After being taken to multiple doctors, a 14-year-old boy suffering from debilitating headaches was brought to the chiropractic clinic of Dr. Gabriel Thomas.
Traditional medications and treatments had been unable to help, and Thomas says the teen told him his headaches were so severe, he often had to leave class once they started.
“By adjusting his spine, taking the pressure off the spinal nerves, the boy found relief,” recalled Thomas. “He followed through with his treatments, and [his headaches are] actually gone now.”
His desire to help people find drug-free pain relief is one of the main reasons Thomas decided to pursue a career as a chiropractor.
“I wanted to get into something that helped people, and I liked that the body can heal itself naturally when pressure is removed from nerves,” he said.
Thomas, who grew up in the town of Cosmos, Minn., graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in 2001. After working for a year at another doctor’s clinic, he opened his own office in Kentucky. Five years later, he sold his business and traveled around the country, receiving hands-on-training in intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring. He eventually settled in Harrisonburg and worked as a neurophysiologist at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
“Basically, I monitored the spinal cord during spinal surgery,” he explained.
After working at RMH for a few years, he opened his own chiropractic facility in Harrisonburg in 2012. However, he quickly realized the ideal location for his office was actually about 20 minutes south, in the smaller, “under served” town of Bridgewater. He decided to make the move, and on May 6, Bridgewater Chiropractic & Massage officially opened for business.
Thus far, Thomas is pleased with the new location.
“Repetitious factory type work or hard farm work is going to be stressful on the spine, so I think we’re in a very good area to help those folks,” he remarked.
According to Thomas, chiropractic care may be beneficial to people experiencing any of the following symptoms: back pain, neck pain, muscle tension, headaches, numbness in their hands or feet, herniated disks or sciatica. All new patients are given a full examination — which includes reflex, orthopedic and neurologic tests, as well as a computerized muscle scan — before Thomas decides which treatment route to pursue.
“What we’re looking for is misalignment of the vertebrae and where pressure is put on nerves,” he said. “From there, I work with the patients to come up with a treatment plan.”
Treatment plans may include hands-on chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy or physiotherapy — which involves electric stimulation and a traction table.
Thomas hopes locals experiencing pain will at least stop by the office and explore their options.
“It can’t cure everything,” he acknowledges. “But it can certainly help a lot of folks out there.”
Contact Katie King at (540) 574-6271 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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