Robert DeMartino knows what it’s like to be on the examination table. As a child growing up in New York City, he suffered from debilitating migraines that started after his sister passed away from disease. He visited doctors of all kinds, had CAT scans and MRIs, but nothing worked. No one could help him.
It wasn’t until he injured himself playing basketball that he was sent to a chiropractor. The doctor noticed an irregularity in DeMartino’s neck, and asked if he had experienced any pain. DeMartino told him about the migraines, but didn’t expect results.
“At that point I didn’t believe anybody,” DeMartino recalls.
He was skeptical, but agreed to give the doc a chance. After a couple sessions and a prescribed exercise and diet regimen, DeMartino was healed. Decades later, the headaches have never come back.
That experience inspired DeMartino to pursue chiropractic work himself. He finished school, but wasn’t satisfied with his training; he wanted to cure chronic disease. So, with his sister in mind, he augmented his education with regular medical seminars and came up with a style of his own.
Fibromyalgia, lupus, stroke, MS and irritable bowel syndrome aren’t ailments often associated with chiropractic work, but they’re DeMartino’s specialty. He has studied neurologic relief and quantum neurology techniques and combines them with chiro to offer unique combinations of treatments at his Superior Health Solutions.
DeMartino uses pressure points, vibration and infrared light therapy in his neurologic relief practice. The goal, he says, is to create a balance between unconscious and intentional brain function. Without effort, the brain controls heartbeat, digestion and breath. With effort, it creates muscle movement. When people are stressed, their bodies tend to skew toward one mode, DeMartino says, “like driving with your foot on the gas or brake only.”
With quantum neurology, DeMartino tries to pinpoint neurologic weaknesses, such as problems with vision or muscle. In one case, he was able to help a girl who was diagnosed with a learning disability. Administrators had written her off as dyslexic, but DeMartino discovered the real problem was that her eyes weren’t tracking correctly. She wasn’t dyslexic; she couldn’t see correctly.
A noninvasive approach is central to what DeMartino does.
“Instead of medications or chemo or surgery, we’re taking the natural route,” he says.
Instead of antibiotics, he prescribes homeopathic remedies. And instead of treating problems by isolating them, he tries to understand a person’s system altogether.
The thing about Western medicine, he says, is that evaluation techniques are spot-on — it’s incredible how closely we can pin-point the problem. It’s the solutions that don’t impress DeMartino. “We’re using crisis-type procedures in everyday health care,” he says. Doctors look at the body as a collection of parts and treat accordingly, what he calls the “scarecrow effect.”
“If someone has pain and you’re numbing their pain, you’re missing the point.” It’s like an engine light going on in a car, he says. You can turn it off, but that doesn’t solve the problem.
To carry out his holistic goals, DeMartino works with a nurse practitioner who is able to run labs and diagnose in-office.
His homeopathic medicines can help a patient, but not hurt them, he says, because they are minute doses of an active agent, diluted in water. They don’t chemically force a bodily process, but naturally regulate. If traditional medicine were the answer, DeMartino says, he would practice it. Until then, he’s working on finding a solution.
“This is the only body we have, and we can’t replace all of it,” DeMartino says. “We have to make it work.”