June 10, 2011
At my first meeting with Dr. Varnay I was the epitome of skepticism and caution. Chiropractic medicine? Well, I was facing chronic back pain and this was something to try…so I went with great trepidation. What I found was a healer who not only cared about my physical well being but about me as well. At each session Dr. Mike (as I like to call him) began first by taking the time to find out how I was and what was happening in my life. He explained everything he was doing and enlisted me in becoming a partner in my own healing. At one point I suffered an injury and Dr. Mike was at the clinic (although it was closed) waiting for me to do everything he could to help and stayed in constant contact over the next few weeks to check in. I can’t recommend him highly enough. The kind of person you want on your personal health team.Daniel Renner
Director of Education, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Dean, National Theatre Conservatory
I first met Dr. Varnay, or Mike, as he likes to be called, last fall. My life had degenerated to about 4-6 hours of sleep a night, chronic low back pain to the point I was having trouble getting out of chairs and my activities (working out and gardening) impossible. By carefully following Mike’s advice, cold packs, stretches, etc. and having him work on me I was able to start sleeping 7 hours a night and move easily in and out of chairs within two months. Now, only five months later, I’m back to my workouts, enjoying a full nights sleep and just finished constructing a new waterfall for the ponds. May not sound like much but it required me to lift and carry some 40 cinder blocks and move nearly a 1,000 lbs of dirt by hand, a feat I would never even have thought about before Mike started working with me.
If you have neck pain, stiff and unresponsive muscles, back pain, inability to sleep a full night, loss of range of motion in your neck, I cannot recommend Mike’s care enough. A former professional dancer, I may not be ready to return to Broadway or a full concert, but that’s only because I passed 60 a few years back. Do yourself a favor! Get yourself checked out, pay attention to Dr. Varnay’s recommendations and do them, participate in the healing process and I’m sure he can get you back to enjoying the things you love.
When I started going to Dr. Varnay I had severe neck and lower back pain from misalignment due to injury, I also suffered from constant tightening in my jaw due to stress. Dr. Varnay treated my acute symptoms in a way that provided instant and lasting relief. As I began to feel stronger, he developed an exercise program that complemented my adjustments to strengthen my back and correct the problem instead of just treating it.
Dr. Varnay takes the time to get to know his patients and their goals. He encourages his patients to partner with him to develop a treatment plan that produces results. My goals were to be able to play on the floor with my kids and to ski pain free. After a few months with Dr. Varnay, both became a reality. I never had a cookie-cutter or one-size-fits-all experience, and each visit was tailored to address my needs for that particular day.
Jennifer Eberhart, 37 years old, mother of 3
After receiving chiropractic treatment following an injury, I’ve learned quite a bit about what chiropractic entails. As I understand, chiropractic work realigns the spine, creating a balance in the body so that the muscles surrounding and supporting the spine will re-place themselves properly in the body. Basically a chiropractor shifts the bones of the spine into their proper place, and the body re-aligns itself. The reason that continued care is necessary is that many times the muscles surrounding the bones have been damaged and have become used to the body’s improper alignment. They have adjusted to wrong posture. Therefore, the body needs to be readjusted so the muscles don’t return to improper positions. This continued adjustment enables the body to slowly shift into an upright posture that accommodates and distributes the body’s weight like it was designed to.
A person walking with a limp, for instance, puts extra strain on her “good” side, compensating for a problem. That compensation causes the body’s balance to become skewed. Imbalance in the body causes pain and further problems; the body isn’t meant for misalignment. Evenness in the body enables a person to function properly. Unfortunately sometimes not only the muscles are damaged. In some more severe cases, the bones also have suffered because of prolonged trauma. This means that in some instances the body can only be helped, not cured.It enables the body to fix itself, often without surgery and without dependency-forming medications. Also invaluable are the chiropractor’s advise and home exercises. These help to inform the client and stabilize the core, which prevents future injury and maintains strength and stability.
“I began seeing Dr. Mike while he was a sponsor of my roller derby league. I have been to many chiropractors throughout my life and I have experienced the incredible benefits of regular care. My former chiropractor had advised me to stop playing derby because of some knee issues. Of course I didn’t listen to him. Dr. Mike on the other hand paid attention to what was required of a derby skater and developed a series of exercises to help me rebuild stability. He would guide me through exercises in his office and send me home with a list to do on my own.
After being rear ended on the interstate, I needed his help more than ever. Not only did help he me recover from whiplash, the regular adjustments I received relieved my headaches and soreness. His adjustment technique was gentle and effective. I never felt like he was trying to force a bone to realign. He just kept working with it until it did.”