While I was playing Spikeball with some bros on the beaches of Marco Island, FL after the Winans-Ouano wedding, I spotted another guest whose energy made him stick out from the rest. It could have been the canvas bucket hat Dr. Jonathan Hartman was wearing, because I also respect a guy who blocks up in defense of those UV rays. Or maybe it was the camera hanging from his neck, which looked like he should be taking pictures of the World Series or Super Bowl, rather than a few washed up athletes (with above average fitness levels) diving to save a rubber ball from hitting the white sand. Whatever it was, I knew I had to talk to this guy, and I am glad that I did because it turns out we are actually brothers from another mother.
Dr. Jonathan Hartman is a Chiropractic Functional Neurologist and a former college football player at Muhlenberg College. A chiropractic neurologist is a highly trained and qualified expert of the brain, spine, and nervous system. As in medicine, the chiropractic profession also has specialists who provide evaluations and second opinions for other physicians in healthcare. Dr. Hartman uses the patient’s body and environment to assess, diagnose and localize areas of dysfunction. The systems of the human body are constantly affecting the neurological system and being effected by the neurological system. As a chiropractic neurologist, Dr. Hartman employs this functional and holistic approach to target interventions specific to the location of the dysfunction.
In this interview, Dr. Hartman takes us through some injuries he suffered throughout his athletic career and how they influenced how he treats his patients today. Specifically, we focus on how he approaches treatment on patients who suffered concussions and TBI through the use of his own personal experience with concussion and his patient’s success stories.
Below you will find a list of talking points we touch on throughout the interview:
Jon’s concussion story at age 14 and how it affected him.
“I just assumed I wasn’t as smart as other people.”
How Jon hurt his back power cleaning and why it was the reason he became a chiropractor.
Jon’s first lesson of “things might not go as planned in life.”
Why athletes need to accept that “that was then this is now.”
Why toughness is putting other people ahead of yourself, having self awareness, consistency and taking ownership
“I couldn’t stomach the idea of being sidelined due to an injury.”
Valuable lessons learned from football.
How he almost failed out of college and what allowed him to persevere.
“I didn’t drink, I just didn’t know how to study.”
The importance of finding mentors.
“I love to learn now that I know how to learn.”
Transition to life after college football and what made his transition easier than most.
Why having multiple “hats” helps in the transition.
The Patient who inspired him to become a Chiropractic Neurologist.
What distinguishes Chiropractic Functional Neurologists and how they can help you.
LinkedIn quote explanation
“My primary objective is achieving one's maximal level of health, be it from the external, internal, and within.”
“How often does your doctor examine you from the neck up?”
Emotional manifestation of physical pain (Check out Episode 116 for a great story on this).
How food, bugs, toxins, stressors and hormones are affecting you and keeping you from healing/performing optimally.
Jon’s approach to treating concussions (Disconnect between brain-gut axis)