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Dr. Robin L. Baker
Wausau , Wisconsin
United States of America

I recently went through somewhat of a traumatic time in my life. I started having severe pain in the right side of my head and extending down to my shoulder. I went to the clinic to find out the cause and hopefully the solution. I was seen by four different physicians and two specialists. During these six weeks I was prescribed several types of drugs and diagnosed for many problems, something different each time. I had blood work, CT scans and a MRI, all showing nothing wrong. I was in a great deal of pain and very frustrated with the medical field as to why they could not help me. I could not work and I sat home all day terrified of when my next headache would be. My good fortune came when I found out that the person who did my MRI had my same symptoms a year before. She told me about Drs. Baker and Borski and how they had helped her. I was hesitant to go to a Chiropractor but I was at my wits end and was willing to listen to anyone who really cared about my getting better. I made the appointment the next morning and after I met with Dr. Baker for a consultation, I was pleased with what I heard. I was still a bit unsure if this could help me, but encouraged also. I went back in on Monday for Dr. Borski to adjust me. By far the best medical decision I have ever made. I had small headaches for about the next 2 days, but nothing like what I had been through the previous weeks. From that Wednesday on I have not even had a hint of a headache and have not taken any drugs, which by the way were tearing my insides up. I want to thank Dr. Baker and Dr. Borski as well as their staff. I can only say that I wish I would have found you earlier and I feel fortunate that I found you at all, as I truly believe that medical doctors would still be trying to cover up my pain with drugs, unsuccessfully. I have and will continue to tell everyone I hear that has pain like I did to locate an Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor. Thank you again.

By Mike
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand”. Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs or chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body that is functioning improperly.

What conditions benefit from chiropractic?

Although most people associate chiropractic care with back pain, neck problems and headaches, chiropractic affects the entire body and its systems via the nervous system.

Does chiropractic hurt?

Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. As far back as a study of 4,500 Canadian chiropractors in the October 2, 2001 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal by Scott Haldeman, D.C., et al "the likelihood that a chiropractor will be made aware of an arterial dissection following cervical manipulation is approximately 1 in 5.85 million cervical adjustments". In other words, the likelihood of a stroke occurring is 1 in 8.06 million office visits or 1 in 1,430 chiropractic practice years. There may be some associated discomfort from correcting misalignments. There are also certain techniques that are Upper Cervical or low force that cause virtually no discomfort.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe. The risk factor of a stroke is often greatly exaggerated; the actual risk is greater than one million to one. Research in chiropractic efficacy and neurology are ongoing and extensive proving that chiropractic is highly effective.

What kind of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic have?

Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. In total, a Doctor of Chiropractic attends an average of seven years of school. First, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (focusing on the basic sciences) is required before they can attend an accredited chiropractic college/university. The average minimum hours of study required are 1,955 for chiropractors vs. 1,579 for medical school. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning: basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, embryology, physiology, histology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, orthopedics, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training. Chiropractors can also specialize in areas such as orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatrics, neurology and radiology requiring another two to three years of additional education.

Once graduated, Doctors of Chiropractic must pass four rigorous National board examinations and some states require state board examinations before they are licensed in any particular state or country. They must also earn a certain number of credits per year with post-graduate studies/courses to keep their respective licenses current and active.