Dr. Richard Grolmus Bio

DrRichardGrolmusMy decision to become a chiropractor resulted from the seemingly 'miraculous' results I received after my first experience with Chiropractic adjustment.  I had been playing in a football game and my neck was badly injured as a result of a blind-sided hit/tackle. I desperately wanted to be cleared for play in the divisional Championships which were scheduled for the following weekend. This meant that I only had one week in which to rehab my neck. Our team trainer suggested a specialist that, at the time, I knew little about ... a 'Chiropractor'. I was very skeptical at first but with the encouragement from family members who had received good results from Chiropractic care, I decided to give it a try. After only 5 daily visits with my new Chiropractor, I was pain-free and back in the game!  I decided right then that this was the kind of thing I could see myself doing ... helping others return to good health and continue to compete at a high level ... I wanted to be the 'go-to' player on the Chiropractic Team!

Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, the bulk of my time at school revolved around studying and playing football (not necessarily in that order). My high school marks, although not straight A's, were sufficient to qualify for acceptance into the University of Calgary.  With no set vocational objectives, my initial goal was set on playing professional football.  I did have a keen interest in the science of athletics, health and nutrition, so it seemed a natural choice to enroll into the Faculty of Physical Education. It was through an athletic injury whereby I was first introduced to Chiropractic.  With the impressive results obtained, along with my observing how apparently stress-free my Chiropractors office environment was, I decided that this was something I would like to do for a living.

After receiving a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Calgary, it included all the pre-requisite course qualifications and grade scores necessary for my acceptance to the prestigious Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (in Toronto). The four years of study and my subsequent graduation as a duly qualified Doctor of Chiropractic were very exciting, challenging and life changing.  I had entered college with one, albeit limited, perspective of what Chiropractic was and exited with an enriched view of an alternate way to obtain true health by adhering to the 'Chiropractic Lifestyle'.

In my office I have a unique approach for each practice member. My philosophy is that the personal expectations, goals and specific health concerns of the practice member determines the clinical and treatment protocol utilized. Each member tends to have their own individual outcome objective. I provide them with my diagnostic expertise, a clear and concise explanation of their health concern and give my optimal recommendations and an estimated timeline toward getting the results they desire.

By honoring their own personal decision, whether they choose short-term relief care or whether their decision is making a lifelong commitment to regular, on-going wellness care -- the choice is theirs to make.  I provide the facts and they decide how long they choose to benefit from the care that they will receive.  In this way the practice member becomes enrolled in their own healing process.  With their acceptance of a treatment approach that makes sense to them, they choose to follow recommended schedules of care which then allows the best opportunity to more rapidly achieve their health goals.  Experiencing positive results in the shortest period of time empowers the practice member to confidently share and refer others to our office, so that they too can experience the many benefits of Chiropractic.

Many of my practice members remark about the fact that they rarely notice me miss work due to sickness. I then relate to them that it is merely a reflection of adhering to the vital health components of the Chiropractic Lifestyle. These 'guidelines' include regular Chiropractic adjustment, proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest/relaxation and maintaining a positive mental attitude.

The most important factor, as mentioned above, is the fact that I receive regular Chiropractic adjustment.  For the past 25 years I have averaged 2 visits per week to my Chiropractor(s). Along with the adjustment, I exercise (free weights and cardio) and attempt to eat balanced and nutritious meals.

One of the keys to good health is to make every attempt to reduce the negative effect of stress on the mind and body.  When stress is mentioned many think of emotional stressors (work or home pressures, loss of loved one, daily schedules and deadlines, etc) and/or physical stressors (poor posture, incorrect lifting techniques, repetitive strains, etc).  An equally important type of stress which fails to be recognized is chemical stress (medications/drugs, vaccination, smoking and alcohol).  The conscious focus of eliminating all unnecessary toxic chemical influences to support the body’s innate healing ability is an important on-going discipline that each practice member must endeavor to adhere to.

I consider myself an excellent listener and hope I get the opportunity to meet you in person and discuss your specific health challenge.