Emu Oil Applications in Chiropractic and Massage
Dr. Patty Headly of Tonkawa, Oklahoma and Dr. Ron Westbrook of
Decatur, Texas see a small portion of the 20 million Americans who visit
chiropractor annually, and every one of those patients has experienced the
benefits of emu oil and chiropractic treatments. "I have started
using massage treatments in my practice," explained Dr. Headly. "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."
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 treatment
According to Dr. Ron Westbrook, he has been using the emu oil in his
practice or approximately eight months, and he and his patients 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, and there are no offensive odours such as you
have with the conventional creams. However, the most significant observation
that 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 or 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 mis-aligned, anything that can
cause those tissues to become loose or more fluid, is a great help. The more
fluid the muscles the less likely they will pull back out of alignment. "I
can push the spine back, but gets back into their car, it can be out of
alignment again because the muscles and the 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 stated that after conducting
massage treatments using the emu oil on her abdomen, the texture of the skin
changed and elasticity was renewed. Even scar tissue began healing.
I was amazed to actually 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 her application in to be a distributor. She wanted to make sure
she would always be able to get the emu oil when she needed it." According
to Dr. Headly, chiropractic adjustment can be made to relieve haemorrhoids.
However, depending on the severity of the condition, the adjustment may not
be able to offer complete relief, as was the case with one of Dr. Headly's
"This particular patient told me that the adjustment worked great for
the internal condition, but not for 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 could
she get more of it. She just kept saying, "It worked! It worked! It
Source: An Adjustment in Chiropractic. by Nancy McMillan.
Emu Today and Tomorrow July 1995