After a long walk for President Duterte’s inauguration in Congress in 2016, I developed a pain in my right leg. I thought it would go away in time, but not only did it not go away, it also caused a broken knee. The right leg has been explained by doctors as a genetic disease called osteoporosis, but they couldn’t explain how the left knee was affected.
A team of doctors investigated the problem, but there was nothing left but to wait to be cured with ointments and physiotherapy. That was almost a year ago and after weeks of treatment by traditional doctors I had come to terms with walking with a pusher.
But days ago I had lunch at my sister’s and she introduced me to a guest – Dr. Martin Camara. He said he was a chiropractor and that his clinic was Intercare with a branch in Alabang. I wanted to try without knowing what it was about.
I went to Intercare in Alabang rather as an adventure and not hoping to be cured. I googled what chiropractic was all about. It says: “Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint with their hands or a small instrument. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve the movement of the spine and improve the physical function of your body. “
He set up a program for me after testing the strength or weakness of my hand and foot from the injury.
Then he said, “Fortunately, none of the joints are broken.” It was about balancing muscles and bones (I think that’s what he said).
I had three treatments for a six week program and have achieved a strength when I try to walk without a slide now. The first physical therapies were painful, but as the saying goes – no pain, no gain. After therapy comes laser treatment to relieve the pain and bring healing into the cells for deep healing.
I thought more people with similar problems, particularly those with the spine, should know about this non-traditional treatment, so I am writing this article. It works and I don’t drink medication, just a combination of physiotherapy and laser treatment. When I interviewed him, the first question I asked was how did he become a chiropractor.
His answer surprised me because his answer seemed so far from the Intercare Clinic in Alabang. He said he was inspired by the Okinawans and their lifestyle, which stayed close to nature and lived long and healthy lives.
Okinawa has 68 centenarians for every 100,000 people – more than three times as many as there are in the US population of equal size. Even by Japanese standards, Okinawans are remarkable, with a 40 percent higher chance of being 100 years old than other Japanese.
The search for the “Elixir of Youth” spanned centuries and continents – but recently the hunt has focused on the Okinawa Islands, which stretch across the East China Sea. Not only do the elderly enjoy the longest life expectancy of any human on earth, but the vast majority of those years also live in remarkably good health. Of course, that was the magic word.
Martin took this lesson to heart and when he returned to the Philippines in the 1990s, he founded Intercare which actually pioneered complementary alternative medicine and chiropractic, acupuncture, myotherapy (muscle therapy), pilates with traditional medical specialties united.
The treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive. His father was patient number 1.
Not only does he treat people with bone problems like me, but a wide range of people who want to be healthy and strong through chiropractic treatment. It is widely known as a successful practice in the Philippines and was published in the World Federation of Chiropractic Journal in January 2021.
In addition to athletes, Intercare has many private and corporate customers, not only in the clinics in Makati, Greenhills and Alabang, but also in the branch offices.
“Health care now goes to the people,” says Martin. “We are tied to a company for x hours, which is cheaper than per visit. We go to them x hours a week and treat their employees. Our equipment is portable. Good companies invest in the health of their employees. “
Today, Martin not only adjusts the body of his customers, but also discusses holistic health with them.
“I am active, I love sports.”
Why chiropractic instead of orthopedics or rehabilitation medicine?
Martin took pre-medicine, but he also wanted to be a pioneer. “If I had gone into traditional medicine, it would have taken a lot more years” with actual medicine, specializations, boards, etc.
“In addition, the senior specialists already had networks. I wanted to establish myself quickly and bring in the international expertise I needed here. “
It’s also about rehab and sports medicine.
Physical medicine aims to improve and restore quality of life. The focus is on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Our rehabilitation doctors prescribe medication if necessary. Health and holistic solutions that use the miraculous self-healing ability of the human body are always in the foreground.
Intercare’s rehabilitative medicine includes:
Assess the acute or chronic pain situation, recognize the physical imbalances underlying this pain, recommend a treatment that will bring the body back into its natural balance, offer a program of different exercises and techniques that you can incorporate into your everyday life.
Sports medicine specializes in dealing with physical fitness, recovery, and the prevention of sports-related injuries. The focus is on keeping the body healthy and increasing performance. Athletes often suffer from various disorders such as repetitive stress injuries, musculoskeletal tension, back pain, shoulder pain, tendonitis, and others. These problems can lead to decreased performance or the inability to exercise.
Chiropractic is a pseudoscientific complementary and alternative medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical diseases of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine (source: Wikipedia).
Contact Intercare at 890-3378 (Makati), 724-6631 (Greenhills), or 807-6863 (Alabang). Visit Intercare at www.intercare-centers.com.