pain, a myriad of visits and unfulfilled promises of health, Raine was naturally reluctant to believe that something as simple as orthotics could offer even a tiny amount of improvement to his condition. At the time, even Dr. Paul did not dare tell Raine that full, pain-free mobility may be in his future.
Raine's immediate camaraderie for Dr. Paul led him to agree to give the orthotics a try, even though he held onto little hope that he could be helped. It was a simple decision that turned out to be life-changing. "After day three, I have been virtually pain-free for seven years. Dr. Paul literally saved my life. It is still unbelievable - even to me! and I rarely hype anyone or anything, but Dr. Paul is the Real Deal!"
Thanks largely to word of mouth and secondarily to the internet, Dr. Paul is known and beloved worldwide. He has treated patients who have flown in to see him from all over the world including his most recent visitor from Madagascar. He has been called "an angel," a "life-saver" and "a miracle worker," but Dr. Paul shakes his head at all of those names. "I have a passion to solve my patients' pains so they don't need to see me anymore." "It is a simple explanation for his tireless work and a philosophy not often heard of in the medical community.
Dr. Paul maintains offices in San Diego, Santa Monica, Woodland Hills, Huntington Beach, and West Hollywood.
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One of his patients, who would call Dr. Paul a "life saver" in very literal terms, is his friend, Raine Maida. Raine is a 40-year-old Canadian rock star and father of three young sons, who suffered from degenerative disks in his low back causing debilitating pain in his back. The Pain from these disks resulted in years of many doctor visits with few improvements. His condition caused such agony that he could not even play with his young sons without wincing at the smallest of movements. Raine was a depressed and desperate 34-year-old who walked like he was 90. He had resorted to epidurals every six weeks and they were becoming less and less effective. He was losing hope of ever living a normal life. With his history of
a difference, but Dr. Paul has spent his career proving it does and showing patients over and over what correcting the difference can make. Add to this the fact that over time, the arches in our feet gradually get flatter, you have the ingredients for eventual pain and discomfort. A different leg length would be similar to having different size tires on a car and wondering why it is not riding smoothly and why one tire is wearing out more quickly than the others. Without symmetry in our body, one knee, hip or other body part may give us more irritation or wear out more quickly than the other.
Once Dr. Paul was able to identify the problem, he set about creating a solution through his unique custom-made orthotics. He has not only discovered the solution, but perfected it. His custom-made orthotics not only correct a leg length difference, but raise dropped arches and align the feet properly under the knees and hips. By putting the body in the correct alignment, it can perform at the optimal level, heal itself and we can "get more out of what we have." Having good foundational support at the foot level is like having a strong, even foundation under a house or building. Without it, the framework cannot support the structure as it was meant to be. Understanding this concept was my "AH HA" moment.
It was early in Dr. Paul's career when he was working with athletes who were training eight to ten hours a day to compete in Ironman Triathlons, that he had his "AH HA" moment. Each day he would perform chiropractic manipulations on these unique athletes only to have them return the next day with the same ailments and correct them again, temporarily. Even though the practice of chiropractic is founded on the principal of recurring office visits, Dr. Paul did not like the feeling of thinking he had "fixed" something only to have it "broken" again the next day.
As with many great discoveries, the solution to this seemingly complex problem turned out to be surprisingly simple. According to Dr. Paul, "It is our bodies' natural abnormalities that cause biomechanical imbalances." This is a fancy way to say most people are not naturally symmetrical. On average, most of us have about 1/4" difference in our leg length, which causes "unevenness" within our skeletal framework. It may not seem like enough to make
Lovingly called Dr. Paul by most of his patients, once you meet him, you are treated like an old friend and cared for like family. With his meetings (yesterday it was with a top orthopedic doctor from UCLA) to public speaking engagements, to working with the USA National Track Team, he is a man with an overflowing schedule; yet working directly with his patients is still his top priority. His passion is giving athletes and non-athletes alike the experience of wearing his custom made orthotics and seeing for themselves the difference his unique orthotics can make. Plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, knee pain, back pain and even headaches all become distant memories after meeting Dr. Paul.
Many people hear the word orthotics and mistakenly think they are just drop in shoe supports for senior citizens or those with specific foot problems. Although they do correct many problems and relieve pain, Dr. Paul has also discovered the whole body benefits by improving foot stability and leg length equality, as well as the edge they can give an athlete. These unique custom made corrective devices improve the function of the entire foot and create a more symmetrical and efficient walking and running stride. In an athlete's life, this is even more crucial due to the vertical forces which are applied to the ground with each foot strike.
To label Dr. Paul a chiropractor would be as inadequate as calling Einstein a scientist. Although his medical background did begin as a Doctor of Chiropractic, he has grown his professional scope of practice into a complex study of enhancing athletes' abilities and preventing sports injuries. He has combined the specialties of non-surgical podiatry and chiropractic to provide his patients with a simple solution to injury and pain prevention as well as treatment. Although Dr. Paul is neither boastful nor arrogant, he is confident in the products he has spent 30 years perfecting. He does not hesitate to say that his orthotics are "by far the best that I have ever seen."
A meeting with Dr. Paul Copeskey is not an appointment; it is an experience! Self-described as "the absent-minded professor," he is a complex character full of charisma and life energy.
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