What does a chiropractic adjustment 1
American chiropractic is particularly known in pain therapy as an effective and at the same time gentle treatment method. Back pain or headaches can also be relieved for a long time with this type of alternative medicine.
We spoke to Mark Linkert about American chiropractic and chiropractic treatment approaches. As Doctor of Chiropractic, Mark is new to the WirbelDOC team of therapists.
Hello Mark, and welcome to the team! Where exactly do you come from?
Mark: I'm from Minnesota. Minnesota is similar to Germany in terms of climate, but in winter it gets a little colder and has a lot more snow.
Why did you become a chiropractor?
Mark: I wanted to become a doctor because I want to help people, especially those in pain. Chiropractic allows pain to be relieved naturally, with no medication, no injections or surgery, and that appealed to me. There are so many drug side effects that I don't want to burden my patients with.
I actually have a personal history and was a patient myself. Because I had a very serious car accident in 1993. I was very lucky to survive! I squeezed my pelvis and spent 14 months in a hospital, most of them in a wheelchair. So I know how the health system works. That is why I very much appreciate natural health care without medication, as it is more beneficial and gentler for the patient.
What is your professional career like?
Mark: I studied chiropractic and learned the art of adjusting chiropractic in Minnesota. Then I was licensed to the chiropractic school in Michigan, where I made my first experiences as a treating chiropractor. I continued to learn there how to treat patients and how to get better results. After 5 years of practice in Michigan, I decided to move to the other side of the world - I moved to Indonesia. I practiced in Indonesia for a short time, which was very instructive. From there I went to Malaysia, where I worked for an excellent company.
Then I went to Germany for the first time, to Frankfurt. I liked Frankfurt very much - I spent almost 2 years there to get to know Germany for the first time, the customs here, the people, the culture and the history. After a short stopover back in Malaysia, I went to Thailand. Then I worked in China for a short time before returning to Germany. Cologne has been my home since then.
How does chiropractic in Germany differ from the USA?
Mark: The main difference is in how physiotherapy is used. In the USA I worked at clinics that had physiotherapists / PT’s as employees. The PT’s there first see a patient, perform electrotherapy to relax the muscles and then the patients come to me, the chiropractor. Here in Germany there are neither PTs nor electrical muscle stimulation / EMS, nor ultrasound or intersegmental traction tables. There are also some insurance companies that reimburse chiropractic care in the US; this is not always the case here in Germany.
What is your chiropractic philosophy?
Mark: My chiropractic philosophy is that everyone needs chiropractic! Chiropractic will naturally relieve your pain by taking the pressure off your nerves. Chiropractic also balances the pelvis so that you can walk better and straighter. Chiropractic will improve your shoulders and hips as chiropractic adjustments correct misalignments of C1 (your uppermost vertebrae). Did you know that C1 subluxation is the number # 1 cause of headaches? Also, chiropractic adjustments will optimize your health by freeing the nerves in your upper back and thoracic spine - these nerves control your immune system.
What is important in your practice?
Mark: My goal is patient education. I want to teach my patients about the brain and spinal cord, how the nerves control the whole body, and how pinching the nerves causes pain and disrupts the transmission of impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. This, of course, leads to poor health and diseases. I teach patients that chiropractic adjustments free the nerves and keep the brain functioning properly.
What do you think is most important to patients?
Mark: I think patients want to be pain-free especially at the beginning. This is what brings 95% of patients to my practice: PAIN. But I think it's even more important to educate patients about what is causing their pain. Otherwise, they'll be back in the office with the same problems. That's why I ask patients about their lifestyle and, above all, about their profession. I declare that what you do every day will affect your health. People with desk jobs using computers face two problems. Sitting is the worst position for your lower back; Sitting puts the greatest stress and pressure on the lower back. If your computer screen is too low, look down all the time - looking down for 8 hours a day, it puts a strain on your neck.
What do you like best about your job?
Mark: Oh, that's easy. When a patient gets up from the table after the 1st adjustment and grins broadly because the pain has been relieved. Seeing that smile on your face is the greatest reward! There are patients who have had headaches for 10-20-30 years and after a month of treatment they are headache free!
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