Jim Whedon DC, Nancy Rugo NP
Grantham, NH

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Jim Whedon, DC
Jim has 20 years of clinical experience and has led numerous healing intensive workshops. A member of the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, Jim serves on the editorial advisory board of several professional journals. He was recently appointed an instructor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  He also administers the trauma registry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He has been certfied in Network Spinal Analysis.  

In his practice, Jim helps indivduals to attain and maintain neurologic fitness, and offers expertise in the care of stress-related and post-traumatic problems, and chronic pain. He has conducted several multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with Dartmouth Medical School faculty, and has published dozens of monographs on complementary medicine, as well as peer reviewed papers. He recently applied for NIH funding for a five-year research project onchiropractic utilization and safety in older adults.
Spinal Wellness
Your spine is the very core of your physical being. In the developing human embryo, a rudimentary spinal cord is the very first identifiable structure to appear; all the other structures of the body develop outward from this core. As the main channel for the flow of energy and information through the body, the spinal cord is constantly coordinating and transmitting the electrical impulses and biochemical messages that we experience as thoughts, emotions, sensations, bodily functions, and movement. Not only is the spine the core of your physical body, it is also functions as the interface between body and mind. It has been suggested by mind/body experts that the spinal cord is the seat of the subconscious - literally "the back of your mind". Traditional vehicles for personal development such as yoga often focus upon awakening the latent qualities of energy and awareness in the spine.

Your spine is composed of three subsystems:

The Passive Subsystem of the spine is made of the bones, cartilage, ligaments and joints.  A healthy passive subsystem provides support for the body while allowing ample freedom of movement. 

The Active Subsystem is composed of the spinal muscles and their connecting tendons that contract and relax to move the passive bony components.  Healthy muscles are soft and supple when not in use, but strong and responsive when called upon to contract.

The Control Subsystem consists of  the spinal cord and nerves.  The nervous system controls the movement of muscles, and conveys and processes the information that passes through it.


Chiropractic care can help you to maintain and achieve spinal wellness by freeing the movement of the joints, reducing chronic tension in the muscles, and clearing interference from the nervous system. When your spine is clear, supple, and flexible, you feel better, breath more deeply, move more freely, and enjoy increased energy.
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