Getting to know Dr Tim Maggs

Tim MaggsWith a wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr Tim Maggs will be a keynote speaker at ACA’s Annual Conference in Hobart this October. He will deliver three sessions throughout the conference’s entirety, covering areas from technology to opioid dependence.

With over three and a half decades in the field of chiropractic and extensive personal athletic experience, Dr Maggs brings across both his acquired knowledge as well as personal experience. Currently the Director of Sports Injuries and Sports Biomechanics at Christian Brothers Academy of Albany, New York, he is the pioneer behind the Structural Management® Program, Structural Fingerprint® Exam, as well as the Concerned Parents of Young Athletes™ Program.

His multifaceted approach to the field has seen him work with adolescents through to more senior and elite sportspersons. His broad exposure has not only given him extensive experience, but it has allowed him to increase the societal awareness around issues most pertinent to the musculoskeletal system.

Dr Maggs asserts the importance of correct and adequate education when it comes to addressing injuries and aiding in their prevention. “People are suffering needlessly, becoming disabled needlessly, and becoming victims of drugs (opioids) and surgeries that may not have been needed if they had been educated better,” he said. He promotes the importance of a lifelong commitment to patient-practitioner collaboration in order to keep the body at optimal health throughout all stages of the life cycle.

Furthermore, Dr Maggs advocates for greater unification within the profession to collaboratively address societal issues and create a greater understanding of the importance of chiropractic care. “We just need to unify our profession a little more and begin to educate our respective communities better,” he said.

Dr Maggs is no stranger to technological developments, keenly applying them within his practice. In particular, he suggests digital laser as being an essential tool in addressing musculoskeletal issues, adding:

There are many different lasers, but we recommend a Class 2 laser that is light therapy and non-heat producing. This therapy heals virtually any injury faster than any other therapy available today, reduces inflammation naturally and reduces pain. It's the perfect adjunct to the chiropractic adjustment.

He also hopes that practitioners attending his sessions will understand the importance of imaging technology. This includes digital X-ray and MRI for musculoskeletal analysis. He also also suggests that chiropractors utilise these devices within their offices.

Dr Maggs stresses the need for doctors and therapists to acquire a better understanding of musculoskeletal biomechanics and provide more intensive examination during the patient’s formative years. He refers to his patented Structural Fingerprint® Exam which takes place at the age of 12.

[Here], enough development has taken place [and] we can clearly see the biomechanical imbalances that will predictably affect each individual over the course of their lifetime. Once we have that information, we create a custom, proactive program to be done to prevent injuries or premature degeneration.”

He underlines the need for a societal shift from reactive to proactive care and suggests that this should be continued throughout the lifecycle. Dr Maggs indicates that musculoskeletal breakdown is not only detrimental in itself, but it can also be a catalyst for other degenerative diseases. He infers the repercussions of doctors that are too heavy-handed when prescribing opioids, instead highlighting the requisite shift towards chiropractic referrals in such instances. He asserts that cold lasers should be the primary step long before such addictive opioids are prescribed. Such heavy-handedness is a significant factor contributing to opioid crises; addressing this through referral can help to prevent addiction and substance-related deaths that are all too prevalent.

So, what is the key to positive ageing? Well, according to Dr Maggs it is a mixture of being proactive, working with your chiropractor and following the basic rules of healthy living. “Get a Structural Fingerprint® Exam at the age of 12, learn what your baseline biomechanical faults are, fix them to the best of your ability, then maintain this fix over the course of your lifetime,” he suggests. As for the basic rules, these are the ones that we are all too familiar with: “…diet, exercise, sleep, positive attitude, helping others at every chance, and laugh ‘till it hurts” he concluded.