Dr. Cynthia Durakis, PLLC
Dr. Durakis joined The Healing Tree in 2014 with 18 years of experience in private practice and has extensive experience lecturing and writing on the subject of wellness and chiropractic care.
Comprehensive study in the areas of sports rehabilitation, clinical nutrition, prenatal care, pediatrics, functional endocrinology and veterinary orthopedic manipulation has allowed Dr. Durakis to provide a holistic, comprehensive approach to healing. As a lifelong sports enthusiast and mother of two athletic daughters the practice has grown in the direction of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. She has extensive experience treating athletes with injuries associated with soccer, lacrosse, rowing, tennis, golf and running.
Dr. Durakis holds a BA degree from Colgate University and a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) from Life University. Prior to beginning her private practice she served as the Professional Affairs Director for the International Chiropractic Association. She served on the Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) Wellness Task Force 2006-2008, was chairperson for the Alexandria Professional Women's Network and has been a frequent contributor to the Old Town Crier.
Dr. Durakis has coached ASA Soccer and Alexandria Youth Volleyball for three years, and is a proficient martial artist, having earned a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo.
Chiropractic is a holistic, non-invasive approach to balancing the human body that utilizes the spine as the primary means to stimulate healing.
Trauma, such as an auto accident as well as repetitive strains (i.e. long hours at the computer) can cause disruption in normal spinal biomechanics. In many cases the body can self-correct, however, misaligned joints can become fixed or stuck, causing pain, swelling and eventually interference to the normal conduction of nerve impulses from the brain to the connective tissues and organs of the body.
Some of the signals indicating a need for chiropractic care may include:
As a primary care provider, Dr. Durakis can review your history, evaluate your current condition and determine whether chiropractic care, or medical referral would be most appropriate.
Dr. Durakis has specific expertise with regard to nutritional and herbal therapies as well as the diagnosis and natural treatment of menopausal symptoms and hormonal imbalance. In the office we use saliva testing to evaluate hormone levels and can implement herbal and bio-identical hormone protocols to effectively balance the endocrine system.
(Dietary supplements utilized are whole-food based formulas from Standard Process Inc. and available only through health care providers).
Dr. Durakis’ patients are typically instructed as to effective rehabilitation and exercise. Appointments are available to review technique and safe execution of exercises that will strengthen the core, stabilize the hips and pelvis and improve posture.
Poor posture, or what is known as “tech-neck” has become epidemic and has far reaching health implications. Dr. Durakis offers postural evaluations and care plans designed to address postural imbalance.
If foot pronation is causing postural distortion, Dr. Durakis may incorporate stabilizing orthotics designed to treat the body as a functional unit starting with the feet. If you suffer from low back pain, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain or even neck pain custom made orthotics can help.
Our digital scanner takes a 3D picture of your feet and provides an analysis of foot biomechanics, weight distribution and postural imbalance.
Dr. Durakis does not accept insurance assignment and is not in-network with any primary insurance carriers but provides patients with a comprehensive statement including codes and all necessary documentation to file on their own. She is an out of network provider for medicare part B. Medicare patients pay a reduced fee out-of-pocket and our office files all necessary forms directly to medicare.
All active military service personnel receive a 10% discount.