Michael Konig, Ph.D., D.C., is a seasoned chiropractor with 26 years experience and is the owner of Integrated Wellness/Integral Chiropractic NYC, a holistic health care center in midtown Manhattan, where he offers state-of-the-art chiropractic care as well as personalized, nutritional and health evaluation services. A native of Germany, he has lived in New York City for most of his life.
We interviewed Dr. Konig about his practice.
What motivated you to get into integrated medicine and general wellness?
I became a chiropractor because I wasn’t satisfied with my previous profession as a geophysicist. I was introduced to the topics of nutrition and health as a chiropractic patient, and became passionate about the field. I then joined, and subsequently took over, my predecessor’s practice.
What kind of person needs ‘adjusting’ and might do it on a regular basis?
Anyone experiencing mechanical pain (i.e., pain caused by the aberrant function of joints in the body— typically exemplified by lower-back and neck pain but potentially associated with any joint with disturbed bio-mechanical function) is a prime candidate for chiropractic care. Our bodies are constantly exposed to physical stresses inherent in the activities of daily living, and we can benefit from periodic check-ups involving the body’s physical structure and its function.
What kind of diagnostic testing do you do during an initial consultation?
The type of testing I rely on most heavily in identifying and diagnosing my patients’ complaints is Applied Kinesiology muscle testing. I have found it to be a reliable and accurate clinical tool. Once identified, a patient’s condition can be properly and effectively treated. I also use other means of assessment such as physical examination and, occasionally, diagnostic imaging.
What is the Impulse iQ technology?
The term ‘Impulse iQ’ refers to a technologically sophisticated and scientifically validated hand-held chiropractic adjusting instrument. It delivers mechanical thrusts in the form of rapid impulses, simulating the ‘adjustment’ chiropractors traditionally administer by hand. It has the ability to monitor
the body’s response to treatment and can adapt to this response in real time.
What is the Pain Neutralization Technique?
‘Pain Neutralization Technique’ is a specific diagnostic and treatment approach developed and taught by Dr. Stephen Kaufman of Denver, CO. I use it as a treatment in addition to, or instead of, chiropractic care, depending on the condition of the patient. It is a powerful clinical approach aimed at identifying and eliminating pain felt by the patient at specific points, and it represents a very versatile and powerful therapeutic intervention. The elimination of pain is an important aspect of the healing process.
What is a HIVAMAT device and how does it help patients?
The HIVAMAT device is another clinical ‘tool’ in my ‘toolbox.’ It is a unique modality focused on enhancing lymphatic flow. The stimulation of lymphatic flow is an important aspect of tissue healing, especially in the case of acute injuries, and the use of HIVAMAT speeds up the healing process for a wide range of conditions involving both bone and soft tissue. HIVAMAT is widely used in the professional and collegiate sports arenas for the treatment of acute injuries. In addition to effectively dealing with acute trauma it can also be successfully employed for chronic conditions.
What challenges do you face working in this field and what do you find the most rewarding?
The greatest challenge for me as a health≠care practitioner is the proper identification of a patient’s health issues. To me this is, unquestionably, the key to a successful clinical outcome. My greatest reward is the positive response my patients report regarding their treatment. Fortunately, this happens daily.
How do you help patients stick to the out-of-office protocol you prescribe?
From the outset, I deal with my patients as individuals who are committed to taking an active part in, and thus responsibility for, their health and wellbeing. Consequently, I ask them to take on the challenge of self-monitoring. I see my role as that of a health coach—I outline the strategy and the actions to take but they are the ones who must do the work.
How do you decide when it’s time to stop treatment?
The answer is straightforward: when the issue a patient is facing is fully resolved, my work is done. My clinical evaluation has consistently and reliably enabled me to closely monitor my patients’ response to treatment.
Can you accommodate pregnant women, patients with disabilities, and children?
Yes, I can, and you can find more details on the Q & A page of my website.
Can anyone ask for a phone consultation with you to see if the treatments you offer are right for them?
Yes, I offer prospective new patients a brief phone consultation at no charge and without obligation as a way of exploring whether I am the right practitioner to address their health concerns.
Michael Konig, Ph.D., D.C., received his doctorate in chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1991. He has been in clinical practice since 1992 and is licensed in the States of New York and New Jersey. In caring for his patients, he offers the best service he is capable of and for this reason seeks out innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in an effort to improve the quality and effectiveness of his care. Dr. Konig had a previous career as a geophysicist, working both in industry and academe. Dr. Konig embraced the value of physical exercise early on in his life and, inspired by Frank Shorter’s win in the 1972 Olympic Marathon, took up long-distance running, completing over 45 marathons between 1973 and 2009—most of them in New York City. He is now an avid cyclist.
Contact Dr. Konig via his website:
www.IntegratedWellnessNYC.com or 212-684-2121, firstname.lastname@example.org