In addition to Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, and Chiropractic care, we also provide other rehabilitation methods that allow us to offer an incredibly powerful combination of treatments designed to heal the human body.
We have two fully certified massage therapy specialists who are also highly trained chiropractic assistants. They possess extensive knowledge of anatomy, sports mechanics, posture, and soft tissue therapies. Our therapists are:
Sharon Wong. Sharon is a 2002 graduate of Cortiva Institute of Chicago and considers massage therapy her spiritual calling. She has experience working with pregnant clients after the first trimester, as well as patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Bell’s Palsy and Hashimoto’s. She has worked the LPGA tour, Solheim Cup Tour, The Gingerman Raceway, Grattan Raceway and the Joliet Autobahn Country Club. Sharon has continued her studies by learning CranioSacral Therapy and has taken specialist training in Corrective Exercises.
Lisa Klobuchar. Lisa is an experienced deep-tissue and sports massage therapist with a national certification in prenatal massage. She has pursued research in musculo-skeletal pain and the nervous system—the mind-muscle connection—and in massage treatment for menstrual pain. Skilled in Swedish massage as well as trigger point and neuromuscular facilitation, Lisa believes that the best massage therapy uses a mindful combination of intense muscle release with soothing techniques that support the body’s natural healing capacity.
Kinesiology Taping with Rocktape
This specialized taping technique has many benefits and can create incredible results. It can be used to neurologically stimulate muscles that are weak, inhibit those that are overactive, and aid in functional movements. Rock tape gently lifts the skin, allowing for greater lymphatic drainage through a particular area. Whether it is for general use or in preparation for a big race, any of our doctors would be happy to assist you in experiencing the optimal application of Rock Tape.
– Practitioners for Kinesiology Taping: All of our Chiropractic Doctors
SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment)
The SFMA consists of a series of full body movement tests designed to identify inefficient movement patterns that may be creating pain and dysfunction in the body. The cornerstone of the SFMA is the idea that non-painful and seemingly unrelated movement impairments may contribute to the patient’s main complaint. This assessment is beneficial for everyone, but essential for athletes who may, unknowingly, have long standing chronic impediments that are limiting to their performance.
– Practitioners for SFMA: Dr. Jeff Heddles, Dr. Ryan Verchota, Dr. Dylan Drynan
Dry Needling is a technique that uses the same type of needles used for acupuncture to aid in the healing of specific muscles. It increases the healing in deep tissues that are difficult to get to with other methods. It is a very different method than Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) / Acupuncture even though it uses a similar tool. A TCM practitioner uses acupuncture needles to fix a vast array of different systemic issues while Dry Needling is just for targeting an issue in a very specific muscle. Dry Needling requires a very high understanding of muscle anatomy and an ability to target specific deep muscle structures which goes well with the anatomy expertise of our doctors. Many stubborn problems that are resistant to other therapies will respond well to Dry Needling.
– Practitioners for Dry Needling: Dr. Ryan Verchota, Dr. Dylan Drynan
The pregnant body is subject to immense hormonal, structural and postural changes. These changes can create pelvic and sacral misalignments which can cause low back pain, sciatic nerve irritation and can even contribute to dystocia or other difficulties during labor. The Webster Technique is an analysis and adjustment that seeks to restore proper motion to the sacrum and pelvis. Research suggests that the application of this safe and essential technique will lessen pelvic muscle tightness and facilitate normal uterine function, allowing optimal positioning for the baby and vastly decreasing the physical stress on both mother and child. Regular Webster Technique adjustments will contribute to comfort throughout the pregnancy, and can lead to a safer and easier birthing experience.
– Practitioners for Webster technique: Dr. Tracy Ford
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
This is a light touch approach that encourages any imbalances in your central nervous system to self-correct. Your therapist evaluates the condition of your body by locating areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, tracing those areas of imbalance to the original source of dysfunction. Because it is gentle, CST is safe for everyone – including children, pregnant women and the elderly. It is believed that CST can benefit those suffering from headaches, chronic pain, nervous system disorders, and stress-related disorders. Craniosacral Therapy was developed by John Upledger, an osteopathic physician and founder of The Upledger Institute, who was featured in Time Magazine as one of America’s next wave of innovators. ** (this therapy is not typically covered by insurance)
– Practitioners for Craniosacral Therapy: Sharon Wong (our house expert in this technique), Dr. Dylan Drynan (is knowledgeable in the technique but does not practice it any longer)