. In fact, one thing that I used to do, um, one stat that used to give and a health talk was that the amount of pressure that you would get from the weight of a dime can reduce nerve functionality up to 40%. So it really doesn’t take a whole lot to create that light amount of pressure on a nerve and now you have dysfunction.
Kim: 03:17 And along those lines, I just was wondering what you think of when we talk about posture and the problems with sitting all the time. Do you think standing desks and make a difference?
Dr. Ryan: 03:26 Absolutely. Um, the sitting position is one of the worst positions the human frame can be in. It’s flexed at the hips. You typically roll the shoulders, the bad posture like we were just talking about. So a sedentary lifestyle is, we’ve all heard for a long time now is one of the worst. So standing up, being in a upright position, having your body in extension is very good for the spine. People that aren’t on a are unable to have a standing work desk or workstation should definitely get up. I would recommend every 45 minutes to an hour, uh, getting up. Even if it’s just for three minutes, do a quick stretch, go get some water. I’m going to stress that a lot during this talk. People need to hydrate way more than they do. But yeah, just basically keep it moving. Keep stretching, stay mobile.
Kim: 04:13 And when you say hydrate, that means water. It’s not diet soda, coffee and Crystal Light. Correct.
Dr. Ryan: 04:19 Yep. 100% it is water. Just to start, a lot of people don’t know how much water they should be drinking. The basic sort of formula is your body weight cut in half in ounces. So a 200 pound person should be drinking 100 ounces of water. And then I get this sort of deer in the headlights look or kind of questioned, puzzled look on their face. Like they don’t know how much that is. So you have to convert that now to a visual for them. And that’s going to equate to about five to six bottles of water. And most people are not drinking that much water. A lot of people will say that, oh, I drink a gallon of water a day. I doubt it. Gauge it, measure it. You’re probably not. And it’s a lot. You have to try really hard to drink a gallon of water a day.
Kim: 05:02 Now, just for my own edification, where does sparkling water fit into that?
Dr. Ryan: 05:08 For me personally, the sparkling water I think is okay because it’s just watering carbonation and natural flavors, quote unquote natural. That’s where the question comes. So depending on how strict you are with what you’re putting into your body, that is technically still an additive. It is something different. It’s a chemical, it’s still a chemical, right? It’s still, it may be a quote unquote natural, but it’s, it’s an additive. So, but it’s not a sweetener. It’s not anything along those lines. So for me personally, and I drink a couple cups of coffee in the morning and otherwise throughout the day it is water. And I do have a couple of the sparkling waters. Okay.
Kim: 05:51 I do the, uh, just plain water, the carbonation and my soda stream. No other flavors. That’s just water, right.
Dr. Ryan: 05:58 Soda Stream is something I’ve been wanting to try.
Kim: 06:00 I love it. All right, and I agree it’s hard sometimes to get that water, but it’s really important. It’s important for all kinds of things, not just your health, your skin, your anti-aging. It’s one of the best things you can do.
Dr. Ryan: 06:14 I’ll just add too. There’s also the water that you’re, that you are ingesting. So it’s not just the fact that you’re ingesting water. You have to think about alkalinity and acidity. You have to think about whether or not there’s additives or I’m sorry, chlorine. If you’re taking it from the tap, if it’s filtered, a reverse osmosis. There’s all sorts of filtration systems. So I mean it gets pretty in depth, but at least start with drinking water.
Kim: 06:38 The other thing then that comes to mind with that and it, and I just loved that you said with the, you know, do you have to keep going to the chiropractor when we’re talking about that and that it’s not that the chiropractics creating a problem but that your lifestyle is probably creating the problem and then you need that maintenance along those lines. Then just describe to us for someone who hasn’t had chiropractic at all and they’re hearing about this, you mentioned adjustment a little bit. You mentioned a very light amount of adjustment that can change a nerve. Really describe to us what is chiropractic if I’ve never had it because I think people have connotations that maybe they don’t really know what it is,
Dr. Ryan: 07:20 So let me ask you then really quick. When I say Chiropractic, what does the first and the only word that might come to mind?
Kim: 07:25 Adjustment.
Dr. Ryan: 07:26 Okay. Most people would say bones or skeleton or spine and so it’s true. That’s what we’re working with. That’s what we’re moving and adjusting, but for me, I would actually describe it more as we are nerve doctors. A lot of times when patients come in, they’re experiencing some sort of condition or symptom or inflammation in the body and we are relieving that in the body is healing. Once we relieve that interference. And so every cell, every nerve, I’m sorry, every organ, every tissue in your body is being controlled by a nerve. It has some sort of power supply going to it. And so if that is cut off or impinged or interfered with in any way, you’re going to get a dysfunction of that cell tissue or organ.
Dr. Ryan: 08:13 And that can happen for a while. You could have dysfunction for a long, long time and not know it. That’s a bucket taken a drip of water over a long period of time. But eventually that bucket’s going to spill over. And that’s your symptom. So you don’t just wake up one day with a loss of function in your right hand. That’s been a problem for a while and it just came to be. So, um, it’s relieving nerve interference. We’re dealing with, with the nerves and the electricity within the body. And the way that we can relieve relieve that interference is by adjusting the bones.
Kim: 08:45 And you mentioned two things there that that really interests me. First you said you make the adjustment and the body heals itself. How does work
Dr. Ryan: 08:55 Within chiropractic there’s a lot of um, there’s science based and there’s evidence based, there’s a lot of philosophy and so it is the philosophy of most chiropractors that we are just simply relieving the interference within the body and the nervous system and you have the innate intelligence within you to heal and correct yourself. When you get a paper cut on your finger and you put a bandaid on it, the bandaid is not what fixed you, you fixed you. So it’s very much along those lines and yes, there’s very much a need and the necessity for medicine and for intervention in that regard. But for the most part when we are, when your conditions or symptomatology is within realm of, of you know, getting it real then in turning things around you can do it a very natural way. You don’t have to take people. We just jumped right to medicine. We are so ingrained in this country to just go right to medicine. People even take it prophylactically. They’ll, they’ll take a leave first thing in the morning before a headache even comes on. And that’s just astonishing to me.
Kim: 09:59 And not even paying attention to the fact that some of these over the counter medications have pretty significant possible side effects that we seem to have swept under the rug a little bit.
Dr. Ryan: 10:09 I love the term side effect. It’s um, it’s an effect. It’s not a desired effect. So they’ve conveniently called it, oh, it’s just a side effect. Now it’s an effect and you’re absolutely right. Do simple things that people probably take daily or multiple times a week are affecting the liver, affecting their kidneys. There’s a reason why this country has the highest cancer rate in the entire world is to chemicals that we’re putting in our body. And so I feel like approaching things from a way more natural perspective are just gonna make your life better lives and as much healthier, much more fulfilling. You feel better. Anybody that’s made this transformation went from the Standard American Diet, the SAD diet, and made a transformation. They’ll tell you, it’s just remarkable how much you feel different and feel better.
Kim: 10:55 And I think that ties into the other thing you said during during that last answer. And that is about reducing inflammation. So tell us about,
Dr. Ryan: 11:04 right, so the base of all disease and dis-ease, I like to say there’s a hyphen there between the disks and the eas. The basis for all of that is inflammation. And so once you’ve had this inflammation for either two days or 20 years, that’s going to determine your level of seriousness of your condition. But it’s ultimately all just from inflammation. And so what we like to do, what I like to do is reduce that best as possible. So when a patient comes in, let’s just say for instance their typical back pain, neck pain, I’m approaching it from three different perspectives. There’s three different things I’m looking at. The most obvious is the physical structural perspective. I’m definitely realigning their spine, taken away any nerve interference and making sure that their structure and frame is the best optimum position for healing. Then I’m going to look at their diet.
Dr. Ryan: 11:48 What’s going into your system? Are you taking over the counter drugs? Are you taking recreational or you’re drinking caffeine? Are you smoking? What kind of, what’s your diet like? What sort of supplementation are you taking? Right? We can reduce inflammation two different ways. You can kill a fire two different ways. You can either smother it or you can stifle it to begin with, right? Or you can put something on it so you can extinguish it with a fire extinguisher. And to me that’s like supplementation or you don’t give it the oxygen or the environment it needs to thrive in to begin with. And that’s bikes starting at the source and what you’re putting into your mouth and what you’re putting into your body. So if the diet is clean and the Diet is low sugar, low in fried foods, low in these things that are causing inflammation, then you’re stifling that environment to begin with.
Kim: 12:37 So that’s a great idea too. The more we can stop the inflammation from starting, the less we have to do to tamp it down later.
Dr. Ryan: 12:45 Exactly. And then so also to really quick, there’s a couple of things I wanted to mention as far as supplements go. Some of the most common ones are like curcumin and turmeric. A super huge one right now that’s really exploding is CBD. So with all of the laws changing about cannabis and hemp and all those sorts of things, it’s a CBD is becoming way, way, way more prominent on the market and people are responding fantastically with that. Some people that aren’t there perhaps just not taking enough. And I’ve used the analogy, if everybody in anybody’s had a pool, especially here in Florida, they’ve gotten green at some point there’s some sort of algae and you combat that with some chlorine. Well if it’s been a while and the in the pool, it’s lime green, your standard one cup of chlorine is not going to do the trick. You got to blast that. You got to shock it. And so if your system is overrun with inflammation and you’ve been eating poorly for years and what have you taken a couple of little droplets of CBD is like throwing a cup of water on a dumpster fire. It’s not going to do anything. So I just wanted to add that that a lot of times people are trying it and just immediately immediately going, nope, didn’t work for me. Try it again. Double up the dosage or something like that. It’s okay.
Kim: 13:52 I know also we interviewed I interviewed Rob Railis a few weeks ago who has a CBD company and he pointed out I think very much like what you just did a minute ago in that if you’re taking this but then you’re dosing up on donuts and fried food. Right. It’s not necessarily that this is not working right now. You’re doing it back to yourself one step forward, two steps back. Basic thing. Yeah, exactly. So it’s not a magic pill. He says not a magic cure. You still have to take care of yourself.
Dr. Ryan: 14:20 Take responsibility for your own lifestyle. Exactly.
Kim: 14:23 Before we wrap up, is there anything I haven’t asked you? We’re going to talk about how people can see you and how you practice, but anything about chiropractic or just health I haven’t asked you that you’d like to share?
Dr. Ryan: 14:33 I did want to specify one more thing. We are not allowed to technically say that we cure anything. We don’t, we have conditions. We have a set of conditions that we definitely say that we help with and I would like to say that we help with migraines. We help with headaches, back pain, neck pain. The list goes on, fibromyalgia, you know, Sciatica, stomach issues. It’s, it’s, it’s a pretty extensive list that things get better with, but we can’t say that we cure that. And so I definitely reiterate to the patients a lot that what we’re doing is we’re relieving nerve interference or taking away that obstruction, interference of signal and letting the body perform as it should. So I just want to specify that. I think that’s it.
Kim: 15:13 This has been great information and everybody, Dr. Ryan actually is what I would call it concierge chiropractor in that he comes to your home or office and works with you there. Dr. Ryan, tell everyone how they can get in touch with you.
Dr. Ryan: 15:28 You can call me at (321) 426-0446 my email is my first initial of my first and last name. It is r d total firstname.lastname@example.org rd, total wellness gmail.com
Kim: 15:45 Wonderful and as always we will have those links and information in the show notes. You’ll be able to find those at SpaceCoastStories.com
New Speaker: 15:55 And also one more thing, I’m on page 36 of the Spotlight Magazine circular with Brevard Center of Influence networking group page 36.
Kim: 16:06 Thank you for that. We’ll actually, I think we can link to that information also. Thanks so much for being with me today Dr. Ryan.
Dr. Ryan: 16:13 Thank you very much Kim for having me. I appreciate the opportunity and everybody.
Kim: 16:17 I will see you in the next episode of Space Coast Stories interviewing someone else. Interesting on Florida’s Space Coast. Bye.
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