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
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
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
"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!"