the cool bar above him and begins to bench-press more than 300 pounds. On his last repetition, he feels one of his shoulders buckle and give out. For weeks, he is incapable of reaching upper cupboards or high-fiving the neighborhood chimpanzee. His parents urge him to visit a chiropractor, and when he yields to their suggestion, his shoulder's strength and mobility rapidly improves. Inspired by his speedy recovery, the young man pursues a career in chiropractic.
Today, the word "doctor" precedes the name of Mark Banasiak, the owner at Wine Country Chiropractic. Since starting his own practice in 1995, Dr. Banasiak has treated countless patients, from youngsters to an 83-year-old woman with spinal stenosis and severely hunched posture who was eventually able to stand upright. He treats each patient inside private treatment rooms that exude coziness. Armed with a spinal-decompression certification, Dr. Banasiak specializes in using a spinal-decompression table to relieve pressure points between discs, helping mend ailments often thought to require invasive surgery. Patients who arrive early for their appointment may lounge in the waiting area or relax atop the water-therapy table.