Thomas F. Bergmann

Tom Bergmann
College of Chiropractic

Personal Information

My initial educational focus was on the biological sciences with the goal to do graduate work in marine biology, specifically marine invertebrate zoology. Upon graduation however, I took a job teaching at the elementary school level. I went on a field trip with my six graders to National College of Chiropractic which re-ignited my interest in the biological sciences.

Of course, it required a shift in thinking from simple invertebrate animals to the most complex vertebrate animal - the human being. I also realized I really liked teaching. After completing my chiropractic education, I taught at the International College of Chiropractic which is now RMIT School of Chiropractic in Melbourne, Australia. In 1981, I came to Northwestern and taught in the chiropractic methods department as a professor. I am retired, but have returned to Northwestern to teach as an instructor in Methods 3. I have also been a faculty clinician, seeing patients in the faculty clinic.

My professional passion is all things related to the art of chiropractic, i.e., the many forms of manipulative treatment. I believe it is absolutely imperative that the profession continue to study manipulative procedures and the lesions they are intended to treat.

I am the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Chiropractic Technique and serve on the editorial review board of Clinical Chiropractic. I have co-authored two textbooks, Chiropractic Technique Principles and Procedures and Mechanically Assisted Manipulation: The Distraction Techniques both by Mosby Publishing. I have also served as a consultant to Medicare and as a site team member for the Council on Chiropractic Education.



Textbooks and book chapters:

Bergmann TF, Peterson DH. Chiropractic Technique Principles and Procedures. 3rd ed. Mosby, Inc; 2010.

Bergmann T. Principles of manipulation in sports medicine. In: Hyde TE, Gengenbach MS.  Conservative Management of Sports Injuries. 2nd ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 2007:5.

Bergmann T. Chiropractic Technique. In: Gatterman MI. Foundations of Chiropractic Subluxation. 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2005.

Bergmann TF, Davis, PT. Mechanically Assisted Manipulation: The Distraction Techniques. 1st ed. Mosby, Inc; 1997.


Larson L, Bergmann TF. Taking the fall: the etiology and prevention of falls in the elderly. Clinical Chiropractic. 2008;11(3):148.

Williams J, Bergmann TF. Probable inflammatory bowel disease in a child: assessment and conservative management. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2003;4(2):157-162.

Donahue T, Bergmann TF, Donahue S, Dody M. Manipulative assessment and treatment of shoulder dysfunction, case reports. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2003;4(2):145-152.

Bergmann TF, Jongeward B. Manipulative therapy in low back pain with leg pain and neurological deficit: a case report and literature review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1998;21(4):288-294.

Stude DE, Bergmann TF, Finer BA. A conservative approach for a patient with traumatically induced urinary incontinence: a case report and literature review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1998;21(5). Poster presentation, World Federation of Chiropractic, Tokyo, Japan; June 1997.

Bergmann TF, Larson L. Manipulative care and older persons. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. 1996;3(2):56-65.

Bergmann TF. Manual force, mechanically assisted articular chiropractic technique using long and/or short levers: a literature review. Proceedings 6th C.O.R.E. June 1991, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1993;16:33‑36.

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