Hi, my name is Les Davidson
I am a chiropractor, athlete, husband to Kerry and proud father to Kahla, Jade and Ford.
My initial interest in health grew out of a background of athletics and sports performance and developed into a fascination with the human body and function. I learned early on the impact of doing the “right things” (performance or health promoting) and avoiding the “wrong things” (those that were health damaging or performance limiting).
It is interesting how far we have come in the science of health and the evolution of what we believe to be the right and the wrong things. My thirty years of Chiropractic practice has provided a front row seat to an avalanche of change in health care delivery. We have advanced diagnostic equipment, availability of myriad prescription durgs, the internet…yet it is obvious we have not figured out the “right” things to do to “be healthy.”
Health care spending in Canada is expected to be just under $200 billion this year and yet Canada’s health care system is rated number 20 by the World Health Organization WHO. Obviously we are not doing everything “right.”
I have committed much of my life to studying, applying and thinking about health and wellness. I obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Calgary, before going on to attain my Doctor of Chiropractic at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. As well as conducting professional development lectures to chiropractors, allied health professionals, and Worker's Compensation groups, I served six years on the board of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors the ACAC (2004-2010). I hold Diplomate status with the Canadian College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, a Certificate in Chiropractic Occupational Health, and a Certificate in Chiropractic Pediatrics.
It is interesting how motivations change as we age or put in a gentler way ‘mature’. In my younger years it was about brute strength and anaerobic fitness with wrestling, football and rugby in high school and wrestling in university. In my thirties I transistioned to the endurance phase: distance running and triathalons. To celebrate my 50th birthday I trained for mountain bike racing winning the 2009 TransRockies Mountain Bike Stage Race for my age group. Today I wakeboard and snow ski and have just begun to learn the proper technique for Olympic weightlifting. “Always striving, never arriving” or like the title of my friend Rob’s blog, “There is No Finish Line”.
I look forward to dropping in from time to time and sharing some of my thoughts and observations that hopefully increase the quality of your life and the lives of those closest to you.
And as Rob says, Enjoy the Ride, as there is No Finish Line