Dr. Ben Kersenbrock has good hands. They’re the gentle hands of a dad who cradles his and wife Blair’s adorable baby girl, Cameron. They’re the strong hands of a basketball star who crashed the boards for rebounds during his playing days at Lake Mary High, Flagler College, and as a pro in Australia. And they’re the healing hands of a doctor who derives great satisfaction from easing people’s pain.
“My reward is helping people,” explains Dr. Ben. “The person I can help the most is the one who says, ‘I have a hard time getting going in the morning. My back or neck is always aching, and I can’t sleep at night because of the pain.’”
Dr. Ben says 90 percent of the patients who come to see him at Kersenbrock Chiropractic are in pain because of long hours hunched over a computer screen. But while their pain may be chronic, he doesn’t believe their treatment has to be.
“I pride myself on being a treat-and-release chiropractor,” says Dr. Ben with a warm smile. “Chiropractors have been vilified because there was this idea that once you go for treatment, you have to keep going. My goal is to treat people for their issues and to show them how to stop having those problems by making some lifestyle changes.”
Clearly, Dr. Ben is not an old-school chiropractor and his is not an old-fashioned office.
The minimalist lobby of Kersenbrock Chiropractic on Lake Mary Boulevard is eclectic and welcoming. A real conversation starter is a displayed collection of labeled bottles of soil from around the world. The dirt from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is courtesy of the doctor’s sister, Francesca, who was stationed there while serving in the military.
The contemporary office space, designed by Blair, an interior designer, includes a reception area, a child’s play area, a therapy area, and four state-of-the art treatment rooms. The main adjusting room contains a special table for spinal manipulation and stretching of the lower back. The decompression room has a high-tech table for lengthening the spine and easing herniated discs. The third and fourth rooms are spa-like massage therapy rooms.
In addition to traditional chiropractic, Dr. Ben, a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic, is one of only a few chiropractors in the area certified in Active Release Technique, a form of deep tissue massage that improves range of motion and relieves soft tissue pain by breaking up scar tissue.
“After I finish treating someone, I usually send them to a yoga instructor or health club so they can keep getting stronger and don’t have to come back and see me,” Dr. Ben says. “I tell them it’s the small lifestyle changes we adopt, like daily exercise, that make a big difference in curing back pain.”
– Peter Reilly
Photo: Dr. Ben Kersenbrock with his daughter, Cameron. Behind them is Kersenbrock Chiropractic’s intriguing display of labeled bottles. Each bottle contains soil from around the world.
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