An excerpt reprinted with permission from: Emu Today & Tomorrow, July, 1995

Emu Oil, An Adjustment in Chiropractic

"I have started using massage treatments in my [chiropractic] practice," explained Dr. Headly [formerly from Tonkawa, Oklahoma, now Colorado]. "Since I have been doing massage, emu oil has become a major part of my practice. I do both massage and adjustments and the emu oil is used virtually from head to toe. People with chronic shoulder and knee problems get help from the adjusting, but the emu oil really does the final trick during the massage. I find it absolutely amazing.

According to an American Chiropractic Association survey, back pain alone brings chiropractors nearly half their patients. Together, neuromusculoskeletal problems such as neck, back, and joint pain accounted for 86 percent of the average chiropractor's practice last year. Dr. Headly's patients are no different, and according to Dr. Headly, emu oil is helping those patients get relief.

"I can get results using chiropractic alone on lower back pain," said Dr. Headly. "However, it seems that when I use the emu oil in conjunction with the chiropractic, the relief is quicker and the muscles stay relaxed longer, and therefore the treament lasts longer."

According to Dr. Ron Westbrook, [chiropractor, Decatur, Texas] he has been using emu oil in his practice for approximately eight months, and he and his pateints both are enjoying some of the little comforts that accompany using the oil, rather than the conventional conductive gels and creams.

"What I enjoy most about using the emu oil is that I have a lot more freedom of motion when massaging," said Dr. Westbrook. "The patient is more comfortable because I am not pulling on the skin . . . However, the most significant observation I have made is that THE TREATMENTS WITH THE OIL LAST LONGER THAN WITHOUT. THE OIL RELAXES THE MUSCLES SO WELL THAT THE TREATMENTS HOLD FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME," he explained

Dr. Headly illustrated that there are ligaments and muscles that are attached to the spine. When the spine is misaligned, anything that can cause those tissues to become loose or more fluid is great help. The more fluid the muscles the less likely they will pull back out of alignment.

"I can push the spine back, but by the time the patient gets back into their car, it can be out of alignment again, because the muscles and tendons are just too tight," explained Dr. Headly. "With the oil and massage working together, and the deep penetration, the loosened muscles hold longer."

Dr. Headly revealed she had a patient who had experienced numerous surgeries. Due to those surgeries, the abdominal skin tissues had lost elasticity to the point of becoming dough-like in texture. Dr. Headly state that after conducting massage treatments using the emu oil on the patient's abdomen, the teture of the skin changed and elasticity was renewed. Even the scar tissue began healing. "I was amazed to see the kind of healing this oil can do," said Dr. Headly. "My patient was so impressed with the results of the oil, she has sent in an application to be a distributor. She wants to bed able to get the oil whenever she needs it!"

According to Dr. Headly, chiropractic adjustment can even be made to relieve hemorrhoids. However, depending on the severity of the condition the adjustment may not be able to offer complete relief, as was the condition with one of Dr. Headly's patients. "This particular patient told me that the adjustment worked great for the internal condition, but not the external discomfort," explained Dr. Headly. "I gave her some emu oil to try, and she came in later with her eyes as big as half dollars, demanding to know what that stuff was and where she could get more of it. She just kept saying, "It worked, it worked!"