Dr. Phil Golinksi, chiropractor, specializes in the Upper Cervical Specific technique of chiropractic. This is a technique that is more effective in producing health and healing benefits but is difficult to practice. Few chiropractors use it in their practice.
From his chiropractic student days at the Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Phil Golinsky had been focused on mastering the upper cervical techniques. And when an opportunity for a larger scale application of the technique presented itself, Dr. Golinsky and 17 other doctors and students traveled to Moldovia in Russia. The group performed upper cervical adjustments for over 39,000 people over a two-week period.
Dr. Golinski still practices the upper cervical techniques, and also does Cranial-Sacral work where necessary, to help patients on their road to recovery. He is dedicated to serving families and most of his patients are children below 16 years of age. He has been practicing in North Virginia after being awarded the Doctor of Chiropractic degree by the Life Chiropractic College in 1995.
Dr. Golinski has been writing on health and healing since 1996 and the numerous articles he has written has appeared in professional publications. He is a past President of the Northern Virginia Chiropractic Society and a current member of the Federation of Straight Chiropractic Organization.
Born in New York City and brought up on Long Island, New York, Philip D. Golinski had his undergraduate education at the State University of New York, Oneonta. He lives now at Reston, Virginia with his wife Ivette Retrey-Golinsky and two daughters.
A vertebral subluxation is the physical representation of a cause of a lack of health in the human body, at least the cause that the chiropractor addresses. Notice we do not say it is a cause of a disease but a cause of a lack of health and a lack of health is a primary cause of disease (aside from genetics). While this cause of a lack of health is not the cause of any particular disease, it is a cause of every disease. Very simply, in every disease known to man, a single common denominator is a body that is not working properly. A subluxation is a misalignment of one of the bones (vertebrae) of the spine, which interferes with the function of the nervous system. The purpose of these bones is to house and protect the vital and delicate nerves that supply the life-giving energy to every part of the body. Due to this close proximity and the nature of bone and nerves, when the vertebrae misalign or subluxate, they become the greatest insult to the very nerves they are supposed to protect. When interference occurs, the body begins to work at less than its fullest potential. A body functioning at less than its fullest potential has lost, among other things, some of its health. What makes chiropractic unique is the recognition of and attention to the vertebral subluxation. The subluxation is the focus of a chiropractic practice because it interferes with the full expression of innate intelligence of the body. Whether some people believe it is a cause of back pain, scoliosis, any disease or all diseases is not relevant to the chiropractic health maintenance practice. It is interference to the full expression of life within the body and other than the chiropractor, there is no one who makes a practice of intentionally correcting subluxations. The surgeon may inadvertently do it while performing spinal surgery. The orthopedist may unknowingly correct one when applying traction to the patient’s spine. The family physician may enable the body to correct one by telling the patient to go home, drink fluids and get plenty of rest. But the chiropractor is the only one purposefully doing it every day and on every patient.
Are subluxations so bad? Obviously the medical profession, if they acknowledge the existence of subluxations at all, does not place much emphasis upon the harm they do to the human body, otherwise they would be correcting them. The subluxation has been likened to a rubber band around the tip of your finger. Can you live with that? Sure, just not as well. Just being the tip of your finger, it probably will not drastically affect your daily performance. However, eventually problems within the finger tip would occur. Lack of blood could cause cell damage. It could lead to gangrene which, if ignored, could lead to blood poisoning which could cause death. Here’s the question. When do you want to remove the rubber band from your finger? When you are at the point of death? When they surgically remove the gangrenous finger? When it becomes numb? How about right away… as soon as you realize that it is not good for your body to be walking around with a rubber band wrapped tightly around your finger? That’s when you want to have a vertebral subluxation corrected… right away. We do not know how much damage it is doing to the body. But we can conclude that since the body was not meant to be subluxated, it is doing damage and it is not good to allow your body to be walking around with a damaged nervous system.