Dr. Lucy Whyte Ferguson, D.C.
I call myself the "Forrest Gump" of Chiropractic because I was in the right place at the right time to learn from ground-breaking healers.
When I injured my back at age 28 and found out that I have no disc at the bottom of my spine, I went on a quest to heal myself. In the process, I became interested in healing the pain of others.
The chiropractors who helped me the most and taught me about muscle balance were Dr. John Thie who wrote Touch for Health, and Dr. Leroy Perry who was one of the first chiropractors to work with Olympic athletes. When I was first in practice, I was invited to a seminar taught by Janet Travell, M.D., co-author with David Simons, M.D. of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, the Trigger Point Manual. From them I learned about Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and this knowledge forever changed my approach to healing.
More recently, I took workshops with Warren Hammer, D.C. and Antonio and Claudia Stecco, both M.Ds, and learned about new research concerning the role of fascia in chronic
musculoskeletal pain. Standing on the shoulders of these great innovators in the healing of pain has brought me to where I am today. It is my goal through this website to pass on some of my knowledge because I can only help a finite number of patients in my practice but if I can pass information and skills in pain management and myofascial treatment to other healers and patients, then I will feel fulfilled, and I will feel I have passed the baton to others in fulfillment of the debt I feel to those who taught me. My teaching and sharing takes place at Colonias Chiropractic Center. It also takes place at the Pain Center at the University of New Mexico and University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO Chronic Pain and Headache Management. Besides providing basic information about Myofascial Pain Syndrome, the website includes suggested resources to learn more. It also provides information about my book, co-authored with the neurologist Robert Gerwin, M.D.: Clinical Mastery in the Treatment of Myofascial Pain and articles I have written. It communicates about workshops and presentations and my desire to expand my teaching as I decrease my time at Colonias Chiropractic Center since my daughter, Andrea Whyte Griffin has joined the practice at Colonias.
Accomplishments and Projects
Lippincott,Williams and Wilkins Publishing Company published interdisciplinary text: Clinical Mastery in the Treatment of Myofascial Pain edited by Lucy Whyte Ferguson and Robert Gerwin. She wrote chapters on Frozen Shoulders and Shoulder Dysfunction, and Hip and Groin Pain and co-authored the chapters on Whiplash Injuries and on Lower Back Pain, Heel Pain for this text. Book was published in 2005. Released in Portuguese in 2007. Released in Russian in 2008.
Idiopathic scoliosis: the tethered spine II: post-surgical pain.J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014 Oct;18(4):501-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2014.05.001. Epub 2014 May 14.
Knee pain: Addressing the interrelationships between muscle and joint dysfunction in the Hip and pelvis and lower extremity. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 10, Issue 4, October 2006, pp. 287-296
Treating Shoulder Dysfunction and "Frozen Shoulders" Chiropractic Technique, Vol 7, No.3, pp. 75-81, August 1995.
Stretch At Work is interactive exercise software for office workers that guides viewers through a series of relaxing stretching exercises designed to relieve stress and reduce muscle tension associated with long hours of computer use that can aggravate fibromyalgia and cause carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and shoulder pain, lower back and hip pain, and headaches. http://www.stretchatwork.com