Our approach is simple. We believe that health is among our most valuable possessions. And while we generally meet people after they’ve lost their health, our commitment is two-fold:
1. Relief Care in South Pasadena
When many people seek care in our office they have one goal: relief. So that’s where we start! During this initial stage of intensive care, we have several obligations:
Uncover the underlying cause of the health problem
Suggest a care plan to produce the fastest results possible
Offer ways patients can participate in their recovery
Explain the value of post-symptomatic wellness care
2. Wellness Care in South Pasadena
We encourage our patients to achieve the highest levels of health they can. Through educational opportunities (like this website), we hope to communicate the value of ongoing chiropractic care. Our desire is to see our practice members abandon the prevailing sickness care model of health (waiting for symptoms and then taking action), in favor of the emerging wellness model.
You’re the Boss
Regardless of your health goals, please understand that we see ourselves as mere servants. You’re the boss! It’s your body, your health and your future. Our job is to offer you the finest chiropractic care possible, and it’s up to you to decide how much of it you want.
Sound interesting? Please contact our South Pasadena office to make an appointment today.
Meet Dr. Banik
“I admit, I was a skeptic,” remembers Dr. Marina Banik. “But my friend, Lisa, kept praising this chiropractor she went to, who took away her constant headaches that she had for years. I was reluctant, but her story and my curiosity made me do some research on what is chiropractic and after reading about it, it just made sense... It made so much sense that I ended up becoming a chiropractor myself!"
"The reason chiropractic seemed so amazing to me was because it is the only profession that deals with health in the most natural and noninvasive way. It simply allows the body to function to its optimal potential, the way it was designed to."
Dr. Banik began her pre-chiropractic education at Long Island University, where she studied the basic sciences such as inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, along with basic physiology and anatomy courses.
After completing her study there, she was accepted at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, California. During her four years at CCC, courses included biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology, neurology, a major emphasis on anatomy and human physiology, X-ray, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques and patient care in the CCC Public Clinic. After graduating in 2003, Dr. Banik started working in the city of San Fernando, California and after three years, she established her practice in the city of South Pasadena, California.
“We love skeptics,” smiles Dr. Banik. “I still remember the concerns and apprehension I had when I got adjusted for the first time. So we make it a point to explain everything in advance and answer all the questions. Patients appreciate that.”
"I put 100% of myself into my patients when I'm in the office. So, when I have free time, I need to recharge completely, and for me its through dancing. I also love to spend time with family and friends, and being that my whole family lives in NY, I go there every chance I get." says Dr. Banik.
"Of course I get adjusted regularly, once a month, which is what we call "wellness care". I am blessed to have my best friend, Dr. Maggy, who knows exactly how to handle my subluxations."
"Enough about me! How can I help you with today's safe and natural chiropractic care? I consider myself an excellent listener and hope I get the opportunity to meet you in person and discuss your specific health challenges. Give us a call or e-mail me at the link below, so we can help you take your first step towards better health!"
We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience.
The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
At Banik Chiropractic Health Center, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.”
First, an analysis of the spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of the spine.
Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.
With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from shifting gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but has little meaning as to the value and effectiveness of the adjustment.
While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
Named after its developer, Clarence Gonstead, this approach came from his engineering background. His “foundation principle” explains how a subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another.
A Thorough Evaluation
After studying your health history, we conduct a complete examination. This generally includes full spine X-rays and precise analysis. Using a small heat-sensing instrument, subluxation patterns are revealed by slight differences in temperature. Finally, we use our fingertips to “palpate” or feel the location of individual bones and how they may differ from their normal position.
Full Spine Correction
With a complete picture of your spine it’s time to make the needed corrections.
To adjust your lower spine and pelvis, we’ll have you lie on your side. Subluxations in the middle back are corrected as you assume a comfortable kneeling position. When you are seated, we can restore the integrity of your spine without twisting or rotating your neck.
Sometimes you’ll hear a slight “popping” sound that we call cavitation.
Safe and Effective
The Gonstead Technique is acknowledged as one of the safest systems of evaluating and caring for the spine.
We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.
First the Evaluation
We begin by analyzing how well your spine moves. We test how well you turn and bend. While you’re lying face down, we’ll evaluate the length of your legs. This simple procedure can reveal significant differences in leg lengths. Click here to try a simple leg-length home test.
This time-tested protocol tells us if subluxations exist and their location. It also helps us know when to adjust and when not to adjust.
The Adjusting Instrument
The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.
Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.
The Follow Up
After your adjustment, we retest to make sure changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction.
SOT stands for Sacro Occipital Technique, a chiropractic technique designed to help normalize the relationship between the pelvis and the head.
The integrity of the spine, and the function of the nervous system it protects, begins with the pelvis. This foundation is constantly subjected to the pull of gravity. When stability is lost, it produces effects throughout your body.
Proper control of every cell and tissue of your body is affected by bones of the skull and tension on your spinal cord. Think of your spinal cord as a string on a harp. Is it flexible and healthy? Or stretched and drawn tight?
Blocking the Spine
We use wedge-shaped devices known as “blocks” to help correct your spine and properly “tune” your nervous system. By knowing exactly where to position these blocks, we use the weight of your body to make corrections, naturally.
Safe and Comfortable
By using gravity and your own body to effect correction, new healthier patterns of spinal function can result. Along with safe, consistent results, SOT is known for emphasizing patient comfort.
The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.
A System of Analysis
Early chiropractors noticed that subluxations would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.
Terminal Point Table
What patients often notice first is our segmental “drop” table. After stepping onto the platform, the table gently lowers you into a horizontal position. This helps preserve any leg length inequality.
Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along the table surface, support each area of the spine until the thrust is given. Then, each drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the pressure needed to move a specific spinal segment.
Popular and Patented
So unique is this approach, Dr. Thompson was granted a patent in 1955. Since then, because of its precision and patient results, it is a technique used around the world.
Applied Kinesiology borrows from many different disciplines, using muscle testing as a guide for diagnosis and treatment.
The ancient Chinese observed that every muscle in the body links to a specific organ, gland or acupuncture meridian. Testing the strength of its related muscle reveals the condition of the organ or tissue. Muscle testing helps us find structural, chemical and mental problems in your body. It can also direct us to the best treatment options to restore health.
Finding the Problem
First, we review the history of your complaint. This is followed by a thorough physical examination. Instrumentation and laboratory tests may be needed. Then we analyze your posture, the way you walk, turn and bend. By combining these findings with muscle testing, we develop a unique insight into the underlying cause(s) of your problem.
Resolving the Problem
With an understanding of your problem, we select from a variety of healing modalities, which may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Joint mobilization
- Acupuncture meridian therapy
- Nutrition supplementation
- Osteopathic cranial techniques
- Muscle rehabilitation
As the discipline of Applied Kinesiology has been refined, it has broadened to include the evaluation of vascular, lymphatic systems and cerebrospinal fluid circulation.
This is a gentle, non-force adjusting approach. The thing that most patients notice first is the special table. The movements of this table help traction the spine, opening up compressed spinal discs and reducing pressure on facet joints of the spine.
Named after its developer, Dr. James Cox, this highly-effective technique combines osteopathic principles with the specific, highly-directed approach used in chiropractic. The combination offers a conservative resolution of low back and leg pain that often averts the need for surgery.
The Cox Flexion-Distraction technique we use gives us the ability to place spinal joints in a more normal motion and position without pain or aggravating your condition.
By lying on the table, neutralizing the effects of gravity, we’re able to gently separate spinal joints and move them through a more normal range of motion. Patients find this surprisingly pleasant. We find it powerfully effective.
If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let Dr. Marina Banik know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.