About Phil Petachenko D.C.
About Phil Petachenko D.C.
I’ve practiced chiropractic since 1979. I specialize in trigger point therapy and patient education. I teach patients how to get healthy and stay healthy. Patients learn how their body works and what has gone wrong. By understanding how the body works and what is wrong, the patient can begin effective treatment to repair the injured/painful part of their body. Together we also build an at home self therapy program that gives the patient a healthy independence.
Some people are raised in a church-going family or in a sports-oriented family. I was raised in a chiropractic family. My father was a chiropractor for 48 years. He adjusted over 90 people a day. In chiropractic, my father is called a high volume chiropractor. Almost all of my parent’s friends were high volume chiropractors. He thought that he was providing a complete service; that he was not just “an adjust the spine” chiropractor. He thought that the more people that he adjusted, the more people he could help. My father helped thousands and thousands of people during his years of practice.
From early childhood, I could see the good service that my father was doing. Hundreds of people wouldn’t be coming to him each week if he wasn’t helping them. As time went on, I got to see the limitations of providing only spinal adjusting as a treatment. All services have limitations; including mine.
My father was running a chiropractic office with multiple chiropractors when I graduated in 1979 from chiropractic college. I’ll save you the lengthy version of how I went from knowing I would never be a chiropractor (teenage rebellion) to being a chiropractor (because I wanted to study about health for my own benefit).
I began working in August 1979 in my father’s office. The four chiropractors working there were to provide the same type of treatment. This way if a patient wanted to come in when you weren’t there, they could receive a very similar treatment. In this system, the chiropractor was to be with the patient for five minutes. The chiropractor was to schedule the patient three times a week for the first two months; no matter their condition. My father thought that he was making it easy on me by scheduling my patients every seven minutes. That’s 40% more time than the other three chiropractors were having.
I stayed for 1½ years. I needed to leave because I didn’t feel I was providing a thorough enough service for the patients. I started my own practice in Encinitas California in April 1981. I’ve practiced continually since then. For many years my practice has been overflowing with patients. I’m thankful that people find my service valuable.
I’ve been primarily a fix-it guy. You come in with some part of your body that’s not working well. My job is to work with you to get that part well. Patients take a very active role in their healing. They usually already know the things that they have to avoid because those movements hurt them. What they do not know are things that they can actively do to effectively help their condition to heal — the at home therapy program. I teach patients how to simply and effectively help themselves during the 168 hours in a week. My fix-‘em-up business has been successful for the patients and also successful for myself. Patients know how to help themselves get better. They also know how to simply and effectively keep that area healthy so they don’t have pain and they don’t need me to help them. They become empowered and healthy.
To work all your life and then to be left with an achy or painful body is not a joy. My service is designed for you to be more empowered and pain free throughout your life.