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Dr. David Perham, D.C.

Along with practicing chiropractic care at Kwan-Yin Healing Arts Center, Dr. Perham fills multiple roles at University of Western States (UWS), the chiropractic college here in Portland.  There, he is a teaching assistant in the departments of Chiropractic Science and Clinical Education.  Also, with the Research Department, he is an examining physician for the Cervicogenic Headache Study (grant funded through NIH).  At UWS in the past, Dr. Perham has been an interim lead instructor for Extremity Adjustive Technique and Pelvis Adjustive Technique labs as well as a treating and examining physician for the Research Department’s Adolescent Low Back Pain Study (grant funded through HRSA).  He enjoys balancing his career with private practice, teaching, and research work and is committed to maintaining that aggregate endeavor.

Dr. Perham recognizes the strong relationship between the neuromusculoskeletal system and overall health.  This system is not only how we essentially carry out complicated tasks and express ourselves in the world, but when functioning effectively it serves to positively affect the flow of blood, lymph, nutrients, and metabolic waste through the body.  When not functioning effectively, the neuromusculoskeletal system can also be a significant source of dysfunction and local or referred pain.  Subsequently, it is a potential contributor to dis-ease, physical and psychological.  His goal is to identify and treat the source the patient’s pain and dysfunction, whether it is acute or chronic, and to help his patients achieve optimal health.

Here at Kwan-Yin, Dr. Perham uses a range of treatment modalities including traditional chiropractic adjusting, low force mobilization techniques, neuromuscular energy techniques, and a variety of soft tissue strategies.  When indicated, he may prescribe specific nutritional supplementation as well as therapeutic exercises.  He diagnoses and treats patients with varying complaints such as back and neck pain, headaches, extremity problems, sports injuries, and motor vehicle injuries, among others.

He grew up in the snow-belt of Central NY State among three brothers and played multiple sports, mainly ice-hockey.  Outside of work he also enjoys the Oregon outdoors, music, cooking, spending time with his wife and daughter, and riding his bike.