Finding a good chiropractor can be as tough as finding a good mechanic. It's not just a matter of skill, but trust. Word of mouth is key: A friend swears by so-and-so back doctor, and has been going there for years. Next thing you know, you're down there getting an adjustment charged to your Visa. One doc with word-of-mouth cred is Berkeley's Ruth Minka, who has been plying her trade for nearly twenty years in California. One patient, who has been seeing her for fifteen of those years when he has pains, says, "She's gentle, no big twists or jerks." He adds that Minka is always available to see him when he needs her. Another patient, a local architect, says of Dr. Ruth, "She's kind, gentle, available, and effective."
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