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This is a long one; sorry, everyone. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Piken’s since 2005, off and on. Off because I moved in and out of New York a few times, though my interaction with Dr. Piken was influential enough that I sought out a chiropractor wherever I went. My initial visits to his practice weren’t focused around a specific complaint, though I found myself using chiropractic to manage the aches and pains of running. It wasn’t until the summer of 2010, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, when I began to appreciate how important Dr. Piken’s care and insight were not only to the management of my disease, but to my overall feelings about health and wellness. When I was diagnosed, in addition to pursuing conventional treatments, I immediately consulted with Dr. Piken. We talked about the role of chiropractic adjustments and nutrition, but he also reminded me about listening to my intuition, not being scared into anything and being an advocate for what I need and believe – advice that was difficult to reconcile with the philosophy at the large, one-size-fits-all institution where I was a patient, but which ultimately led to a treatment plan that felt right for me. Surgery, chemo and radiation were generally easy for me and seem even more so when I hear fellow patients describe their experiences. I credit this to the complementary care I received from Dr. Piken, as well as his support during those long, frustrating days of treatment. Toward the end of chemo, when I was exhausted, struggling to focus and experiencing the first symptoms of lymphedema, something he said brought tears to my eyes – “This is how your body has chosen to heal itself.” Whenever I notice some twinge or annoyance leftover from my surgery, I remember those words and feel better; like many of his words, I’ll carry them with me. I did suffer one side effect from treatment: I developed lymphedema secondary to the removal of lymph nodes during surgery and subsequent chemotherapy. The lymphedema therapists with whom I consulted told me that lymphedema was irreversible and that treatment was limited to compression and massage. My expectations were a lot higher than not wanting it to get worse; I wanted it to go away. Dr. Piken suggested laser therapy, and I was able to find research studies demonstrating the benefits associated with laser for lymphedema patients. I’d had the laser before, as treatment for pain relating to a meniscal tear (a running injury). It worked, so I was more than willing to try again. Knowing that it couldn’t do any harm, that it was painless and would take ten minutes once or twice a week, I eagerly began laser therapy, which was coupled with regular adjustments. After several weeks of treatment, the lymphedema was no longer visually appreciable, and measurements showed my affected left arm was now smaller than my right arm. Not bad for an “irreversible” condition. I should also add that the lymphedema improved while I was undergoing radiation, which is known to cause the condition or make it worse. Months later, the improvement in my arm has been maintained, and I have no symptoms of lymphedema. My cancer treatment is complete, and I think of myself as whole and healthy. I couldn’t be happier with my experience and am grateful for Dr. Piken’s wisdom, open-mindedness and dedication to empowering patients and giving us the tools to heal, whether that’s an adjustment, nutritional advice or laser therapy. I believe Dr. Piken’s holistic approach to care can be credited with not only making my surgery, treatment and lymphedema manageable, but actually not that big a deal, and certainly not an impediment to living a healthy, happy life. Before I met Dr. Piken, I was scared to trust a chiropractor; now I can’t imagine my healthcare team without one. Dr. Piken has been an invaluable friend, guide and partner in health.
You will love what you learn from Dr. Piken about your health, your body and overall wellness. It’s clear from the first visit that his main concern (and his passion) is to inform you about what your body needs to allow it to heal itself. He will expose you to a variety of treatment methodologies and wellness practices, showing you the path to your pinnacle of overall health, giving you the opportunity to modify your bad habits, if you choose to. You’ll also get great chiropractic adjustment, but that’s really just the start.
Doctor Piken has been my primary health care giver for nearly twenty years (probably about 17 but I lose count). I have a GP that I see when I need to but I address all my healthcare matters to Dr Piken first. I do this because he is never wrong. He is a true healer and one of my personal heroes. I have used my body hard in my life and he has made it possible for me to age with less pain and more mobility; and when there is an emergency, he is always there for me. I cannot recommend him enough.
I had one of the best massages at Innate. The person who gave me the massage was very skillful and was able to target my problem areas. I am a dentist and I try to protect my back as much as possible and I feel like I am in good hands.
I love Innate Chiropractic! Everyone in the office is so nice, knowledgeable, and friendly – they actually remember your name! I originally got a coupon deal for a $39 massage, which was with Jenn, who is amazing! She is very skilled and professional, & the massage room is very clean and comfortable. I have also been seeing Dr. Piken, he is a chiropractor, applied kinesiologist, and a nutritionist. He is such a great doctor – so knowledgeable, honest, personable, and very in tune with his patients and their symptoms. He has a very wholesome approach – he focuses your chiropractic issues, along with your diet, posture, habits, and overall body health- he looks for the root of your symptoms, not just a quick fix. The office also has free weekly educational seminars, which are very interesting and educational. Another great thing about this office is that they work with people who are on a budget, depending on what you can pay. I highly recommend you to visit, because Dr. Piken changed my life for the better, and I am so thankful! I can go on and on, but that’s not my job, so just go in, and let them do what they do best!
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE IF YOU NEED A MASSAGE! I bought a deal for a one hour massage at Lifebooker- and Jennifer was very clear and helpful. Although it is not my first time getting a massage, I liked that she explained what she is going to do, and asked me where she should pay more attention on. She also turned on the heat pad just in case I would get cold- which really helped.
The pressure was perfect, everything was like a flow. I’ve been to many massage places before- and by far she one’s of the best masseuse I’ve had so far. Especially now that they have a promotion going on- I would recommend everyone to take advantage of it!
Dr. Piken and Innate Chiropractic is hands down the best at their craft. I have been to many different Chiropractic offices in my life and feel strongly Dr Piken is one of the best. Many years ago my back would go out on me and would still with the other Doctors I would see. Since going to Dr. Piken those problems are in the past and I feel better than ever. I highly recommend using them.