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Missing American Doctor Rescued in Colombia


After being missing for 3 days, Duane Dobrowolski, the 72-year-old American doctor who attended celebrities like Justin Bieber and Paul McCartney, was rescued in the Iguaque Fauna and Flora Sanctuary in Boyaca, Colombia. Dobrowolski is a specialist in pain therapies and has been based in Colombia for years, where he operates a medical service for myofascial treatment.

The Rescue, 3 Days Later

The doctor left Villa de Leyva (Boyaca) last Saturday, August 19, accompanied by a friend. They were headed to the Iguaque Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, a naturally beautiful area located between Villa de Leyva and Chiquiza and Arcabuco. It was his friend and travel companion who reported the doctor missing to the authorities a few hours later that same Saturday.

Duane Dobrowolski remained missing until he was found by rescuers from the Colombian Civil Defense on Tuesday, the 22nd, in the afternoon. The American citizen, who has been living in Colombia for some time, was rescued and taken to the hospital in Arcabuco by ambulance. He was disoriented and dehydrated, but they managed to stabilize his condition.

Creator of Myofascial Treatment

Duane Dobrowolski is a doctor specializing in pain treatment. He is known for treating celebrities like Canadian singer Justin Bieber and British musician Paul McCartney. Dobrowolski is the creator of myofascial treatment. This therapy is a method that eliminates chronic pain and, according to its creator, prevents joint surgeries in patients suffering from discomforts such as carpal tunnel, cervical surgeries, shoulder, spine, hip, or knee issues.

During the treatment process, changes in the body’s fascial system that allow for effective recovery of function and pain relief occur due to various mechanisms. One of the most important is the change in the mechanical behavior of collagen structures, the main component of the body’s fascial system.

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Justin Bieber’s North American doctor was found in the Iguaque Sanctuary in the department of Boyaca, Colombia. Credit: Juan Posada Silva / CC BY-SA 4.0

According to an article from the digital news source Pantallazosnoticias, the doctor has treated more than 100,000 patients, including some famous individuals like those mentioned earlier. Likewise, the professional has trained over a hundred doctors and therapists in his method.

The text indicates that the therapy “starts from the premise that the responsible principle for chronic musculoskeletal pain is muscle tension and fascia.” Thus, for the doctor, the origin of pain wouldn’t lie in “torn tendons, joint degeneration, worn-out cartilage, or compressed vertebrae.”

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