Which Conditions Have Been Successfully Treated by Dr. König?
The most common conditions in Dr. König’s practice are low-back and neck pain. This type of pain is referred to as “mechanical pain” since it is caused by the mechanical dysfunction of a joint, either due to trauma or a non-traumatic event or series of events. In the vast majority of cases, over 95% in Dr. König’s experience, lower-back and neck pain is caused by injury or damage to an intervertebral disc, commonly referred to as a “disc bulge” or “disc protrusion.” The term “disc herniation” is also frequently used but very often does not accurately describe the true nature of the disc injury. In addition to pain, other symptoms commonly associated with disc lesions are muscle tightness, a sensation of heaviness or loss of power, especially in a lower extremity, and a sensation of tingling and/or numbness. Symptoms may occur in various locations of the body, not necessarily near the site of a disc injury, and sometimes even on the opposite side of a disc protrusion. Common, but not consistent, symptomatic manifestations of a particular type of lumbar disc lesion are groin and/or hip pain and knee pain.
Dr. König’s approach using applied kinesiology (A.K.) muscle testing typically enables him to find the disc lesion(s) responsible for his patient’s symptoms quickly and accurately. This sets the stage for a targeted and successful therapeutic intervention.
In principle, any condition that represents dysfunctional joint mechanics is amenable and responsive to chiropractic therapeutic intervention. Mechanical joint dysfunctions that Dr. König has successfully treated are temporomandibular-joint (TMJ) problems, shoulder and elbow problems, wrist problems, hand and finger problems, groin/hip problems, sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction, knee problems, ankle problems, and foot and toe problems.
Occasionally, a patient’s symptoms do not appear to be structural in nature but upon examination turn out to be the result of disturbed spinal-joint mechanics. In these cases chiropractic treatment can effectively address them. Representative examples successfully treated by Dr. König are headaches, toothaches, dizziness and nausea.
Does Dr. König Use X-Rays for the Examination of His Patients? What about the Use of MRI?
Dr. König does not own or use X-ray equipment in his practice and does not advocate the use of X-ray imaging, nor does he find it to be necessary, for the correct determination of his patients’ health challenges. X-rays represent ionizing radiation and are harmful to the human body; they create cellular damage and are known to cause cancer. Their routine use in chiropractic examination is no longer recommended. They should only be used if they are expected to yield conclusive diagnostic information which enables the healthcare provider to rule in or out a condition whose proper identification is critical for a correct and effective therapeutic intervention.
Dr. König does not routinely order magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) in the evaluation of his patients’ health concerns, nor does he find it necessary for that purpose. Frequently, patients see Dr. König after they have been unsuccessfully treated by other practitioners and commonly have had an MRI evaluation done. Dr. König has consistently found that his applied kinesiology (A.K.) muscle testing approach yields diagnostic information that is congruent with the MRI findings.
Does the Chiropractic Treatment Hurt?
Dr. König has always preferred a gentle, noninvasive and non-conventional treatment approach. He never “cracks” necks or backs. Upon physical examination he frequently finds points on a patient’s body that are tender or painful when contacted with mild to moderate pressure. These are locations where treatment is indicated and where a patient may experience temporary discomfort, tenderness, or pain. The use of the noninvasive Impulse iQ adjusting instrument has been universally welcomed by Dr. König’s patients since its introduction to his practice as it is easily tolerated and experienced as effective by his patients.
Are Dr. König’s Treatments Effective?
Yes, Dr. König’s treatments are effective. This has allowed him to develop a successful referral practice without participating in insurance plans. Dr. König seeks to correctly identify a patient’s condition, correct it in the minimum number of visits necessary, and terminate the course of treatment when the resolution of the patient’s condition has been achieved.
What Is the Typical Duration of a Treatment Session?
Except for the initial visit, which lasts 90 minutes, a typical chiropractic office visit lasts 30 minutes. Occasionally 45 minutes may be required in cases where a patient has a number of issues that need to be addressed and for which a 30-minute visit is insufficient.
What Is the Typical Frequency of Treatment?
For a course of treatment that requires multiple visits Dr. König sees his patients typically once a week or twice a week. In rare cases, as when a patient is visiting from out-of-town or from a foreign country, three visits per week may be recommended. Dr. König recognizes that the human body requires time to process and respond to the multiple mechanical stimuli that constitute a typical chiropractic treatment session. Therefore, adequate rest/recovery is deemed an essential part of a patient’s treatment regimen.
What Is the Typical Length of a Course of Treatment?
Dr. König has found that the most common condition he treats in his practice, the interver- tebral disc lesion, almost always requires multiple visits for its full resolution. Most often four to six visits are necessary, and occasionally only three or fewer visits are needed. Every patient responds at his or her own pace, however, which Dr. König is able to monitor closely by means of applied kinesiology (A.K.) muscle testing. As soon as the resolution of a disc lesion is achieved the course of treatment is terminated, barring other bodily issues or concerns that may present.
Other conditions may require fewer or more visits than the treatment of a disc lesion. Again the use of A.K. muscle testing enables Dr. König to monitor his patients’ progress closely and to terminate treatment as soon as the condition being addressed is resolved.
Is Pregnancy a Contraindication to Chiropractic Care?
No, it is not. Dr. König has a special cushion designed to accommodate a pregnant woman’s abdomen as she assumes a prone position on the treatment table for her treatment. This cushion is placed on the treatment table after the applied kinesiology (A.K.) muscle testing assessment is completed.
As a pregnant woman’s abdomen gains weight during her pregnancy, a corresponding, greater pressure is exerted on her sacroiliac (SI) joints due to a compensatory swayback of the spine. This often results in lower-back pain which can be effectively addressed by chiropractic treatment.
Is it Appropriate for Children to Receive Chiropractic Care?
Yes, without question. Children, given the youthfulness and resiliency of their cells, gener- ally respond very readily to natural medical intervention, including chiropractic care. The gentle, non-invasive treatment mode adopted by Dr. König is particularly well-suited for children — and frail adults as well.
What About Treatment of a Patient Who Is Confined to a Wheelchair?
A patient who is confined to a wheelchair can be easily accommodated by Dr. König’s spa- cious treatment room. The in-office bathroom likewise was designed to provide enough space for a wheelchair-bound patient.
Why Does Integrated Wellness N.Y.C. Not Accept Insurance Assignment?
Dr. König strives for excellence in delivering his services to his patients. This requires sufficient time for a thorough evaluation of a patient’s health concern and for its necessary and typically comprehensive treatment by whatever means is deemed most appropriate. The insurance industry does not honor this deliberate and careful approach but rather forces healthcare providers to adopt a hurried style of practice resulting in generally mediocre care. This assessment of the general state of medical care in the U.S. is based on newspaper re- ports and the direct feedback received by Dr. König from his patients.
Dr. König believes that every patient deserves nothing less than the best care a healthcare provider is able to give. It has become evident in Dr. König’s practice that a high quality of care results in more effective treatment outcomes.
Is There a Way For Me to Become a Patient Even If I Don’t Have The Necessary Financial Resources?
Given the quality of care provided by Dr. König his fees are very reasonable. Even so, he is open to considering a patient’s request for a lower rate or for a payment plan in the event of financial distress. Every request of this nature is a matter of discussion between Dr. König and the patient making the request.
Can I Speak With Dr. König Before Making an Appointment to See Him?
Yes, absolutely. Dr. König wants a prospective patient to feel comfortable with the choice of provider he or she makes. A telephone conversation allows a prospective patient to explain his or her health concerns and offers the patient an opportunity to inquire about Dr. König’s prior experience with the patient’s condition and to obtain other relevant pieces of infor- mation. A telephone conversation often enables Dr. König to make a preliminary assess- ment and outline potential treatment options for the patient. Dr. König offers these telephone consultations free of charge provided they are of a reasonable duration.