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 Neurology Clinic (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.
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.
“Anyone with a spine and nervous system may benefit from our services; we specialize in non-surgical spine care. We have a unique education that allows us to view and understand an individual’s health more thoroughly than other providers in this field,” explained Dr. Maria. “Being double-board certified (chiropractic and neurology) and having a fellowship in spinal biomechanical engineering and trauma assures that our patients are getting the best care available. Should a patient need surgery or injections, we have great relationships with some of the very best physicians in Idaho.”
Chiropractic neurology varies a bit from traditional chiropractic care. It is a specialization within the field of chiropractic care. A chiropractic neurologist is a chiropractor who has pursued an additional three-year post-doctoral board certification in neurology. A chiropractic neurologist studies neurology and similar disciplines – just as a medical neurologist would. However, their application of that knowledge is very different.
“Instead of using a medication to treat the nervous system, chiropractic neurologists look to diagnosis the dysfunction and provide the proper, specific therapies to improve that function,” said Dr. Maria. She elaborates that traditional imaging like CT and MRI tests only show part of the picture, and that’s where the Sirucek Chiropractic Neurology Clinic can help.
“Many people who suffer a concussion, for example, will go to the emergency room where a superficial neurologic examination is performed, and perhaps a CT scan of their brain is done. If there is nothing abnormal present on the scan, the doctor tells them that the CT was normal, and the patient thinks that they don’t have anything wrong,” she explained.
“Imaging such as CT and basic MRI tests do not show neurologic function. They are great tools to check for fracture, tumor, infection, or stroke, but they do not provide insight into how the patient’s brain is working. In cases like this, a functional neurologic assessment is needed to get a more comprehensive view. We see great success in our treatments of functional neurologic lesions such as concussion, dizziness, vertigo, and autism, to name a few.”
Through education and experience, their goal is to bring a more dynamic approach to overall health through effective spinal and neurorehabilitation.
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.