Story by Erika Heeren
Photos by Emma Thompson
For Treasure Valley residents looking for an alternative to managing pain and neurological disorders without the use of drugs or surgery, the team at Sirucek Chiropractic Neurology Clinic offers a unique approach.
Sirucek Chiropractic Neurological Center (SCNC) was founded in Boise in 2008 by husband and wife team Dr. Maria and Dr. Dax Sirucek. Since opening, SCNC has established a reputation with clients, fellow chiropractors, and local neurologists. They serve as non-surgical spine specialists with advanced training in neurorehabilitation in the Treasure Valley.
“We focus on correcting spinal and neurological disorders without the use of pharmaceuticals or surgery,” explained Dr. Maria Sirucek. “Our patients range from newborn children to the elderly and everyone in between.”
Today, Dr. Maria and Dr. Dax are the only board-certified functional neurologists in the Boise area and have moved their practice to Meridian on Gentry Way in 2010. In the clinic, Dr. Dax and Dr. Maria offer innovative solutions to a variety of spinal issues.
“Our philosophy is to help the body heal itself. We recommend everybody start with the least invasive treatment options first (such as chiropractic) and move toward more invasive options if needed,” Dr. Sirucek explained.
For rehabilitation after injury or car accidents, Sirucek Chiropractic Neurological Center offers a Spine Force 3D machine. Spine Force is a three-dimensional exercise technology designed to target and strengthen the 180 deep intra-spinal stabilizer muscles of the back that support the spine. It works on the spine from the core, helping to prevent musculoskeletal symptoms.
They also use DynaROM, which is the latest in FDA cleared, class II diagnostic tool. It effectively and objectively measures the impact of soft tissue injury by documenting pain in motion. Dynamic Range of Motion is a functional test that measures muscle guarding and range of motion at the same time as the patient moves. By moving the patient, the doctors effectively elicit measurable pain responses and guarding when soft tissue injury is present.
SCNC takes an even more in-depth look into chiropractic care by combining the practice with consideration for neurological connection.
“The brain influences all functions that occur within the human body,” said Dr. Sirucek. “This includes the movement of our limbs and spine. Our treatments are very successful for this reason. We address not only the spinal biomechanics (how the spinal joints are moving) but also the neurologic structures that may influence those movements.”
Dr. Maria and Dr. Dax both graduated from Life Chiropractic College West, where Dr. Maria received the only clinical recognition excellence award for her class. Both practitioners then went on to complete an additional post-doctoral certification in functional neurology through the Carrick Institute of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation. Currently, both doctors are enrolled in a certification fellowship program for biomechanical engineering of the spine through the Buffalo School of Medicine.
Through their practice, Dr. Maria and Dr. Dax have continued to promote a healthy lifestyle and drug-free options for healthy living.
“Chiropractic is truly a unique and very successful treatment with minimal to no side effects,” says Dr. Sirucek. “This is true, especially when comparing it to medicine and surgery where side effects are a given.”
Sirucek Chiropractic Neurology Clinic is located at 3080 E. Gentry Way, Suite 110 in Meridian. Their hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm by appointment. You can learn more about Dr. Maria, Dr. Dax, and the clinic on their website at www.morethanchiropractic.com.