Our Reviews

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Mar 19, 2017

Fernando Alonso Blazquez

Due to long periods of time working with my laptop in bad postures I ended up with pain in my neck and left shoulder. I visited Dr. Hamilton and after a few weeks of treatment the pain remitted. Dr. Hamilton explained me the problem and the treatment in great detail. He also taught me simple but useful exercises to do at home. Thanks to those exercises and regular visits to Dr. Hamilton I've been able to correct my posture while working with the computer and gain range of motion in the neck, shoulders and lower back.

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Feb 24, 2017

Joy Z

When I went to see Dr. Hamilton for K Laser treatments my pain level was 7 out of 10. After 11 treatments the pain level was 2 and now I have hardly any pain in my knee. The only discomfort I have is in the leg in back of my knee where the ligaments and tendons get tight and painful during rainy weather or after a day where I may have exercised too much. The neuropathy in my feet has eased and since I can bend my knee I can pIck things up off the floor. When I walk my gait is almost normal and I don't limp anymore. I thank Dr. Hamilton for this treatment since my own doctor said all she could offer me was a cane.

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Dec 30, 2016

Vijay Bhalekar

Excellent,had a chance to get his wonderful & caring touch,certainly helped.

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Aug 04, 2016

Ralph Stampone

I've been seeing Dr. Hamilton for a few weeks now. I'm suffering from lower back pain, sciatica, and a curved spine. I'm feeling more relief each time I see him and the more I do my back exercises at home. I highly recommend him! He's patient, professional, keeps me well informed about what's going on with my spine, and is genuinely interested in helping me get well.

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Aug 01, 2016

Alexi Malenky

About 2 years ago, I started having a lot of pain in my lower back. It got to the point where there wasn’t much I could do physically without hurting it. Almost all of the members of my family have been treated by Mik over the past several years, with great success! So I went to see him.

Mik was able to diagnose right away what was going on with my back, and started treatments immediately, and my back started feeling better very quickly. I have been seeing Mik for treatments ever since. I always feel in good hands with Mik, Denitsa & Anastasia. Mik’s office is personal, a very warm environment, both the people and the physical space, decorated with artifacts from Mik’s travels and a full life. Mik is very attuned to how your body is responding to the treatment, very familiar and confident with the body, the process of healing, the ups and downs that happen as you go through life. Whenever I have told him that I have encountered something with my back, my knee, something has flared up, Mik always has something to do for it. In the course of working with Mik, beyond the chiropractic adjustments, I have also experienced the benefits of the spinal decompression table, and laser treatments.

I always feel Mik’s concern for our well-being. I work as a handyman, doing all types of jobs, all areas of house repair/construction. Mik has been a guide for how to safely continue my work so that I can keep doing what I love.

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Jul 30, 2016

Susie Devlin

I had suffered from pinched nerve pain, or sciatica for several years. In years past, it always eventually went away. This year, it persisted and became very painful. I went to Dr. Hamilton and am now virtually pain free. If your regular doctor tells you there is nothing that can be done for pain or tingling, that is WRONG! If you are taking pain meds to relieve the pain, it is time to deal with the cause of the pain and that is what Dr. Hamilton does.

With treatment and exercises as prescribed by Dr. Hamilton, I know I am on the path to a healthy spine. I strongly recommend seeing Dr. Hamilton for all manner of pain. You'really will be glad you did.

You pay money to fix your car, etc- your back is more important!

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Jul 26, 2016

Corey Nicholl

Every aspect of my experience being treated by Mik Hamilton has been positive and healing. Mik has many decades of experience, which you feel in everything he does; you feel that you are in very good hands. Being in the office itself is a pleasure. Denitsa and Anastasia are great! There is an open feeling there. The walls are covered with art, beautiful rugs and artifacts from his travels in India and the Middle East, charts, diagrams, photos, numerous patient testimonies to the success of Mik's work. It is a comforting place to be, in itself.

I tore two discs in a workplace injury. Mik was diagnosing this long before the MRI report was available. His adjustments, paired with other treatments in the well-equipped office and a simple home regimen significantly reduced the time and pain involved in recovery. Plus his sound advice guided me through the process, understanding what I can and can't do, and at what point, so that there is no re-injury! His guidance has kept me on the right path, and I can not thank him enough for this.

Probably more than anything else, alongside his no-nonsense, straightforward manner, Mik is a deeply caring person, and enjoys people. He shows a deep love for and loyalty to his patients, and it is not uncommon to run into someone there who has been coming to Mik for 30 years or more. Mik obviously treasures these long-term relationships, and even though I have been treated by Mik for a relatively short time, I feel this same caring focus. I recommend him to anyone seeking chiropractic or laser treatment. I have been talking him up!

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Jul 23, 2016

Jeff Bott

I went to see Dr. Hamilton after receiving a tramatic leg injury. I had a massive hematoma just above my knee. The surrounding soft tissue was also damaged. I went through a treatment plan that included the use of a laser and frequency based therapy. After the first session the size of the hematoma was significantly reduced. The level of pain in the muscle also noticeably subsided. I am extremely pleased with the positive results I've received from my treatment there. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Hamilton services.

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Jul 23, 2016

Jonathan Harris

Dr. Hamilton's first adjustment brought my sciatic pain from a 7/8 down to almost a 3. Since then it has almost completely faded away in a short period. He and his staff are friendly, caring, and of course professional. I highly recommend his care.

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Jul 18, 2016

Laura Nettleton

I came off of an airplane in terrible pain and Dr. Mik saw me within a few hours. I really appreciate his attention to detail, his thoughtfulness, how much insight he had into my condition, and how much he really helped me. I have been to chiropractors before but never have had this level of service or detail in the care given to me. I was really happy.

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Mar 28, 2016

Robert Hockenos

Following an automobile accident and nearly healed broken clavicle I began suffering severe pain in both shoulders. My movements were severely compromised. Slipping on a shirt became a very thoughtful endeavor, reaching into the back seat ...MoreFollowing an automobile accident and nearly healed broken clavicle I began suffering severe pain in both shoulders. My movements were severely compromised. Slipping on a shirt became a very thoughtful endeavor, reaching into the back seat of the car...impossible. I was losing muscle strength in both my arms.

A series of laser treatments with Dr. Hamilton changed everything. Today I can move without forethought free of pain.

During treatments it was delightful conversing with the Doctor, and I can't say enough about his efficient and sympathetic staff.

An altogether positive experience.

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Sep 29, 2015

Genesis Hernandez

This past summer, I was unfortunately rear-ended on the freeway. Immediately I was sent to a chiropractor in L.A, and while it did help with temporary relief from the pain, I didn't feel like the problem was really being treated. I wasn't getting better. When I came back to NorCal for school, I was sent to Dr. Hamilton's office. From the first day, there was something totally different about his treatment. It was a very good different. Right away he continued with completely evaluating me, took x-rays, really looked for the source of my pain and discomfort. When he did, he didn't just tell me the treatment and methods he had to take, but he really took the time to explain and educate me about my back and nervous system and what happened to my body in that accident. The major difference that he CARED, and he wanted to treat the problem and not just the pain. Today, my overall experience with pain has decreased INCREDIBLY, and while I am still in the healing process, the point is I am finally healing and not just numbing the pain. Even if you just have a minor ache, or just got in a car accident, there is no place better than Dr. Hamilton's offices to really begin on your road to recovery!

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Sep 24, 2015

Loretta Janca

I walked in with upper back spasms so painful I could barely breathe ... and walked out feeling terrific! I'd been a skeptic of "laser therapy", but the laser treatment alone made a remarkable difference even before Dr. Mik did the physical adjustment to my spine! I'm going regularly and doing all the exercises to try to get optimum results; but my big hurdle is that the "process" is lengthy and expensive, and my insurance doesn't cover any of it. I've felt just fine since the first adjustment, which makes it hard for me to justify the expense of continued treatment. Dr. Mik knows what he's doing and I want to continue, but I will have to cut back on treatment and stay with the exercises now because of the cost factor. Dr. M and the staff are terrific, and I highly recommend Hamilton Chiropractic Offices.

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Sep 18, 2015

Heredia L Solis Vidrio

Since I started visiting Dr Hamilton's office my lower back pain has been improving every day. I like that his treatment is not only when you go to his office but, he also provides with home care tools. The laser treatment is excellent, I recommend it! When he first examined my back he took x-rays and was able to explain to me what my issue was. We started the treatment intermediately, and I felt the results even on some muscles that used to be sore, and now I don't feel pain. Thank You Dr Hamilton.!

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Sep 09, 2015

Jennifer Lee

I’m so grateful to a yoga buddy who recommended Dr. Hamilton. He’s one of my angels here on planet earth, to be sure! Under Dr. Hamilton’s care, my chronic shoulder pain is virtually gone, and my mobility is almost as good on the injured side as the non-injured side. Only tiny whispers of the pain remain after just two weeks of treatment, and I’m confident that those whispers will vanish soon as well.

Dr. Hamilton is also helping me with some back issues and a hamstring tear. Both are significantly improved. Prior to finding Dr. Hamilton, I’d almost lost hope that I would ever be fully comfortable in my body again. Now I know I can be healed. Part of Dr. Hamilton’s protocol is a set of warmups and exercises that I do daily. I really like this aspect of his treatment because it has me actively involved in my own healing. It’s very empowering.

One last thing I must add here is that I enjoy my visits to Dr. Hamilton’s office tremendously. I look forward to my time with him, his staff and his other clients so much! They’re all kind, friendly, interesting, fun people. He’s created a lovely community with his practice that I’m happy and grateful to be a part of.

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Jul 28, 2015

Maya Palem

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Feb 27, 2015

Cynthia Smith

It has been a month since my last of 11 laser treatments from Dr. Hamilton, who was treating me for a hamstring injury of 8 months. As it has turned out, it's been the only thing that has set me on a continual path to healing. The pain has not returned in this month, and I am seeing improvement every day. Until the 5th treatment, I only experienced temporary pain relief, but after the 6th, it everything changed. It was at that point I cancelled my appointment for PRP injection. I highly recommend Dr. Hamilton for intensive laser therapy treatments.

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Nov 17, 2014

Jodi Rose

After months of chronic knee pain, I tried the K Laser treatments at Hamilton Chiropractic and my pain has decreased significantly. I have much more mobility and couldn't be happier! What a relief! Deborah Dallinger

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Sep 18, 2014

Michael LaBash

I injured my knee and was in pain level 6, with lots of swelling and a bad limp. I was taking prescription level doses of Ibuprofen 3 times a day with no results. The specialist I went to see said my only options were surgery or a cortisone injection. So instead I went to see Dr. Hamilton. After my first laser treatment, the pain was down to a level 3 and I was limping less. After the second laser treatment, the pain was down to level 1-2 and I was no longer limping. Amazing! Dr. Hamilton continued for a few weeks with the laser treatments and at the end of my treatments very little swelling and pain remained and I was able to resume my daily walk routine again.I also had a long history of lower back problems and at the point I started seeing Dr. Hamilton I was feeling old and frail, living in fear of the next time my back would go out if I bent over or moved too fast, etc. Now, a year later, thanks to Dr. Hamilton, I feel young again and find myself moving in ways I never would allow myself in the past.

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Aug 06, 2014

Tenzin Dechen

Dr. Hamilton has got the magic in his hand. I mean it! I had trouble getting up for about 2 weeks due to lower back pain. I came in with the pain rate of 9 ( 10 being the most painful) on the first day. With just one adjustment given by Dr. Hamilton, the pain has gone down to 2. Not only could I get up in the morning, I was also able bend without any pain. It's a nightmare for a 19 years old girl to have a back pain before her parents. Aside from Dr. Hamilton brushing off my nightmare, he has also saved my life by giving me the chance to be young and flexible again. Thank you Dr. Hamilton.

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Aug 04, 2014

Laura Farb

When I came to see Dr. Hamilton, I had been to another chiropractor whose adjustments caused tingling down my left side. Dr. Hamilton's adjustments are very specific according to x-rays he takes, and I've had much improvement with chronic neck issues he's treating without side effects from wrong adjustments. Also, I got unexpected relief with his K-Laser treatments for a chronic IT band injury from running, which is such a relief after not being able to walk up stairs without intense pain. I would highly recommend Dr. Hamilton and appreciate that he has clients do warm-up exercises before treatment and that he tracks progress.

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Aug 03, 2014

Inga Bialkowski

Several months ago I was struck by a car while riding my bike and went to Dr. Hamilton soon after. His method and approach was very affective. With two months of laser treatment and two and a half months of spinal adjustments I feel now almost completely recovered. I dance on a regular basis, modern ballet and character, and while being treated I was able to continue to perform. My ballet teachers noticed a big improvement in my performance in class and on stage. I have more energy now on an everyday basis with increased strength and flexibility. There have been no side effects from the spinal adjustments. I have been able to go and take a ballet class and go through a long rehearsal right after the adjustment. I am very happy with the treatment and have recommended Dr. Hamilton to my friends and co-workers.

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Jul 28, 2014

Tyler Tafelsky

There's a reason why Dr. Hamilton is one of the best chiropractors in Berkeley. He doesn't just crack your back and send you on your way. Dr. Hamilton specializes in a unique form of chiropractor care that yields sustainable and long-lasting results in spinal restoration. His programs are a bit more in-depth, but they are highly effective. I experienced profound changes that enabled me to optimize my performance as an athlete. If you're looking for trustworthy and experienced Berkeley chiropractor, I highly suggest Dr. Hamilton.

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May 30, 2014

Name

May 28, 2001

I had used all of the treatments I knew of to heal my broken wrist which included acupuncture, Ortho-bionomy, thermography, Scenar therapy, hand physical therapy (specialized care in a clinic), DMSO, psychic/spiritual healing and prayer when I noticed Dr. Hamilton’s brochure for K-laser therapy as I walked by his office. A year and a half of treatments for two compound fractured bones in my right wrist found me still unable to move as freely as I wished and with very little strength. Would I ever be able to open a can or turn the key in the ignition to my car again? Never mind carrying a gallon of drinking water from my car to my home.

From the time of the accident until I began to receive laser treatments my actual pain was never acutely excruciating, meaning it was always less than 10 and never more than 6 or 7. My discomfort was always (even now) been a feeling as though my wrist has a very tight band clamped around it. Because the discomfort has NEVER let up I have often felt hopeless, depressed or extremely irritated. There just HAS to be a way for the pressure to be alleviated. I am almost always tired and in PAIN. However, the pain was (and often still occurs) in my left hand/wrist (uninjured one) for having to do the work of BOTH hands. The pain level was often at 8 or 9. What could I do? Okay, let me see what this laser can do. Dr. Hamilton was/is almost always ready to see me right on time in his beautiful office/”museum”. In fact I sometimes wished I could have waited some time before I was seen so I could soak up the lovely atmosphere. Little by little as the treatment progressed, I began to experience movement in my hand, fingers and wrist, and my forearm. Soon I began to be able to reach my arm across my chest in the shower and then I was capable of washing my own back.

All the while Dr. Hamilton was not only keeping an account of my progress but continually offering advice for improving my health and my life in general. For instance, have I tried the great Zengyro bracelet? “Do you take a supplement that helps you reduce inflammation? Try this sample.” And “Maybe you should seek the services of an attorney.” He and his competent, lovely office workers are not only very helpful but also loving and nurturing. I am very thankful for their warm “mothering” manner.

After three series of 11 laser treatments I am very much improved. In particular, I have regained much/most of my strength in my right hand and arm. Yea!! I now open my cat’s cans with two hands, start the car by turning the key right-handed and can carry 2 jugs of water simultaneously (one in each hand, of course.)

Is the K-laser fantastic? Yes! Revolutionary? Yes! Miraculous? I don’t know, yet. When I no longer feel the “metal band” around my wrist and no longer have carpal tunnel tingling, burning or numbness in my fingers, I will know. Until then I am full of gratitude for as much as I have healed.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Judith Valentine

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Oct 11, 2013

Wilma J.

I’m writing this as a reminder to others and myself that abundant good health includes freedom from the nagging, little ailments of everyday life, as well as the dramatic or traumatic ones.

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Oct 02, 2013

Roger B.

I have been going to Dr. Hamilton for over two years. During that period of time I have not been sick even once – no flu, no colds, no disease of any kind. I have been exposed to “colds” and flu as much as, if not more than, the next person. Whenever anyone with a disease would say, “Don’t get close to me,” I would walk up to them, hug them, and say, “I don’t believe in diseases. Health is contagious!” I can only honestly account for this amazing degree of health by saying that Dr. Hamilton’s Chiropractic is the major reason for my increased health. Previous t my going to Dr. Hamilton, my sickness frequency was about average. I specify Dr. Hamilton in particular for the following reasons:

1.) Dr. Hamilton is a practitioner of the Pettibon chiropractic system. This system includes exercises that the patient can perform every day in order to generate his or her own proper alignments, so that the patient is not dependent upon the chiropractor and does not have to pay a lot of money for the rest of her or his life. The Pettibon system also includes a much more dynamic and organic theoretical orientation to the cause of subluxations than the previous approach had. Most of the “ins and outs” of the Pettibon system are beyond the scope of this recommendation, but let me finish this point by adding that Dr. Hamilton is the only Pettibon Chiropractor in the Bay Area.

2.) I have received much more than chiropractic care whenever I go to the office. I feel that everyone at the office has been very honest and kind and friendly to me; and they have always been ready, willing and able to listen to me as a valuable human being, not just another “case”.

3.) I feel that the personal integrity of the doctor and his staff is above reproach. I know that they are all concerned first with my well being and lastly, if at all, with my wallet and the size thereof. I have frequently gone to chiropractors that were quick to get me in and out and get paid, but not too quick to be personally concerned about me as a person. I never feel that way at Dr. Hamilton’s office.

Thanks to the Pettibon system and the spiritual orientation of Dr. Hamilton, I almost never have even slight problems with my back or any other health problems. I would go so far as to say that had it not been for him, my mental health would be in the shambles that it used to be in before his help. I can honestly say that I am happy and well adjusted (emotionally) ninety-nine and forty-four one hundredths percent of the time, and I certainly wasn’t very happy before his help.

I would encourage everyone who read this recommendation to go to Dr. Hamilton’s Berkeley Chiropractic Center. I ESPECIALLY WANT T ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO NOW GOES TO SEE DR. HAMILTON TO STICK WITH IT. RESULTS TAKE TIME TO MANIFEST; AFTER ALL, IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUBLUXATED FOR DECADES, YOU CAN’T EXPECT A CURE OVERNIGHT.

Health comes from within. Sincerely, ROGER A. BIRD.

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Sep 20, 2013

Lydia N.

I am much better after my first phase of treatment. I am now in second phase and walking up and down stairs without any pain. I know this to be awesome for a 68 year old great grand mother. I look forward to dancing for another 25 to 30 years in good physical health. I am taking care of myself on the front end. Be Well.

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Sep 18, 2013

Kathy S.

During the past year, with the assistance of Chiropractic and other types of therapy, I have managed to reach a point where I am free of upper back pain. Considering that I have had pain since I was twelve years old and that this was added onto by a collision on the freeway a year and a half ago, I’m pretty amazed.

The Pettibon Technique, and particularly the exercises, has been extremely valuable in my rehabilitation. I have strength and range of motion that I did not have prior to the Chiropractic corrections and attribute this to (in part) my muscles being correctly balanced to hold my spine properly so I no longer have the weaknesses that allowed me to “put my back out”. (As a matter of fact, that hasn’t happened in seven months, the longest time since I was twelve!)

During the course of my Chiropractic care I’ve also become aware that my health is what I make it, literally. That, for instance, by doing my chiropractic exercises I actually can influence the state of my body. This feeling of “causing my own health” has prompted me to look into other things I do and how they affect my health. For the first time in my life I am paying attention to what my body needs to feel its best and have been rewarded with vigorous good health and well being.

THANK YOU!

Kathy Ann Schroeder

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Aug 11, 2013

Sierra Higgins

I have been patient at Hamilton Chriopractic for 25 years. I find the care I receive exceptional and beneficial to my overall health. The staff at Hamilton Chriopractic is curtious and warm, and the offices are inviting. I reccomend Hamilton Chriopractic to anyone seeking chriopractic care to deal with pain or to improve their overall wellness.

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Aug 11, 2013

Kandace Korth

I have been seeing Dr. Hamilton for 15 years. He has helped me immensely over that time with a variety of problems concerning my back and neck. I am able to drive a car for longer than an hour at a time because of his excellent work on my sciatica pain. I highly recommend him to anyone who is suffering from back or neck pain!

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Aug 11, 2013

Michael LaBash

I injured my knee and was in pain level 6, with lots of swelling and a bad limp. I was taking prescription level doses of Ibuprofen 3 times a day with no results. The specialist I went to see said my only options were surgery or a cortisone injection. So instead I went to see Dr. Hamilton. After my first laser treatment, the pain was down to a level 3 and I was limping less. After the second laser treatment, the pain was down to level 1-2 and I was no longer limping. Amazing! Dr. Hamilton continued for a few weeks with the laser treatments and at the end of my treatments very little swelling and pain remained and I was able to resume my daily walk routine again.

I also had a long history of lower back problems and at the point I started seeing Dr. Hamilton I was feeling old and frail, living in fear of the next time my back would go out if I bent over or moved too fast, etc. Now, a year later, thanks to Dr. Hamilton, I feel young again and find myself moving in ways I never would allow myself in the past.

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Aug 11, 2013

T Tierney

Dr. Mik Hamilton is a knowledgeable, experienced and caring chiropractor; he takes the time to explain everything about the process. The adjustments and exercises can make a huge difference in your overall health and energy level. Highly recommended!

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Aug 10, 2013

Jen Stone

Dr. Hamilton is an expert in his field and a caring practitioner. I have been struggling with a spinal injury for years and through the diligent practice of the Petibon System and with Dr. Hamilton's guidance I am once again out of chronic pain and on my way to a full recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Hamilton at Hamilton Chiropractic for anyone with back or neck pain, injury, misalignment or anyone wishing to improve their general health.

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Jul 15, 2013

Douglas M.

Mik (Dr. Hamilton) has been my chiropractor since before he opened his doors in 1975. Mik has that magic touch; something only GOD can bless doctors with. And I assure you, GOD gave that gift to Mik. I was living and working in Colombia South America back in the late 80's and had a back/neck issue that I couldn't deal with. Unfortunately, there were no chiropractors in Colombia at that time. Finally, unable to deal with the pain, I flew back from Medellin to Berkeley, to see Mik.

Within minutes of his adjustment I felt relief. The pain promptly began to subside, and by the following day, I was back to the real me, pain free and on my way back to Medellin. Thank you, Mik. Thank you, Chiropractic.

That had to be one of the most expensive office calls ever...with the flight and all, cost me about 14 or 15 hundred dollars...and believe me, it was worth every penny.

Douglas Martin

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Jul 10, 2013

Mark S.

Dear Mik, This is a letter of appreciation for the service that you provided me in light of the head on traffic accident that I experienced.

I have had seven occasions in my life, which have required me to have chiropractic care. They have included falling off a 6’ ladder onto gravel, impacting my 5th lumbar region with spastic result; running injuries; 6 weeks of care required for weight bearing injury that disabled me from landscaping work; having a 500 pound crate fall off a lift gate onto my head requiring emergency care and stitches, and the latest case, the above mentioned car collision.

I have been treated by at least as many chiropractors here in the Bay Area. From the first day I could distinguish your care of my situation as fundamentally different from that of all the others. You methodically and scientifically examined my case with the aide of x-ray diagnostics and thorough check of range of motion. This is something no other chiropractor has ever done.

I also appreciate your direct communication, explaining what you could do for me and how you would do it, in scientific, yet down-to-earth, friendly manner. I have found chiropractic practitioners to be generally friendly people, however, many seem to fall short on confidence and sincerity. Some have come across as put-on in one way or another. I see you as a friend and neighbor; someone I can trust and enjoy interacting with and know that my treatments will be performed in a professional manner. You have taken the time to work with me, given me effective exercises to heal and maintain my back and I feel that whenever I come in for help that my time and money are well spent. Not once have I had a sense of participating in a revolving-door scenario, which I have experience in the past.

I was initially surprised to find that a complete history of back injuries could be found, via your x-rays, of issues I had considered long since corrected and furthermore, was amazed when the subsequent x-rays showed that you had faithfully erased those problems.

Your work has been and continues to be greatly appreciated by me and you will be highly recommended to anyone I come across with health problems.

Sincerely, Mark Smith

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Jul 08, 2013

Francis B.

Dear Mik:

A few words of appreciation!

When I first came to you, I had been miserable for over six weeks with a pinched nerve near my right shoulder blade. The pain ran clear down through my elbow and lower arm, ending in a tingling sensation. It also affected my ability to grasp small objects firmly enough with my fingers.

I had been twice to an orthopedic M.D. who took an x-ray and said the trouble originated in the upper spine, in the neck region. His solution was a shot or cortisone in the area of the greatest pain, repeated on the second visit, neither of which had any beneficial effect. At the time of the second visit he said he would not know what to do except to refer me to a physical therapist if the second shot did not work.

In the meantime I decided to try chiropractic and a visit to you. Your diagnosis of the source of the trouble was the same as the orthopedic doctor’s; your x-rays were more complete, and better yet, you were sure you could help me.

But what really won my confidence in your integrity was your attitude or philosophy that the patient also had to take on responsibility for their recovery, and that you would only take on those who were willing to make a commitment to do the prescribed exercise as directed. This should be the trend in treatment of illness (or in acquiring “wellness”) – that the patient be taught and encouraged to participate and take on responsibility for recovery. (I almost forgot to say that I’m completely over pain in my neck, back and arm.)

I am also very thrilled about an unexpected “fringe benefit”, although it is hardly “fringe”. When I came to you, I had been having trouble with my left thigh for over a couple of years, which was gradually getting worse. The hip socket would slip in and out many times during the day, and even at night when I moved or changed position in bed. The pain was only for a second, but enough to make me give a little scream as it happened. I had been to another orthopedic doctor about that also a year before. He also took an x-ray, but could see nothing that might cause the trouble. His advice was to wait and see if it got worse. The adjustments on my spine and the exercises have slowly but steadily cured this! Walking is again a pleasure instead of a chore, and the dull ache in my thigh that would develop during any long walk is gone. And, I don’t have to go around startling others and myself with a yelp over a slipped something-or-other in my hip socket.

Thank all of you, and of course thanks and appreciation of your skills. You are all really nice human beings.

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Jul 03, 2013

Pat N.

When I first can to Dr. Mik I was unable to sit for more that a few minutes because of pain in my right hip, thigh and calf. I attended a conference around that time and had to stand up the entire two days! I turned to chiropractic chiefly because of my long-standing conviction that traditional medicine does not deal well with spinal problems. Mik was recommended to me by a patient of his who said, “I have to say that in the long run, he made me good as new.” – (she had a whiplash from an accident)

I was favorably impressed by the x-ray – exercise – adjustment approach but still overcome at times by skepticism. However, I did do the exercises and after a few months the symptoms did go away. Due to financial difficulties I had to stop making regular visits and for the next few years sporadic exercises, prescribed by Dr. Mik, and a few adjustments, were the only effort at maintaining what goals had been made.

With all that, I had no new symptoms for about five years. When the symptoms returned they consisted of a tingling and pain all up and down my right leg and into the sole of my foot. I started exercising regularly again but it got steadily worse. Also, my spinal column itself was very sore in various places.

I came back to Dr. Mik. This time I decided beforehand to do the entire treatment, whatever it costs. I am nearly 50 years old and plan to live to 100. And, I plan to enjoy the years I have left! One of my objects was a pain-free spinal column.

It is now six months later and with 2-3 adjustments weekly and exercising 5-7 days per week, the symptoms in my leg have entirely disappeared. The soreness in my spinal column is completely gone. I am extremely pleased and have turned from skeptic to someone convinced that Dr. Mik’s techniques do work; that they are soundly based in physiology. Also, the evidence I’ve seen of how sincerely he and his staff really care about what they are doing, has repeatedly impressed me.

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Jun 28, 2013

Dr. Patricia J.

I am so happy that I am able to have treatment here at Hamilton Chiropractic.

Dr. Hamilton is caring and exceedingly competent and knowledgable, and is helping so much in my recovery from a motor vehicle accident, as well as the stresses and strains of practicing chiropractic for 37 years. I highly recommend his services!

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Jun 28, 2013

Neeraj G.

I was in extreme upper back pain when I saw Dr Hamilton and within couple of visits, I felt much better; the pain was almost gone.

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Jun 28, 2013

Heather F.

Mik Hamilton has been my chiropracter for over twenty years. I can't say enough about how he changed my life. I continue to go once a week with the knowledge that I am receiving the utmost in care and concern.

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Jun 26, 2013

Stephanie P.

I am a chiropractor, who drives from Modesto to Berkeley every couple of weeks to get adjusted here at Hamilton Chiropractic. I have done this for just about twenty years. My father was treated by Dr. Hamilton when he suffered with cancer. I am very proud to know Dr. Hamiliton, his expertise and experienced staff are top notch. Looking forward to my next treatment.

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Jun 21, 2013

Barbara L.

Bedridden & Dying

I was bedridden and dying. At the age of 27 that is not the place to be. I had already seen countless physicians and had been hospitalized three times. My heart was so weak that I was unable to even sit up in bed without palpitations and severe chest pain. Medical doctors couldn’t locate a physical cause and therefore stated that it must be a psychological problem. Six months of psychiatric care did not help…in fact, I continued to get worse.

I knew I couldn’t hang on much longer. I called a woman who supplies us with vitamin supplements and she recommended that I go to see Dr. Sam Walters, an orthomolecular physician and chiropractor in Kansas City. (We were living in Wisconsin at the time.)

After 3 days of testing at Dr. Walter’s clinic, he had found plenty wrong:

1.) Severe hypoglycemia
2.) A thyroid malfunction
3.) Vitamin/mineral deficiencies
4.) Structural problems in my spine
My 7 year vegetarian diet along with my spinal problems was responsible for all this suffering. I was put onto a more general diet including meats, was given megavitamin therapy, and regular chiropractic treatment. All of these therapies have really helped me. I am no longer bedridden, and nowhere near death.

I saw at least 4 chiropractors in Wisconsin before moving to the Bay area in July. The last doctor referred me to Dr. Hamilton before we even left for California.

Chiropractic has made a major contribution to my condition and particularly since I’ve been under Dr. Hamilton’s expert care. I now am able to even work a part-time job! I attribute this to the exercises that go along with the treatment in this clinic and to Dr. Hamilton’s expert care. Dr. Hamilton is one of the finest chiropractors in this country – he has a God-given level of expertise which I have not seen anywhere else. I have brought him two other patients who were also very, very severe cases, and he has helped them both recover. (Both were such difficult cases, that other chiropractors had even refused to treat them.)

Chiropractic has helped to save my life --- and I’m happy to be alive to tell you about it!

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Jun 19, 2013

Cornelius M.

I have always been satisfied with the results from the Dr. Hamilton's services. I have been coming for 17 years, and Dr. Hamilton kept me stabilized and functional for all those years. I am continuing to improve with regular twice a months visits.

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Jun 19, 2013

Mattie T.

After the usual childhood illnesses, I seem to have been one of the few people that enjoyed good health into middle age. I was confident that I could pop back into good health from any ailment within a few days. My lifestyle was one of maintaining a home, raising my family and working 8-12 and sometimes 16 hours a day. I felt that everything was A-1, except that every so often I would feel a sharp pain in the lower left side of my back, which I ignored because, after resting on my day off, I felt fine again. Then, that day came when I went to work and had to leave early with a high temperature and pain too awful to bear. My doctor told me that I had been working with a broken back. He ordered bed rest, then traction, and then therapy, of which, none had any lasting effect. I had become completely disabled and the slightest movement caused wracking pain.

One day, my doctor told me that he did not know what was keeping me alive and sent me to another doctor to be prepared for surgery on my spine. That is the one thing I refused to go along with, and, at that time, a long time friend had been telling me to please go see a chiropractor. She said that she had had the same condition and that her chiropractor had treated her and she was now back on the job. Well, this I knew to be true, because I knew when and how long she had been ill.

Then, I also realized how long I had been off work and how I felt when I first got ill, how many dopey pain pills I had taken and I was still becoming more helpless. I got my phone book out and called several chiropractors until I found one that agreed to see me. I’m so glad I found the right one! I myself would not have bet a nickel on my chances to live long or be relieved from pain, or to walk again, or to sleep for more than 1-1/2 or 2 hours a night. After three adjustments I could sleep all night. That was 2 years ago, and I feel fine. I can walk again, I can stand for long periods, and I sleep very well. I do most of my house work, take care of my business affairs, and the most gratifying thing, is to see my family relax from worrying and fretting over their dear Mom.

Thank you, Dr. Hamilton, for restoring my health, for being patient and for encouraging me when I fell back into a slump. I have enjoyed the cheerful efficient assurance of your staff, which makes every office visit a very, very pleasant one.

Thank you again
Mrs. Mattie Thompson

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Jun 14, 2013

Nina L.

I have had 5 treatments out of 10, and my pain is nearly gone. I'll continue to come here, and I expect the pain to be gone completely very soon. Thanks a lot.

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Jun 10, 2013

Luther D.

Dear Mik:

I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the effective help that I received from you and your staff. When I first came to see you following a severe whiplash injury sustained in a car accident, I wasn’t sure that chiropractic care could help me. In addition to neck, head and shoulder involvement, the accident had greatly aggravated a problem in my lower back (previously diagnosed as degenerative disc disease L4-L5). Traditional medical interventions including muscle relaxants had done little for my condition over a period of five years. Prior to the accident I had attained considerable improvement from a regimen of flexion exercises, Tai Chi Chuan, swimming and acupuncture. You can imagine my added distress when these years of hard work were undone by the accident and I found myself again suffering from sciatica in my legs, numbness in my feet, chronic severe lower back pain, and greatly reduced motility in my back.

I was first of all impressed by the thoroughness of your intake evaluation and program planning. I particularly appreciated your time spent in fully explaining to me the nature of my injuries and your plans for correcting them. I was also pleased that your program involved my active participation through a program of corrective exercises. This aspect very much confirmed my own prior experience in what had been helpful in improving my condition.

All these factors are minor in comparison to my appreciation of the immediate and clear way that the adjustments helped to relieve the acute pain and distress caused by the injuries. I remember coming into your office with severe headaches which would keep me awake at night and make it almost impossible to attend to my clients and have you move vertebrae in my neck that were pressing on nerves and experience immediate improvement. It was also clear that the numbness in my face and arms and hands would dramatically improve with each adjustment. While I continue to have symptoms for over a year now since the accident, there has been a pattern of steady and clear improvement over time with your adjustments. When I began, my headaches were severe and constant; they are now moderate and intermittent and can be relieved by adjustments and sometimes by use of my corrective exercises. My shoulders, arms, neck and back were greatly impaired in terms of range of motion following the accident, and are now much closer to normal for me. I have a clear index for this gradual improvement in noticing the ease and range of motion in my daily exercises.

Once again, let me say thank your for your assistance and effective help in guiding my recovery from a severely disabling accident. I particularly appreciated the warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere of your staff and office.

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Jun 07, 2013

Jimi J.

When I first came in to see Dr. Hamilton I was 28 years old. My back had been hurting so badly that I could barely get out of bed and I couldn’t sleep well. Within 3 months I felt almost 100%. A year later I had a bad car accident and Dr. Hamilton fixed me up real well. Then I got in another car wreck and after a few months of chiropractic care with Mik I felt O.K. again.

I have been playing semi-pro baseball all year ‘round since I was 25 years old! I play for the Contra Costa Comets College baseball team at the age of 48!

I credit Dr. Hamilton with helping me to play sports at my age and be able to compete in college baseball at the age of 48 through regular maintenance of my back and neck. Without his help it would have been difficult or impossible to compete because I would have been in too much pain.

I was in numerous car and motorcycle accidents between the ages of 16 and 35 and Mik has always helped me to get back in shape.

I highly recommend Mik Hamilton to athletes that wish to perform at a high level, well into their 40’s. I believe in the saying, “When your spine’s in line, you’re feelin’ fine.”

Jimi James
Ripley’s Believe It or Not – World’s oldest college baseball player

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Jun 05, 2013

Kay M.

Prayers are answered and I will endeavor to tell you how prayers were answered for me.

I’ve spent a lifetime in pain. Throughout my school years, I never experienced anything other that tiredness and lack of energy. I felt that was “the normal” and that was what I lived with. My mother always fed vitamins to me, plus, periodically, I stayed home from school and would just sleep. Our family Dr. said there was nothing wrong with me. After marriage, doctors discovered I had an over active thyroid gland, which they treated. I never realized I had anything wrong with my spine until, in the process of moving, I lifted boxes and tried my hand at painting. That started my ‘back pain”. That was 20 years ago, and in that length of time I’ve seen every kind of doctor imaginable. I’ve also had a whiplash and a severe fall, which added to my troubles. No one knew what to do for me. If they knew the cause, they didn’t know how to treat it.

Naturally, I got progressively worse. Two years ago I became ill at a health resort in Mexico. My husband and I had met a dentist there, and she saw how ill I was and suggested I go to a particular health school in San Antonio, Texas. I followed her advice, went to the school for one month where I fasted for two weeks, then was put on a special diet which I have been following. I agree I did perk up for a while. I still had back pain, especially in the neck area, but I could and did learn to tolerate the pain without medication. Recently I started going down hill again, so I knew diet wasn’t the complete answer. Fortunately, a patient of Dr. Hamilton’s crossed my path and suggested I see him. I live in Los Altos. When I suggested to my husband that I would like to see a doctor in Berkeley, he raised one eyebrow, but didn’t try to stop me.

Dr. Hamilton found many things wrong with my spine after x-raying it. He felt one of the injuries showing up in my x-rays reverted back to childhood. At that time, before he started treating, me he made this statement – “I’m not patting myself on the back, but I’m really glad you found me.” I can say now, “I’m glad I’ve found him also.” I’ve been under his care for the past 4-½ months and, in that time, for the first time in 20 years, I can say there are times when I am free of pain.

Through prayer, I have found the man endowed with the gift of healing, and I do know with time that he will heal me completely.

Thanks Dr. Hamilton and all your staff for what you are doing for me.

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May 31, 2013

Debbie K.

I love, love, love Hamilton Chiropractic! Ever since I walked into Mik's office 13 years ago, you have been my Oasis and healer. I don't trust anyone else with my spine. I highly recommend you to anyone who wants to heal from any injuries and remain healthy. You rock! XOXX

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May 31, 2013

Jeanne M.

Mik Hamilton has been my chiropractor for twenty-five years. Through a quarter of a century, his extraordinary professional skills and his compassion for the health and well being of his patients have cemented our continuous relationship. I view regular chiropractic care as health maintenance. While I have had medical problems during our association, I am convinced that my chiropractic maintenance program has diminished the effect of those problems and hastened my recovery. I believe also that the quality and speed of my rehabilitation from accidents is the direct result of Dr. Hamilton’s care and recommendations.

I have always been impressed by Mik’s commitment to his own continuing education; through advanced seminars, publications, and close affiliation with other health care professionals, he keeps current with the latest advances in chiropractic as well as in medicine. He knows also when a problem is beyond the scope of chiropractic and willingly makes excellent referrals. Mik Hamilton is committed from his core to providing his patients the best and most effective care possible.

Mik’s office is warm and comfortable; his staff is efficient, responsive, and welcoming. I highly recommend the benefits of chiropractic and the services of Dr. Mik Hamilton.

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May 30, 2013

Isaac L.

For those who might read this, whether your spinal troubles are new, or whether you have suffered for a while, I’m not here to be a Pollyanna. Spinal trouble can be hard to eradicate, and change doesn’t happen overnight. But I can say that under the guidance and treatment of Dr. Hamilton, my own condition has improved greatly.

Where before I was always worrying about the next time my neck would go out, I can now give my six year old nephew a ride on my shoulders when I go to the zoo with my brother’s family.

In addition to regular adjustments, Dr. Hamilton has me doing exercises specifically designed to rehabilitate the spine, targeting those areas where muscles may have atrophied, and pulling my spine in the direction it needs to go. In my own case, the improvement in flexibility and resilience has been dramatic. Other patients whom I’ve had occasion to meet around the office have shared my sense of satisfaction and relief received from the treatment of Dr. Hamilton.

Since I first began seeing Dr. Hamilton last Fall, I can feel a noticeable difference in how I walk or run, in how I bend to scoop up a ball or lift a friend’s brand new baby boy. As a housepainter, I need to lift heavy ladders, stand for great lengths of time, and hold a roller or brush above my head for an hour at a time. I can feel improvement in the strength I have for these tasks, and I feel that my spine moves in a healthier fashion in general, as my body adjusts to its newfound strength. When I do run into trouble, my “down time” before recovering is much shorter. I don’t feel a “twinge” any longer when I sit in a movie theater for two hours. I also have more energy.

A lot of people with back and neck problems have been to see several specialists, be they chiropractors, osteopaths, or what have you. We end up learning a lot about this particular area of knowledge. One of the things you quickly learn is that the medical profession is still half in the dark ages in this particular area. I feel that Dr. Hamilton has a better understanding of Biomechanics than any other doctor I’ve yet seen.

Now, let me say that it wasn’t all that easy to get where I am now! I worked hard on the exercises Dr. Hamilton showed me, and I still exercise, although I don’t have to do it as often now. Eventually, as my body forms new habits, I will need to exercise less on the machines and I’ll get what I need from normal everyday motion. In other words, there has been a complete reworking of my muscle habits, through exercise and adjustment, and that is the key to better spinal health.

I always enjoy going in for an adjustment and exercising on the equipment. Dr. Hamilton has a very upbeat personality and he never talks down to you. He will challenge you to change your habits if that is appropriate, but always with respect and with a good sense of humor and with patience. That means that you will enjoy your visits while you continue to improve your health. I urge anyone who has suffered or continues to suffer from back or neck pain to see Dr. Hamilton --- soon.

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May 29, 2013

Dorothy L.

Dear Dr. Hamilton:

I am deeply grateful and thankful to you for helping me – by relieving the restless hours at night of pain and hurt.

My ailment would seemingly begin while I was asleep because I would awake at night in terrible pain in my right arm. Hardly anything I did would faintly relieve the pain. One day when expressing my feelings to the owner of the dry cleaners across the street from you, he asked me, “Have you ever gone to a chiropractor?” I said to him – No. He said, “It would not hurt to see one – a very good chiropractor’s office is located just across the street, Dr. Hamilton; try him and I am sure you will be helped.” I came home, called and made an appointment to see you and after two treatments from you, Dr. Hamilton, the terrible nightmare had disappeared.

I do not fail to tell you of your precious help to others and again am so happy that you have aided me in getting a GOOD NIGHT’S REST.

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May 24, 2013

Dick B.

I have really enjoyed meeting you and your staff. All my experiences in your office have been positive. You have helped me more than I can ever say. Since I came under your care my life has changed significantly. My performance at work and in sports has been outstanding. Thank you for all your help.

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May 22, 2013

Gloria E.

I’ve experienced a great deal of difficulty with actually writing this down on paper ...I feel that my experience transcends my ability to communicate it. I truly cannot think of words that adequately express my gratitude and my love for the people in this office and for the individual and collective contributions(s) to my life that they’ve made.

I consider my “case” to be in that special category/classification of miracles: that my health and well being --- more accurately my life --- has undergone a miraculous transformation directly as a result of my participation in chiropractic care. By way of background, I was carried into this office one morning in February, fighting back tears of intolerable pain and fear. The pain was familiar; I had experienced it several times before. And each time, I had sought assistance, both medical and chiropractic. I had seen everybody, or so I thought at the time…medical doctors, osteopaths, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, as well as other chiropractors. (One orthopedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital renowned for its orthopedic excellence, had candidly told me that they “didn’t know what made people have back pain”, that he would dispense with a series of x-rays that “wouldn’t tell him anything anyway” and that all he could prescribe in my case was two weeks total bed rest and drugs.) I had diagnoses like lower spine syndrome and pulled muscles …There was also the suggestion of hypochondria.

It wasn’t until I came into this office that anyone actually told me what my problem was OR that it was correctable! Until then I had more or less resigned myself that pain was an absolutely INEVITABLE part of my life. Happily, these facts surrounding my pain are now background/history. My “soap opera” is the way I now refer to it. And it’s something that I’m now able to laugh about.

An extra benefit to being under chiropractic care is that I’ve become aware of the fact that it works for so much more than the stereotypical neck pain or back pain. (And I’ve discovered that mine was a classic case of the latter.) I now know that it’s “the body that truly heals through the avenues of the spine”, and that chiropractic restores the body’s own vitality.

I am eternally grateful!

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May 15, 2013

Mariah B.

Dr Hamilton was able to help me significantly with my lower back pain even though I am a new patient from out of state. He was thorough, took xrays and with his amiable, no nonsense bedside manner assured me that he would do the necessary follow up. I am sincerely grateful.

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May 13, 2013

Denise S.

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to Dr. Hamilton and his staff for their professionalism, their warm care, and their patient work on my behalf. No words can completely show my appreciation, however, what they have done is to give me back the self I was. I only hope this letter can give comfort to others that may be suffering, and may indicate the quality of care and love Dr. Hamilton and his staff provides.

A bit of history: As a child, I had scoliosis. This, already serious spinal curvature, was aggravated by a fall down a flight of stairs. I had begun seeing a chiropractor in Florida. I had consistent, but infrequent back and neck problems, until the fall of, when, after a long trip, the condition suddenly became intolerable. No one seemed to be able to give me answers about the amount of pain I was having, or how I might alleviate it. A neurologist hospitalized me briefly for tests, but she could only prescribe drugs for the pain. Although I was seeing my chiropractor at least twice a week for several months, and despite the fact that he was working closely with my neurologist, neither seemed effective in treatment of my condition. The pain in my right leg became so persistent that I could not go to work, and at one point, I remained in bed for five weeks.

Earlier in the fall, however, before the condition had become so serious, I had committed myself to a move to California. I left Florida in early February. When I arrived here, a friend told me about Dr. Hamilton. By then, I was up to about ten Advil a day, which only slightly dulled the pain in my leg. Worse still, I could not sit for even short periods. I could not take short car trips, and every morning, just getting up from bed was an agony. Despite the fact that I have not had positive experiences with surgery in the past, I was beginning to become resigned to the idea of back surgery. Chiropractic care in the past had not effectively dealt with my problem, but I decided that, before, surgery, I would try one more time.

The day Dr. Hamilton revealed to me the results of my x-rays and diagnosed the condition, I was very upset by his report. Both Dr. Hamilton and his receptionist called to check on me that night. Their concern was a first indication of the warm, caring treatment I would receive from the staff in the coming weeks. Dr. Hamilton outlined a program of treatment and I began working on exercise at home. At first, I felt hopeless – how could exercise, a few back supports, and adjustments alleviate that constant, nagging pain that attacked me whenever I moved, whenever I coughed, or sneezed? On my second visit, one of Dr. Hamilton's staff members said, “expect a miracle.” That was two months ago and I didn’t believe her, of course.

But miracles do happen. A couple of weeks ago, I walked out of Dr. Hamilton’s office, got into my car, and realized that there was no pain. I drove home joyfully, excitedly. I could not believe, all the way there, that no throbbing, shooting shaft of pain ran up and down my leg. For the first time in eight months, I could sit and work at my desk without being aware of that other self, the one who had to move gingerly, as little as possible, to protect herself. As the day went by, I began to sense that I was no longer the hostile, pessimistic person my pain had made me.

And to you who are patients, I say, “EXPECT A MIRACLE!”

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May 10, 2013

Francis E.

I have been a patient of Dr. Hamilton for 7 years now, and I have been fortunate to have been under his care for so long. He is extremely knowledgeable and effective as a doctor of chiropractic, and he has enabled me to remain in health, for which I am very grateful. Maggie, his assistant is very friendly and professional, and she makes it very easy and pleasant to come and visit Dr. Mik.

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May 10, 2013

Alyza S.

Dr. Hamilton has kept me dancing!

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May 10, 2013

Meg F.

I love Dr. Hamilton's practice! I came with both pain and numbness in my writing hand, and now have neither. His approach is more comprehensive than most chiropractors' in that it includes home exercises and an in-office mini-work-out. I also have been greatly helped by the k-laser he uses, which helped reduce pain and numbness right away. Also, he has the friendliest staff you could ever wish for -- super caring and flexible -- and they bill insurance for you! This practice is top notch all the way!!

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May 10, 2013

Barbara L.

I was bedridden and dying. At the age of 27 that is not the place to be. I had already seen countless physicians and had been hospitalized three times. My heart was so weak that I was unable to even sit up in bed without palpitations and severe chest pain. Medical doctors couldn’t locate a physical cause and therefore stated that it must be a psychological problem. Six months of psychiatric care did not help…in fact, I continued to get worse.

I knew I couldn’t hang on much longer. I called a woman who supplies us with vitamin supplements and she recommended that I go to see Dr. Sam Walters, an orthomolecular physician and chiropractor in Kansas City. (We were living in Wisconsin at the time.)

After 3 days of testing at Dr. Walter’s clinic, he had found plenty wrong:

1.) Severe hypoglycemia
2.) A thyroid malfunction
3.) Vitamin/mineral deficiencies
4.) Structural problems in my spine
My 7 year vegetarian diet along with my spinal problems was responsible for all this suffering. I was put onto a more general diet including meats, was given megavitamin therapy, and regular chiropractic treatment. All of these therapies have really helped me. I am no longer bedridden, and nowhere near death.

I saw at least 4 chiropractors in Wisconsin before moving to the Bay area in July. The last doctor referred me to Dr. Hamilton before we even left for California.

Chiropractic has made a major contribution to my condition and particularly since I’ve been under Dr. Hamilton’s expert care. I now am able to even work a part-time job! I attribute this to the exercises that go along with the treatment in this clinic and to Dr. Hamilton’s expert care. Dr. Hamilton is one of the finest chiropractors in this country – he has a God-given level of expertise which I have not seen anywhere else. I have brought him two other patients who were also very, very severe cases, and he has helped them both recover. (Both were such difficult cases, that other chiropractors had even refused to treat them.)

Chiropractic has helped to save my life --- and I’m happy to be alive to tell you about it!

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May 08, 2013

Allen G.

I have had chiropractic treatments for the past six years from five chiropractors. Each practitioner had their own technique, and favorable results were felt by all except one. With most of the other chiropractors there was one common problem – the bones didn’t seem to stay in place very long, resulting in little lasting effects. I began treatments at Dr. Hamilton’s Berkeley Chiropractic Center over a year ago. I am impressed with a number of qualities:

1.) A “preliminary” on the theory and practice of chiropractic before treatment began.
2.) A thorough 3-dimensional x-ray series before any treatments were performed. (I had never experienced this before.)
3.) The use of the most up-to-date equipment I had ever experienced.
4.) The incorporation of sets of exercises and sleeping aid to go with the treatments insuring longer, more permanent effects.
5.) The doctor had graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, the finest school of chiropractic in the nation.
6.) They really care about other people’s spinal health, going out their way many times to assist patients, from providing the nicest environment waiting room I have ever seen, to providing weekly free spinal care classes to anyone interested.

Since my treatments at Hamilton Chiropractic Offices I have felt greater flexibility, less pain, and increased energy than all previous treatment had given. These conditions are directly due to the best chiropractic experience I had ever had.

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May 08, 2013

Ana P.

I have been a patient of Mik Hamilton’s off and on for the last 18 years.

When I first saw him I had no previous experience or knowledge of chiropractic. A Friend recommended him to me when persistent back pain and episodes of immobility made me despair. Mik helped me and soon I was able to resume my normal life.

I left the country and lived overseas for some years, where chiropractic was unavailable. My back problems, combined with the stress of my living situation, eventually resulted in a badly ruptured spinal disk and surgery was required.

When I returned to the U.S. I had a lot of pain and tension in my body. Life became so uncomfortable that I began to despair.

Finally, I returned to Mik and he treated me. I immediately got relief from the worst of the pain. Within a few weeks, as I scrupulously followed the regime of exercises and periodic adjustments he gave me, I began to feel better. Now I carefully do my exercises and get an adjustment every two weeks. I rarely have pain.

I consider Mik Hamilton to be a man of great compassion, extreme professional competence, high ethical standards, and that rare thing: A true healer.

Ana Perez

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May 06, 2013

Jose A.

Mik,

I want to personally thank you after all these years for your true caring and personal touch you took when dealing with my drastic back pains from 2006-2010. With your healing remedies, massive amounts of prescribed exercise homework and my perseverance, I've managed to not only maintain a steady and strong back and constantly improve my core muscles, but have also lost 70 lbs! I owe a lot of my improvements and healthful progress to your training and sincerity! Thank you, Mik!

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May 06, 2013

Paul W.

I saw a close friend come from not being able to walk to being a healthy person at the hands of Dr. Hamilton. I chose to accept Chiropractic care not having symptoms that were manifest.

The direction of my life has been changing ever since. I now am experiencing aliveness that I didn’t realize I was capable of having. Seeing Chiropractic work has allowed me to choose to return to my basic education (after an absence of eleven years) in preparation for attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

I see now that I have an opportunity to serve people in obtaining and maintaining health. Chiropractic has given me the space to accept that I am Cause in my health.

I would also like to acknowledge Mik Hamilton for the support he gives to health and to thank him for being.

Paul Wolk

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May 03, 2013

Lida P.

I have been seeing Dr. Hamilton for 30 years. He has magic hands and he is the best. One day I went to his office, because I couldn't even walk and he fixed me. I have been his patient since then for wellness care.

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May 03, 2013

Terry B.

Dear Dr. Hamilton,

When I came to your Berkeley Chiropractic Center I had been in constant pain for two months. Ignorant of chiropractic, I had relied on MD's to help. When it looked like it was going to be surgery or endless worsening pain, I finally decided a chiropractor couldn't make matters worse and limped into your office.

I'd like to share a few things, as I look back which may help others to rationally consider chiropractic before they reach rock bottom:

1. The quality of care, both from the support staff and the doctor is loving, accepting and totally professional.
2. Careful (low radiation) x-ray and study precede any adjustment. No adjustment is severe. No adjustment has ever left me in more pain that I had been.
3. Dr. Hamilton encourages self-reliance in your process back to health. Each person is responsible for doing the exercise designed for you to bring his/her own body back to structural balance.
4. IT WORKS. The theory makes sense. It's come from years of study and practice.

My story is probably not uncommon. The result of my first adjustment was the first relief from severe pain for two months. My follow-up x-rays have shown an almost incredible move toward spinal balance, and I have gradually moved back towards a high energy level and to physical exercise.

Chiropractic talks of freeing health life-giving energy flow. Those might not be the words you would select, but when I reflect on where Chiropractic has helped me, I do hear freedom, health and energy-flow

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May 03, 2013

John S.

Dr. Hamilton is an excellent Chiropractor. I have been visiting him for past couple years and have had a great experience. He's an expert and explains everything very well.

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May 01, 2013

Jeanne M.

Mik Hamilton has been my Chiropractor for 39 years. Throughout those years, his extraordinary professional skills and his compassion for the health and well-being of his patients have cemented our continuous relationship. I view regular chiropractic care as health maintenance. While I have had medical problems during out association, IO am convinced that my chiropractic maintenance program has diminished the effect of those problems and hastened my recovery. I believe also that the quality and speed of my rehabilitation from accidents is the direct result of Dr. Hamilton's care and recommendations.

I have always been impressed by Mik;s commitment to his own continuing education; through advance seminars, publications, and close affiliation with other health care professionals, he keeps current with the latest advances in chiropractic as well as in medicine. He knows also when a problem is beyond the scope of chiropractic and willingly makes excellent referrals. Mik Hamilton is committed from his core to providing his patients the best and most effective care possible.

Mik's office is warm and comfortable; his staff is efficient, responsive, and welcoming. I highly recommend the benefits of chiropractic and the services of Dr. Mik Hamilton.

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May 01, 2013

Rob B.

Dear Doctor Hamilton,

I would like to thank you for keeping me on the race track during the World Etchells Championships.

I have a lower back problem that flares up with the continual high pressure of intense yachting.

Your treatment certainly helped me through the regatta. 12th overall out of 72 boats!

All the best & thanks again

ROB BROWN
SKIPPER, AUS 1088
WORLD 18’ SKIFF CHAMPION
AMERICAS CUP WINNING SAILOR

5
Apr 29, 2013

Dylan F.

Absolutely the best chiropractor I have ever seen. Mik is very kind, honest, caring and a master of chiropractic. I recommend Dr. Hamilton without reservation.

5
Apr 29, 2013

Maggie I.

Dr. Hamilton is an excellent expert in chiropractic, He has a lot of experience and helped me with my neck pain. He found solutions for it and taught me how to take care of my own spine with exercises at home. Recommend!

5
Apr 29, 2013

Anonymous

I came to visit Dr. Hamilton via my husband who insisted I had to do something about my condition. I was examined by my HMO and told that my recurring neck injury needed “time to heal” and was given Vicodin for the pain. For three solid months I took up to eight Vicodin a day to fight the unbearable pain in my neck and arm that intensified when I simply sat down. I don’t have the luxury of endless sick time so not going to work was impossible. My days consisted of waking up in pain and taking medication to get through the working day, otherwise lying flat on my back in bed every day and all weekend long, day after day. I was miserable and fell into a deep depression and didn’t think I had any recourse. My HMO wouldn’t refer me to therapy and didn’t give me any alternatives over the many phone calls I made to my doctor.

I was very skeptical about chiropractic care and now all I can say is that Dr. Hamilton gave me my life back! I didn’t realize just how depressed I was or how much pain I was in until about three weeks later when I started to feel better. I couldn’t believe the treatments were working! My husband looked at me one day and said, “I haven’t seen you smile in so long”; he was genuinely shocked at how long it had been.

I’m now about a month and a half into treatments and I feel so good and I’m so happy to be able to sit and concentrate at work. It seems like a given but that simple function was giving me intense pain. I’m now doing light gardening, sewing, exercising, playing on the computer and I can even throw a ball to my dog. I’m feeling like I’ve been given a second chance at life!

I’m so incredibly lucky to have found such a caring and dedicated individual. I advise anyone with pain issues to see Dr Hamilton. I have discovered that there ARE alternatives to conventional medicine and its prescription drug merry-go-round.

5
Apr 24, 2013

Melissa A.

I was a patient of Dr.Hamilton for one year due to a auto-accident injury. During my treatment he was very considerate of my situation, condition and especially my pregnancy. His consideration consisted of emotional support and physical preparation for birth. He turned a negative situation into something positive.

5
Apr 22, 2013

Robin K.

When I first developed sciatica I thought I would have the pain forever. Then I found Dr. Hamilton who showed me that I could indeed get over this condition. After more than 10 years I continue with the back exercises he recommended, and this regime has strengthened my back and maintained my flexibility. I keep my back in check by maintenance visits and maintain my active lifestyle.

5
Apr 19, 2013

Ted W.

Dr Hamilton is a thorough chiropractor; I visited him for a back pain and within few visits I could see exceptional results. Strongly recommend him !!

5
Apr 19, 2013

Gianfranco S.

Aftersuffering another back injury about 9 years ago, I decided to change chiropractors. Looking in the Yellow Pages at that time, I found Tony La Russa's doctor: Dr. Mik Hamilton. Being a baseball fan, I thought Dr. Hamilton could help me. How right I was - and then some.

His treatments were effective from the beginning. Plus his explanations of my physical problems and his treatment of them kept me fully informed of his ability, knowledge, and care. Now, as an older adult, I still have Dr. Hamilton monitor my health on a monthly basis. If I atttempt an activity that "hurts" me, I know that Dr. Hamilton has the skill to put me, like "Humty Dumty," back on the wall!

5
Apr 17, 2013

John R.

Dr. Hamilton's treatment has made a big positive impact on my overall health. Not just the office visits, but also the exercises, stretches, and other tips I can do in between.

5
Apr 15, 2013

Alana C.

I came to see Dr. Hamilton with a severe stiffness and pain in my neck and shoulders- he gave me great relief and care; taking special attention to all the details of my distress. I will continue to see him for continued care and maintenance.

5
Apr 15, 2013

Anonymous

Dr. Hamilton provides patients with personalized care and absolute expertise. His unique approach to a healthy spine through the Petibon system has improved my ability to function and enjoy life without pain. I highly recommend Dr. Hamilton and Hamilton Chiropractic.

5
Apr 15, 2013

Anonymous

Dr Hamilton is wonderful, he saved my life, he is the best chiropractic that I've ever had. I have been his patient for 30 years.I don't know I would have done without him.

5
Apr 15, 2013

Barbara R.

I found Dr. Hamilton to be personable and on time. The laser therapy definitely reduced my pain, and Dr. Hamilton told me things about my body that I think will help with my rehabilitation exercises.

5
Apr 12, 2013

Anonymous

In addition to being a highly knowledgable, thorough chiropractor, he's a great person. It makes coming to the chiropractor enjoyable as well as relieving. It's drastically helped relived pain and discomfort.

5
Apr 12, 2013

Linda M.

I highly recommend Dr. Hamilton! I started working with him three years ago for neck pain that I had had for many years and had not found any solution for. That is gone but I have continued regular treatments with Dr. Hamilton and I feel great!

5
Apr 12, 2013

Anonymous

I have been coming to Dr. Hamilton for more than 10 years. He has literally and figuratively saved my livelihood. I just know that I have to 1000% become healthy because I don't know what I will do when he retires!

5
Apr 12, 2013

Kandace K.

Another great visit with Mik at Hamilton Chiropractic! It is such a great help for my sciatica to come here every week!

5
Apr 12, 2013

Michael L.

The adjustment always feels great.

5
Apr 12, 2013

anne f.

This is my first experience with a decompression machine to help a herniated disc. It seems to help get the spine more limber.

5
Apr 12, 2013

Derek D.

I've been a patient for 25 years. He has done wonders on my back and neck. When I first came into the office all those years ago I could barely move my neck. Now I have a full range of motion even being 25 years older. Now he is using the laser on my thumb pain and it seems to be working.

5
Apr 12, 2013

Sierra H.

great visit today! I feel alligned and tall! Thank you!

5
Apr 12, 2013

Michael S.

Great bedside manner and advice on health. I would recommend Dr. Hamilton to anyone.

5
Apr 12, 2013

Maggie I.

Dr. Hamilton is excellent expert in chiropractic, he has a lot of experience in the chiro practice with patients with any kinds of complaints and found a solution for them.

5
Apr 11, 2013

Mik H.

Bazaarify is great. They are really helping me. Sarah Ann is fantastic.

5
Apr 02, 2013

sarah

Dr Hammilton was great, highly recommend.

4
Mar 28, 2013

sarah

Dr. Hamilton was great, staff was friendly

5
Aug 11, 2012

George Price

Dr. Hamilton has identified, reduced and eliminated interference to optimal health for myself, family, friends and the wider community for over forty years (yes, before he moved to Berkeley), adding thousands of years to hundreds of lives. His contributions to the field of Chiropractic are outstanding and today Mik continues to provide the best service at Hamilton Chiropractic Clinic.

5
Sep 08, 2008

rickpierce

Excellent Chiropractic Care, If you are in pain you should try Berkeley Chiropractic – Dr. Mik Hamilton as been treating me for the last 10 months. Mike is Great! He uses a very scientific approach with the latest techniques and technology and always is looking out for the best interest and care of the patient. I had searched for a good chiropractor for years, bouncing from one to another (all of which I wouldn't recommend), until I had the good fortune to discover Berkeley Chiropractic. If you are in pain, have back/neck/muscle/joint problems I think you owe it to yourself to visit Mik and see what he can do for you - I am sure you won't be disappointed.

I highly recommend Mik Hamilton and Berkeley Chiropractic.

5
Oct 26, 2005

ber

He is using the latest stuff in Chiropractic – He is the absolute best and people come from all over for his care. He thoughly examined my spine and analyzed my x-rays then gave me my adjustment (best ever). Then he gave me stuff to do at home. Can't wait to continue my care with Dr. Hamilton.

5
Oct 26, 2005

saffo

A caring heart with healing hands – I have been a patience of Dr. Hamilton's for (literally) all my life. He was my chiropractor as an infant. I cannot fully express the amazing sense of family (and caring) that is present in his office. He uses X-rays, and all the modern scientific practices, to create a healthy life for people.

Laura N.

This was my first time and I was impressed by how thoughtful and thorough the visit was and how much it helped me. I am so grateful!

Lily H.

I love how the doctor took the time to see me even without having an appointment. He cared about how I felt and new what to do. I have never been through a such of detailed exam. I loved it! He is very professional and on point. I am so glad that I went there today.

Cynthia S.

Thank you for the post-appointment follow up, Dr. Hamilton, and thanks to you and Laura for your patience with my late arrival and accommodating me so efficiently. Not many would expect to arrive an hour late for an appointment and be greeted with a smile and “Oh you made it!” I look forward to working with you and am encouraged by the professionalism of the office.

Julie L.

I’ve been to a lot of chiropractors in my life, but never has one been so thorough on first visit. Rather than just going in and making adjustments, Dr. Hamilton really looked at the cause of my issues rather uncovered several problems with my skeletal structure that explains a lot. I feel knowing this, together we can do a much better job with short-term and long-term treatment strategies and self-care.

James Q.

After prior chiropractic interventions in years past, I thought I knew what to expect.

The initial visit, consultation and treatment far exceeded any expectations I had walking in the door. I thought I might receive a couple of quick adjustments and be sent on my way. Boy was I wrong… The consultation, X-ray experience and subsequent treatments were all done in an extremely professional, prompt but unhurried manner.

Throughout the session, there was ongoing explanation of what we were doing, why and the science behind it.. All this fit in around my constant questions, which were more than adequately addressed.

I have only spent 60+ minutes under the care of Dr. Hamilton to date but I not only feel better physically but feel very confident that I have found an extremely caring and competent practitioner who can help me regain my strength, agility and pain-free days again.