Three years ago today, I opened the doors of Healing Ground Chiropractic Care in a tiny suite of an office building off of Colorado Blvd. My contract was ending with my previous employer and I had just 10 days to find a new office and transfer the care of my current patients. Incidentally, I was also three months pregnant.

There were a lot of reasons to stay with my old job. Security and convenience. I had less responsibility working as an associate to a supervising doctor. But in my gut, I knew it wasn’t the right choice. It was in my long term, best interest to do the hard thing and strike out on my own.

At the end of April 2016, I had a big vision of what my business might someday resemble and all the people I wanted to help. Maybe I would hire more health care providers and have a wellness center. I’d need rooms and tables and supplies. I’d need events to bring in new patients. I’d need to understand how to manage it all. Whenever an obstacle feels too overwhelming, I remember a favorite family proverb: “How do you eat a whale?” and the simple answer, “One bite at a time.” So that is where I began with my first bite, a 350 sq/ft office - a space just barely large enough for a treatment room and a waiting area.

My favorite part of focusing on the bite in front of you is that you never really know where the journey will take you. Yes, you begin with the goal in mind: help people get themselves out of pain. But the opportunities within those goals are endless.

As it turns out, I still haven’t opened a wellness center and hired more care providers. My dreams of helping as many people as I can haven’t changed, just the how. As times have changed, so has the way we can reach people. I am very excited to announce a new project and branch of the Healing Ground that is in the works: Healing Ground Movement.

This new endeavor will provide an online resource for those looking to learn more about their body, nutritious movement, and the ways we can bring functional changes into our everyday lives.

Later this summer you can look forward to:

  • Expert Interviews

  • Movement flows using yoga to engage every part of your body

  • Recommendations for amazing resources

  • Printable references for home

  • Growth inspiring newsletters delivered straight to your inbox!

To stay in the loop, be sure to check your inbox for updates in future newsletters and follow @HealingGroundChiro on Instagram. Join Healing Ground Movement on Facebook and invite your friends to come along!

I am in a whale of an undertaking and am excited to take that first bite!

Yours in Service,

Dr. Carly

Practice Makes Permanent

Practice Makes Permanent

“Watch your habits, for they become your posture. Watch your posture, for it creates your boundaries. Watch your boundaries, for they restrict your growth. Watch your restrictions, for they create immobility. Watch your immobility, for it becomes your illness.” - Katy Bowman, Alignment Matters.

It is often said that practice makes perfect, and that an individual must devote 10,000 hours to achieve expert level skill in any endeavour.

It is true, that we can’t assume to suddenly enact what we read or hear without a conscious effort. We often have years of practice, programming our habits. Unconsciously, we have all devoted 10,000 hours and more to becoming an expert version of being ourselves.

But if practice makes perfect, why do we all have so many things that we would like to change? I meet new patients daily who tell me about the chronic pain and discomfort they’ve been experiencing. The things they’d like to change, and the habits they just can’t break. I’m no stranger to it myself. So it seems that practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent.

The little actions and choices you make every day, are strongly entrenched in your thoughts, values, and beliefs. And for the sake of survival, our bodies are primed to value the conservation of energy and movement. We have no shortage of tools to help use with this endeavor. Chairs replace the effort of squatting. Prepared foods replace the effort of harvesting, chopping, and cooking. Even overnight delivery replaces the effort of meandering and walking to select and purchase what we need (which is already a far cry from the movement required to make clothing and other goods for ourselves). We are expert level at conserving energy, and our bodies show it.

The good news is that you have proven time after time that you have already achieved expert status. Which means, you can mindfully choose your next expert skill.

For example, choosing to sit up straight on a bar stool requires core strength to hold you upright. This might feel challenging after years of slumping forward (where your belly doesn’t engage well) and you might fatigue after just moments. Stick with it. Build strength with new, deliberate habits. It’s easier to train your core with gravity helping you out. So lay down on your back, bend your knees and plant your feet to give your stomach muscles the best chance to pull in (not out) and hold while you can breathe. When that feels easy, try it seated and standing.

Perhaps the knowledge that you are building a new habit, to replace an old one, will be helpful to keep you going. Perhaps it’s knowing that it takes 6-8 weeks to build muscle strength that motivates you. Or perhaps it’s the knowledge that change doesn’t happen overnight, but with consistent, deliberate effort.

If practice makes permanent, what are you perfecting today?

Always in Service,

Dr. Carly