I had and interesting experience in Dr. Janda's office recently. I was experiencing pain in my left heal and in simple conversation, Dr. Janda was discussing a patient that had similar pain relieved in one session. Once I heard this he assessed my heal pain and he found it to be a soft tissue issue in my calf just below my knee. He addressed this in about 3 minutes and I was able to get up from the table with zero pain in my heal. It is always amazing how symptoms can shift when we truly get to the core.
Please enjoy a short interview below with Dr. Janda on the subject of getting to the core of your pain and suffering.
Do you find pain to be a common symptom for your clients and what levels of pain do you see with consistency?
Most people come to me for pain. There are two main types. The first are the ones that you know you have. The second occur only when you push on something with a hidden inflammation. They are both common and mean something. The pains I see can be mild to extremely severe. I have had people carried into my office and others unable to stand straight.
I understand that you do not view the pain as the problem. What are the varying underlying challenges that you see tied into pain?
The most common reasons are underlying dysfunctions causing pain, such as liver congestion due to toxins, fat or infection. There are countless variations. Many infections produce referred pains, called viscera-somatic reflexes, but also produce toxins that can cause both focal pain or diffuse muscle pain. Another common source of pain is spinal degeneration, or its precursor spinal subluxation.
How do you assess the underlying components of pain?
Most commonly I use Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing because it is so fast and cheap. However, we also use standard orthopedic testing, lab testing and x-ray when appropriate.
I know you cannot give a definite response to this question but when you understand the underlying challenges, how quickly can a person potentially find significant results in regard to the symptoms of pain?
Most people respond from within a minute or two, to a few days. If it is due to advanced spinal degeneration it can take much longer and involves a rehabilitation program.
What is your opinion of the conventional allopathic treatment of pain?
Everything has its place. I would recommend trying natural conservative care first as we do not do surgery or give you toxic drugs. Usually, we will either not help or we will fix it. But we will not hurt you in the process.
Can your techniques be used along with conventional care?
Of course, I often work with conventional doctors, and they also send me patients.
For those that do not live in Southern California what is the best way for the public to learn about your approach?
I have just written a book about my approach called “The Secret of Pain." For more information or to order your this book today, follow this link. There is a video on the site that offers more explanation about what is in the book. Please use the Microsoft Browser as Firefox will not work for the video.
About Dr. Robert Janda
Dr. Robert Janda graduated from UC Berkley with a BA in Experimental Psychology in 1968. The year following graduation he stayed in the San Francisco area to study Gestalt Psychotherapy under the tutelage of Robert K Hall, M.D. The following year he began studies in Clinical Psychology at California State University in Fresno. In 1972 he graduated with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with a special interest in hypnosis and Jungian Psychology.
After in interlude, he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 to study acupuncture from Korean and Chinese practitioners.
and their American students. During this time he also took courses in Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure and Jin Shin Do. He also took a course in Iridology and Nutrition from Bernard Jensen, DC that started his lifelong interest in nutrition, which has continued to the present. In 1977, for 1 year, Dr. Janda worked at Harbor General Hospital Pain Clinic in San Pedro under Dr. Mok, M.D., as an acupuncturist.
In 1978 Dr. Janda began studies in Chiropractic at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Starting the following year, and during his Chiropractic schooling, Dr. Janda began 2 years of seminars in Applied Kenisiology, which has become his special interest in the Chiropractic field. In 1980, also while still a student at the Chiropractic College, he began studies at the California College of Acupuncture in Los Angeles. Two years later he graduated from both institutions at the same time and received his Doctorate in Chiropractic.
Since that time he has been in private practice in Costa Mesa, California, practicing Chiropractic, Nutrition Therapy and Applied Kenisiology. For the past 17 years he has continued his education in Nutrition through numerous professional seminars. As a sidetrack, in 1988 he entered the Bruchion Art School in Los Angeles and studied Old Master Oil Painting for 6 years. He currently paints professionally on a part time basis.
In 1997 he began studies at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado and was certified in Rolfing Structural Integration the following year. This technique has been incorporated into his current practice. In 2002 Dr. Janda took the basic and advanced seminars in Dr. Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) and was certified in that technique. In 2003 has continued his training through certification in the 3 areas of Active Release Technique (ART), the spine and upper and lower extremities. In November, 2003 he participated as an ART doctor treating athletes in the Ironman contest in Kona, Hawaii.
Dr. Janda now practices at Orange County Back Pain Clinic in Newport Beach and also in Temecula, CA. He has taken special interest in carpal tunnel and tendonitis symptomology and has developed effective procedures for diagnosing and resolving these problems. He also works on diverse musculoskelletal problems such as spinal injuries, whiplash, and athletic injuries. The Clinic has recently acquired a DRX 9000 C for spinal decompression to rehabilitate spinal discs that are degenerate, bulging or ruptured. This technology will eliminate the need for most disc surgeries. Through the use of nutrition he treats metabolic and female health problems such as PMS, digestive problems and toxicity. He is also interested in strengthening immunity and promoting longevity as well as the prevention of serious health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Dr. Janda believes that psychological, nutritional and BIO-mechanical factors are mutually interactive. His mode of practice is more akin to preventative Naturopathic Medicine but includes conventional Chiropractic.