The body has the amazing ability to heal itself, but it needs assistance to get back in tune. Miguel Serrano wants to be that instrument that helps the body heal. Miguel says chiropractic is to the body what tuning is to guitar. You need to tune up your guitar in order to have beautiful harmony and have a beautiful sound. His podcast, Human Potential Movement, is all about natural healing through chiropractic and strives to deliver the message of why we don’t need to give medication to every single people on the planet. Miguel shares with us his story on how he got into chiropractic, and how he plans on healing and helping others strive to their maximum potential.
We have Miguel Serrano, who as a future Doctor of Chiropractic at Life University in Georgia. He is also the co-host of the Human Potential Movement podcast available on iTunes and other podcast platforms. Miguel was originally from Puerto Rico and on this episode, he shares with us his story and journey on how he got into chiropractic and how he plans on healing and helping others strive to their maximum potential. Please welcome, Miguel Serrano.
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Human Potential Movement: Getting In Tune with Miguel Serrano
On the podcast, we have future Doctor of Chiropractic, Miguel Serrano. Miguel is also a fellow podcaster. He’s a co-host of the Human Potential Movement podcast. Miguel, how are you doing?
Very good and very happy to be here with you.
Thanks for coming on. I really appreciate it. Miguel, why don’t we get a little background on yourself? Where are you from originally?
I was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. My parents are from Puerto Rico, so when I was about four years old, they moved back to Puerto Rico and I grew up there.
Do you remember anything at all living in America before the age of four?
Very little. I can remember being at my house. I don’t have much memories about it because I was just a little kid and other things that I remember of are because the VHS videos that my mom took. By that time, we didn’t knew it was vlogging. Nowadays, we call it vlogging. My mom used to do that, and she recorded every single step of the things that we did, and we have them in VHS at home. Those are the memories that I have.
What was life like growing up in Puerto Rico?
It’s very good. My childhood was very nice. The process of coming from the United States back to Puerto Rico, I was a little kid, so the adaptation wasn’t that bad. I was just a little kid, so I was going wherever my parents went, but it was a very good experience.
I ran into a guy that spends six months in America and six months in Puerto Rico. He was absolutely raving about how amazing Puerto Rico was and how beautiful it was.
Puerto Rico is awesome. I love it.
Do you think you plan on going back there after school? Are you going to stay over in the Atlanta area?
As in for now, I’m planning on staying on the States for awhile. Later on, I could move to Puerto Rico, depending on how the thing flows.
What’s the chiropractic culture like in Puerto Rico?
In Puerto Rico, there is a pretty nice number of chiropractors, but it’s not as big as we might think. In terms of chiropractic, there’s a big population that don’t know what chiropractic is. Chiropractors is growing like crazy. There’s a lot of students that are very interested in chiropractic and they’re starting to apply to different schools. It’s something that, right now, is growing. It’s being in awareness right now in Puerto Rico, but before then, it was not as known. Now it’s like, “This is chiropractic, this is what I’m interested in.”
Were you into chiropractic growing up? Did you get adjusted as a kid or is that something you found on later on life?
No, I never actually knew what chiropractic was when I was a kid. I knew chiropractic because my, back in the day, she was my girlfriend, now she’s my wife. She is also studying chiropractic with me here in Life and she talked to me about it.
Was she from Puerto Rico also?
Yes. She talked to me about it. My bachelor’s degree is in physical education and her bachelor’s is in science, so she was interested in going to pharmacy school. She changed her interest to chiropractic. She was telling me like, “Why do we need to give medication to every single people and the planet? I want to go through something that’s natural,” and she was interested in chiropractic. That’s how I knew about it. Then I was interested in it as well once I knew what it was.
It makes sense. You get people off their medication, get the nervous system thriving, living a happy, healthy, optimistic life. What were you into growing up as a kid?
I’m a musician. From part of my father, my family is all musicians. My grandma used to sing. She still does. My dad and I have an uncle that also sings as well, so that family in general, they’re all musicians. I knew that I was going to be a musician as well because I love it. That’s what I do. In terms of sports, I am very into taekwondo, so that’s what I do. I’ve been practicing taekwondo for eight years now. I’ve been a little bit inactive because of chiropractic school, just focusing on chiropractic school right now, but I’m definitely going to go back once I graduate to train.
Can you play any instruments or are you’re just a singer?
I sing. I play guitar. I play a little piano, but not much. I play the traditional instrument in Puerto Rico that’s called cuatro. It’s not as big instrument. It’s a little smaller than the guitar and we use it for cultural type of string.
Do you incorporate that a little bit down in Life University, put on a couple shows or what?
When it comes to Christmas time, all the Puerto Ricans, we like to gather together and start singing the typical songs that we sing. It’s like Christmas Carol, but Puerto Rican style.
You’re a very driven individual. I don’t know many people that would start a podcast during their schooling because there’s just a lot going on. Where does that drive come from? What made you want to start the podcast and how was your overall experience been down there at Life University in Georgia?
The way that I got into the Human Potential Movement podcast was thanks to Jamal. He met Dr. Dibley before I did. He was very into The 360 Group. One day, Dibley contacted Jamal and then he asked him about the podcast if he was interested in it. He was very interested. He was very happy about it. Then I was walking through the hallway in school and Jamal went running and jumped to me and he’s like, “I want to do something with you. This is a project. This is a podcast. Dibley asked me about it and I want you to be with me in the process.”
I don’t know who Dr. Dibley is at the moment. I was like, “I don’t know who Dr. Dibley is. I don’t know what the 360 Group is, but I trust you because you’re my brother.” He’s my fraternity brother in Delta Sigma Chi fraternity and we crossed together. I was like, “You’re my brother, I trust you, so let’s go see who Dr. Dibley is.” I got the chance to meet him on a Zoom session and I loved the process. I love the way Dr. Dibley is. I love the concept of the 360 and the idea behind the podcast. Once I knew all of that, I was like, “Let’s go ahead and let’s do it.” I was very happy about it. It’s been a very nice process.
When did you put out your first episode?
We started organizing things. It was a lot of planning that we had with a lot of Zoom sessions, thinking of the things that we wanted to do, how we want to run things, and the people that we wanted to interview. It was a very planned process. We started thinking about it around November, December, but it wasn’t until the starting of the year that we launched our first pilot episode with Dr. Dibley.
There’s a bunch of people that would love to start podcasts and they said they want to do it. Some eventually do it, some don’t. How was your overall experience been of putting this together and putting it out for people to see?
Definitely it has been a teamwork. You got to have good time management. If you want to have a successful podcast, time management is key. I love to work with Jamal. It’s awesome. He’s a guy that is so fired up that he fires up the people that surround him. Me being around him gives me motivation, gives me inspiration to keep working forward. It’s been a lot of time management. You need to plan the things that you want to do beforehand. You need to contact the people that you want to interview beforehand as well. If you don’t have a planner or you don’t have a system, let’s say Google calendar or something, you’re screwed.
You need to have something that is managing the time and you’re going to be depending to it. If you’re a student in chiropractic school, you need to have time for studying, you need to have time to prepare and be good at school because one thing is to have your time for your podcast and another thing is also school, so if you’re doing a podcast, for example, people are looking up to you. In my opinion, people are looking up to you when they resonate with you and if you’re being the face or representing a podcast, you should be organized in everything else. Time management is definitely key to drive those things both together. It’s a lot of work, but I loved the process.
I definitely found that once somebody says yes, they can do this time, you better clear your schedule and make that happen because it’s tough to get on the same page, especially because everyone’s got something going on during the week. You have to have a good schedule planner. What would be some advice you would have for some people thinking about chiropractic school? How has your overall experience been, and did you get your first adjustment while in chiropractic school?
I don’t have a miracle chiropractic story because I didn’t grew up in the chiropractor environment. The way that it happened is that my wife was interested in chiropractic school and she told me about it. At first, I was like, “I don’t know what a chiropractor is. It looks nice.” Hispanic people, Hispanic wives, they’re so special. She’s like, “If you don’t want to study chiropractic, that’s okay, but I’m going either way.”She talked to me about a school in South Carolina, Sherman College, and we went to the showcase at the time.
It was for May, that’s where they do their licensing and we had a showcase on that school where the trip was paid and everything, so I’m like, “Free trip, let’s go.” I went, and I started to listen the different speakers that were in school. I didn’t understand the concept of chiropractic yet. It wasn’t until Dr. Liam Schübel started talking about chiropractic. He mentioned the word ‘tone’. I’m a musician, so in my music world, I know that tone is the quality of sound. When I heard that word, I’m like, “Tone, I can relate it with music.” I started listening, but yet I didn’t have this moment of click, not yet. I’m like, “It sounds good, but I still don’t get it.”
What do you remember what he was trying to link tone in chiropractic with?
He was talking about tone in general with chiropractic, like the nervous system needs to be in tone. Me being not knowing about chiropractic a lot, I didn’t understand. It wasn’t until I came back from the showcase in Puerto Rico that I started playing with my guitar. Like all musicians do before you go ahead and start playing, you need to tune up your guitar. I was tuning up my guitar and everything and later on, I thought about everything that Dr. Liam was talking about and I remembered everything. I’m like, “So this is what Dr. Liam was talking about.” I literally relate it to music and I literally ran to my mom and I told her, “Mom, I want to be a chiropractor.”
She’s like, “Why?” I explained to her the concept and I told her that the same way that I tune up my guitar, I want to have a good sound on the guitar. Because if you play the guitar without tune or tone, it’s going to sound bad. People are not going to like it, so you need to tune up your guitar in order to have the beautiful harmony, in order to have a beautiful sound. I told her, and she asked me and I’m like, “The same way that I tune up my guitar, I want to be able to be that instrument that goes ahead because the body has the ability to heal itself.” That’s the amazing thing about chiropractic. The body has the amazing ability to heal itself, but it needs this help. It needs this assistance to get back in tune.
It needs a vessel to remove the interference, so it gets all that 100% nerve flow back to every cell in your body.
I want to be that instrument that helps the body to express the music that it has inside. That’s what I said to my mom and she was like, “I like it.” She supported me in the process, so that’s how I got to chiropractic school. When I got the chance to relate chiropractic with music and understand the relationship that they have together, I said, “Let’s do it. I want to do it.”
Good for your mom for not shutting that down and being open and letting you be excited about it.
She was very supportive. It was something new to the family in general. I will be the first chiropractor in my family. They don’t know much about chiropractic until I started to be interested in it and talking to them about it and they liked the process and they are very supportive.
What was your first adjustment like? Do you remember it?
It was awesome. It was a new experience. My first adjustment was with TRT.
It’s like that clicker activator instrument with the torque on it.
It’s a little instrument that has the torque ability on the instrument as well. It’s a technique that was developed and founded by Jay Holder.
For those in the audience, there’s about over 200 chiropractic techniques and you can definitely find that one that resonates with you personally. Some people like more force. There’s more forceful techniques. Some people don’t like a lot of force. They like to barely be touched. There’s a couple techniques for that. There is not just one way to do chiropractic. There’s several and if one doesn’t resonate with you, I highly suggest that you do some research and maybe find if you need more forceful technique or less forceful technique that resonates with you.
I got adjusted with that technique. I loved it. Everything was so different because me being in the taekwondo environment and also a musician and everything, I had a little bit of stress in terms of everything that involves being in taekwondo. It’s a contact sport, so I didn’t know how subluxated I was with all the kicks that I had going at me. I didn’t know how subluxated I was until I started chiropractic school.
How were you feeling at this point? Are you having any headaches or aches or pains at all in your body?
I do remember one time before I started chiropractic school that I had a very bad acute back pain where I couldn’t literally even move. I had to have help from my wife, from my family in order to stand up.
How long did that last for?
It was a few weeks. I had to go to chiropractic school. It was the Christmas before. I started at winter to study chiropractic and it was before my flight to chiropractic school that I had this problem in my back.
You couldn’t walk that well on your flight to chiropractic school?
At least I could walk a little bit but if I made a little movement either to the left or the right, I literally felt this stabbing pain so bad that I had to stop. I’m like, “Let’s keep going forward.” I started chiropractic school having that back pain.
Did you get adjusted that first week?
Somebody must have saw you walking around like that. Did that help with the back pain?
It did. I haven’t had any more back pain ever since I started getting chiropractic care. I haven’t had any more pain at all.
That’s probably one of the majority reasons people seek chiropractic care is, “I have low back pain. I’m going to go see a chiropractor.” I’m sure as you started going through school realizing this is so much more than just low back pain. Neurological disorders, seizures. It doesn’t matter what it is, it can help it out because your nervous system is the control center. Once you get that thriving, you can pretty much take care of anything. It doesn’t happen overnight, but any condition out there.
People think that chiropractors are just there for back pain and headaches and things in general. Once you start getting involved in the chiropractic world, me being in chiropractic school right now, I learned that chiropractic is so much more than just having those pains and things. It gets you connected back to the source. It gets your back connected the way that you need to be and everything in general is going to work much better if you’re in tone, if you’re connected properly.
I had a five-year-old kid come in with bedwetting. Bedwetting was his problem and when he’s back into alignment, he does not wet the bed. That’s unreal. That’s why this podcast is doing what it’s doing. That’s why you have a podcast. It’s to spread that message that chiropractic is not just back pain, it’s everything. It’s a lifestyle and it works.
It’s a lot more than just back pain and pain in general. It’s getting you back connected properly so you could function a lot much better than you are doing.
Miguel, how much longer of school do you have?
2020 is the goal of graduation.
What has your overall experience been so far in chiropractic school?
It’s a great process. I love it. It’s challenging as well. It’s not easy. I’m not going to say that it’s easy. It’s a process where you need to be very focused. You need to be very in tune in your studies and things in order to succeed because if you sleep on it is going to run you over. More being in schools like a Sherman and Life University that are quarter-based. You have eleven weeks to finish the quarter and if you blink. You just close your eyes and you open them again, your midterms. You close your eyes and open them again and you’re in finals week. You need to step up your game and keep it up. It’s not easy, but it’s a wonderful process.
Would you have any advice for anybody that’s thinking about going to chiropractic school or maybe thinking about the medical field in general?
If you want to go to chiropractic school, just the way that I did is I started visiting different chiropractic offices and started making my observations with them and I started to read more about chiropractic school. Chiropractic is an amazing, wonderful professional career lifestyle in general. If you want to have it as your lifestyle, it’s amazing. For all those people that are interested in chiropractic school, I would just say go for it.
Pursue your dreams because the amazing things that you can do with chiropractic are things that once you start seeing those changes, you’re going to be more in love with it. Us, as doctors, we are not doing nothing. We’re assisting the body, so the body can the work itself and once you start seeing that the body has this ability to heal and be back in homeostasis, it’s so amazing that you want to do it more and more. You want to help more people. It’s like it’s addictive. It comes to a point where you’re assuming love with the profession that you want to keep helping more people.
I get what you’re saying, that we’re not doing anything. We are removing the interference. We are being that vessel, but being the doctor are not getting the patient better. That’s the thing that’s cool about chiropractic. The patient’s body is healing themselves. Its homeostasis. It’s the nervous system regulating. We are a self-healing organism and once that interference, that blockage gets removed, the body naturally will start to heal. Anytime you run into somebody that’s like, “I got this person better. I’m doing this.” It’s like they are missing. That’s a huge red flag. They are missing the memo there because we are the vessel assisting the body healing itself.
It’s a very mis-concept when people say, “I helped this patient. I made this, I made that.”The correct way to say it is that the person had the chance to be back in connection. The person got back connected. You were just the instrument that was used in order for that event to happen.
You have to have that mindset. Miguel, what is the concept behind the Human Potential Movement podcast? I know you wanted to have a podcast. You did a lot of preparation, but as most great things that mean a lot to you, there’s a motive behind it. What were you and Jamal trying to capture by making this podcast?
Dr. Dibley connected to with us the idea that he had behind the Human Potential Movement podcast. With all the planning that we had together, it’s showing and sharing to the world the inner potential that you have. Sometimes we don’t see it. Every single human being in this planet has an inner potential that needs to be shared outside. There’s so many things that we can do as human beings to change this planet, but we just need to open our eyes and see it.
The way that I see it is that the Human Potential Movement podcast is a source for people to listen to it so they can hear other influencers of the globe. They can see that if they had the chance to change the world, the others can do it as well. You and I have something in common and that one thing in common is that we both have 24 hours in our lives a day for everyone. Everybody has 24 hours a day. What are you doing with those 24 hours? That’s what the Human Potential Movement podcast is all about. What are you doing in your life in order to change the life of others?
Not saying you don’t have time is the worst excuse ever because you have the same amount of time as everybody else’s. It’s not that you don’t have the time, you’re not making the time, you’re not prioritizing what’s the most important thing that you want to get done.
The way that we want to go with it is that we want to interview people globally. We want to interview influencers that have done things in this world to change the lives of others and make the lives of others better because they have the potential to do it. All the other people in the world have the potential to also be a better person in this world.
Miguel, where can people find your podcast and everything you guys do on social media?
You can find our podcast on Facebook. You can go to Facebook.com/THPMovementPodcast. That same handle, you can use it in Instagram as well, @THPMovementPodcast. You can go to DiscoverYourPotential.com. That is a Dr. Dibley’s website where you can know more about Dr. Dibley, you can know about his practice and everything. The podcast is also going to be shared there. SoundCloud as well. You can go to THPMovementPodcast as well. YouTube as well.
If you could share one thing with the audience that you’ve taken through all your life experiences, all that you’ve been through, what would it be?
I would say everything that you want to do in life, everything that you believe in, go ahead and do it. Because one of the worst things that you could do in life is having the idea to change the world in a way and just sit down and do nothing. If you have this amazing idea, this amazing potential inside of you to change world, don’t stay with it inside, open yourself, be vulnerable, and change lives. First, before you change the lives of others, we need to start with ourselves first. We need to love ourselves. We need to be able to forgive ourselves and the others that are around us. That way we start from there to change the world.
You’ve got to figure out what your own frequency is, so you can send it out and share with the world and you will attract people that are like-minded and thinking the same thing and love what you do.
If you want to change the world, you need to be able to be vulnerable. It’s not about being interesting, it’s about being interested. You need to change the world by example. If you change by example and by conviction people are going to notice. You don’t need to be talking to the world like, “I’m doing this. I’m doing that,” just do it yourself and people are going to notice. People are going to see it eventually. That’s when you start to change the world.
Even if you do have a different idea, probably 100% of the time, there are going to be people that don’t agree with it and try to shut it down. I feel like that’s how you know you’re doing something right because it’s like, “What is that guy doing over there? I’ve never seen that. That’s weird.” That’s almost a good thing.
When people don’t agree always would things that you’re doing, you’re doing something that is changing the lives of others because there’s always going to be people that are not going to like the things that you’re doing and they’re going to start to do something towards it. When you start to see that people are doing those things, you’re doing something because people are noticing that you’re doing something, so that’s a good thing.
Miguel, thank you so much for coming on. I really appreciate you. I’m looking forward to listening to some more of your podcast episodes and best of luck with the rest of school. I know you’re going to do great things.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity of me being here on your show.