A vertebral subluxation is a dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (the bones of the spine). There are three causes of this condition:
Trauma, which may be acute, coming from something like a sudden fall, auto accident, athletic injury, etc., or chronic, which may stem from repetitive minor traumas such as keyboarding or continuous bending and lifting or sitting throughout the workday.
Toxins, which may be either internal such as too much caffeine, sugar, or chemicals from processed foods such as preservatives, dyes or flavor enhancers, or external such as air quality or chemical exposure at the workplace.
Stress, which may be the most difficult of all since it involves both mental and emotional factors which may be out of our immediate control.
Fortunately, your body has the ability to self-correct many of these minor problems as you bend, stretch, or sleep at night. However, when vertebral subluxations don’t resolve themselves, you need to see a chiropractor for an adjustment!
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Patients seeking treatment with Dr. Thornton are assured of receiving only the finest quality of care. Dr. Thornton specializes in spine and extremity related disorders and makes it a top priority to help his patients recover their normal activities and lifestyle. He knows that it's one thing to be free from pain, and another altogether to feel great while enjoying all the things that you love to do in life. Dr. Thornton and his staff have a genuine concern for your well-being and make it a top priority to help you reach your health goals!
Postgraduate instructor on Chiropractic technique. Approved for relicensing instructor status through Life Chiropractic College West. Dr. Thornton has taught over 35 seminars, over 215 hours, of postgraduate technique to doctors of Chiropractic.
Presented 2 day, 16 hour lower extremity Chiropractic technique seminar for the Belgian Chiropractic Society in Brussels, Belgium .
Guest speaker on Chiropractic extremity adjusting technique for the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA.
Presented 2 day, 12 hour lower extremity Chiropractic technique seminar for the Anglo-European Chiropractic College in Bournemouth, England.
Presented 2 day, 12 hour upper extremity Chiropractic technique seminar for the Anglo-European Chiropractic College in Bournemouth , England.
Guest speaker on Chiropractic technique for the Sacramento chapter ofthe California Chiropractic Association
Guest speaker on Chiropractic extremity adjusting technique for the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA .
Guest speaker and technique instructor with Dr. Richard E. Thornton with the Thornton One-Day Re-licensing Seminars approved for re-licensing through Life Chiropractic College West.
Served as president of the Life West Gonstead Chiropractic Technique Club delivering 100+ presentations on Gonstead Chiropractic technique, analysis, and patient management protocols to the Life Chiropractic College West student body.
1998 - Current Private Practice as owner and sole proprietor d.b.a. Chiropractic First in Rocklin, California.
1997 - 1998 Private Practice at Professional Chiropractic in Hiawatha, Iowa.
1996 - 1997 Chiropractic Internship at Life Chiropractic College West clinic in Hayward, CA.
1995 - present Over 14 Gonstead post-graduate Chiropractic technique Seminars from the Gonstead Methodology Institute and Gonstead Seminars Inc.
1994 -1997 Doctor of Chiropractic. Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Life Chiropractic College West, San Lorenzo, CA.
1991-1994 Undergraduate Studies at Fresno State University.
1995 - present Member Gonstead Clinical Studies Society
1998 - 2002 Toastmasters International, Rocklin PCAR chapter. CTM (certified toastmaster) speaker status.
1997 - 1998 International Chiropractors Association
1998 - Present State of California, Chiropractic License.
1997 - 1998 State of Iowa, Chiropractic License.
1995 - 1997 Diplomat of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Parts I-IV.
Chronic Lower back pain is one of the greatest health care issues facing people today. Over 80% of the population will experience episodes of lower back problems in their lifetime. If not properly corrected, these stresses will build over time leading to greater stresses on the muscles, ligaments and discs in the lower back.
Dr. Thornton’s treatments are designed to correct the imbalances and pressures that exist. These treatments have proven to be the most effective, the safest and most cost effective treatment for low back problems in health care today.
Injuries, stress, and poor ergonomics can lead to significant misalignments of the neck and upper back. This often manifests as tight muscles, neck pain, headaches, fatigue, and difficulty with focusing and concentrating.
Dr. Thornton focuses on correcting the stresses that build up in these areas over time. The result is a more balanced neck and shoulders with improved posture and less stress on the muscles of the upper body, allowing you to function more effectively, more comfortably, and with greater ease.
Sciatica is pain that arises due to irritation and inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the longest and thickest nerve in the human body. This nerve is extremely complex and extends from the lower back through the pelvis, buttocks, hips and legs, and ends in the feet. This condition is typically caused by misalignments and imbalances in the lower back and pelvis that irritate the sciatic nerve as it travels down the leg. Due to the nature of this condition it is imperative that the nerve pressure be corrected as quickly as possible so that proper healing can take place as untreated sciatica can lead to decreased muscle strength, problems with walking and continued disability. Due to the common nature of this condition, Dr. Thornton treats patients with this condition almost every day. His goal is to find the cause of the problem, correct it, and prevent it from returning.
Whiplash is most commonly received in a car accident in which a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, though it can happen anytime the head is suddenly jerked back and forth. When this happens, the neck vertebrae are knocked out of position causing nerve pressure, neck pain, headaches, and muscle spasms.
This type of neck injury can result in dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the upper back and shoulders, pain and numbness in the arms and hands, difficulty moving and turning the neck (torticollis), and even low back problems. Dr. Thornton's treatments focus on gently returning the vertebrae to their normal position, restoring proper range of motion and function, and speeding the healing process.
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Spinal injuries can restrict range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, shorten enurance, and decrease performance. Dr. Thornton’s treatments are designed to correct the misalignments found in these types of injuries, restoring function to spinal joints that are fixated and not moving properly. Besides helping to relieve pain, Dr. Thornton's help can also help reduce inflammation in soft tissues around the injured joints. Injuries to these tissues can reduce range of motion, decrease blood supply, and literally "take you out of the game."
Normalizing spinal function also helps speed the healing of these soft tissues and reduce the deconditioning effect of being on the sidelines. Let's get you "back in the game!"
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve becomes compressed within the space at the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. In the past, tunnel release surgeries were performed to release the pressure, but follow-up studies have determined that these procedures have a very high failure rate (up to 95%). The newest research indicates that these conditions are best treated with conservative management. Dr. Thornton’s approach is to correct the pressure on the median nerve through corrective treatments to the wrist and adjacent affected areas, reducing the inflammation allowing the median nerve to heal naturally. Most of Dr. Thornton’s patients recover from this condition completely, with normal motion and strength, no numbness, and all without surgery.
Shoulder pain is one of the most commonly treated conditions in chiropractic. Shoulder conditions are extremely complex and the pain can come from a variety of sources. Common causes of shoulder pain include: the shoulder being out of alignment, neck nerve impingement radiating to the shoulder, or upper back or rib misalignments radiating to the shoulder.
Dr. Thornton has considerable experience in treating the various aspects of this condition and has taught his techniques to thousands of chiropractors who in turn were able to help their patients using these techniques. Regardless of age or occupation, shoulder problems need to be treated properly and in a timely manner so that the condition is resolved with maximum healing and the least amount of complications.
Knee pain is a very typical presentation for the average chiropractic patient. Keep in mind the childhood song: “the hip bone is connected to the knee bone, the knee bone connected to the ankle bone…” Problems in one joint almost always translate to stress in another. For example: patient sprains ankle and limps for 10 days, just as the ankle begins to feel better, the knee starts to hurt. As compensations to the knee pain set in, then the hip on the opposite side begins to hurt. And so on. As a full spine chiropractor with an expertise in extremities, Dr. Thornton is uniquely qualified to address the problems that arise due to joint dysfunction and compensation. Sometimes, knee conditions require surgery or complicated rehabilitation through physical therapy. But for others, Dr. Thornton’s unique approach to the ankle, knee or hip is exactly what the body needs to heal itself and return to normal.
Migraine is a very painful type of headache; the pain can be described as throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head. It is estimated that between 15-20% of the male population and 25-30% of the female population suffer from migraine headaches. Patients are very sensitive to light and sound during migraines and may also become nauseated and vomit.
There are many drugs and surgeries that combat migraines, though no permanent solution exists. A February 2011 Norwegian study of therapies for migraine prevention concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation to be equal to medications in their ability to prevent migraines, with none of the side affects of chemical intervention.
As of July 26, 2012, we will be located at 5700 Lonetree Blvd., Rockin, California, 95765
From Sacramento Take I-80 East. Take exit 106 for Highway 65 North. Take exit 311 for Sunset Blvd., then turn right onto Sunset Blvd. Go .7 miles and turn right on to Lonetree Blvd. Go .3 miles and the office will be on the right.
From Marysville/Lincoln Take Hwy 65 south and exit onto Sunset Blvd. Go .7 miles and turn right on to Lonetree Blvd. Go .3 miles and the office will be on the right.
From Auburn Take I-80 West.Take exit 106 for Highway 65 North. Take exit 311 for Sunset Blvd., then turn right onto Sunset Blvd. Go .7 miles and turn right on to Lonetree Blvd. Go .3 miles and the office will be on the right.
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The Gonstead Technique was originated by Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978). Dr. Gonstead encountered chiropractic care when severe leg and foot pains, which were resistant to conventional medical care, responded to chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Gonstead's experience prompted him to seek a chiropractic education. After graduating from the Palmer School of Chiropractic, he temporarily expanced a practice in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin in 1923. Over the years, Dr. Gonstead developed the Gonstead technique which has been taught to thousands of students and doctors of chiropractic and also established the world famous Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic in Mount Horeb.
Chiropractic is often seen as a back pain profession, but really it is a science that concerns itself with the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and how that relationship affects the health ofthe entire body. Misalignments of spinal vertebra may disturb the healthy functioning ofthe nervous system. Since.every organ, gland, and cell in your body is controlled by your nervous system, misalignments can lead to a variety of health problems and pain syndromes.
The goal of Chiropractic is to restore normal function to the body by correcting the cause of the problem and not just treating the effects or covering up symptoms.
Neurology affects biology, and biology affects health. Chiropractic corrects the neurology so that biology can do its job.Chiropractic is founded on the principle of correcting cause instead of treating effect. If you have a bone in your neck out that is causing headaches, there is no amount of aspirin in the world that will correct that neck misalignment. There is no amount of massage that will re-align a vertebra. When the spine is well adjusted – normal alignment, and normal motion – then the body is able to heal by natural course… no drugs, no surgery.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. -- Thomas Edison
"I was unsure at first whether Chiropractic could help me, but now I am very happy that my husband 'dragged' me in to see Dr. Thornton. I recommend his services to anyone!"
"I couldn't believe how good I felt after my visits to Dr. Thornton. I've recommended to my friends that they see him and experience how good you can feel when you are well adjusted"
"Dr. Thornton helped me to accomplish my life long dream of running a marathon. Shortly after starting my training, I fell out of a tree and landed flat on my back. My back ached constantly and I believed I would have to give up on my dream. After working with Dr. Thornton, I finished the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon three months later and then completed a 60 mile 3 day breast cancer walk later that year. Thank you, Dr. Thornton for helping me reach my dreams."
"After a year of off and on foot trouble, I developed constant and severe foot pain. My podiatrist diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis and prescribed custom orthotics which gave me little relief. After several more months of pain a retired chiropractor recommended Dr. Thornton. I was skeptical that I could get relief of my foot pain from a chiropractor, but I am so thrilled I tried it. After just a few weeks of treatment, my foot pain has been reduced by 90% and is continuing to improve. I am looking forward to going back to a normal activity level thanks to Dr. Thornton!!"
"In December I slipped and broke my shoulder. After 6 weeks in a sling and not moving my arm I had a lot of scar tissue built up. I was directed to go to physical therapy for the next few months and the scar tissue began to break up giving me movement in my arm. However, I reached a plateau and couldn't move my arm much higher than shoulder height. My doctor's recommendation was to put me under general anesthesia and force my arm up over my shoulder, breaking all the scar tissue. Then back to physical therapy and on more pain meds. I chose to go to Dr. Thornton instead which was the best decision I could have made. First and foremost it wasn't painful like my former physical therapy. It didn't cost nearly what the hospital and the orthopedist would have charged and the results were so much better than what they had hoped for. Less than a year and half after my fall I know have full movement of my arm and I'm back to doing anything I want to do. I'm very thankful for Dr. Thornton's work on my arm and the fact that I didn't have to take any pain medication to accomplish my goal through his type of therapy. Thanks Doc."
"I was very apprehensive about Chiropractic care before I met Dr. Thornton. Today, I genuinely regret not knowing the benefits of such care earlier in my life. I feel I might have avoided the surgeries and some of the residual effects from them. However, I am experiencing the best health I have had since my last surgery and I am convinced it is due to the care I have received from Dr. Thornton. I have full confidence in his knowledge and skill and I trust him completely with my care. I enthusiastically recommend his services to everyone."
Understanding your condition is a big part of the process, so feel free to ask questions and become a student of your own body. I look forward to working with you and helping you on your journey to regain your health.
In my office, all treatment plans and recommendations are specific to you and you alone. We have no pre-planned / canned procedures in which we put all of our patients into the same box. Each patients presentation is different, and the treatment rendered to you will be exactly what I feel you need to regain your health, nothing more, nothing less.
I make all treatment recommendations personally and review them with you in advance so that we can discuss all the options and answer all questions in advance, including; what is wrong, what will it take to get this fixed, and a full insurance review or review of costs of treatment prior to getting started. All patients are evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that they are responding to the treatment as expected. If your condition doesn’t improve as you expect, let me know. If it does, tell others.
The body’s foundation is formed by the pelvic girdle. When this bony structure consisting of hip bones and the lower bones of the back is level, there will be maximum balance and stability in the spinal column. When the pelvic girdle or any of the vertebrae (bones making up the spinal column) become tilted or rotated out of their proper position, dramatic changes may occur in the body.
These misalignments can cause pressure on the discs that separate the vertebrae. (The condition of the disc is the key to the patient’s health problem in many cases.) Vertebra can become misaligned either from the cumulative effects of several minor episodes or from a single accident. Nature frequently is able to cope with these jolts to the spinal column without assistance. Sometimes, though, vertebrae tilted or rotated out of their normal position can be too much for nature to deal with effectively.
In order to more fully understand what occurs, we should know that the discs are really pads between the vertebrae and consist of a spongy substance surrounded by fibers of cartilage. When there is misalignment of a vertebra, there is uneven pressure on the disc causing it to swell and protrude. (One often hears this referred to as a slipped, herniated or ruptured disc.)
Chiropractors call this condition a SUBLUXATION when it results in the pinching or compressing of the nerves that run through that particular area. These compressed nerves often become inflamed and impede the proper transmission of impulses to the section of the body controlled by these nerves. A seemingly endless list of ailments and pain may be brought about by these subluxations.
Generally, misaligned vertebrae in the spine are easily recognized, particularly those in the upper portion of the vertebral column. However, less easily found and often overlooked are misalignments in the foundation or lower portions of the spine.
The ability to recognize and correct these misalignments forms an integral part of the Gonstead Concept. For example: When the lower portion of the spinal column has misaligned vertebra, the body tries to keep itself and its skeleton upright and straight. Often it compensates by causing a vertebra above to become misaligned. This is the body’s way of attempting to re-establish the normal perpendicular position of the body.
If just the top misaligned vertebra was adjusted, in cases where additional vertebrae are misaligned, only limited relief could result. This would not be getting to the source of the trouble. For complete and lasting results, all of the misaligned vertebrae must be identified and then a program can be initiated to restore them to their normal position. Every chiropractic case presents a different combination of misaligned vertebrae.
The Gonstead Chiropractor goes beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.
- Visualization – Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.
- Instrumentation – The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.
- Static Palpation – This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.
- Motion Palpation – This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.
- X-Ray Analysis – X-ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.
It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.
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