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Dr. Terence Wade adjusts San Jose Jazz Festival performers

9/27/2011 (Archived)

Dr. Terence Wade, an ’86 West alumnus, loves helping his patients live a happy and healthy life through chiropractic care, and recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his San Jose-based practice.

Dr. Wade loves his wife, Patricia, with whom he recently celebrated 41 years together, and he loves his three sons, Tobias (36), Forrest (34), and Logan (22). 
Another great love of Dr. Wade’s is jazz music. And the only thing Dr. Wade enjoys more than using his hands to provide rhythmic beats as a percussionist who has performed with many bands during the past 30 years, is using his hands to provide chiropractic care for some of the best jazz performers in the world – a privilege Dr. Wade has enjoyed the past two years by serving as the official chiropractor of the San Jose Jazz Festival.

Dr. Wade’s road to chiropractic and more specifically, to the founding West Campus in Sunnyvale, is by way of Santa Barbara – and a 14-foot fall onto a concrete slab at a construction project where he was working as a young carpenter’s apprentice in 1979.

His construction career may have come tumbling down with his six-foot, four-inch frame, but had it not been for the injuries that he suffered from the fall, and, more important, the amazing results he achieved after following a friend’s recommendation to see a local chiropractor -- which spared him from having surgery -- the now Dr. Terence Wade might have never entered the chiropractic profession.

“The doctor adjusted my neck, and the result was blood flow into my hands for the first time in six weeks. The surgeon said that was impossible, but that set me on the path to Palmer West, and the rest is history,” said Dr. Wade, who served as ASG class representative, and was founder of the Palmer West Black Chiropractic Scholarship program.

Part of that history includes performances as a smooth-playing percussionist with several West Campus bands, including The Audibles and ChiroGyra. Following graduation, Dr. Wade remained musically active with Resounding Joy, an ensemble group that combined music and ministry in performances at prisons throughout California, and he has been a member of the First Baptist Worship Band in Gilroy for over ten years.

Were it not for Dr. Wade’s smooth chiropractic skills, many performers at the 21st annual San Jose Jazz Festival, Aug. 12-14, might have instead ended up singing the blues.

From his years of traveling as a seminar speaker throughout the United States as well as France, Switzerland, and England (teaching the Neural Organization Technique), as well as from years of work in a physically exerting career, Dr. Wade is familiar with, and can relate to, the chronic aches and pains associated with being a professional musician.

“They’re on tour five months out of the year, and it’s a constant cycle from planes to hotels to buses to performing venue, so they’re subjecting their bodies to constant stress, and chronic pain, due to repetitive body movement,” said Dr. Wade, who when celebrating his wedding anniversary at the Fairmont Hotel (which he and Patricia have done for many years, since it falls on the same weekend of the jazz festival), was introduced to one of the event managers, and Dr. Wade gladly volunteered to serve as the festival’s official chiropractor.

“I treated George Duke, who is a keyboard player, and he suffers from sciatica from the many hours of being seated in front of a piano. Many musicians suffer with rhomboid, rib and neck problems, from long hours in airports and tight seating on airplanes; for others they deal with chronic spasms and back pain, from hunching forward to read music, or from other posture-related conditions associated with performing live on stage.”

Dr. Wade said he didn’t actually see much of the festival performances, because he was busy for hours at a time, all three days of the festival, adjusting not only the musicians, but also the stage hands and production crew. But he didn’t mind. He still got to enjoy listening to his favorite genre of music, and the many compliments and expressions of gratitude were music to his ears.
“Working the festival is a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun,” said Dr. Wade, who serves as the official team doctor, and provides pre-season screenings, for members of the sports teams at Monte Vista Christian High School in Watsonville, where he resides.

Although Dr. Wade cringes when he thinks about the injuries and pain he suffered from his 14-foot fall as a carpenter. Thoughts about the many people he’s helped during his chiropractic career bring a smile to his face.

“Whether it’s a world-touring musician, the kids at the local high school, or the moms and pops who come into my office, I love what I do,” said Dr. Wade, who has mentored many West students that have completed their 13th Quarter field training assignment at his office in San Jose.

“And rare is the individual who can honestly say they love what they do. Especially when they’ve been doing it for 25 years.”