Perinatal chiropractor Ian Shtulman, DC, wasted no time at Life West’s most recent Friday seminar in sharing his vision of what chiropractic should be doing for expectant mothers and young children.
“I’ve made it my mission to make chiropractic available at every birth, for every parent, for every baby,” he said, speaking to the Life West community. “That is the bare-minimum commitment that I have in the course of my career.”
Dr. Shtulman is a second-generation chiropractor who nurtured his passion for perinatal care during his studies at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. He told his first success story at seminar, one that involved a referral from a midwife and doula he had met shortly after starting his practice in Florida, and a patient who was in labor at a hospital.
“I didn’t have a table,” Dr. Shtulman recalled. “I couldn’t do scans, I couldn’t do an X-ray, and I had nothing I was doing in practice to assess and correct subluxations. I did what I could, based on my understanding of science and technique, and I corrected the subluxations where I found them. I told her, with the confidence of someone who knew what they were talking about, ‘After we correct this, you’re going to notice things starting to progress.’”
The inexperienced doctor was right. The patient’s labor progressed within 30 minutes, and three hours later, a healthy baby was born. Hearing the end of the story, the seminar crowd gave the speaker a loud ovation.
“I would love to accept the applause for that,” Dr. Shtulman told his audience, “but I didn’t really know what I was doing. All I knew was the foundation of chiropractic, which is to analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. I knew from my understanding of philosophy that if I did that, her body would be able to access something it was not connected to.”
Dr. Shtulman stressed the importance of the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic, which work in harmony to support one another.
“Philosophy, science and art are a three-legged stool,” he told students. “You need all three. Philosophy asks the questions, and science helps answer them.”
Dr. Shtulman also emphasized the value of communicating the capabilities of chiropractic to the world.
“It’s really important that you practice your communication now,” he explained. “Not a year before you graduate, but the moment you enter chiropractic school. Start learning how to communicate not only the philosophy of each adjustment and what happens when you apply your hands to someone’s spine, but the science behind it and how your technique corrects that subluxation.”