My Chronic Illness and Pain Disabled Me And I Was Never Supposed To Practice Again!
I started my practice in Oakhurst, NJ in 1986. However, in 2000 I became disabled due to two conditions: thoracic outlet syndrome (causes pain, weakness and numbness in the arms) and carpal tunnel syndrome. Both conditions affected both sides of my body. I was never supposed to practice again.
The year prior, I was experiencing 7 out of 10 of the most stressful things that can happen to someone. This all led to my disabling conditions as well as to a very hard decision I made in 2001. I sold my practice to my competitor. It was the end of my 15-year-old practice.
I attained the position of Marketing Director with them. However, over a few months, I felt I was not fulfilling my life’s purpose. At this point, I believed I was destined to begin the quest to reverse my own disability. Throughout the following year, I created a program encompassing a regiment of nutritional therapy, chiropractic treatment, and a unique specialized strengthening program as well as changing my thought process through a technique I discovered.
With these therapies and looking at life in a different way, I was able to resume practicing.
This is why I love to work with chronic illness and pain patients. I was there. I understand the depression, the constant debilitating pain and the frustration of the many doctors I saw who did not know what to do with my chronic condition except curtail the pain with medications or who wanted to do surgery. I was not opting for the latter.
So I decided I would create my own health program by applying all of the different techniques and knowledge I accumulated over the years and combining them with a “thinking out of the box” approach to wellness.
I Don't Care About Your Pain!
Not that I have a horrible bedside manner and that I don't care about you, I do. But I don't focus on the pain. I am more concerned about the real cause of it. The majority of the times it is something else.
Whether it is on a physical, mental and/or emotional, finding the true cause by strengthening this weakness with many different and cutting edge methods, makes me treat patients in a very different and highly successful way.
My Treatment Method
I take a very different approach when I treat patients.. Because you may have a variety of symptoms from headaches, stomach pains, back pain, fatigue, or all the other hundreds of symptoms you may have, is usually not where the problem is. I may or may not treat the symptom area.
Headaches could be due to food intolerances, menstrual irregularities, neck or jaw problems. Back pain can be due to your hip or foot imbalance and leg pain can be due to the weakness on the opposite side of your body. I can spend days giving you different examples.
“Thinking outside of the box” is my philosophy. I just don’t adjust patients. I use muscle techniques, strengthening techniques, rehabilitation, stress management techniques, nutritional therapies and everything else that is at my disposal to figure out the cause of a patient’s complaints thereby treating the cause and not just pain.
It is not “no pain - no problem” but rather “no weakness - no problem”. You can still have a weakness and no pain. Pain is the last thing to come and the first thing to go away. Treat the weakness and the pain leaves. Treat the pain without addressing the weakness and I will continue to see you in the office. The same goes for emotional distress.
About My Treating Philosophy
My approach is simple. I believe that health is among our most valuable possessions. And while I generally meet people after they’ve lost their health, my commitment is two-fold:
1. Perform an extensive history, examination and extensive testing such as blood, saliva, stool or whatever other test that is at my disposal in order to diagnose the true cause of your condition or conditions.
When many people seek care in my office they have one goal: relief. During this initial stage of intensive care, I have several obligations:
- Uncover the underlying cause of the health problem or problems
- Suggest a care plan to produce the best results possible
- Offer ways patients can participate in their recovery
- Create a program to allow the body to start the healing phase
2. Recommend and initial an intensive health care program that includes multiple individualized therapies that achieve maximum health benefits.
I encourage my patients to achieve the highest levels of health they can. Through educational opportunities (like this website), I hope to communicate the value of ongoing healthcare. My desire is to see my patients abandon the prevailing sickness care model of health of just treating the symptom.
Regardless of your health goals, please understand that I see myself serving your needs. It’s your body, your health and your future. My job is to give you knowledge and understanding by offering you the many different healthcare options and approaches that I have seen work for many of my patients, especially patients with chronic illness and pain. However, you have the final decision in your healthcare plan.
Sounds interesting? Please contact my office to make an appointment.
I Live What I Teach!
I work out and eat healthy. Do I occasionally eat the "bad" stuff? Absolutely! Everything in moderation.
I receive regular chiropractic treatments (minimally once a month) to offset the day-to-day stresses that accumulate over the month.
I take my supplements and meditate on a daily basis to achieve the same results I want for my patients. To live my life the way it was meant to be lived!
I refer my patients for diagnostic testing and/or to other healthcare practitioner(s) when I feel that the patient treatment program warrants it.
I consider myself an excellent listener and I would enjoy the opportunity to meet you in person and discuss your specific health challenges. Give one of my offices a call to make an appointment at (732) 383-5410 or if you have questions, email me.