Dr. Neil Furuno recently arrived on Bali’s shores to live and work, as a chiropractor with national firm Chiropractic di Indonesia in Kuta. The 32-year-old surf enthusiast from Los Angeles shared his day with The Bali Times’ Arga Sagitarini.

I get up everyday at 7am, and if the waves are good I go surfing. I’ve recently moved to Legian to be close to both the beach and the clinic, which is at Istana Kuta Galeria. After a surf, I head over to the office by 8:30am.

I’ve been a chiropractor at Chiropractic di Indonesia-Bali for one month now. This is the third time I’ve been to Bali and I’ve grown to love the island – the culture, the people, the surf, everything. I loved it so much I decided to leave Los Angeles to live and work here.

Originally, I had planned to start my own chiropractic clinic on the island, but then realized it would be much easier to join an established clinic instead. Dr. Tony Dawson, one of the owners of Chiropractic di Indonesia, was looking for a doctor to run the Bali clinic and I was happy to join his team of talented doctors.

I discovered the world of chiropractic when I was 17. I was a competitive gymnast and during training injured my back. I went to a few doctors to try and get relief, but their only advice was to rest and take some pain medication. Then I went to a chiropractor and immediately felt relief after just the first treatment. He gently adjusted my spine and corrected its alignment, a procedure which medical doctors are not trained to perform. It was after that experience that I decided to become a chiropractor. I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Physiological Science at the University of California Los Angeles and then earned my Doctorate in Chiropractic at Cleveland Chiropractic College, which is also in Los Angeles.

Chiropractic treatment helps all types of people, from those who are experiencing pain to those who have an active lifestyle and want to maintain optimal health. It’s especially effective for those who work hard and frequently feel tired or have low energy levels. Children as well as adults benefit from chiropractic care. The treatment focuses on the vertebrae, the bones of the spine, which houses the spinal cord and the nerves that branch from it. The chiropractor corrects subluxations, misalignments of the spine, which can cause irritation of the nerves that innervate the muscles, tissues, ligaments, tendons and organs of the body. This nerve irritation is often the cause of symptoms such as pain, muscle spasm or weakness and fatigue.

Subluxation can cause a myriad of problems, such as chronic headaches, neck, shoulder, mid-back and low-back pain and stiffness, and can also contribute to respiratory, digestive and cardiovascular problems. A chiropractic examination can diagnose the cause of these conditions, which can then be corrected through safe and natural means.

There are many causes of subluxation, such as inactivity as we age, doing sports that put pressure and torque on the spine – like golf, soccer and surfing – and poor posture. One example of a common cause of neck and upper back pain is subluxation resulting from sitting in front of the computer with the monitor either too high or too low and not at eye level. This incorrect posture strains the muscles of the neck, which results in pain and decreased mobility. Seeking chiropractic care while in the early stages of such a condition can bring quick relief. For more chronic conditions, corrective care takes longer, but is often just as effective.

Chiropractic is a wonderful profession. I love my job and I take great satisfaction from knowing I’m able to help a lot of people. Nothing is more rewarding than the smiles I get from my patients after a treatment session.

The days go by quickly and I usually finish working around 6pm. If I’m not too tired I go to the gym. I love sports, and if I’m not at the gym, I’m out surfing. So far, I’ve surfed a few areas on the island – Kuta, Uluwatu, Dreamland and Sanur, but it’s always great to try new surf breaks.

In the evening, I usually meet for dinner with friends and try to be home and in bed before midnight. After all, tomorrow’s another busy day in paradise.

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