BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Doctors Frank J. Mandarino, Dominic J. Rubino and Michael A. Carducci are a dream team of Brooklyn chiropractors on the leading edge of their field.
Located at 7601 Fifth Ave., in the community of Bay Ridge, their practice is known for successfully combining traditional chiropractic care with state-of-the-art therapies.
Dr. Mandarino said his longtime embrace of highly advanced therapies grew from concern over his patients, many of whom are athletes.
“I felt more needed to be done to resolve their pain issues,” said the chiropractor, who operates three additional offices in Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx.
Dissatisfied with the results of traditional treatment for some patients, Dr. Mandarino and his partners broadened the range of their therapeutic offering with an expertise in Kinesio and Spider Tech therapeutic taping, which help to reduce strain on affected muscles and improve circulation.
The Brooklyn practice also is known for its success with the Graston and Active Release Techniques, which address soft-tissue and movement problems associated with back pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions.
“Adjusting the spine is just one component of a remedy; if you don’t treat the soft tissue and connective tissue, you’re not going to get the patient better,” said Dr. Mandarino.
Used for rehabilitation and sports medicine, Kinesio® Tex Tape took center stage during the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, when TV viewers worldwide spotted a variety of athletes wearing the therapeutic material.
Kinesio Tape is a now common site on playing fields of all types, and has adorned such modern-day sports greats as soccer player David Beckham, tennis champ Serena Williams and Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James.
Among those in the know, Kinseo has been benefiting users for decades.
Dr. Kenzo Kase of Japan founded the method nearly 30 years ago. Basically, the procedure involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction.
Kinesio tape is made of 100 percent cotton, with an elasticity designed to mimic the flexibility of human skin. The Kinesio taping method applies stretch to the tape or to the target area in order to create space under the skin and achieve the desired effect on the musculature.
“The method affects change in deeper layers of fascia by manipulating the skin and muscle,” Dr. Mandarino explained.
The therapy creates space underneath the skin to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage and utilizes a number of corrective techniques to promote correct muscle and joint function.
Pain is relieved by targeting the source and making use of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X,” “Y” or other specialized shapes.
Spider Tech taping utilizes pre-cut tapes designed to provide therapeutic relief for specific part of the body, such as the shoulder, knee or lower back.
The “dream team’s” use of revolutionary treatments are a dream-come-true for some pain-weary patients whose previous visits to physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists, and even other chiropractors, had failed to provide relief.
“Our greatest reward is sharing in the happiness of a patient who, before being treated in our office, feared having to cope with pain for a lifetime,” Dr. Mandarino said.
Additional ultra-modern treatments provided by the practice include laser, vibration and decompression (traction) therapies.
Vibration therapy is utilized for balance and fall prevention; bone and joint rehabilitation; neuromuscular re-education; flexibility, and range of motion.
Laser techniques are particularly effective in treating areas of the body, including those containing a pin or screw, where other modalities cannot be used.
“Laser therapy is the deepest-penetrating modality,” Dr. Rubino said. “It encourages healing by going deep into the tissue.”
Dr. Mandarino’s successful health-care approach has earned him the prestigious U.S. Commerce Association’s Best of Staten Island Award, in the Chiropractors category, for the second consecutive year. According to the organization, only one in 70, or 1.4 percent, of its award recipients in 2009 qualified as a two-time winner.
Although Dr. Mandarino treats numerous athletes, you don’t need to be a golfer, football player or track star to benefit from his high level of care.
“I treat standard problems, such as neck and back pain, with the same state-of-the art procedures, and obtain great results,” he said.
Additional onsite features of the Bay Ridge practice include: Massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, pain management and a fully equipped X-ray room.
The facility caters to patients in a spa-like fashion. The treatment rooms are non-clinical by design, and each provides health-related programming via closed-circuit TV for the comfort of patients.
For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, Dr. Mandarino’s Brooklyn office may be reached at 718-748-9624.