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TNHC Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Board Certified Chiropractic Internist?
  2. I thought Chiropractors only took care of things like low back and neck pain. Why does Dr. Thornton do so many things?
  3. How will Dr. Thornton find out what’s wrong with me?
  4. What kinds of treatments are provided?
  5. How long will it take to get better?
  6. How do I know when I’m well?

  1. What is a Board Certified Chiropractic Internist?

    The initials DABCI stands for ‘Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists.’ Chiropractic Internists are physicians who are uniquely qualified to assess and treat ailments that occur within the human body. Chiropractic Internists must complete over three hundred hours of post-doctoral education and training in the use and assessment of medical diagnostics (laboratory testing, EKG’s, lung studies, venous studies, etc, etc.) and the utilization of natural treatments. Because of this training and experience they are uniquely qualified to provide their patients with both sound medical assessment and the best in “alternative” analysis and treatment. This Diplomate designation is currently bestowed upon less than 300 Doctors of Chiropractic throughout the World. See our video What is a Chiropractic Internist? to learn more. Dr. Thornton is also a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist (Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition–DCBCN).

  2. I thought Chiropractors only took care of things like low back and neck pain. Why does Dr. Thornton do so many things?

    Because of his unique training and desire to be a truly holistic practitioner, Dr. Thornton treats many different conditions, with intense focus on getting to the root of the cause and not merely treating symptoms.

  3. How will Dr. Thornton find out what’s wrong with me?

    Initially Dr. Thornton will set down one on one with you and conduct a thorough consultation and history. It has been reported that when the average patient visits a physician, they have four questions they want answered. The average physician does not take the necessary time and answers less than one and one half questions.

    We take the time to listen. Studies have shown that many times a diagnosis can be made from a good history alone. We want to know all of the details of your health concerns to better direct future examination and diagnostic procedures.

    After your initial consultation, Doctor Thornton will schedule a physical examination and appropriate diagnostic testing. Diagnostic testing could include:

    • blood work
    • urinalysis
    • saliva tests
    • hormone studies
    • x-rays
    • EMG
    • etc.

    From these findings, Dr. Thornton will construct an individual Total Health Program exclusively for you.

  4. What kinds of treatments are provided?

    Your Total Health Program may include:

    • therapeutic nutritional supplementation
    • lifestyle modification
    • dietary/nutritional recommendations
    • herbal preparations
    • other appropriate therapeutic interventions such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, and specific exercise programs

    Your Total Health Program is as unique as you are!

  5. How long will it take to get better?

    Of course this is a very individual question. Many factors imply, such as:

    • how long you’ve been ill
    • the seriousness of your condition
    • your current health
    • your age

    However, the most important factor is your willingness to be a part of the solution. We remind our patients that they are a participant in their healthcare, not a victim of it. With your cooperation and hard work, you will feel better in no time!

    If you just want to take a few pills to treat your symptoms and do nothing, then you probably need to find a different doctor.

  6. How do I know when I’m well?

    In addition to feeling better and improved symptoms, many of the diagnostic tests performed, such as lab tests, are re-done at various points in the treatment schedule. Improvements in these values often provide objective proof that your health is truly improving.

    After health is achieved, many times we recommend an annual exam and wellness blood testing. This provides a way to monitor your health and catch abnormalities early before they have a chance to develop into something more serious. That way you stay healthy. It’s not very smart to wait for something to completely break down before you fix it!
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