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 gave me 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 medical team investigated the problem, but nothing could be done other than wait to be cured with ointments and physiotherapy. That was almost a year ago and I was resigned to walking with a trigger after weeks of treatment by traditional doctors.

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 an office in Alabang. I wanted to try without knowing what it was about.

I went to Intercare in Alabang as an adventure rather than hoping to be cured. I googled what chiropractic was about. It says: “The adjustment of chiropractic 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 spine manipulation, is to improve the movement of the spine and improve the physical function of your body. “

He set a program for me after testing the strength or weakness of my hand and foot from the injury.

Then he said, “Fortunately, no joints are broken.” It was all about balancing muscles and bones (I think that’s what he said).

I had three treatments for a six week program and I have reached a strength when I now try to walk without pressure. The first physical therapies were painful, but as the saying goes – no pain, no gain. Therapy is followed by laser treatment to relieve pain and bring healing into cells for deep healing.

I thought more people who have similar problems, especially those with the spine, should know about this non-traditional treatment, so I am writing this article. It works and I don’t drink medicine, 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 who stayed close to nature and lived long and healthy lives.

There are 68 centenarians for every 100,000 Okinawa residents – more than three times as many as in the US population of equal size. Even by Japanese standards, Okinawans are remarkable, having a 40 percent longer life expectancy than other Japanese.

The search for the “Elixir of Youth” has spanned centuries and continents – but lately the hunt has centered 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 indeed pioneered complementary alternative medicine, combining chiropractic, acupuncture, myotherapy (muscle therapy) and Pilates with traditional medical specialties .

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 he also treats a wide range of people who want to be healthy and strong through chiropractic care. 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 satellite units.

“Health care now goes to the people,” says Martin. “We work with a company for x hours, which is cheaper than per visit. We go to them for 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’m active, I love sports.”

Why chiropractic instead of orthopedics or rehabilitation medicine?

Martin took pre-med but also wanted to be a pioneer. “If I had gone into traditional medicine, it would have taken many more years” with actual medicine, specializations, boards, etc.

“In addition, the senior specialists already had networks. I wanted to establish myself quickly and contribute the international know-how required here. “

It’s also about rehab and sports medicine.

Physical medicine aims to improve and restore the quality of life. The focus is on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Our rehabilitation specialists prescribe medication if necessary. However, we always value health and integrated solutions that harness the human body’s miraculous ability to heal itself.

Intercare rehabilitation medicine includes:

Assessment of the acute or chronic pain situation, identification of the physical imbalances that underlie this pain, recommendation of a treatment that will bring the body back into its natural balance, offer a program with different exercises and techniques that you can integrate into your everyday life.

Sports medicine specializes in dealing with physical fitness, recovery, and prevention of sports-related injuries. The focus is on keeping the body healthy and improving performance. Athletes often suffer from a variety of disorders such as repetitive stress injuries, musculoskeletal tension, back pain, shoulder pain, and tendinitis. 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 disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine (from Wikipedia).

Contact Intercare at 890-3378 (Makati), 724-6631 (Greenhills), or 807-6863 (Alabang). Visit Intercare at www.intercare-centers.com.