(315) 451-1152 | 106 Metropolitan Park Dr, Liverpool NY, 13088


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Chiropractor Liverpool NY | Serving The Greater Syracuse Area

The Best Syracuse Chiropractor

Dr. Chris Montanaro DC, DIBAK, DCBCN



At Montanaro Chiropractic you will find a blend of old fashioned doctoring with the most comprehensive system in integrative health care, Applied Kinesiology (AK). Dr. Chris is a chiropractor and a Diplomate in AK and a Diplomate in Nutrition. He teaches certification courses to doctors of various disciplines including doctors of chiropractic, medicine, naturopathy, and homeopathy. Dr. Chris is also a member of the adjunct faculty of New York Chiropractic College & Palmer Chiropractic College in Florida. Dr. Chris is also an Advanced Theta Healing practitioner.

His goal is to help his patients reach a higher level of health and to actualize their highest potential. Dr. Chris does this through his ability to: determine why the body is not functioning as a system, facilitate the body’s systems to work together as it is intended, and help his patients clear the stressors that often impede health and happiness.


Dr. Chris believes health is a process and not an event. Therefore, patients seen at Montanaro Chiropractic take responsibility in the healing as they learn why their health problem has occurred and what they can do to help stop and reverse the process. He is often asked if he treats conditions such as asthma, lupus, migraine , etc., to which he replies, “No, I treat the person with asthma, lupus and migraines.” Dr. Chris specializes in helping people with difficult-to-treat conditions by fixing what he finds wrong through the armamentarium available in applied kinesiology . The typical patient seen by Dr. Chris is the person who:

* Suffers from a condition that other doctors cannot find the cause and pathology has been ruled out.
* Has a treatable condition and wants to utilize non-pharmacological means of finding relief.
* Knows that health is a by product of balancing the structural, chemical and mental components of healing.
* Want to spend time with their doctor to develop the old fashioned doctor-patient relationship based on trust and respect.


Applied Kinesiology | Nutrition

Dr. Chris is a Syracuse Chiropractor (actually located in Liverpool, NY) and specializes in Applied Kinesiology (AK) and has attained his Diplomate, the highest degree possible, through the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). Applied Kinesiology , as founded by Dr. George Goodheart, is the most comprehensive system in integrative health care as it incorporates under its umbrella the many branches of holistic healing including chiropractic, cranial sacral therapy, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, myofascial therapies and more. When diagnosing and healing patients, Dr. Chris incorporates the AK triad of health. The triad is represented as an equilateral triangle with structural health being its base (bones, muscles), and the upright sides representing chemical (nutrition, toxins) and mental (emotional, spiritual) health. When a person experiences poor health, there is an imbalance in one or more of these factors.


Our Principles:

1. Study everything we possibly can from the best healers in the world and make as many of those treatments and therapies available to our patients.

2. Treat our family of patients with the same love, care and dedication we want available to our own families.

3. Treat our family of patients naturally without drugs and surgery as their first line of defense for all of their healthcare needs.

The Gold Standard

We do not take this idea of “The Gold Standard,” lightly in our office. We understand that the lay population might not know the names of techniques like Active Release Technique. They also may not know the systems of treatment and diagnosis like Applied Kinesiology. In all professions, it is often well understood what the best of the best information is, and the gold standards by which everything else is compared to.

So if its so well understood, why would a professional provide less than The Gold Standard? We would speculate it comes down to time and money. However, we never let time and money get in the way of providing this level of care for our patients. Many of the treatments, forms of diagnosis and knowledge we have in the office take a lot of time and money to learn. Also, when providing those services, they often take a lot of time to provide to you as well. For doctors who spend 30 seconds to 5 minutes with a patient, its just not possible to provide these more time consuming therapies and treatments. It doesn’t seem to make logical sense how someone could go to school for 8-15 years or more to become a doctor, and spend 2 minutes with each patient. At Montanaro Chiropractic you can be rest assured that you will not have a 2 minute session like you would from so many chiropractors offices. You can plan on the first visit being 60-90 minutes, and subsequent visits being 30 minutes or more, depending on the individual needs.

We take the opposite approach from what many Syracuse Chiropractors do. We spend lots of time with out patients. We figure that if we keep you healthy, and help you recover from your health concerns as quickly as possible, then you will tell your friends and family the level of service that we provide. There are too many times to count, the number of patients who have come into the office after being told that drugs and surgery were their only answer. They are then often surprised how quickly their problems are resolved in the office without drugs and surgery.

We absolutely understand that drugs and surgery are necessary at times, and we work closely with many medical professionals to provide our patients with the best care. However, a lot of patients and health care professionals don’t know that less invasive and better options may be available. We hate hearing, “I WISH I KNEW THAT BEFORE SURGERY.”

That is where we come in. We have made it our life passion to learn about as many of these treatment options as possible and ones not always used by many mainstream chiropractors. We like to think outside the box. Sometimes we even think that the results we see in the office are too good to be true. Its partly what makes our jobs as healers so much fun. Helping people without drugs and surgery, often times not being able to be healed or helped by anyone else. Because of this, patients have traveled from all over the world to be treated in our office. The best part is, in almost all cases, the worst case scenario is that you leave the office healthier than when you came in. This is a far cry from the side effects of the alternative drugs and surgery approach so many people start with, because of a lack of knowledge about what ALL of their options are.

If your doctor relies 100% on what they learned in school, then there is no way they are up to date on the many options you may have available. Often they think that if they didn’t learn it in school, then it can’t be a valuable treatment option to learn more about. Hence, you often never hear anything about alternative options to the one they present you with. We will always make sure you know the details about a variety of your options and help you to make the best choices for yourself. We pride ourselves in sharing the information about the questions you should be asking and may not even know to ask.

Holistic Primary Care Doctors

Often, when seeing the name Chiropractor or the term Chiropractic, people put those doctors into a specific category of what they can and cannot help people with. Most of our patients come to use us as their own primary care physicians. Not to replace their medical doctors, but to get the full scope of their options from a holistic approach. People lived for 1000’s of years without drugs and surgery. Many of those treatments are just as powerful as their alternatives today without the negative side effects. This is what we provide to our patients. Not some new FAD, but time tested traditional approaches to health, that many people have just forgotten works. Add this together with the latest and greatest information and technologies available, we can focus on results for our patient. Provide them with the care they need and not limit it to just what the doctor learned in school.

Even if you don’t think there is any possible chance we can help you with your health concerns, we strongly urge you to pick our brains in a consultation about options we may know about even if we can’t provide them ourselves. We can at the very least make sure you get the right treatment with the right people. Often, we can provide healthy options to boost the effectiveness of what western medicine has to offer you to use in conjunction with  any other therapy options you choose are best for you.

Why We Get Sick And Hurt

One thing we have come to understand very clearly is that our bodies almost always have a reason for presenting the symptoms that they are. Usually most people look at these little red flags as annoying and something to get rid of. We think of them as a specific language of the body. These “Symptoms” are very specific clues that your body leaves the trained professional to pick up on, which often provides us with the best possible course of action to helping you. As you maneuver around the website you will see many instances of this. For now lets takes the topic of Nutrition. A patient may come in complaining about their hair, nails and skin. Maybe one or all of them. From a Western medicine perspective they may be given 3 or more medications for each issue. From a clinical nutrition perspective, this is a body severely lacking in basic nutrition. You body doesn’t care as much about your hair, nails, or skin, when it has limited nutritional resources. It preferentially will give the nutrition to your core organs sustaining your life. For a more thorough understanding of this language of the body and how we may look at very specific health concerns different than other specialists go to the Doctors tab above.

Questions You Should Be Asking When Choosing a Doctor

1. Is your doctor trying to mask or cover up your symptoms, or trying to find the root cause of the health issues you are having and then fixing the problem at the roots. More times than not we see patients who are taking medications that they fully expect to be taking forever. By definition this means that they are not healing anything. If they were inducing healing, then within days or weeks, months or even years they should be getting better and not need the medications.

This is not true though for many of the patients we see in the office. They get put on medications that mask or cover up symptoms, and most people never know enough to question this approach. They follow orders, because its what our society has taught them to do.

2. Do they regularly attend a “WIDE VARIETY” of continuing education seminars? If they only attend the same ones that are paid for by the pharmaceutical companies, then maybe they are limiting their ability to have their knowledge branch out into new directions.

3. Are they faculty or adjunct faculty of schools? Do they teach doctors around the country? Typically these doctors have to stay on top of their game.

4. How much time are they going to be spending with you?

5. Will they spend the time to answer your questions?

6. Will they give answers to questions you don’t even know to ask?

This can best be summarized by watching the video above. This information is great, and the graphics, animation and high speed drawings make it a lot of fun to watch.

Please feel free to call the office to have questions answered that you might have, or use the appointment scheduler on the top right of the page to schedule a time to come in that is convenient for you.

We look forward to being a part of your healthcare team and helping you with all of your healthcare needs!