Tacoma, WA 98402
Tacoma, WA 98402
Tacoma Chiropractor Dr. Paul Martin
Growing up in Livermore, CA, Dr. Paul had no idea he would be pursuing a career in health and wellness. Since he was five years old, asthma, growing pains, and recurrent ear infections had him believing that he was a sickly child and was lucky to have been born in an era of medical technology and pharmaceuticals! With enough ibuprofen for his pain and albuterol for his asthma, Paul continued to work hard, playing soccer, baseball, a bit of basketball (which I did not enjoy) until finally getting into Kenpo Karate, a martial art, at 15.
This discovery spurred his desire to be fit. When he took his purple belt test, which was the second belt in that style, he was 16 years old, and almost 240 lbs, little of which was muscle. The test was awful, except that he passed. Covered in sweat and completely out of breath, Dr. Paul decided he had to do something different for the next test, and so he did. He started running, up to three and a half miles each day, and picked up weight lifting. Six months later, when he took his blue belt test, which was half again as long, and more strenuous, he passed with flying colors, barely winded. He decided he liked fitness, and he has never stopped exercising.
He kept training in Kenpo, eventually earning his second-degree black belt in 2002, after graduating from University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology. He had gained not only a freshman fifteen, but another fifteen for each year in school, topping out around 257 lbs. Upon graduation, Dr. Paul discovered that there wasn’t much one could do with a BS in Physiology except for more school, and he didn’t want to do that. So, he became a personal trainer with a popular chain of fitness centers. (Hint: they were open 24 hours a day)
Putting himself through their program, he lost 45 lbs in 3 months, and became the most popular and successful trainer during his 2.5 years at that center. Eventually, they hired a fitness manager who had a managerial style that rubbed Paul the wrong way, so he started looking into other avenues. His Chiropractor suggested he might want to try Chiropractic.
Wait, back up. Chiropractor? Yes, that’s right, Dr. Paul had been getting adjusted by a Chiropractor since he was 14 years old, when his back went into spasm so bad he could barely breathe. He continued seeing one throughout college and it helped him overcome his pains and his dependence on Ibuprofen. It also lessened his asthma to the point where, with the aid of meditation and a slight change in diet, he was able to heavily reduce his need for asthma medication.
Chiropractic, huh? After a bit of research, he realized that the philosophy of Chiropractic strongly matched his own belief about health and healing, and so he decided to give it a try. 3 years later, he was a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) and had found his mission. He and Dr. Laelle met while in Chiropractic school, and on her suggestion that they live close to her family, they moved up to Tacoma, WA to start their family and their practice.
Brilliant Life Chiropractic was born with the mission to empower and inspire their community on how to live a Brilliant Life. It remains their mission. Despite his inauspicious beginnings with health, Dr. Paul is now in robust health, displaying the vitality he believes everyone can achieve.
Since then, Dr. Paul has discovered CrossFit and functional fitness, and has refined his nutrition along the Paleo and Primal principles that he teaches in the office. He is eager to share anything and everything from his journey in health and healing with anyone. Please ask him anything. He has undergone the Primal Nutrition Certification to be a health coach and continues to refine his knowledge and skill set to this day. He is interested in all aspects of health, from the physical to the spiritual, from the inside to the outside.
His Chiropractic technique utilizes the BGI framework, and he adjusts using a mixture of force applications, from light touch to structural, working with babies, adults, elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with a spine. He is currently undergoing a 2-year long certification program with the ICPA in order to more effectively address Family Wellness needs for his community.
(He also writes books! You can find them on Amazon if you search for his author name, Paul W. Martin, or the name of the series, Adepts and Demons.)