Dr. Jamie holds a special place in both Dr. Thea and I's lives. Without his support, we would not have opened The Powerhouse Chiropractic... or possibly even be practicing chiropractic.
Dr. Thea started her chiropractic journey volunteering at Dr. Jamie's practice in London, ON while we were both attending Western University.
It is during this time inspiration struck to pursue chiropractic as a career and our journey across to New Zealand to study became a possibility for us.
We have had the opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Jamie through coaching and contributing to building the mission of Life By Design from The Powerhouse... One million families worldwide living Life By Design!
Meet Dr. Jamie!
Dr. Jamie Richards is a passionate speaker on health, performance, productivity, nutrition and fitness.
He is CEO of Life By Design Inc. with 25 locations worldwide, director of the Life By Design Centre and hosts multiple radio shows and podcasts.
As a dedicated father and husband he knows the challenges of living a healthy lifestyle in a busy world and has developed peak strategies to be successful and help others do the same.
Where are you now?
I’m originally from Blenheim, ON and made the decision after years of practicing in London, ON to return home and focus on growing a healthy community in my hometown.
How do your companies positively affect the lives of others?
As a Corrective or Life By Design Chiropractor, we focus on addressing underlying problems with the human frame, specifically the spine and nervous system.
These core problems can affect people in ways that they feel, but also in many ways they may have no idea about.
With detailed analysis and testing, we can be confident in predicting future results and ensure our patients are on the track towards solving their challenges and improving their health.
Our patients range from infants to seniors and that makes every day an absolute blast!
What personal experience of challenge initiated your career in this area?
I was first inspired to explore chiropractic when a university colleague told me about it.
The chiropractic he described was unlike any form of chiropractic I’d ever been exposed... the simple premise and simplicity had me intrigued.
After being accepted into chiropractic school in Toronto... I had my first real chiropractic experience and it was one that forever changed my life.
Following structural radiographs and other testing, it turned out my spinal problem was far more severe than I ever knew. After taking some time to correct and rebuild my structural function, my health started to flourish.
I had significantly less headaches; my skin was healthier, my digestive system worked better, my sleep improved and my performance in many areas excelled.
My only regret is not having been exposed to corrective chiropractic earlier.
What drives you to get out of bed every morning and do what you do?
That’s simple... My vision.
I know with absolute certainty that there are no rewards if the work doesn’t get done.
The vision is only a dream if I don’t wake up at 4 am, take action on the most important tasks of the day, make time for my own health regiment and make time for my family and other loves.
Action... is the single most often missed step in turning a dream into a reality.
What bad recommendations do you hear in your profession?
My biggest concern as a spine and nervous system professional is recommendations that are made either without clinical testing or without taking into consideration the testing that is performed.
Our mantra is “test, don’t guess.”
That not only applies to corrective chiropractic but it should also apply to all other health professions.
What is your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
It’s not easy to choose just one!
Failing is a big part of succeeding and fighting this notion is my biggest failure.
As a perfectionist, it’s natural for me to hold back and wait until everything is as I envision it in my mind. This not only makes life stressful but it keeps the real work from being done.
By taking calculated actions more quickly, I’ve learned to use the feedback of failure to improve at a far faster rate than if I’d hesitated.
What resources, outside of your own, do you most recommend?
It would depend on your goals and needs.
With so many available podcasts on millions of topics, I’d start there.
Seek out successful people, sharing principles and strategies in a way you enjoy consuming them.
Make a list of actionable steps and integrate them into your day to day life.
What is the single most important piece of advice you could give someone?
The spine and nervous system play a far more important role in the function of the human body than 99% of the population knows about.
Healthy movement of the spine is integral to
... and many other lesser known, but vital activities.
Have your spine and nervous system examined by a professional and take the appropriate steps to correct and optimize its function.
You won’t be sorry you did.