About Dr. Jason Regis
Dr. Jason Regis is a graduate of Life University in Marietta, Georgia, with a Doctorate of Chiropractic and a Masters in Sport Health Science, focusing on Sport Injury Management. He uses his diverse background in physical therapy and personal training to educate his patients, even giving them "homework." He believes that education is empowering and creates a high level of patient success, and that the care and end result is a process of teamwork. Current health issues are improved by removing undetected neurological damage and reducing the destructive effects of stress. In the past, Dr. Regis has played football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and racquetball, and he is also an avid swimmer. The injuries he incurred while participating in athletics have given him an understanding and an empathy toward patient issues of all types. Dr. Regis also integrates nutritional support and whole body detoxification to help his patients hold their adjustments, rid the system of pollutants, and achieve optimal wellness. He is available for appointments Monday thru Friday, with some early morning and evening hours.
Dr. Regis to the Field of Chiropractic
I always thought I would become a medical doctor. I spent years in summer enrichment programs in order to figure out which specialty was right for me. I settled on orthopedics because I liked working with athletes. Everything changed during a preseason at Brown University, when I incurred several football injuries. I tore both hip flexors and broke both wrists. I also learned that I had partially torn both ACLs in my knee and that my shoulder had been broken for a year (No wonder my bench press was so terrible!). As a result, I was introduced to the field of Physical Therapy.
For six months, I spent three hours a day rehabilitating my broken body. I found the role of the physical therapists to be fascinating. I was so attracted to a profession that would allow me to spend time with athletes! To me, physical therapists seemed to know MORE than the doctors, especially when it came to joint biomechanics. Physical Therapy was the number one job at the time, so the job market was wide open. I spent the next five years diving into the field.
I volunteered to do research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) and worked as a Physical Therapy Aide at National Rehabilitation Hospital, one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the area. However, by the time I finished all of my prerequisites for a Masters or Doctorate in Physical Therapy, the field had become oversaturated and the therapists had no independence as secondary health care providers, meaning they needed a referral from an outside source. Several therapists urged me to look into the field of chiropractics. My initial reaction was that they were mad at me. Why else would they suggest for me to be a “quack?” I laugh when I tell this story now because I didn’t know anything about chiropractics. In fact, I could not remember meeting a chiropractor or where I had gotten that notion. I was also experiencing serious back pain at the time (classic, what most people think when they think of a chiropractor). This tough Division I linebacker who was stubborn enough to play with broken ribs and other injuries literally could not get out of bed!
I was currently working as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Director at the number one spa in the D.C. area. There were some free consultation cards from a local chiropractor. I decided that I would use her consultation time to talk to her about the field. Under no circumstances was I going to let her TOUCH me! She had me read the first paragraph of the Differential Diagnosis book. Wow! It made a lot of sense. The bones surrounded the spinal cord and nervous system. It is also a fact that muscles drive/connect to bones. So If the bones were out of place or the muscles were so tight that they pulled on the bones, there was going to be a serious problem. Dr. Mercola did autopsies on 275 bodies whose causes of death were some type of organ disease. He dissected from the organ to the associated nerve on the spine. He found a misalignment of the spine in 99% of the cases. The chiropractor then asked if she could examine me. I was eager at this point.
After the evaluation, we set up x-rays for the following day. I came back two days later for the report. The doctor said I had a scoliosis, curvature of the spine. She then had me lay on the table with my stomach facing down and pushed on my back. Immediately, the pain disappeared. I then turned over and she adjusted my neck. She told me I needed to come back until the bones became accustomed to their new position. I felt like I was floating. It wasn’t just the release from the pain. There was something else going on that I couldn’t explain. I could breathe through my right nostril. Previously, I thought I was going to need sinus surgery. The clicking in my hip was gone. I spent the entire rest of the day determined not to do anything that would mess up this good feeling. I left my book bag in her office. I wouldn’t even lift up my arms to open any doors; I would wait until somebody was entering!
I decided then and there that if I could help people feel the way I was feeling that second, I would have a serious purpose in life. I invite everyone to join me in a better state of wellness and reaching their full life and health potential.