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Vail Valley chiropractor could be on his way up

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado

Thomas Palic of Edwards, Colorado, may be on his way up in the world of extreme skiing. And, as a lot of success stories do, this one started with a happy accident.

Palic, a chiropractor who runs the Applied Kinesiology Center in Edwards, is a former ski racer who moved to the valley in 2006. A patient of Palic’s was also client of Dano Bruno, the boot specialist at Beaver Creek sports.

Bruno went to Palic for some chiropractic treatment, was impressed, and told another client about the relatively new doc in town.

That client was extreme skier Tanner Hall, a Winter X Games fixture. Bruno has been Hall’s boot and ski technician for 12 years now.

“I’m always looking for something to help Tanner perform better,” Bruno said. A few visits to Palic might be just the thing to help Bruno’s young skier, especially in the seasons after Hall had broken both ankles in Utah in an attempted stunt gone horribly wrong.

“Tanner and I sat down in September like we always do,” Bruno said. “He told me he wanted to ski more this season than he had in years. But he’d always say ‘this hurts,’ or ‘that hurts.'”

Bruno convinced Hall to get some treatment from Palic.

The treatments put a spring back into Hall’s step, and a new business relationship was born.

So what is it Palic does that others don’t?

Palic said his version of “applied kinesiology” includes all the body’s systems, from the bones and joints to the muscles, organs and glands.

“Every treatment starts with a posture check,” Palic said. “I can check how the muscles are firing.”

After some adjustments, athletes who feel better are better able to jump and, of course, land, better.

“With a lot of what we do, the athletes can jump higher,” Palic said.

Treating Hall earned Palic an invitation to stay at the skier’s rented house in Aspen during this year’s Winter X Games. There, he worked on Hall, as well as other skiers with Armada Skis.

That work led to introductions to other skiers and athletes including Chad Fleischer and Sandy Carlson.

Palic soon found himself doing a couple of hours’ worth of adjustments a day on several athletes.

“It’s been kind of spider web of connections,” Palic said.

That web has led to conversations with the people who run the Red Bull athletic teams, and a deal may be in the works.

Going from zero to full speed in less than a ski season would be remarkable for anyone but Palic. After opening his clinic in the Vail Valley in 2006, his practice has grown to almost 800 patients.

As far as Bruno’s concerned, Palic’s success is because he gets results.

“Sandy Carlson came hobbling into the house, concerned about how he was going to make it the next day. He walked out just bouncing off the walls,” Bruno said. “I don’t even try to understand it, but it works.”

Of course, not all relief is instant, which can be a tough concept to grasp for athletes still on the sunny side of their 30th birthdays.

But even young athletes need some help with bumps, bruises, and spinal compression.

“My job is to take care of Tanner’s skis and boots, and to find him the best physical therapy/kinesiology guy I can,” Bruno said. “That’s Tom. I wouldn’t be surprised if some team picks him up.”

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