Professional Training and Background
Dr. Winckler is a chiropractic orthopedist. He evaluates and treats joint pain, arthritic or degenerative conditions, tendonitis, bursitis, and muscle conditions, particularly chronic conditions that need a breakthrough. He is often brought problems of the extremities: shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. He treats neck and back conditions that otherwise seem unapproachable, such as prior spinal surgeries including fusion, scoliosis, old accidents, and arthritis. While Dr. Winckler accepts referrals from other doctors, patients are welcome to call directly for an appointment.
Dr. Winckler is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up bicycling, camping, and canoeing in the Boundary Waters. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, followed by Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, graduating summa cum laude in 1983. He practiced in River Falls, Wisconsin for 20+ years, developed a busy multi-doctor practice, raised a family, and worked unreasonable hours. During this time he completed post-graduate education in Chiropractic Orthopedics and became an instructor in the Nimmo Receptor-Tonus Method (a form of trigger-point muscle treatment), for which he conducted seminars at the Northwestern Chiropractic College and for the Minnesota Chiropractic Association.
In 2005, Dr. Winckler left practice to travel with his wife, eventually settling in her home town of Corvallis, which he greatly enjoys. Finding himself still fascinated by chiropractic work, he returned to practice in 2011, linking up with the great group of independent practitioners at Northwest Health and Healing Center. He appreciates his current simplicity of practice at because it allows him to do what he enjoys most: solve complex problems.
Dr. Winckler has a simple method for treating TMJ problems and enjoys seeing patients with this otherwise difficult issue. He also has a treatment for GERD (chronic heartburn).
There are usually conservative (non-surgical) treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions if the doctor and patient are willing to put forth the effort.
It is essential to find out why the problem is there, and what is keeping it from getting better on its own.
Success with long-standing pain problems usually requires the following triad of treatment:
- Intervention (eliminating obstructions to improvement and bringing relief)
- Exercise (actively guiding the body to function better)
- Ergonomics (solving what might be going on in daily life that aggravates the problem)
Patients should be given the tools to take care of themselves to the greatest degree possible. No one likes feeling dependent on doctors or anyone else. Gaining understanding and control relieves stress and promotes personal freedom.
Outside of Work
Dr. Winckler enjoys biking, swimming, and the outdoors, ballroom and swing dance, and writing fiction. For more information on Dr. Winckler, visit his website at drwinckler.com.