Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days of your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why.” That quote holds true for many people.
Dr. Robert Silverman is one of them.
When he was younger, the Bronx-born doctor was diagnosed with a rare condition called congenital torticollis and sought various options on how to treat it.
“Unfortunately, the medical model when I was growing up didn’t afford me any answers. I went to a chiropractor and I was amazed at what he could do for me,” Silverman recalls. “I really admired the eclectic approach he took to treating me. But it was the basic idea that he had an answer for my ailment; he was able to help me and did so quickly. I was 21-years-old and in business school, but it was then that I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor. I wanted to be able to change people’s lives the way he did mine.”
Inspired by this experience, Silverman began to pursue a career in medicine. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic, and would go on to achieve many more educational accomplishments including becoming a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Three decades later, he has become one of the leading minds in his field.
Dr. Silverman founded Westchester Integrative Health Center, where he applies all of his knowledge and expertise in helping his patients, while harnessing that same personalized treatment he once received.
“I became a doctor because I wanted to help and treat patients. I individualize it … I personalize it. I collaborate with my athletes and use leading-edge techniques to assure a proper assessment and rehab leading to sports performance,” said Dr. Silverman. “I think that’s what gets lost at a lot of other places. They don’t have an appropriate baseline for these athletes, and I incorporate nutritional protocols to get them back on the court faster and improve their overall performance. I am a big believer in maximizing an athlete’s genetic potential.”
And therein lies the most important aspect of his services. Dr. Silverman doesn’t use a cookie-cutter approach when treating his patients, instead, tailors his treatment to the specific athlete’s need.
He is more than just a chiropractor, and how he treats his athletes is evidence of that. Doing things such as nutritional training and movement assessments to create a more dynamic approach to sports performance, sometimes pointing out things that even top athletes may not be aware of, like using the proper sports drink to rehydrate.
“There are seven kinds of electrolytes, and I want to see all seven in a sports drink. I also want to see some other nutrients like glutamine, carnosine and others in an electrolyte drink,” Dr. Silverman explained.
A major problem he sees in young athletes, especially in tennis players, is their inability to read their own bodies and make subsequent changes to their training regimen to reflect that.
“I think the biggest problem in junior athletes is that all they do is practice,” he said. “And they don’t realize that what they do off the court is almost as equally important as what they do on the court. They don’t feed themselves appropriately, they don’t get any movement assessments, which is really key when maximizing potential.”
Dr. Silverman has spent three decades practicing medicine and has helped countless athletes not only return to competition sooner and more improved, but also with the knowledge of how to listen to his or her own body to achieve optimal levels of performance.
With a renowned reputation, he not only treats patients and athletes, but also spreads his wealth of knowledge in the field with doctors and other experts in medicine. He spends a great deal of his time now taking part in speaking engagements, as well as appearing on numerous television channels like FOX and NBC.
“Public speaking enables you to elucidate your ideas and discuss what you do in a much clearer manner, and that helps people become more comfortable with it,” said Dr. Silverman. “As chiropractors, many people don’t really know all of the things we do. We can get boxed in. So speaking and writing, as well as utilizing social media such as Facebook, is such an important tool for me. I also have a lot of doctors who have me tutor or counsel them. I attend forums and it’s a great
way to grow the business and meet a variety of people. How does a patient differentiate between two doctors who seem the same? But once they see you up there and you’re doing a good job, it helps them grow more comfortable.”
In addition to speaking, Dr. Silverman is an active writer who has been published in numerous publications, including New York Tennis Magazine, where he helps tennis players navigate the complicated world of sports performance. In 2016, he explained his methods in his book, Inside-Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body, which was a two-time best seller on Amazon.
In the book, Dr. Silverman illustrates his approaches to medicine. He’s also begun working on a follow-up book, which is slated to be completed in August of 2019.
When most think of chiropractors, they often envision a doctor cracking a patient’s back or only temporarily relieving back pain. But as Dr. Silverman demonstrates, a chiropractor can—and does—provide help ranging from nutrition to functional movement, all of which maximize an athlete’s ability.
As he works on his next book, takes part in symposiums and continues to grow his practice, Dr. Silverman is looking forward to what’s in store in 2019.
Why does he remain so busy?
As Dr. Silverman puts it: “I love what I do.”
Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for New York Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org