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Meet Dr. Terrance Stackwood

Combining Eastern and Western Healing

Dr. Stackwood was studying philosophy at the University of Hawaii when his sister started having terrible low back pain. She went to a number of specialists but kept getting worse and had hormonal issues that were also affecting her. His sister saw a chiropractor for her back pain and her hormonal problems cleared up as well.

Van Ness chiropractor Dr. Terrance Stackwood

Dr. Terrance Stackwood

With a background in philosophy and the Doctor of Chiropractic he earned from Life University in California, Dr. Stackwood is able to integrate Eastern styles of healing with the scientific, medical model of Western health care. Our patients receive the benefit of these principles combined to get the best of both worlds.

Developing a Passion for Chiropractic

While at chiropractic college, Dr. Stackwood started adjusting people in the student clinic. He realized then that he would be getting paid to do something he loved to do and always felt better leaving the clinic than he had when he arrived. He was surprised to learn that many medical ailments that weren’t addressed by other health practitioners could be helped with chiropractic.

Dr. Stackwood has helped patients with a number of different conditions, but never tires from finding new ways of helping people. Each time a patient has a barrier to healing, Dr. Stackwood has been motivated to research their case. He likes helping patients find solutions to concerns related to high blood pressure, nutrition and exercise. He is particularly glad to help people without the side effects of drugs and surgery.

Often, we see people that were almost ready to give up on solving their health challenges. We provided them with hope and were able to help them.

Dr. Stackwood has completed numerous postgraduate studies to help his patients, on topics such as

Furthermore, Dr. Stackwood is a qualified medical examiner and the past political director with the International Chiropractic Association and California Chiropractic Association.

Helping You Live Healthier

Practicing what he preaches to his patients is important to Dr. Stackwood. He eats healthily and goes to the gym six days a week, having done so for decades. He has many personal achievements:

  • Second place, Stanford University 10K (35-39 bracket, 37:14)
  • Second place, Sri Chinmoy Biathlon 2000
  • Seven Ironman distance triathlons, 1994-2000
  • Five Escape from Alcatraz triathlons
  • And 57 other runs and triathlons

Passionate about helping others stay fit, Dr. Stackwood has been the wellness director at the four local gyms and wellness centers. These facilities consisted of multiple personal and group exercise trainers, yoga and exercise class instructors, multiple massage therapists and an exercise physiologist. He communicated on a daily basis about the individual exercise programs for members. Doing so allowed him to gain experience and knowledge that he can use to coordinate with any exercise or rehabilitation person you may work with.

Providing Chiropractic for Musicians

Dr. Stackwood received a full music scholarship to his first two years of college playing clarinet in the symphonic orchestra and guitar in the college stage band. Additionally, he played guitar five nights a week in a jazz big band. He has treated members of the San Francisco Symphony and many other musicians with a special understanding of their particular needs.

Offering Diet and Nutrition Expertise

In his many years of practice, Dr. Stackwood has consulted thousands of people both individually and through hundreds of lectures. He has also reviewed hundreds of diet diaries. He has found that proper nutrition is an essential part of pain reduction as well as maintaining optimal health. He encourages his patients to eat healthily and counsels them on nutrition at no additional charge.

Interested in finding out how we may be able to help you? Contact our office today and find out about our new patient special offer.


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