Ken Alexander, Doctor of Chiropractic
From a young age, Ken has been passionate about the profession of chiropractic. Being injured in the past either through sport, recreation and life itself, the number one thing that has always been able to provide relief was seeing a chiropractor. Ken has always wanted to have a career that he could use to help others; Chiropractic seemed like the obvious choice, as he knew how much it helped him. He studied Kinesiology for his undergraduate, studying at both the University of the Fraser Valley and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. From there, he went to Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College to obtain his Doctorate of Chiropractic. In his free time, Ken enjoys hiking, biking as well as playing basketball and football and spending time with his family.
Ken has seen great improvements in health through manual therapy, rehabilitative exercises, and positive lifestyle changes. He believes that each and every person is different; therefore each treatment he provides is specifically tailored to each individual.
Ken's personal journey recovering from a broken back in 2012
In the summer of 2012, a friend and I were hiking. My footing was lost going around a rock face and I fell off the side of the cliff. I was airlifted to the hospital and from there it was discovered that I had fractured 3 bones in my back and 4 ribs. I also suffered a collapsed lung, 2 broken teeth as well as multiple scratches and bruises. Following the injury, recovery was one of the hardest physical/mental obstacle that I had to overcome. I remember when I went back to the hospital for my second chest X-ray, the doctor that was overseeing my case took my wife aside and said: “Make sure he does everything for himself, don’t so much as make him a sandwich”. I was astonished. Here I was barely able to move, without being in extreme pain, and I was told that I had to keep pushing. That was tough to hear but so important.
Movement is what the body craves in order to be able to function at it’s best. If we allow ourselves to remain motionless we limit ourselves and allow the pain to dictate what we can, and cannot do. To help with the pain I went to see the chiropractor. Although the adjustments that a chiropractor does are valuable, it’s not the only thing that they can do. The chiropractor was able to help with some relief of the back pain that I was experiencing but also gave a list of exercises that I was to do that would help with pain and to start strengthening the weak areas. The exercises were time-consuming, frustrating and at the time seemed pointless. However, they were invaluable. Slowly I started to see the progression in my condition. I started moving easier and I noticed I could do more in my daily life.
One of the biggest reasons I am a chiropractor is because of this incident. I know what it is like to be injured and the journey it is to get through. I know the feeling of being frustrated with the pain to the point of tears. Though my experience seemed terrible at the time, I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I learned so much during this period of my life about pain, movement, exercise and a positive outlook. If you’re dealing with pain, whether it be a new injury or it has been lingering for a while and ready to make a change, lets talk. -Dr. Ken Alexander