About Tom Hendrickson, D.C.

Tom Hendrickson, D.C. is a world-renowned authority on musculoskeletal disorders. The Founder and President of the Hendrickson Method® Institute, Dr. Hendrickson has been teaching his unique method of massage and manual therapy since 1982. He also maintains a successful clinical practice in Kensington, CA, specializing in soft tissue injuries.

Dr. Hendrickson began studying the healing arts in 1972. He trained with Zen priest and Shiatsu Master Riuho Yamada, studied Lomi Bodywork, a system of therapy combining deep tissue massage and breath work from Robert Hall M.D., and trained in Reichian Bodywork under Phil Curcuruto D.C., Ed Jackson M.D. and Peter Levine PhD. His deep interest in healing led him to study with Rosalyn Bruyere and Muriel Chapman D.O.

In 1982, Dr. Hendrickson completed a one-year apprenticeship and four-year training program under the legendary Lauren Berry, RPT, a mechanical engineer and physical therapist, who made significant contributions to the field of soft tissue therapy. He then went on to graduate magna cum laude from Life Chiropractic College West in 1986.

Hendrickson Method evolved out of Dr. Hendrickson’s training with these master teachers and has been refined in the course of 35 years of clinical practice treating over 150,000 patients. It also reflects his extensive study of yoga, Tai Chi and meditation, which he has practiced on a daily basis for over 40 years.

Dr. Hendrickson’s book, Massage for Orthopedic Conditions (LW &W, 2003), summarizes his discoveries as a clinician and synthesizes his insights of energy medicine with the latest scientific research in orthopedics. Published in five languages, the book is required reading for many massage courses throughout the United States and internationally. The second edition, titled Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions, was released in September 2009 and an instructional DVD showing the techniques described in the textbook was released in September 2011.

To learn more about Dr. Hendrickson and the evolution of Hendrickson Method, read an in-depth profile that was featured nationally through the NCBTMB.