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Meet Rebekah Aldridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebekah Aldridge.

Hi Rebekah, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?

My chiropractic journey started when I developed Hashimotos (an autoimmune condition to the thyroid) and several infections my senior year of college. During my time in college, I competed for the University in cross country and track. To say I liked to run is an understatement. I loved running; it was my absolute favorite thing about being alive. However, like too many athletes, I also struggled with anorexia and bulimia. The stress from carrying that mental illness eventually overloaded my nervous system resulting in Hashimotos and a very, very tired body.

Some people ask if my coach overtrained me and I chuckle because that’s not the case. Injury prevention and long-term health were priority and I am very fortunate to have been coached by him. However, I exercised more than he planned and ate way less than needed to maintain health, let alone perform optimally. Through everything, I felt supported by my coach and team and with help, I decided to end my collegiate running career early. Of course, I was crushed! A life without running seemed purposeless; my source of happiness was gone. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a chiropractor who renewed my faith in the body’s innate ability to heal. This chiropractor also encouraged me to pursue becoming a chiropractor… so I did!

While at Logan University of Chiropractic, I fell in love with and found immense mental/emotional healing through Bio-Geometric Integration. BGI is a way of viewing the body that honors all aspects of each individual’s beingness. It provides a way for chiropractors to help those they are serving process different emotional, mental, and physical experiences through the adjustment. When I received my first BGI adjustment, I remember feeling deeply seen, understood, and free. That is when I knew I wanted to be able to provide that to others.

After graduating Logan University, I had zero desire to start my own practice but God has a way of leading you to where he wants you and I ended up starting a small practice in High Ridge, Missouri. The business part has been difficult but with a super supportive husband (who just recently joined the practice), family, and several amazing mentors, it all worked out beautifully. I feel very fortunate to be a part of other people’s healing process. I hope that they get to experience the freedom that I have journeyed to.

Some people believe that full recovery from an Eating Disorder is impossible. That it will always be with you. However, that is not my experience. Of course, it takes a lot of work and proper guidance but healing is in our make up. We are designed to heal.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?

It has not been a smooth road but it has been worth it. When the office first opened in April of 2019, I had gotten married the month before and my father had died three months before. So, a lot of life transitions were going on and I definitely underestimated how hard all of that together would be.

I found it difficult at first to keep track of all of the business components; networking/meeting with other businesses, having proper paperwork for being a chiropractor, organizing electronic health records, social media posts, website, scheduling patients, community outreach events, taxes, managing my bank account, and having the proper malpractice insurance. That took up a lot of my mental space for a while.

Also, I am a pretty shy and introverted individual but to build the business, I had to consistently share who I am, how chiropractic has helped me, and how I can help others. That was terrifying at first but got easier with repetition and in witnessing how much hope my story gave to others.

Also, with being a relatively new chiropractor when the office opened, there was a lot of doubt in my own ability to help people. Of course, I knew in my heart that I could help but my brain wasn’t quite convinced. As time went on, I adjusted more and more people and alas, they got better, kept coming back, and referred other people to start care.

Now, I can say with my heart and mind, “yes, I can help you.” To be able to practice chiropractic in a way that feels 100% true to who God has called me to be makes the starting discomfort all worth it. It just keeps getting better.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a chiropractor and utilize Bio-Geometric Integration concepts in my adjusting. Bio-Geometric Integration is a way of viewing the body that honors the energetic system, spine and nervous system, and soft tissues (organs, glands, muscles, ligaments). Accessing these systems through the innate geometry of the body.

I often work with families. Very often, moms or pregnant women who have a positive experience enjoy this type of adjusting and bring their family. My most magical chiropractic experience, so far, is the first birth I attended. The pregnant mother had received chiropractic care throughout her entire pregnancy and I was able to gently adjust (light pressure and no popping or twisting) her during delivery and then the baby within two hours of being born. It was an absolute honor to be a part of such a sacred transition. What sets me a part of others, so I’ve been told, is the depth that people experience a release in the adjustment and the time that I spend with each person.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Humans are adaptable, resilient, and self-healing beings.

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1 Comment

  1. Angela Burks

    August 6, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    What an awesome interview!! We need more people like this…passionate about they do!

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