By Anya Bochman
Doctor Kyle Eopechino, the chiropractor at the center of the Little Falls holistic practice Health on Main, tries to incorporate a number of disciplines into his approach to patient wellness. To this end, he is first to point out that he in no way opposes Western medicine and realizes there are certain conditions that require medication and the expertise of other physicians.
“I take into account all sides for a complete approach,” Eopechino says. “You have to take what you have and try to improve on it. The only thing I’m against is giving up.”
The journey of Health On Main perhaps reflects that philosophy. Eopechino originally lived in the upstairs portion of the building while envisioning a holistic health center in Little Falls. After many years of planning, he was finally able to relocate his chiropractic office from Clifton to its current building in Little Falls, forming Health on Main.
Today, the holistic center includes two massage therapists, a doctor specializing in acupressure, a personal trainer and Eopechino’s chiropractic services. The office also includes a variety of beneficial health rooms for reflexology, reiki and craniosacral therapy.
Eopechino, of North Haledon, who has a young foster daughter, envisioned a career in chiropractic since he was a small child and a local chiropractor alleviated the foot problems he suffered from. As an adult, he obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the University of Bridgeport. Additionally, Eopechino is a certified medical examiner and animal chiropractic, and is trained in pediatric and maternity chiropractic.
What Eopechino feels distinguishes his approach from other chiropractic specialists is what he terms the “Marinelli Methods,” named after his mentor and former colleague Dr. Charles Marinelli of Clifton. The central tenet of the Methods is that they do not use forceful manipulations to make corrections to the body. All adjustments are made with a low force, high tech instrument. The Marinelli Methods also utilizes an advanced technology to identify pathogens and toxins in the body combined with pointed adjustments to the affected area.
“Marinelli Methods operates at such a level of confidence that it applies Heart Rate Variability testing to confirm patient improvements post treatment,” Eopechino’s statement on his practice’s website reads. “[The] Methods’ unique evaluation and treatment modulates allow the chiropractor to treat a wider variety of ailments. The traditional chiropractic subluxation model or bone-out-of-place theory is limited to just that – limited results.”
What Eopechino believes makes him special – and indeed, does, in the era of managed care and overworked physicians – is his willingness and ability to remain available to patients. According to the doctor, he answers patient inquiries and concerns throughout his work week and beyond, remaining reachable by text.
“I am here six days a week, and patients can call me directly,” Eopechino said. “I try to go above and beyond.”
The chiropractor related several anecdotes of patients seeing the benefits of his holistic approach.
“I had an elderly patient who had been told to get a walker,” said Eopechino. “After therapy [at Health on Main], she got her freedom back.”
Several patient testimonials on the website likewise praise the chiropractor and his office.
“My name is Mary and I have been suffering with Vertigo for about 10 years now… I have been to other doctors for my vertigo and I have been so disappointed because there was minimal to no change and I believed that this was just part of my life. All I can say is that it has been months since I have had any vertigo! Thank you so much Dr. Eopechino,” reads one glowing review.
Another female patient relates Eopechino’s success in treating her spine and balance problems following a car accident.
“I was recommended to see Dr. Eopechino who l feel is much like a detective in his treatments looking for the root of the problem. The treatment is very gentle, never hurts and is so accurate,” the patient concludes.
Other treatments offered at Health on Main include Craniosacral therapy (CST) conducted by Robin Greengrove, RNC. The therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Greengrove received her BS in Nursing in 1983 from Wagner College. In 2013, she obtained her certification in Cranial Sacral Therapy level I through the Upledger Institute out of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She has been practicing CST through workshops and private clients over the past three years.
Gina Marie Maffettone is a personal trainer who offers her services at Health on Main six days a week. Maffettone focuses on obtaining strength, flexibility and overall wellness through such course offerings as Zumba, kickboxing, yoga and a Pilates one-on-one training group, in addition to nutrition. Initially, Maffettone conducts an evaluation consisting of a comprehensive history and physical examination, and a review of any lab work and heart rate variability (HRV).
The latter is a non-invasive, fully automated and computer-based system that can evaluate the overall health of the autonomic nervous system based on technology known as HRV analysis. Eopechino is one of very few chiropractic physicians in the country who uses HRV to assess the effectiveness of his treatments.
“In a nutshell, heart rate variability can discover hidden health problems,” Eopechino said. “If your nervous system is not functioning well, then your body will not function well.”
Health on Main’s focus on nutrition entails the Ideal Protein Weight Loss program, a medically derived diet.
“My parents are on it, and my father has even been able to come off his blood pressure medication as a result,” said Eopechino.
Health on Main offers body reflexology of the feet, hands, neck, shoulders and back. In its practice, the office uses a state-of-the-art Percussion Therapeutic Massager and Oscillating Heat Massager to relax and invigorate muscles; other equipment includes a heated foot and hand hydrator spa.
For those looking to engage in Reiki or seeking the guidance of a medium, Health on Main has on its staff a certified Reiki II practitioner who performs healing work to renew energy and revive the body.
The office accepts most forms of health insurance, although Eopechino said that they have never turned away a patient in need. It is perhaps his accommodating nature that contributes to his popularity; the chiropractor has been known to accept texts at four in the morning from patients who had pain emergencies.
“I try to be as personable as possible, and for some people, it’s extremely important – their jobs rely on it,” said Eopechino. “Maybe that’s why I get so many referrals.”
Health on Main is located at 155 E. Main Street in Little Falls. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 973-832-6722.