James L. Chestnut, M.Sc., D.C., C.C.W.P.
James L. Chestnut, M.Sc., D.C., C.C.W.P.
Dr. Chestnut is well known for his work to scientifically validate both chiropractic and wellness lifestyle as foundations for evidence-based healthcare. This work ultimately led him to conceive, develop, and write the four textbooks for, the postgraduate Wellness Certification Program for the International Chiropractors Association. Dr. Chestnut has lectured to thousands of doctors and students each year. Dr. Chestnut is less well known for his generosity.
Dr. Chestnut has donated significant amounts to support chiropractic research and to establish scholarships for students. He continues to share his time with students to ensure their perspective includes a true understanding of the cause of illness and what is required to get and keep people well rather than simply treating the symptoms of disease. TCL would like to honor Dr. Chestnut for supporting the future of the chiropractic profession by rewarding excellence in its students and the institutions, such as Life U, that instill it.
TCL: For which professional achievements will you most want to be acknowledged?
Chestnut: To summarize, primarily for two things:
- Uniting and inspiring the chiropractic profession based upon a foundation of the science of the neurophysiology of segmental motion and its importance to spinal and overall health, wellness, and prevention
- Bringing all chiropractors together by showing them that, though they may differ in their understanding and/or current clinical application/explanation of chiropractic, they are remarkably similar in their delivery; they all adjust
To provide a bit more detail, I’d like to be remembered for my efforts and achievements with respect to using the peer-reviewed literature to document the logical accuracy of the chiropractic health paradigm and the scientific validity of chiropractic healthcare.
I am very proud to have developed, and written the four texts for, the first ever post-graduate program in Chiropractic that combined a thorough research review of the neuromusculoskeletal importance of segmental motion and the neurophysiological (somatosensory-motor and somatosensory-autonomic) effects of vertebral subluxation complex and the chiropractic adjustment with a thorough research review of the importance of healthy lifestyle.
Perhaps most importantly I believe the research I have gathered, summarized, and presented has united chiropractors by showing them that, though they may differ in their explanation and/or current application of chiropractic, they are remarkably similar in their delivery; we all adjust (or manipulate) and this is what makes us the most evidence-based and most effective spinal healthcare practitioners in the world.
TCL: What projects are you working on now (or have worked on recently) that you are most excited about and would like more people to know about?
Chestnut: I would love for chiropractors to know about the Evidence-Based Chiropractic Protocols I have developed including our Spinal Health Assessment, Health Risk Assessment, and Evidence-Based Intervention and Patient Education. We have at last successfully combined scientific evidence, the chiropractic health paradigm, and ethical practice success into a fully systematized practice model. We have also created an online lifestyle program based on my Eat Well Move Well Think Well concepts that allows chiropractors to deliver lifestyle education online while maintaining their clinical focus on chiropractic care.
TCL: Is there anything else you’d like to include?
Chestnut: I would like to publicly thank the thousands of chiropractors who have devoted their time and their own resources to pursue clinical excellence through the Wellness Certification Program. I would also like to thank the ICA for supporting the program and for being pioneers to offer such a program. On behalf of my family and myself, I want to extend our gratitude for the life, health and fellowship that the chiropractic profession has blessed us with.
TCL readers who would like to hear more about Dr. Chestnut’s approach to chiropractic as part of a wellness paradigm may view this video:
Readers who are interested in learning more about Dr. Chestnut’s approach to practice may find more information at the following link: https://www.thewellnesspractice.com