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My Journey with NAT - Martin Bates D.C.

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Dr. Martin Bates, Chiropractor and Masters Certified NAT Practitioner


For 90% of the patients I’ve treated with NAT, the results have been phenomenal.

I first heard about NAT early last year. After reviewing the Frozen Shoulder website and watching the videos, I found myself very excited about NAT and the results it indicated. I soon began using the technique in my practice, and my clients were similarly impressed. Patients who had been in extreme pain from back and shoulder conditions reported that after only a few treatments, their night pain and inflammation was disappearing.

Many patients were so improved that they were able to resume participating in sports and other activities after just a few treatments. For 90% of the patients I’ve treated with NAT, the results have been phenomenal. My patients are extremely happy with the way they feel and function. Of all the techniques I’ve used to treat Frozen Shoulder or arthritis or a dysfunctional shoulder, NAT has been a real compliment to my practice. So I was delighted to put myself forward as testimonial!

One of the aspects of NAT that I particularly like, is that it’s just so different from what other practitioners are doing in terms of trigger point therapy. NAT doesn’t involve any pulling or stretching, as is often the case with manual therapies, and so it is much easier for patients to handle. Patients tend to tolerate the treatments extremely well.

About Dr. Bates

Dr. Bates began his career studying chemistry. His interest in being a chiropractor began soon after, when a minor accident at his job led to a back injury. The day following the injury, he was in so much pain that he could hardly move. He went his doctor immediately and was prescribed pain killers and muscle relaxants. “They had side effects,” he explains. “They made my stomach hurt, so I went back to the doctor, and he gave me a pill for my stomach. That pill gave me headaches, so he prescribed headache medication.” Dr. Bates was disillusioned by this process, and he decided to withdraw from the chemistry program and enter Chiropractic College.

Dr. Bates graduated as a chiropractor from Palmer College West in California in 1985. He established his own practice, Bates Chiropractic Inc, almost immediately in Freemont, California. For thirty years he has been successfully using chiropractic treatment and other therapy modalities like NAT, while his wife runs the office.

Despite his earlier experience with his injury, Dr. Bates has tremendous respect for the medical profession and he has a good relationship with physicians. He regularly refers patients to a doctor if he feels that it would be in the patient’s best interest. “In the state of California, chiropractors are licensed to diagnose conditions and provide people with a doctor’s note for their workplace,” he explains. “We refer patients to a doctor only if we feel that the problem is something we cannot handle medically.”

Dr. Bates specializes in treating a number of different conditions, some of which include Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia, and lower back pain. He treats people of all ages, but the majority of his patients are middle aged and working in jobs where they are either sitting down all day or doing some kind of physical activity like cleaning. Dr. Bates uses several different chiropractic techniques, tissue work and of course, NAT!


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This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 









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