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Dr. Simon Kuang of Ideal Body Chiropractic is Orange County's favorite sports chiropractor.  Located in Fullerton, California, Dr. Simon Kuang specializes in the treatment and maintenance of athletic injuries with chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique (ART) soft tissue massage technique, and movement screenings.   Many patients are happy to find that Dr. Kuang's treatments can resolve conditions such as low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and headaches.

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Welcome to Dr. Kuang's Blog!

This is the blog of Dr Simon Kuang, sports chiropractic physician.  The writings found here serve inspire you to take advantage of your life and to live it to its fullest potential.  There are so many things in this world that are mediocre, lets not let living your life be one of them.  

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Testing the Strength of the Human Spirit

Simon Kuang

I've been competing in the sport of Olympic weightlifting for 3 years.  Within this 3 year span, I have performed well over 10,000 repetitions of the classical lifts, more if you want to count squats, and have competed in more than 30 USA weightlifting sanctioned meets.  My point in saying this is that I am no stranger to the inevitable stress that is inherent to performing the snatch and clean and jerk under extreme pressure.  

The 5th Annual St. Patty's Day meet at ChikaraSport started off like all the previous ones.  I completed my first and seconds attempts with ease.  

What happened next will change my life forever.  

After applying a liberal layer of chalk to my hands, I walked up to the bar with my normal stoic demeanor.  I took one last moment to completely relax my body before squeezing the bar off the floor.  Once the bar reaches my hips, I finish my third pull violently, and pull myself under the bar.  I caught the weight a little off balance, and I knew I would have to save it.  With thoughts of a gold medal bouncing around in my head, I stepped forward to try to save the lift.  And that's when it happened.  

It sounded like an egg being hit by a baseball bat.  

I drop the weight.  I sit down on a chair as my coach approaches me and tells me to follow him outside.  I tell him that i'm fine.  I didn't want to look at my shoulder out of fear of what might have happened, but the look on my coaches face told me that it wasn't just a simple sprain.  He's looking at me like he'd just witnessed a murder.  I look at my shoulder, and can see that my arm is 3 inches below where it's supposed to be, that is not normal.  I have succeeded at dislocating my shoulder.  

He's looking at me like he'd just witnessed a murder.  

I haven't touched a barbell or treated a patient since.  The past 16 days have tested my spirit like never before and will surely continue to do so for the next 6 months as I recover.  There are no words that can even begin to describe the emotional storm I've gone through.  My identity as an athlete and a practitioner was taken away from me in a blink of an eye.  In the absence of these two, I am left with nothing.  But, I've done my grieving and have come to terms with my injury.  I'm going to be out of commission for a minimum of six months after my surgery.  This will be followed by a slow and steady road to recovery, which I am positive will be checkered with frustration that will put my willpower to the test.  Although this was a very unfortunate accident, it has renewed my faith in humanity.  It has shown me the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength that can be cultivated by the support of a positive social network.  People from all different parts of my life offered their support.  My girlfriend in particular has been paramount to my recovery.  Without her help, my apartment would be a mess, and I would have starved to death within days of my accident.   My weightlifting team has rallied behind me, offering their words of encouragement and by coming up with creative ways in which I can work out around my injury.  For this, you all have my appreciation.

Although this is not a life threatening injury, it has reminded me of a lesson I learned when I knocked on death's door not too long ago.  Not being able to be an athlete or a practitioner for the foreseeable future has strengthened my belief that you must fully take advantage of the time you have in this life while you have the ability to do so.  

At the end of it all, the most important fact of the matter is this: Take full advantage of all the beauty your life has to offer with all of the beautiful people around you while you can.  Life at your present moment is an extremely precious gift, and you do not need to have life altering injury to reveal this illuminating fact to you.  You've got one body and a very limited amount of time to occupy it.  Every second that passes by can never be taken back.  It is in your best interest to spend those seconds, no matter how little, doing what you love, with the people you love.  Like it or not, we all have an expiration date that will inevitably come to pass.  Reconciling this fact can be the most vulnerable yet empowering thing you can do for yourself.  Tomorrow is too late, and if you live every day as if it were your last, one day it will most certainly be.  

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you've had any life altering injuries, and how you recovered from them.  You can contact me on twitterfacebook, or instagram as well!  And as always, you can subscribe to my newsletter for tips on how you can stay inspired, fit, and healthy.  See you guys next time.

 

 

Happiness Is...

Simon Kuang

Happiness is the feeling of satisfaction I get when I work up enough courage, strength, or skill to be able to perform something that I was not able to do a week ago. 

Happiness is when an unsuspecting fan of mine walks up to me and genuinely tells me that I am his inspiration for action. 

Happiness is when a patient asks me if tips are typical in a chiropractic office because he believes that my services are worth more than what I’m charging. 

Happiness is the sound of my mother and father arguing over who’s going to be able to cook dinner for me when I come home to visit. 

Happiness is seeing my sister’s camera flash and my mother shedding a tear as I walk across the stage to accept my Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.

Happiness is when I’m sitting across from a friend I haven’t seen for almost a year and we’re talking as if we saw each other yesterday.  

Happiness is the pleasant silence I demonstrate from my loss of words I get when I look at someone that makes me feel like I’m the only person in the world that matters.

This is happiness. I have been blessed with a life that allows me to pursue my true passions with the people that matter the most; with a life of abundance that makes imagining having more than what I have now nearly impossible. I have a loving family and handful of friends that support me through my failures and share moments of triumph. My career as a chiropractor allows me to feel as if I haven’t worked a day of my life.  As a practitioner whose livelihood depends on the ability of my body to move and move others, it seems paradoxical for me to involve myself in a sport that puts my life and limb at risk. Why risk it? The answer is simple, to deny weightlifting would mean to deny a passion, and to deny a passion would mean that I would be denying life itself.  These are all the things that make me happy.

Although I am hopeful that many of you reading this share my sentiments on what happiness is, I am not naïve enough to believe that everyone has been fortunate enough to have found the passions and be surrounded by those who support and love them.  If you are among the latter, allow me to offer a small piece of advice.

As a practitioner that specializes in the treatment and maintenance of the human body, naturally my answer to happiness starts with the health and wellness of your body. Think back to the last time you were happy.  If you are anything like me, thoughts of lifting heavy implements and putting them back down come to mind, namely an Olympic weightlifting barbell.  Or if you’re a parent, thoughts of playing with your children fill your consciousness.  If you’re imagining yourself with a new pair of shoes, even those are gained by working a job that you were healthy enough to be present for. When you don’t have your health, happiness is evidently a bit harder to come by.  When your shoulder is aching, the gains you made at the gym will start to disappear.  When your muscles stiffen up, letting your children use you as a jungle gym become admittedly more cumbersome.  When the plantar fascia on the soles of your feet begin to act up, your new shoes will collect dust because you’ll be stuck at home without an opportunity to show them off.  Achieving physical health is the entire picture of happiness, but I believe that this is the first step in a worthwhile journey in realizing a life that is operating at full capacity.  At the end of the day, all I am trying to say is this: your body is the vehicle in which you utilize to attain happiness.  Without your health, you don’t have happiness, and without happiness, you don’t really have anything.  You were brought into this world with one body, take care of it and it will in turn, take care of you.