Recently I made a painful mistake. On the back of a motorcycle taxi about 18 months ago, I pulled a muscle in my right arm. It hurt for a few days and then it seemed to get better. I stress “seemed to get better”, as early this year, my right arm started to get more and more painful and basically useless to the point where I had trouble tucking in my shirt at the back.
Getting back to my story, my mistake? Not visiting Dr Mark when I first pulled my arm. With prior experience with muscle pain, having pulled my back twice, once 30 years ago in Tokyo and again here in Bangkok about ten years ago, I know the joys one can experience in getting back to normal with the help of a good chiropractor.
Knowing I needed to see one, I asked around, and the answer from everyone I asked, was “Dr Mark on Ekamai”. With a quick internet search, I found Dr Mark but discovered he is no longer on Ekamai. He has since moved to Sukhumvit Soi 79, a five-minute walk from the On Nut BTS station.
Dr Mark Leoni is originally from Los Angeles, California. He has been practising in Thailand since 1995. Dr. Mark has been very active in the local chiropractic community, serving as the Secretary of the Thailand Chiropractic Association since its inception in 1998. Dr. Mark played a key role in getting chiropractic legally recognized in Thailand through his work with the association. To practice chiropractic legally in Thailand, a chiropractor must first pass the chiropractic exam, administered by the Ministry of Public Health. Dr. Mark was one of the pioneering chiropractors who successfully passed the first chiropractic examine held in Thailand in 2008.
Dr. Marks clientele has ranged from Thai Olympic athletes to those living a sedentary lifestyle working in an office, from kids with “growing pains”, to seniors, and from both Thai nationals, to all of the other nationalities that make Bangkok such a diverse, international city.
One of the most important solutions for most of his patients is to encourage them to spend less time sitting each day and more time moving. The solution can be as simple as getting a sit-to-stand desk at work or scheduling regular breaks to get up and stretch out. As a chiropractor, Dr. Mark states he is moving all day long which he has found so beneficial for his own well being.
I can attest to him being active in his work, as during my visits, he and his team are very active while treating me, first massaging my muscles in my upper arm and shoulder, then mobilizing my arm in many directions, followed by a few gentle quick tugs on my arm to loosen it up. The treatments last about an hour and I feel great after getting up.
When asked what he felt were the most rewarding aspects of his time in Thailand, Dr. Mark had two answers. Firstly, that he has been able to maintain the same team of staff for 20 years. He has watched his staff mature to level of professionalism that is on par with anywhere in the world. Secondly, Dr. Mark is grateful for the opportunities he has had to donate his skills for charity, treating disabled children free of charge, since 1997.
For more information, visit Dr. Marks website: http://thailandchiropractor.com/