Patient's Testimonials

I was scheduled for back surgery for a 10mm herniation between L5 and S1 on December 16th, 2008. My injury had become worse (from 3mm to 10mm) over a period of 6 months as I continued in my daily activities (including sports and working out) to the point where I could no longer deal with the pain. I saw 5 MD’s (three orthopedic surgeons and two neurosurgeons) and all 5 advised me that a discectomy was necessary.

One month before my back surgery, my wife convinced me to see a chiropractor. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first given that 5 highly trained medical doctors had all come to the same conclusion, but I had nothing to lose at that point. Worst case scenario was that I would proceed with the back surgery anyway.

I saw Dr. Helo, and he asked me if I was willing to commit to 4 weeks or treatment before I made any further decisions. I agreed.

Over the period of the next month I slowly (and let me emphasize slowly) felt improvements. Each day the pain seems to decrease just a little. I continued with Dr. Helo for 8 week and the end results can only be described as remarkable. My pain continuously decreased and today I am living virtually pain free.

I never rescheduled my discectomy. I am now careful about how much I exert myself, but I am back to working out, playing sports and rolling around with my kids… 11 months later I am still virtually pain free.

Dr. Helo did not ask me to write this testimonial, nor have I received compensation or preferential treatment of any kind. I felt I needed to provide this feedback as a reference point for others going through the same injuries I went through. I am sincerely grateful for the services Dr. Helo and his staff provided me and the fact that I listened to my wife to go see him!!!

John K. from Studio City
(written on 10/07/09)

Dr. Victor Helo is one of the best doctors I have ever encountered. He is so good, that I cannot simply say he is a great chiropractor because he is really so much more. If I come to him with a pinched nerve in my shoulder, he works on it for 30 minutes, and it is not gone, Dr. Helo just will not let me leave until he relieves my pain significantly. I pay the same price whether he works on me for 30 minutes or two-hours. Other chiropractors have sent me away after applying three or four techniques and finding none to work. Dr. Helo knows so many techniques, and knows them well! He is up for the challenges when they arise too.

Dr. Helo is such an expert at chiropractic care and he cares so much for his patients that he goes beyond the call of duty of most doctors. In addition, he also deals with pain management for migraines and TMJ. He does it all so well that I have no reservations about recommending Dr. Helo.

Noora E.
(written on 04/09)

Dr. Helo is an excellent chiropractor. If you are hesitant to receive chiropractic services, I strongly encourage you to try Total Wellness Center. Dr. Victor is personable, caring and thorough in each treatment with every client. He has relieved a lot of pain and tension from my body. I also recommend regular treatments to keep your body in alignment for preventive medicine. I consider Dr. Helo as my friend and I recommend my friends who are in need of treatment. The location is easily accessible and the staff is very friendly. It is a place where you can feel comfortable even while battling pain. Call Dr. Helo today and feel better instantly!

Best Regards,
Stephani S.

I highly recommend Dr. Helo and the Total Wellness Center. I have been to other chiropractors in the past and he is one of the the best. He spends time diligently analyzing the cause of the pain/issue and then makes sure that the patient is comfortable with the recommended treatment. He truly cares about his clients and takes the time to get to know them personally. His staff is great too! If I ever move back to Los Angeles, I would definitely go back and see Dr. Helo and have recommended him to friends still in the area.

Amanda B.

Victor is an amazing chiropractor. He gives extra special treatment especially when you are having problems. I have been a patient of his for years now and can't recommend him more highly.

Stacie S.

Victor Helo as Hollywood's Newest Body Guru

Posted by Michael St. John on Nov 20, 2005, 11:33

In Tinseltown, no matter what an actor needs to keep the bucks rolling in, they get.One of the most important concerns is keeping the body strong and healthy – how the body looks on camera most of the time determines how many figures you might have on your check.Looking good is a busy, and it's something you should not forget, that is if you choose to have longevity in the biz. "The stress that most actors experience," Victor Helo said, "is not normal – and if it is not controlled or dealt with, it develops into something quite harmful to the body."

Oscar nominated actor, Peter Fonda, said: "I had just finished a film that demanded so much action and stunts, after each day's shoot, I could barely stand up.At one point, I really thought I might have to drop out of the picture. And that meant giving up a few million bucks, if I decided doing that. Then I got a call from my pal, Dennis Hopper, who suggested I see Victor, before it got worse; it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was like I was given a new body, even after the first treatment with the guy."

When I finally spoke with Victor Helo, he offered that back pain has always been a serious issue in our society.His concern is not only for adults, but for children, as well."Children," he said, "nowadays, complain about having continual back pain. They don't realize it, but the pain is due to wearing backpacks.Parents should really do some serious research about many of the so-called fashion oriented things their kids are subject to using.Sometimes, the very thing that makes life seem easier is the very thing that might cause problems later on."

Most industry people who come to Victor complain about back problems.They had been in a difficult physical scene with another actor or they were required to do something that was totally alien to what their body was use to."Many of these people," Helo noted, "had not the proper chiropractic adjustments, exercises, stretches and diet, previously.There are several effective ways of treating back pain – and it is exciting to see how it makes a difference in a person's life."

At Victor Helo's Studio City office, aptly called "The Wellness Corner," the intersegmental flexion distraction technique is used."This is a non-invasive, low force technique, where we apply and hold a pressure then stretch the above misaligned/injured vertebrae to relieve the pain and decrease the pressure on the nerve root and the disc." He added that this technique has several treatment protocols and varies depending on the patient's condition.

"Every actor who comes to me for help," Victor said, "I always mention that if a patient is prone for back surgery, don't you think it is better to explore your options before you commit to surgery, followed with long term care and medications?Why would you risk your back pain with back surgery before you explore your options?And can a chemical intake such as muscle relaxant/pain killers correct a physical problem?"

Thousands of actors currently are opting to see people like Victor Helo instead of going under the knife, when possibly it isn't necessary."Most of the actors, musicians, especially dancers," he said, "are amazed to discover that the back pain they were experiencing, only needed adjusting, stretching and a disciplined exercise regimen. It's really great to see them leave my office with a big smile on their face."

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