As a boy in Alameda, Ron Mutch, DC, grew up going to chiropractors because his whole family went. “My dad’s quality of life was saved by a chiropractor when I was about 2 years old,” Mutch says. “He was in a bad car accident and put on bed rest for six months, which we all now know is the worst thing you can do with a back injury. Then the doctor advised surgery. But the surgeon said, ‘If we screw up and your spine fuses, do you want to spend the rest of your life sitting up or lying down?’ ” A good friend recommended that he see a chiropractor instead, and Mutch’s father never had surgery. Instead he became a regular patient of a local chiropractor. And Ron Mutch and his sister got chiropractic adjustments every six months. Chiropractors treat disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and associated health effects, typically by manipulation, mostly of the spine, joints and soft tissue.
After studying psychology in college, Mutch was trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life. He wanted a job that he would enjoy and when he thought about who he knew who really enjoyed their work, it was his childhood chiropractor. “He was a man who lived his life with intention, doing something that was healing and of service to others, that brought about transformation,” Mutch explains. “That appealed to me.”