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Why I started capturing the Videos below
Some time back as I finished up with a difficult case, involving a pup with a painful and incapacitating neck injury, the client thanked me profusely for helping his companion. I told him that he was very welcome as I looked into the lobby for my next client. As he turned to go, he stopped short, turned around and exclaimed that others need to see what I had done for his dog. I gave him my usual response saying… “ tell your friends.” That didn’t seem to satisfy him and by the look on his face it was obvious that he wasn’t finished. He went on to say that I should capture my treatment results on video and start a youtube channel and a website as well. My question to him in response was, well….why? I've never advertised, I don’t have a website, and I’m extremely busy by word of mouth and people can hear about my results on Yelp. He then explained something that caused a shift in my thinking. He continued, “its not for you it’s for others like me.” I looked at him with a "what do you mean," look on my face. He went on to explain that had a neighbor not given him a referral, he probably would have had to endure the heartbreak of having to put his companion down to relieve his suffering. Nothing else was working and that for every one you help, Kelly, there are probably untold thousands who are put to sleep for want of what you have the ability to do for them. Trying to end the conversation and not dampen his enthusiasm, I responded that I understood what he was saying but really what can I realistically do to help those thousands. He concluded by saying that they are being put down for lack of knowledge, not knowing that a workable technology exists, because people like you don’t make it known and that knowing this would empower other pet owners to search for and demand similar help in whatever area or region they reside. I thanked him and told him I would give it some thought.
That is what prompted me to start taking before and after videos on my iPhone, start a website and a youtube channel. I’m no videographer but I think the message gets across. I just have to remember to pull out my iPhone on the first visit with each new case. I become so hyper focused with a new patient, especially one who is in pain, I often forget to pull out my iPhone to catalogue the case at the start. Then of course per "Murphy'sLaw"the one that I forget to video turns out to be the miracle recovery of the week! Also there are significant number of cases that don't exhibit their malady well on video such as where someone's companion is having pain that exhibits itself when they cry out periodically when they are bumped or moved, or they are not able to jump up on the couch or into the car any longer. I’m certainly not going to ask the pet owners to make there companion cry out or demonstrate their companions inability to jump up so I can catch it on video. Consequently you will only see videos that show obvious effects of an animal's malady. Below will start my many videos of animals with clearly demonstrable incapacities.
By Kelly Thompson, DC
Pet owners often comment to me, "your technique seems nothing like I imagined or envisioned." This is often confusing to owners who think that because I am a Chiropractor that I, "do Chiropractic" on animals. I guess they were expecting something more heavy handed or dramatic. To wit, dogs and cats are extremely flexible in the spine, articulations, and other connective tissue elements as evidenced by the fact that they are able to twist around and chew on their behinds. I have yet to see a human perform such a maneuver and this explains how corrections can be made gently, painlessly, and non-invasively. In my humble but certainly biased opinion, what I developed over the decades is as far removed from Chiropractic as Opthalmology is from Optometry. I offer NMRT's diagnostic specificity, ease of application, animal comfort/acceptance, and my body of clinical results to support this bold if seemingly pretentious assertion. It is called Neuromyofascial Release Therapy.
Neuromyofascial Release Therapy or NMRT is the descriptive moniker I have given this Diagnostic and Treatment Protocol that describes, detects, and resolves the dysfunctional nexus(es) between codependent dynamic and structural elements that accrue, and degrade over time optimal performance and quality of life in our animal companions. Yes that's a mouthful. I will explain. (continue reading about NMRT Technology)
After completing my undergraduate requirements at UC Davis, I matriculated at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and subsequently graduated summa cum laude in the spring of 1981. Since 1983 I have treated animal patients in over 50 Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals around the San Francisco Bay Area and in Southern California.
For those who are interested in knowing how a chiropractor for humans ended up helping animals full time with a self taught and self discovered, proprietary technology, I provide the following for your edification. Inasmuch as I generally don't talk about myself in my practice, I also write this to answer the frequently asked questions that I regularly entertain from pet owners whose companions are under my care.
Over the years I have treated everything from Horses, Llamas, Dogs, Cats, to Rabbits, Chinchillas and even Guinea Pigs. Pet owners seeking my help with their companions invariably get around to asking if I attended some specialized training to explain the results I achieve (see before & after Videos). (continue reading Journey of Discovery)
This idiom expresses the concept of a lot of small bad things happening, none of which is fatal, but which add over time to a slow and painful demise. My 35 plus years of observations as a Chiropractor who treats animals can be summed up this way: It is the un-addressed, untreated, and unresolved cumulative effects of repeated macro and micro trauma to your pet's spine, extremities, and soft tissue that silently and for the most part painlessly leads to the eventual unhappy and painful conclusion that I so commonly witness. Suddenly they're coming up lame, (continue reading A Death by a Thousand Cuts)
I ply my craft and apply my skill, traveling to different Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals primarily around the San Francisco Bay Area. I realize that I am perhaps in the minority, making enemies of those calling themselves Animal Chiropractors who want to treat animals autonomously and away from a Veterinary environment. However consider the following as an admonition to Chiropractors, who because of ideology, insist on what they call, "Treating off of the reservation." First there are Regulations, specifically: § 2038. Musculoskeletal Manipulation 16 CA ADC § 2038. For Chiropractors in California, (continue reading Working with Vets)
How would you know if your pet were developing spinal problems? In 35 plus years of practice as a Chiropractor who treats animals, only a handful of pet owners could answer this question. Yet hardly a day goes by in my rounds to Veterinary clinics and hospitals that I don’t witness late stage spinal problems in their most severe expression. Characteristically there are two classic presentations, and despite pet owner’s insistence that their companion’s desperate condition came on suddenly and without warning, there are always warning signs if one observes with educated eyes. (continue reading Dog Developing IVDD)