• Thrive WellBeing

    Chiropractic Pure & Simple

    Stress Reduction-Relaxation

    Personal Fitness Training

    Complimentary Initial Consultation

    David Robinson DC

    Chiropractor since 1989

    Nationally Certified Personal Fitness Trainer since 1996

    Certified 1st Degree Reiki Practitioner since 2001


    With a passion for and commitment to WellBeing and helping you rise above status quo health,

    Thrive WellBeing was conscientiously and carefully set up to be a relaxed practice and office space

    with affordable and transparent fees and services, and prompt, quality, focused care without any waiting.



  • Services

    Chiropractic Pure & Simple

    Chiropractic Pure & Simple

    The focus is on the spine, locating vertebral subluxations and eliminating/reducing them using chiropractic spinal adjustments.

    As a chiropractor, David represents a small minority in the profession who have mastered and only use gentle, specific spinal adjusting by hand, never using general manipulation, forceful or random adjusting, table parts that drop, or adjusting instruments.

    Chiropractic Evaluation and Spinal Adjustment: $80

    A Health History and Exam is done on the Initial Visit, for a new/different complaint, or after a trauma or extended absence: $50

    Stress Reduction-Relaxation

    Stress Reduction-Relaxation

    Sub-Occipital Pressure Point and Breathing is a great way to help reduce general stress and promote general relaxation, and help reduce/eliminate neck muscle tension/stress and relieve headache symptoms.

    This is a form of light Trigger Point therapy done with light manual traction, often done as part a chiropractic adjusting technique called SOT (Sacro-Occipital Technique). It works best when done in combination with a chiropractic spinal adjustment.

    Chiropractic Evaluation and Suboccipital Pressure Point and Breathing: $60

    A Health History and Exam is done on the Initial Visit, for a new/different complaint, after a trauma or extended absence: $50

    Stress Reduction-Relaxation

    Personal Fitness Training

    Receive instruction in the proper form and execution of basic strength and stretching exercises as well as balance exercises so you can begin your fitness program with the tools to get the best results in the shortest time.

    Or learn how to change up, intensify and add variety to your work-out with Instruction in advanced techniques of strength, balance and stretching exercises.

    Personal training is also a great way for those post-injury and post-rehab to return to normal levels of activities of daily living, job duties and recreational/sports activities, quicker.

    Per Person per Hour (Health History on first session included): $70

    Stress Reduction-Relaxation

    Healthy Eating Advising

    Advising on healthy eating, food choices and supplements is individually tailored to each client or patient. This is available to active and former clients and patients only.

    Per hour (Health History on first session included): $60

    Stress Reduction-Relaxation


    A motivating talk on how to overcome unhealthy lifestyle choices and priorities which cause many chronic diseases and are directly related to poor health status as we age.

    For more than 30 years David has made himself available as a guest speaker to businesses, civic and professional organizations, meetings, lyceums, events, expos, and college and university classes.

    Per 30 minutes: Complimentary community service.

  • Meet

    David Robinson DC

    David Robinson, DC

    A native of New Bedford and the South Coast, David earned an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in biology from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater MA and a graduate-professional degree (Doctor of Chiropractic - DC) in chiropractic from Life University School of Chiropractic in Marietta GA. He became a licensed chiropractor in Massachusetts in 1989 and has been practicing ever since.

    David has had private practices in New Bedford, Plymouth and Peabody, Massachusetts and also worked part time as a staff DC in a Boston practice. Most recently, he practiced doing house calls for private patients in the South Coast.

    While practicing in Peabody, he received certification as a first degree Reiki Practitioner in 2001.

    After seven years in private practice David earned National Certification as a Personal Fitness Trainer from the Athletic and Fitness Association of America in Sherman Oaks, California in 1996.

    As a fitness trainer, in addition to accepting a limited number of private clients for in-home and on-site personal training, he has worked as an independent contractor out of fitness centers in Plymouth and Pembroke, Massachusetts during which time he was contracted as a personal trainer for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council’s police cadet physical training program.

    David has also worked as a personal trainer at fitness clubs in San Diego and in Solana Beach, California, and at the Newport County (Rhode Island) YMCA. He has been a personal trainer at the Dartmouth YMCA's Healthy Living Center since its opening in 2014.

  • Appointments

    Thrive WellBeing, 488 Pleasant Street - Unit 7, New Bedford MA

    Thrive WellBeing

    Chiropractic Pure & Simple

    Stress Reduction-Relaxation

    Personal Fitness Training

    David Robinson DC

    448 Pleasant St - Unit 7

    New Bedford MA 02740



    By Appointment Only


    Tuesday 9 am to 5 pm

    Thursday 9 am to 5 pm

    Saturday 9 to 11 am


    Payment Due

    Upon Arrival for Visit



  • FAQ's

    "Why don't you accept insurance?"

    This concept is actually backwards. It’s not that I, or any other cash based chiropractor “doesn’t accept insurance”, but rather, that insurance not only does not accept chiropractic, it does not acknowledge chiropractic on chiropractic terms. And as a side note, don't you pay podiatrists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, holistic therapists, and many times dentists, as well as for spa treatments, directly?


    First, understand that the billing codes health care insurance has set up for diagnoses and treatments describe medical conditions and treatments.

    There is only one diagnosis that is actually a chiropractic diagnosis and that is the “vertebral subluxation”. Nowhere in the list of accepted diagnoses for insurances (review here) is "vertebral subluxation" found. All the diagnoses in the list of accepted diagnoses for insurances are medical diagnoses. Not a single diagnosis codes in this list indicates, “vertebral subluxation”.


    The same holds true for health care insurances’ codes for treatments. There is one treatment that is truly chiropractic, the “spinal adjustment”. Here, insurances have seen fit to call this “chiropractic manipulative therapy” or simply “manipulative therapy” (review here). “Manipulation” is not a chiropractic term or treatment. “Manipulation” is incorrectly used as a term synonymous with “chiropractic spinal adjustment”. “Manipulation” is actually an osteopathic and physical therapy term (see below). Placing the word “chiropractic” before this term does not magically make it a chiropractic treatment as health care insurers have conditioned and indoctrinated the public into believing. Not a single treatment code in this list indicates, “spinal adjustment”.


    By refusing to use the actual chiropractic term “vertebral subluxation” for a diagnosis code, and the actual chiropractic term “spinal adjustment” for a treatment code, health care insurers are deliberately refusing to accept, to acknowledge and are dismissing chiropractic on chiropractic terms. In other words, health care insurers refuse to acknowledge that the "vertebral subluxation" and "spinal adjustment" are a viable, actual diagnosis and treatment because they are of/from chiropractic not medicine.



    "I went to a chiropractor once and they didn't help me, they hurt me. I'll never go again!"

    Have you had a bad or painful or unfavorable experience with a chiropractor? Sometimes, in one's mind, a bad experience "proves" the fears were real about chiropractic, and the prejudices and attitudes justified. Does it?


    Have you ever bought a product that didn’t work or was faulty? Did you return it and swear off ever using that product again? A few people do. But most people simply exchange the product for another or switch to a different brand.

    Have you ever hired a trades-person, lawyer, realtor, accountant, etc., whose work you were not satisfied with? Did you swear you would never hire another person from that trade or profession ever again? A few people do. But most people simply find another person to do work for them.

    Have you ever been to a physical therapist or dentist or physician that caused more pain than expected or you were not satisfied with? Did you swear you would never go to another therapist or dentist or physician ever again? A few people do. But most people simply find another therapist, etc. to treat them.

    So why is it that so frequently I hear from people who went to a chiropractor, did not get the results they expected/wanted - considered an unfavorable result, and they now have an attitude toward chiropractic, bastardizing the whole profession with disdain, swearing they will never go to another chiropractor again?


    To begin with, there may have been some underlying prejudice toward chiropractic?...Because it is not of the medical realm?? But they are now stuck in their own "stuff", their own memes, and can't or won't get out of their own way, steadfastly holding on to these memes, refusing to choose another chiropractor out of fear, and, disdain and prejudice compounded now, to learn about how that chiropractor practices chiropractic and how that chiropractor does spinal adjustments. If they did, they could then make an informed decision whether to continue or not, or even if they actually are a good candidate for chiropractic or not a good candidate for chiropractic for any number of clinical reasons.

    Wouldn’t that be the sensible thing be to do, just as most people do and have done, when not satisfied with or had an unfavorable experience with a particular product, brand, trades-person, accountant, lawyer, realtor, therapist, dentist or physician?

    "Isn't chiropractic about relieving back pain?"

    Read the profession's definitions of chiropractic "Chiropractic Defined" below. Does anything in those definitions say anything about back pain? Those definitions of chiropractic focus on health and the detrimental effects the subluxation has on our bodies, and the care - spinal adjustments - that addresses the correction of subluxations, with a greater emphasis health. Chiropractic care should be considered an invaluable tool for you to not only to help you feel well, but to also help you be well.

    "So if you're focused on wellbeing that means you keep me coming for adjustments?"

    I'll answer this with several questions.

    Do you go to a dentist once or twice and then expect your teeth and oral health to remain good for years?

    Do you take your prescription medications only a few times and expect your condition to remain better for months and months?

    Do you take vitamin supplements only a few times and expect their benefits to last for months and months?

    Do you eat healthy food only a few times or for only a short period of time and expect the healthy benefits to continue for months? (This is what happens to people when they diet. But the "results" rarely last!).

    Do you only exercise a few times, or, until you get the results you desire, then stop exercising, fully expecting that those benefits and results will last for the rest of your life?

    Is good health something you value and prioritize?

    Ultimately, the choice is yours how you utilize chiropractic, crisis care or maintenance care. But what it comes down to is your value system for and your priorities of your lifestyle.

    "What's this about 'Chiropractic Pure & Simple' and 'Stress Reduction-Relaxation'?"

    "Pure & Simple" indicates how and what I sincerely choose to practice as far as chiropractic is concerned: purely chiropractic according to the professional definition, diagnosis and treatment, and, simply detecting vertebral subluxations and reducing/eliminating them rendering chiropractic spinal adjustments. Once again, read "Chiropractic Defined" below. I choose not to practice like the typical chiropractic office in the area; medically oriented, focused on pain relief, crisis care, and auto accident and personal injury cases, that does electrical therapies, and bills most insurances.


    "Stress Reduction-Relaxation" is a viable treatment that is part of a specific chiropractic adjusting technique used by many chiropractors. I simply choose to use this particular part of the technique that's helpful to patients as indicated.


    For many people here, when something is different than they are familiar with, is not the typical or usual, or they don't know about it , or have never heard of it, they dismiss it as "nonsense" or a "gimmick", rather than being curious and learning about it. Such an attitude is particularly grating; as if they know more about it than the professional involved.

    "Isn't 'adjustment' and 'manipulation' the same thing?"

    No. With manipulation, a force is randomly introduced into multiple vertebrae of the spine with the sole intent of "mobilizing" the area. No care is taken to isolate the specific vertebrae. A contact is made with one's hands over several spinal segments at one time and whatever "cracks" does so without a specific goal in mind other than global movement.

    “Manipulation” is often incorrectly used as a term synonymous with chiropractic spinal adjustment. Manipulation is actually an osteopathic and physical therapy term and application, and is not vertebra or direction specific; it is a random, non-specific thrust into the spine.

    A "manipulator" gives everyone the same "aspirin" approach no matter what the presenting conditions are. Every patient is manipulated on their right side and then their left when their lower back is treated, then they lay on their stomach and are pushed on all the way up and down their mid back and finally lay on their back and their neck is “cracked from the left and then the right”. While this makes many patients "feel good", this approach usually results in short term relief because no attempt at specific correction of the “problem/issue” is ever made. In some cases, too much joint movement or worse yet joints that are manipulated that should not be, result in new pains or instability.


    ​With a chiropractic adjustment, information is first derived from hands-on palpation is to assess exactly what areas should be adjusted and what areas should not be adjusted. Then the chiropractor will render a "chiropractic adjustment", which is specific. The chiropractic adjustment implies that a detailed examination is performed via a functional assessment and by the chiropractor's "hands on" palpation of each spinal joint to determine "if" there are vertebral subluxations and exactly "where" in the spine they're located; and that information is then applied to determine the best way to reduce/eliminate - perform a chiropractic spinal adjustment on - this condition called subluxation.

    "Id like to schedule visits with you on a regular basis but I can't afford it."

    But maybe the key word here, "can't" should be, "don't want to"? Especially when you look at my fees.

    How often do you "afford" dining/eating out and weekly entertainment out?....top tier cable/satellite/device subscriptions?...brand name clothing?...etc., etc.

    What it comes down to is your value systems in life and your priorities of your lifestyle. Is good health something you value and prioritize?

    "What is chiropractic really about?" - Chiropractic Defined

    Massachusetts Acts, 1966, Chapter 409, Section 89 - Chiropractic is "The science of locating, and removing interference with the transmission or expression of nerve force in the human body, by the correction of misalignments or subluxations of the bony articulations and adjacent structures, more especially those of the vertebra column and pelvis, for the purpose of restoring and maintaining health."

    The Association of Chiropractic Colleges - "chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health."​


    Vertebral Subluxation is the chiropractic diagnosis for a vertebra which has lost its normal position and motion in relation to neighboring vertebrae. Vertebrae which do not function properly within the spinal framework generate mechanical stress. This accelerates the wear and tear on the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, joints and other spinal tissues; and has the potential to impair proper nerve functioning.


    Chiropractic Spinal Adjustment is the chiropractic treatment for re-aligning a vertebra back to its normal position, helping to normalize nerve function. The chiropractic spinal adjustment is direction-specific and vertebra-specific.


    The nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. This is because nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body and then delivers this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body.


    Misalignment in the spine can interfere with proper nervous system function. More specifically, chiropractors study the effects of vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where alignment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal. When this occurs, imbalances cause irritation and inflammation. In turn this can cause interference with information that is transmitted along nerves and the spinal cord. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations.


    Chiropractic helps to normalize the body’s nervous system and balance which can help in preventing many spine related symptoms. By locating nervous system interference called subluxations and eliminating/reducing them using chiropractic spinal adjustments, the chiropractor is able to assist the body in returning to a more normal functioning nervous system. Since the nervous system is the master control system of the body, this gives the body greater potential to maintain health.

    "How can you do personal training when you don't have a fitness studio?"

    As much as my focus is on getting the exercise newbie started and helping experienced exercisers change up their routines, I assure you, with 22 plus years of experience, I can place you in and keep you in a 5 foot by 6 foot area, and just using your own body weight and stretches, inside of 30 minutes, completely exhaust you to a sweat-soaked "limp chicken"! Studio size and type/amount of equipment is inconsequential to a good hard work out, if that's what you are looking for.

    "Why did you name your practice 'Thrive 'WellBeing?"

    It fits with my philosophy of life and living. Unlike our electronic devices, there is no "rewind button" in life. Why live it in a constant or re-occurring battle with your body in one way or another? From the Merriam Webster Dictionary: Thrive - to grow and flourish. Well Being - the state of being healthy and happy.

    My commitment to patients and clients matches my passion for my professions. l am excited to have established this practice, and look forward to meeting you and helping you break free from the conditioning that health comes from "miracle" pills and potions and means having no pain or symptoms or illnesses. My aim is to have you reach beyond the status quo lifestyle and attitude toward health, and aspire to live in well-being and to thriving.