"He saved my life"
Durango resident Joe P. was experiencing the painful effects of Peripheral Neuropathy. "My feet and legs were extremely painful and my doctor told me there was nothing they could do. I would have to take Gabapentin for the rest of my life." Then he met Durango's own David Konikowski, L.Ac. - a specialist in neuropathic pain.
Peripheral Neuropathy is the pain, discomfort, and numbness caused by nerve damage of the peripheral nervous system. Joe explained that daily tasks like opening doors and using the bathroom were overwhelmingly painful. "How can you live for the next 30 years when you don't even want to get out of bed to do simple things?" Unfortunately, Joe's story is all too familiar for the over 3 million people in the U.S. suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy. He was experiencing the burning, numbness, tingling, and sharp pains that those suffering with neuropathy often describe. "The way that I would describe it, it's equivalent to walking on glass." Joe was wearing shoes two sizes too big so that nothing would 'touch' his feet. If you're unfortunate enough to be facing the same disheartening prognosis, you're not sleeping at night because of the burning in your feet. You have difficulty walking, shopping, or doing any activity for more than 30 minutes because of the pain. You're struggling with balance and living in fear that you might fall.
David Konikowski, founder of Four Corners Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Durango, is using the time tested science of Acupuncture and a technology originally developed by NASA that assists in increasing blood flow and expediting recovery and healing to treat this debilitating disease. "Now when I go to bed at night, I don't have those shooting pains. I don't have that burning sensation. I don't have pain coming up my legs" Joe enthusiastically describes life after receiving David's treatments. "I can wear socks and shoes!" Joe has even resumed the bike rides he loves along the river trail, a simple pleasure he wasn't sure he would do again. "It's life-altering. As far as I'm concerned, David saved my life!" Specializing in chronic pain cases, specifically those deemed "hopeless" or "untreatable", David consistently generates unparalleled results.
David has been helping the senior community for over 18 years using cutting edge and innovative integrative medicine. What was once a missing link in senior healthcare is now easily accessible to the residents of Durango. If you've missed too many hikes in the woods because of pain or you haven't tended to your garden because you're afraid of falling, it's time to call David and the staff at FCCM. "It's time to let your golden years BE GOLDEN"
Peripheral Neuropathy Breakthrough!
"My feet feel like they're on fire." "Each step feels like I'm walking through wet paint." "I live in constant fear that I'll fall." I can't sleep, my hands and feet tingle all night." What do all of these people have in common? They suffer from peripheral neuropathy. It's estimated that more than 20 million people in the United States have peripheral neuropathy. Unfortunately, this figure may be significantly higher as the disease is often mis-diagnosed because of its wide array of symptoms. David Konikowski of Four Corners Acupuncture in Durango shares this belief. "I've been treating neuropathy, in all its various forms, for over two decades, and so often my patients come to me because of the symptoms, not because of a diagnosis. They saw one of my articles, or read the testimonial of another patient, and say to themselves 'hey, I feel the same thing'." Peggy T. of Aztec testified to this. "I remember my husband driving me to my consultation and I saw a woman running just outside our neighborhood. I was so envious - I just kept thinking 'I would give anything just to walk again'. My primary care doctor told me my troubles with pain and balance were just symptoms of old age and gave me a prescription. I was so depressed." Fortunately, Peggy saw David's article in the local paper discussing similar symptoms and how he offers a real solution at Four Corners Acupuncture. "I just knew I had to see him. He was my last hope." "Almost all of our patients come to us with a story similar to Peggy's. They've been everywhere else. They've been told there's no hope. They've been told 'it's just part of getting older'." shares Nicole, a Patient Care Technician at Four Corners. "It just breaks my heart but I know how much we can help people like Peggy so I'm always so happy when they walk through our door."
Those diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy often face a very grim reality; Western medicine declares that there is no solution while most alternative therapies carry large price tags and offer little to no resolve. This is why David and the staff at Four Corners Acupuncture pride themselves on being "the last resort with the best results". Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to the nerves and this damage is commonly caused by lack of blood flow in the hands and feet. A lack of blood flow results in a lack of nutrients; the nerves then begin to degenerate and die which causes pain ranging from discomfort to debilitating. Because neuropathy is a degenerative condition, once those nerves begin to deteriorate they will continue to do so until they are completely expired, leaving those suffering with crippling balance issues. "In this case, the absence of pain is not necessarily a good thing." shares David. "This usually indicates that your nerves are hanging on by a fragile thread." So how exactly is David able to reverse the effects of this degenerative disease? "Acupuncture has been used to increase blood flow for thousands of years which helps to get the necessary nutrients to the affected nerves. But the real magic happens when I integrate ATP Resonance BioTherapy™. This is tech that was originally developed by NASA to expedite recovery and healing." "I just can't say enough about Four Corners Acupuncture," Peggy shared through tears of joy. "My husband and I moved here 3 years ago and he goes walking or hiking almost every day. I always stayed home because of the pain and discomfort. Yesterday I hit the trails right alongside him! And next week we're starting our summer garden together. I am truly living life these days." According to Peggy's test results, she's seen a 74% improvement in pain and functionality, which is on par with a majority of our patients", shares Nicole. "But more important than those test results is the joys she's expressed being here and hearing about all the amazing things she's able to do because she feels great!" By seamlessly blending the ancient science of acupuncture with modern medical solutions David has achieved a 90% success rate in reversing the effects of neuropathy. He starts each patient with an initial consultation during which a sensory exam is performed. "This not only aids in making a proper diagnosis but it helps to define just how much nerve damage has occurred" says David. "This is important because if a patient has suffered more than 95% damage, there is little that I can do to help them. I'm familiar with the medical miracle but I know my limits as a practitioner and the limits of my medicine."
When it comes to treating peripheral neuropathy, regardless of its origin, early detection greatly improves your chances of a full recovery. If you or someone you love is suffering with chronic pain that presents as burning, tingling, or "pins and needles" or you've recently been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, it's important to know that there are options.
"I was recommended to see Four Corners Acupuncture by a couple of friends. I am so happy I went! I had a shoulder pain for 2+ years, it wasn't debilitating, but it was annoying and could get very painful sometimes. I had 10 appointments of acupuncture and I am SO happy with the results. The pain is 100% gone! I would highly recommend David and Four Corners Acupuncture."
PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY, FIBROMYALGIA, GUILLAN-BARRE SYNDROME
“I came to David seeking treatment options for burning pain and muscle cramps in my legs and feet, along with numbness in my toes, feet, and starting to go up my legs. I was diagnosed with Guillan-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, 3 years ago and had also been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia.
I struggled with fatigue, poor memory, depression, and poor sleep due to the muscle cramps in my legs. My back and ribs ached all the time.
I was having trouble with balance - stairs had become difficult to use, walking, in general, was becoming painful, and my daughter had just gotten me a cane to help take the pressure off my feet and legs as I moved around. I was going downhill fast and needed to try something new. I saw an article in the newspaper about peripheral neuropathy treatment and I called and scheduled a consult. David listened to my problems and felt confident that his treatments could help. He came up with a treatment plan and we started right away. I didn’t see any changes in the beginning, but David said that was normal and had already said at my consult that it takes a little while to get things going. After one month, things started to shift in my body. I started to notice I was sleeping a lot better. I just wasn’t waking up as much! I stopped using the cane as I was doing better with walking and using stairs. The cramps in my legs had improved. After two months, the numbness in my feet had improved, and I no longer was feeling the cramps in my legs. I was sleeping at night, and am now enjoying my days so much more. Overall this has truly been a life changing treatment for me, and I’m looking ahead to a European vacation with my family this September.”
“I had tingling and burning in my feet and every step I took hurt. I had to quit driving my truck with manual transmission because I couldn't push the clutch. I quit riding my horse because I couldn't feel what I was doing. It was a real life changer.
I'm feeling much better now after two months of treatment! After my 2nd or 3rd session, my feet lost most of the burning and tingling. The last few weeks I have driven the truck with a clutch and started operating heavy machinery again. I'm also wearing my cowboy boots again for the first time in ten years! I'm so pleased with where I am now and fully recommend a consultation with David for any pain conditions. I'm past the witchcraft belief.
SCIATICA PAIN AND PERI MENOPAUSE
"I struggled with a terrible sciatica pain for several years, it became so painful and constant that I couldn’t even sleep.
I was in tears almost everyday and going through peri menopause with symptoms of fogging brain, low abdominal pain for 3 weeks out of 4, stiff and aching joints, gaining weight even though I exercised regularly and ate health consciously.
A friend suggested that I see David Konikowski. I had acupuncture treatments for my sciatic and Chinese herbs for my female symptoms. After a few acupuncture sessions my sciatic pain was gone. My peri menopause symptoms they got better every week with the Chinese Herbs. I am so excited and happy to not feel pain every day, foggy brain, and no more joint pain either."
"Chronic pain is certainly a physical issue, but over time it can also re-wire one’s brain, wreaking havoc on your emotional health and social life. Unfortunately, I speak from personal experience as a sufferer of chronic low back pain for 25 years. The root cause of my pain is scoliosis. The malformed bone is impinging on nerves that serve my legs and feet. So, in addition to unrelenting back pain, I also have leg and foot neuropathy.
Over the years, I’ve sought out every remedy known to Western medicine: OTC pain killers, surgery, TENS stimulation, chiropractors, narcotic pain medication, countless physical therapists and exercise regimens which only seemed to aggravate my condition, pain support groups and talk therapy, nerve ablation, injections of steroids and numbing agents. Nothing provided lasting relief. I finally was told by the local spine clinic that they had nothing more to offer.
My last Ace-in-the-hole was to try acupuncture which, in my ignorance, I considered voodoo. But I heard good word-of-mouth about David Konikowski’s practice from people I trusted, so I hobbled in to see him after losing my 25-year battle with pain.
Happily for me, David has a vast knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to address my issues. I found the acupuncture to be incredibly relaxing and I always leave the treatments feeling relaxed and in a calm state of mind. The pain level started dropping in the first few weeks and has not returned to the original pain level I came in with. The foot soak helped improve my numb and stinging feet and my general circulation. I don’t get any weird voodoo vibes in all of this…David isn’t doing spooky magic. He’s applying the accumulated wisdom of the ages. He can clearly and simply articulate what he’s doing and why.
It was never in the cards that my back-pain problem would be completely solved. But I am pleased to report that the pain is more manageable now and that I can engage in daily life without constantly being aware of the stabbing ache in my back and legs. This improvement was noted after an intensive schedule of needling sessions over a period of a few months. The herbs continue to control my foot pain issues.
Don't give up hope until you’ve spoken with David!"
- Larry B
STROKE AND ALLERGIES
“I had a TIA (small stroke) that affected my left eye.
I had double vision and my eyelid would not stay open.
I had seen David for allergies already so I called him right after the stroke and started acupuncture right away.
In 5-6 visits, I now have single vision and my condition has resolved. I highly recommend acupuncture and Chinese herbs!!!”
FATIGUE AND JAUNDICE
"Working with David Konikowski at Four Corners Chinese Medicine was absolutely life changing. I struggled for years with elimination diets and over the counter pharmaceuticals to treat severe liver illness, exhaustion, and jaundice. I moved from doctor to doctor and treatment to treatment, but nothing helped. I was stressed, tired and sick. I felt terrible and my symptoms only seemed to worsen.
When I started working with David I felt like I'd tried everything, but decided to give Chinese Medicine and Herbs a try. The results were nothing short of miraculous. Within two weeks I noticed a significant difference in my symptoms, by month two I felt better than I'd felt in years.
David's skills as a healthcare practitioner and herbalist cannot be summed up into words, he is absolutely fantastic. He is kind, skilled, and worth every penny. 10 out of 10 stars."
- Paul H
I met David at a local event where a few people suggested I try his free pulse reading. They all said he is a great herbalist. At the time, I was suffering from abdominal pain due to a combination of kidney stones and complications from Celiac Disease and was skeptical that anyone could help me.
Without providing him with any information, he read my pulse and listed every symptom I had. Impressed by his accuracy, I made an appointment to see him in his office. After the first week taking herbs, I felt 100% better.
The pain and discomfort had subsided. Three months later, my condition is stable. No abdominal pain or kidney stones and I feel better than I have in a few years."
- Lynn A.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
Michael S. of Aztec, NM came to our office with digestive problems after receiving an injected medication for a heart condition. Within one day, he developed multiple symptoms in his digestive tract, including abdominal pain, burning in the stomach, bloating and gurgling in the lower abdomen, and alternating constipation and loose stool.
Three different medications were prescribed by his primary care doctor for his digestive tract with no improvement after four months. This is when Michael heard about David Konikowski's treatments for conditions that did not improve with standard medical care. The symptoms were consistent with irritable bowel syndrome and acupuncture treatment was started right away after evaluation and differential diagnosis was made.
After 3 weeks of treatment with Acupuncture the condition had improved by 80% and Michael's doctor was able to reduce his medication by half. After 5 weeks all symptoms were gone and Michael was able to eliminate the medications prescribed by his doctor without return of the symptoms. Michael was able to return to his preferred activities of mountain biking, hiking with his wife, and travelling to visit his children and grandchildren.
A follow-up with Michael one year later revealed that the condition did not return and Michael continued to enjoy an active lifestyle with his wife and children.
- Michael S.
I came to Four Corners Acupncture & Wellness Center seeking answers about my diagnosis with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and a lack of a natural menstrual cycle. I also suffered from foggy brain, fertility and libido issues, depression and anxiety, inconsistent energy levels, and digestion issues.
My treatment with David has been life-changing. Over the past six months I have put my PCOS into remission with the arrival of my first-ever menstrual cycle. While this was the greatest achievement, I feel that his treatment has returned my body to a baseline and changed my body and mind from the inside out.
I no longer struggle with low libido, digestive issues, or inconsistent energy levels. It has helped dissolve issues with anxiety and depression allowing for immense spiritual growth as well. Another big plus is also stepping into a level of physical stamina I’ve never been able to achieve.
- Jamie W.
AMENORRHEA AND FATIGUE
“When I began treatment, I was struggling with amenorrhea, chronic fatigue, depression, and low libido. David was able to quickly evaluate my condition and clearly explain what he saw happening in my body. He was so warm, optimistic, and reassuring. Together, we developed my priorities for a treatment plan and every visit over the following months David would listen to my feedback, celebrate my victories, and make adjustments as necessary. Six months later, I feel so much better. I started menstruating again and my energy levels are high. I have confidence that my body is capable of anything!
I truly believe in David’s ability to heal - he is a wealth of knowledge and passionate about his work. Thank you David!”
LOW BACK PAIN
“My lower back pain went from regular with occasional long lasting spikes to a low-to-no level and rare but manageable peaks after a long term treatment plan with David. Nicole and Lauren are super support staff!"
Our goal at Four Corners Acupuncture & Wellness Center is to provide you with pain relieving and restorative treatments so that you can function at your best
Four Corners Acupuncture & Wellness Center is based in Durango, Colorado and is led by David Konikowski, an acupuncture and Chinese medicine specialist who excels in treating chronic, difficult to treat conditions that have been deemed hopeless or unresponsive to other treatments.
What We Treat
As a leader in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine services in the Four Corners region, we specialize in treating chronic, difficult to treat conditions. Whether it’s the painful burning sensation of Peripheral Neuropathy, the stiffness and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis, or the wandering pains and heavy ache of fibromyalgia, we are here to help you live a life free of pain.
Low Back Pain, including failed surgery
Hip Pain and Sciatica
Arthritic joint pain
Heel Pain And Plantar Fasciitis
Womens Health & Infertility
Low ovarian reserve
Low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology and motility
Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)
Post Herpetic Neuralgia
Post Stroke Recovery
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS
Reasons you will love
Four Corners Acupuncture and Wellness Center
Expert care in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Providing the most experienced, integrative care in the Four Corners region, combining ancient and modern methods.
Customized treatment plans for every person.
Every patient case is different, and we provide a case by case analysis and taylor made plan for each client, allowing us to achieve the best results possible.
We offer a better approach to your health problems.
We get results by improving your bodies ability to heal itself, restoring functions that have been lost or damaged over time.
David Konikowski is a renowned authority figure in the field of acupuncture, especially in the treatment of chronic and seemingly hopeless conditions.
"I started Four Corners Acupuncture & Wellness Center to bring a world-class healing environment to the people of Durango and the Four Corners region. My intent is to provide a sanctuary for the recovery and maintenance of health for years"
-David Konikowski, L.Ac., Dipl.C.H.
With over 20 years of clinical experience, "Dr. D" is an expert in the field of Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, & Integrative Medicine. His focus is on treating chronic pain, failed surgeries, and autoimmune conditions.
It brings David great joy to see his patients live the life they want free from debilitation pain and the constant, daily struggle of chronic illness.
Nationally Board Certified - Acupuncture, NCCAOM, 2003-present
Nationally Board Certified - Chinese Herbology, NCCAOM, 2003-present
Licensed Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner, State of Colorado, 2011-present
Licensed Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner, State of Arizona, 2003-2011
Expert training from medical doctors in China
Specialized training in geriatrics, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune conditions