If you’re one of the millions of Americans with lower back pain, headaches or another condition that causes discomfort, you may benefit from chiropractic care at Mary Free Bed.

We have Michigan’s only doctor of chiropractic who’s board certified in rehabilitation on our staff, and he has years of experience helping patients live fuller lives.

Chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans every year, including adults and children. Research shows it’s one of the safest, drug-free approaches to effective treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

Tom Fowler, chiropractor, with patient

Who’s eligible?

Depending on your individual situation, our chiropractor may direct your care or provide treatment ranging from manual therapy to postural correction and home exercises to nutritional advice. You may benefit from chiropractic if you’re experiencing:


  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Disc injuries
  • Elbow pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Pregnancy-related pain
  • Chronic pain

Chiropractic care may be your primary treatment or it may be part of a broader rehabilitation plan. As a member of Mary Free Bed’s Spine Center team, our chiropractor coordinates your care with rehabilitation physicians and therapists.

What to Expect

Your initial evaluation will include a thorough assessment of your symptoms and a physical examination. X-rays and other tests may be ordered as well to create a safe and effective plan of care. If chiropractic isn’t suitable for your condition, you’ll be referred to the appropriate team member.

Treatment is designed to reduce inflammation, control pain, return range of motion and teach you how to avoid future problems. This holistic approach to care may include:

  • Management of your care
  • Chiropractic adjustment (hands-on manipulation of the spine, joint or tissue)
  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Home exercise plan
  • Postural education
  • Nutrition counseling
Dr. Tom Fowler, chiropractor, with patient

You’ll meet with Dr. Tom Fowler, who has nearly four decades of chiropractic experience, including 32 years in private practice. The first chiropractor to have privileges at Mary Free Bed, Dr. Fowler is the only chiropractor in Michigan – and one of only 250 across the country — who’s board certified in rehabilitation by the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. As president of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board, Dr. Fowler is responsible for national testing of chiropractors for their board certification in rehabilitation.

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