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Dr. Jack Keshishyan
I have been going to a Chiropractor since 1989, and I have been treating with Dr. Jack since 1999. Since that time I have referred all of my friends and relatives and anyone else I can to him. Why? Because I want everyone to know how good they will feel after Dr. Jack treats them.
My sons routinely ask me to take them to the chiropractor. They know that the will feel better regardless of what ails them after being adjusted. It matters not what the ailment is. If we are treated in this office, we will feel better, period.
Many years ago, I had a severe pain in my mid back. The medical doctors I saw believed I had a muscle spasm. The prescribed treatment was medication and rest. There was little pain as long as I remained medicated and I was unable to do much else if medicated. This lasted over a week. I finally decided to see the chiropractor. Upon examination, he noticed right away that I had a vertebra out of place. As soon as he adjusted me the pain I was feeling was almost completely gone. From that point forward I go to the chiropractor first before going any place else. I can tell you from my many years of experience with Dr. Jack that everyone should do the same.
Dr. Jack is first-rate when it comes to helping you feel better. Everyone I have referred feels as I do. You can be treated anywhere but will not be in better care than that provided by him and his wonderful staff.
If you want to feel good, go Dr. Jack at Agoura Family Chiropractic!
The idea of going to a Chiropractor always freaked me out. No matter how many people told me it was amazing and life-changing, I refused to leave my neck, back, and head in someone else's hands (literally)!
After suffering through some major lower back pain, I finally gave in and decided to see Dr. Jack because a few of my friends are his patients. It was a Christmas miracle! Even after the first adjustment, I felt so much better. I followed up with regular appointments, and I haven't felt this great in a long time.
Dr. Jack was really informative about the condition of my back and neck. He even requested to look at MRI films I had done previously. I like his positive attitude and emphasis on the body's ability to heal itself without going to drastic measures, like surgery, right away.
The staff is great and friendly. No need to be afraid. Listed in: Touchy Feely Goodness...…
Been getting adjusted here for 9 years. I'm an adrenaline junkie so gotta expect some injuries, right? Well, the one that messed me up was trying a table top jump at mammoth on my snowboard and landing on my head. Epic fail. This was in 96' or 97' when protective head gear wasn't popular, hence, messed up my cervical spine. Of course at 17 I just shook it off and went on boarding..time is money on the slopes!!
Well, when I turned 22, I couldn't take the pain and noticed that my shoulders were aslant..damn. I was referred to Varon Chiropractic and they've done a great job realigning me (time & time again). I truly owe Dr. Jack for helping keep this adrenaline "fool" alive and well, allowing me to continue boarding (skate, wake, snow) and paint balling (I'm usually offense). Trust me, they know what they're doing. You won't be disappointed!
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I am female, thirty-five, healthy, determined, and have been free of seizures for over seven years, thanks to Chiropractic Care.
I was a very healthy and happy child and a, "Tom Boy."
At fifteen years old, I was a sophomore in high school and played JV basketball. I also worked evenings at a restaurant, and was experiencing, "First Love." One night, I remember having a disturbing dream, and I awoke, to my body jerking all over. I new what was going on, but if I stood up, I would fall down. The seizure lasted about thirty minutes.
I went to a few doctors. My EEG was way above threshold, and this was at it's highest point when would try to wake up. The doctor prescribed, Dialantin, and Tegretol. I became such a drugged out zombie, I had to go on home teaching for my junior year.
My Father, who was a lab tech, had my blood level run. It was at toxic level. We tried to talk to the doctor about it, and he became defensive. So, I went to another Neurologist, who put me on Depakote. I never wanted to take the medicine, and I never found any answers. I decided at twenty years old that I would make a leap, and quit the anti-seizure pills. But, every few months a seizure would happen. I just tried to give myself plenty of time to wake up before I went to work. I was determined to not let it get in the way of life. I also truly believed inside, that if this was brought on later in life, it was something that could be stopped.
At twenty-eight, I was a professional athlete, living and working in Hawaii. I had moved from the North Shore, to Honolulu. My job and lifestyle changed, so I joined a gym. When I walked into the gym, one evening, I saw a free Chiropractic screening. I went directly. Knowing I had issues. Dr. Kathrine Higgins, Team Chiropractic of Hawaii, offered a discount on x-rays and consultation. I accepted.
My x-ray results were not too impressive from top to bottom. My neck, lumbar, and sacrum, were phase two and three. Arthritis is phase four. We began aggressive treatment, meaning three to four adjustments a week. I was required to do neck traction on a daily basis, starting off gradually. I was totally committed. There were weird twinges and sensations in spontaneous areas. I felt pockets of air move from under my arms, and down around my ribs. My lungs would open and I would breath with ease, and my digestive tract functioned better, less indigestion. I would sometimes have an emotional release after my adjustment, such as, involuntary heavy sobbing.
Something profound didn't happen though. I wasn't having seizures or immune system challenges. In fact, I haven't had a seizure since. Dr. Higgins treated me. The next four years, I continued to educate myself on the nervous system, and receive maintenance. I would ask medical doctors how much they learned about the nervous system in medical school, and share the fact; "The nervous system is our master organ of our body." " It controls our thoughts, feelings, and actions." Physical, mental, and chemical stress, cause spinal subluxation. That means the spine is misaligned, pinching the nerves and cutting off communication. As a result, diseased, dead, decaying, and mutated cells are produced, and the body will malfunction and degenerate. That's not to mention pain, and immobility.
I relocated from Hawaii back to Southern California in 2002. Currently, I am happy, and relieved, to be under chiropractic maintenance with Dr. Jack in Burbank. I'm still seizure free, and still learning. Occupation, finances, and lifestyle are stresses that will generally, be there. We can't stop living life. But, we can become more aware and educate others. Life is a series of experiences, and it's comforting to know there's more out there. When are bodies are healthy, our souls can shine and our bodies will heal. It's all connected.
"A Profound Chiropractic Experience"
Kerry C. Meyers
I have suffered from migraine headaches for about 2 years; this last year being the worst! The migraines became so frequent that I ended up off work for 4 months. During that time I was taking 2 types of medication daily; this in itself caused other health problems and still did not help the headaches.
It was my last visit to the hospital for a Demerol shot that I decided out of sheer desperation to visit a chiropractor. I was so ill that day, but after examining my X-rays it was obvious that there was a problem (Subluxations everywhere! ) I started my adjustments immediately. Within 3 weeks I actually went a whole day without a headache. MIRACLE! Then it was 2 days without a headache ... and so on. I was finally able to return to work. I continue to get my adjustments, do my exercises, eat well, get my sleep, and go to the gym If it wasn't for my chiropractor. So I would be on permanent disability. Imagine that?
Chiropractic has literally changed my life. I'm a much healthier, happy person and I'm DRUG-FREE! Thank you. Jennifer
I was first introduced to my chiropractor by wonderful parents. Prior to this holistic retreat, I was in a great deal of pain and headed toward "hunchback stardom". Since being a regular here, I now stand taller and have less and less pain.
Although I do not always do my prescribed exercises, they are extremely beneficial to any healing process. I also notice, more often than not, that I constantly observe other people's poor posture - how funny!
I have noticed that while quite a few family and friends have been ill, I have been unaffected by it all. Sort of untouchable - fighting off infections because my power is on and my subluxations are well on their way to being less severe. Live well. Eat well. Adjust well. Heal Well. Chiropractic is a lifetime investment towards a happy and healthy life! Cathy
THE FOLLOWING ARE ATHLETE AND CELEBRETY TESTIMONIALS ON THE CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION
Emmitt Smith Credits Chiropractic for Rushing Record
CHIROPRACTIC CARE IN PRO FOOTBALL
Fourteen years ago, Dr. Nick Athens of San Carlos, California, adjusted popular quarterback Joe Montana on the field during the Superbowl. The adjustment was caught on camera, shown on the evening news and Athens made history. |
Today, there are chiropractors on the staff of several NFL teams, but their official acceptance into pro-football has not been easy even though the services a chiropractor provides is unique and cannot be provided by any other member of the medical team.
Many players have been and are under chiropractic care on their own, but when one professional athlete of a certain stature claims that chiropractic has helped him to get where he is and keep him there, it is still news. Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys is one such athlete. On his way to the record books as the NFL's leading rusher, Smith credits his longevity in pro football not to his own ability but to his chiropractor, Dr. Rob Parker.
The New York Times, Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star- Telegram have all reported on Emmitt Smith's feelings about his chiropractor and what chiropractic does for him. The lead paragraph in the New York Times by Thomas George stated: "Two days before Emmitt Smith hoped to make his most memorable run, the one that would push him past Walter Peyton as the National Football League's career rushing leader, Smith lay flat on his back. It is a position Smith assumes on most Friday afternoons, with Dr. Rob Parker kneading the knots out of his bodyï¿½"
Smith began to get weekly chiropractic care from Dr. Parker about seven years ago, after he was introduced to him by former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston. Now, he spends about two hours with Dr. Parker every Friday during the season and often gets adjustments two or three days a week.
An article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram explains it all started after the 1994 season when Smith endured a lot of hamstring problems and he began to ask himself some tough questions. "Do I need to get more rest? Do I need to eat better? Do I need a little more training? How can I take care of my body better? Do I need to find a chiropractor? It was time for me to invest in me," Smith said. "I found a specialist that's really good in balancing out my body to make sure my hips are rotated right, and my body is functioning properly. I remember somebody telling me that what I put myself in during the games is like having a car wreck every Sunday. It's against the norm. You can find yourself in awkward positions. That stuff takes its toll. But if you take advantage of the health care, balance your body back out, put it back where it's supposed to be, you function better, and you recover faster."
Dr. Rob Parker comes from a line of well-known chiropractors. He is the grandson of chiropractic icon Dr. Jim Parker, founder and former president of Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas and the world-famous Parker Seminars, and son of Dr. Karl Parker of the Karl Parker Seminars. He and his wife Kellie, who is also a chiropractor, have practiced chiropractic for 12 years in the Dallas area.
Smith has long praised Dr. Parker for playing a major role in his outstanding football career. The Dallas Morning News wrote: "Anyone who suspects Smith is exaggerating Parker's role in his career need only look at the 33-year-old running back's eyes when he talks about him." To the skeptics out there, Smith remarks, "ï¿½if you traveled where I've traveled, done what I've done and seen the results that I've been getting, then you'd understand where I'm coming fromï¿½
"I've learned so much about my physical body over the past seven years since I met the man (Parker) that I know when I'm not feeling up to parï¿½I know when things are not balanced out right."
It is obvious that Dr. Parker has not only helped keep Smith's body "balanced" with regular care, but what is even more important is that he has made this super athlete understand the philosophy underlying the care he is receiving.
Tour de France Champion Depends on Chiropractic
Lance Armstrong is the first American to win the Tour de France three years in row. One of the methods he uses to keep in peak performance is chiropractic care. The chiropractor he uses to help him is Dr. Jeff Spencer. Dr. Jeff Spencer is no stranger to the sport. He is a former champion cyclist who competed on the 1972 United States Olympic Team as a sprint cyclist and he serves as chiropractor for the United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team. According to Dr. Spencer, "My job with Lance and the team is to optimize the neuromusculoskeletal component of their training and, in the event of a crash, minimize down time and get them back in the race as quickly as possible. I adjust them as needed and guide them in choices of diet and supplements, which helps reduce the likelihood of injury." Chiropractic helps athletes perform better by removing interference to their nervous system known as subluxations. When the nerve system is free of interference the athlete can perform better. In a study conducted by the New Zealand School of Chiropractic, University of Auckland, New Zealand reaction times were improved and shortened in volunteer subjects that received chiropractic care over those that did not. The group that received the chiropractic adjustment showed a decrease in reaction time of 97 milli-seconds representing a 14.8 percent quicker reaction time. Considering these findings is it any wonder why Lance Armstrong and thousands of other athletes use chiropractic care to obtain their peak performance?
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Chiropractic Booster
Arnold Schwarzenegger was the headline speaker at the 9th Annual Symposium on Natural Fitness held March 2-4, 2001 in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). A strong supporter of chiropractic and a chiropractic patient himself for many years."Arnold" told the group of chiropractors: "I depend on chiropractic and so does my whole family. . I have been making a movie in Mexico and all of us on the set saw the chiropractor to keep us going. All of the crew, electricians, stunt people, actors, all of us, were adjusted regularly by this great woman chiropractor who worked around the clock to take care of us all. That's what chiropractors do, take care of people like no other kind of healer."Each year the ICA's Symposium on Natural Fitness is held in conjunction with the "Arnold Classic" a bodybuilding and fitness event. At this event athletes and chiropractors from all over the world get together to celebrate health and fitness. Many of the top competitors from these events follow Arnolds lead by being regular chiropractic patients. Schwarzenegger, a chiropractic patient himself for years, summed his feelings for chiropractic up by saying, "It is truly one of the few professions that really helps people in a straightforward way with no monkey business, like some of the other professions promise to help, but this chiropractic is the real thing."
The Most Valuable Player
Mastery of five skills - base running, fielding, throwing, hitting for average and hitting with power - is the standard of greatness in a baseball player, and San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds has reached that mark.
Generally regarded as the best player in the major leagues today, he has proven himself, year after year, by raising his level of play to that of the all-time greats of the game. With a recent contract extension, he is now, befitting his enormous talents, the highest-paid player in baseball.
Bonds is a three-time National League Most Valuable Player, having won the award in 1990 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and in 1993 with the Giants. He is one of only eight players in major league history to win three league MVP awards.
In his 11-year career, the 32-year-old superstar has compiled impressive statistics: a .288 overall batting average, 334 home runs, 993 RBI and 380 stolen bases. He is a six-time National League All-star, and in 1996 he achieved another milestone by becoming only the second player in major league history, and the first in the NL, to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases, in the same season.
Since he is such a dangerous hitter, teams often choose to put him on base rather than give him a chance to break a game open, and last year he set a National League record for walks (151) while blasting 42 home runs, driving in a career-high 129 runs and batting .308.
In addition, Bonds joined Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and his father, Bobby, as the only four players in baseball history to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases lifetime. Compared to the all-time top 10 home-run hitters at a similar stage in their career, Bonds ranks sixth in homers and seventh in RBI.
Not only is he productive at the plate, but he is also a superb defensive player. His is a six-time winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which is presented annually to 18 of baseball's best fielders, one from each position, in both leagues.
COMMITTED TO WINNING
What are Bonds' goals for 1997?
"I'd like to have another 40-40 season, grab another MVP award and go with the team to the World Series", he asserts. "One of my goals is to bring one here to San Francisco, where I was brought up."
Prior to the start of the 1997 season, Bonds agreed to a $22.9 million, two-year contract extension with the Giants which put him atop baseball's salary list. He will average $11.45 million per year, the highest in baseball history, in 1999 and 2000.
The latest extension includes a club option which could ensure Bonds' services through the 2001 season. He will garner $8.25 million in 1997 and $8.5 million in 1998.
Clearly, the Giants are counting on him to be the key to their success to the future, which includes opening a new stadium, Pacific Bell Park, in 2000.
"I'm happy to say that baseball's best player will be wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform into the 21st century," says Brian Sabean, Giants senior vice president and general manager. "We felt it was essential to keep Barry as the cornerstone as we enter a new era.
"We're fortunate to be watching one of the all-time greats in his prime. His game continues to improve, and he can truly elevate his teammates' performances. During the off-season, I've never seen him more committed to doing whatever it takes to win a championship."
This, of course, takes hard work and dedication. Bonds puts his 6' 2", 206-pound frame through a strict 5-hours-a-day, 5-days-a-week workout schedule during the off-season, beginning Nov. 1, in preparation for a grueling 162-game schedule and possible post-season play.
TRUSTING IN CHIROPRACTIC
During spring training, Bonds suffered an injury after tripping and falling down a flight of stairs at a rented home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He received chiropractic care, and MRI scans and X-rays of his back and hip proved negative.
For the past two years, he has been a patient of Dr. Nick Athens, a San Carlos, California, chiropractor who
provides care to members of the Giants and the San Francisco 49ers football team, and he first sought care after suffering an injury.
"I hurt my back swinging the bat," Bonds recalls. "Mark Letendre, our trainer, recommended that I try chiropractic. At first, I was skeptical, but after seeing a lot of the players on the team using it, I thought I would give it a try. And after Dr. Athens gave me an adjustment on the lower back, I knew I had to get some more of that."
The star outfielder was adjusted at the ballpark.
"I did the exam and everything there, " Athens recalls. "The team medical doctor said to go ahead and work on him and see if I could help him out. He was supposed to be out for that game, and we adjusted him and he responded excellently. He didn't miss the game he was supposed to miss (due to the injury)"
Bonds is convinced of the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
"I go to see Dr. Athens on a regular basis, because I want to prolong my career as long as possible," he states. "I see him about once a week, in between my training (sessions). By getting an adjustment once a week from him, I feel I can sustain my career a lot longer."
He believes that chiropractic gives him and his teammates an edge in competition, and notes that, at times, "Dr. Athens is back there adjusting three-quarters of the team. I'm happy that we have chiropractic services at the park, for our team, and I don't think we would ever go without it."
Athens instructs the Giants players on how the body functions and helps them understand the
effects of their adjustments. "I wanted to let them know that chiropractic doesn't just help with their back or neck, but that it just helps their body keep in alignment, which helps their body function better and heal better," he says. "And so, in addition, I'll adjust their cervical spine and let them know how important that is, that tautness or pressure on the spinal cord in the neck area would affect the rest of the body, so I clear that area out and start working on the lower back.
"And I adjust the extremities, the ankles, knees and hip, as needed. The trainer, Mark, sends them in to get adjusted to maintain their health, rather than waiting for something to happen. So they get adjusted on a preventative basis."
However, when injuries do occur, chiropractic care can be applied. Last August, while trying to break up a double play during a game, Bonds injured himself, aggravating his left hamstring.
"His hip, his knee and his ankle were all rotated externally, and so I adjusted his ankle through (extremity work)," Athens recalls. "The body is the healer, and he responded excellently."
Athens, who manages a 1,000-visit-per-week practice, utilizes Diversified techniques, along with extremity adjustments, in his care of the players. Common injuries include pulled hamstrings, lower back strains, whiplash, pulled groin muscles, knee and ankle sprains, and other conditions affecting the cervical, lumbar, thoracic and extremity areas. He performs exams when the team returns from road trips during the season.
Over the past ten years, he has developed a cooperative relationship with Letendre, the Giants head athletic trainer. It actually began when second baseman Robbie Thompson found out about Athens' work with quarterback Joe Montana and the 49ers football team and began receiving care for a back condition.
"I contacted Nick because we already had players visiting his office, most notably Robbie," Letendre says. "Through the years, on the days when we had a homestand, we scheduled visits for our players.
A LEGACY OF GREATNESS
The care keeps the players performing at peak levels, and for Bonds, it is at the highest peak. He comes from a famous baseball lineage. His father, Bobby, was a star Giants outfielder who has served as the team's hitting coach for the past four years, and his godfather is another Giants star, Mays, the legendary Hall of Fame outfielder.
"I grew up in my family playing baseball, along with my brothers and my dad", Barry says. "I was brought up loving the game, and it's in my genes. It came natural to me."
Entering the 1997 season, Barry and Bobby Bonds hold the NL mark for most home runs (666) and most stolen bases (841) by a father-son combination.
At age 4, Barry began making regular visits with his mother and his brother, Rickey, to Candlestick Park, where he would watch his father perform and play catch with the big leaguers. He played Little League games in San Carlos and developed into a standout athlete in three sports - baseball, basketball and football - at Serra High School in San Mateo, which is located only 20 miles from Candlestick. He hit .404 over three varsity seasons, including a .487 average in his senior year as a prep All-American.
Then he played three years at Arizona State University, recording a career .347 batting average with 45 home runs and 175 RBI, and he was named All Pac 10 all three years and was chosen to The Sporting News All-America team as a junior in 1985.
He had a brief minor league career and came up to the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986. From there, his skills, power and speed soon made him an All-Star performer on a perennial division champion team.
He saw a chance to play in the World Series slip away when the Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves on a dramatic, two-out, ninth-inning pinch hit in the seventh game of the 1992 National League Championship Series. This excruciating defeat followed a seven-game series loss to the Braves the previous year.
In 1993, bonds signed on with the Giants, who lost a hotly-contested division pennant race to the Braves. However, he had a spectacular MVP season by batting a .336, belting 46 home runs and driving in 123 runs.
Having finished last in NL West Division the past two seasons, the Giants have revamped their roster with the trades of veterans, including slugger Matt Williams, and will field a younger team in 1997. Bonds' skills, leadership and experience will be needed, since only he and outfielder Glenallen Hill return from last year's Opening Day starting lineup.
A MAN OF DIVERSE INTERESTS
When he is not competing, Bonds has committed himself to pursuing community service projects. He has purchased bleacher seats for recipients of the Make a Family Campaign for the Adopt a Special Kid organization, which places special needs children in caring homes. He has also pledged donations and co-hosted a fund-raiser celebrity baseball game for AASK. In 1993, he co-hosted a Thanksgiving television special and donated autographed baseballs and bats to the United Way to help raise funds for fire victims in Southern California.
He has appeared as a guest on numerous late-night television talk shows and is a member of Screen Actors Guild who has had cameo roles in the full-length film Rookie of the Year, the CBS made-for-TV movie Jane's House and in episodes of the television series In Living Color and Beverly Hills 90210.
After he retires from the game, Bonds plans to spend more time with his family and perhaps enter the coaching ranks in the San Francisco area. Although he is in his prime, he must consider his career on a year-by-year basis.
"I just want to play until I don't have fun anymore," he says. "When I was at Arizona State, it was a lot more fun. Baseball has changed so much (as opposed) to what it was in my dad's playing days.
It's more of a business - staying in shape, to keep producing, to win games."
Despite the changing playing field, Bonds is set to take care of business.