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Meet Bend Oregon Chiropractor Dr. Jim Thornburg

Dr. Jim graduated from UWS with his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in December 2012. He is originally from Portland Oregon, where he met his wife, Alicia. They have 3 boys Brody (4), Connor (6) and Preston (8). He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2009. Dr. Jim grew up playing sports year round and still enjoys playing golf, baseball, basketball or soccer. He can also be found enjoying the many outdoor activities that Oregon has to offer like hiking with his family, fishing or riding dirt bikes. His passion for athletics fueled his interest to pursue a Master degree in Exercise and Sport Science simultaneously with his D.C. degree, and enjoys working with athletes and active folks from all over the Northwest.

Dr. Jim is one of a new breed of Sport Medicine doctors, incorporating the traditional manual manipulation techniques of Chiropractic medicine and also utilizing many different modalitites and treatment options for a variety of different conditions. Dr. Jim is Graston certified and uses the technique often.

Graston Technique is a form of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.

The Technique:

  • Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
  • Increases skin temperature
  • Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
  • Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
  • Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
  • Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
  • Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity 

Dr. Jim also utilizes a number of different functional movement assessments and test to help patients identify the root or underlying causes or their pain and dysfunctions. One of the great movement specialists of today is Gray Cook, the following is an excerpt from him and describes perfectly the way that the body adapts to changes and what we can do about it.

“Normal movement is achieved through the integration of fundamental movement patterns with an adequate balance of mobility and stability to meet the demands of the task at hand.

The human system will migrate toward predictable patterns of movement in response to pain or in the presence of weakness, tightness, or structural abnormality. Over time, these pain-attenuated movement patterns lead to protective movement and fear of movement, resulting in clinically observed impairments such as decreased ROM, muscle length changes, and declines in strength. An isolated or regional approach to either evaluation or treatment will not restore whole function. Functional restoration requires a working knowledge of functional patterns and a map of dysfunctional patterns to gain clinical perspective and design an effective treatment strategy.

Pain-free functional movement for participation in occupation and lifestyle activities is desirable. Many components comprise pain-free functional movement including adequate posture, ROM, muscle performance, motor control, and balance reactions. Impairments of each component could potentially alter functional movement resulting in or as a consequence of pain. Utilizing the SFMA, the clinician is able to identify key functional movement patterns and describe the critical points of assessment needed to efficiently restore functional movement. This approach is designed to complement the clinician’s existing exam and intervention model with the prescription of movement based therapeutic exercise.”

'Life is an Adventure…Adjust to it!'

Dr. Jim Thornburg