As chiropractors in Ravenswood, Chicago, our office treats a wide variety of conditions including back and neck pain, headaches, sciatica, sports injuries, arm pain, leg and knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder tendinitis, and work and automobile related injuries.
Below are services we provide. An individualized treatment plan will be discussed with each patient according to their symptoms and diagnosis. We use the McKenzie Method in Ravenswood, Chicago to help diagnose and treat pain and injuries. This method is also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy or MDT.
The McKenzie Method (MDT) is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a MDT assessment would be ideal for you!
Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs). The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body’s potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medications, injections, heat, cold, ultrasound, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on invasive medical intervention.
If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to:
Accurately understand the patient’s presentation and behaviour of symptoms.
Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.
Eliminate symptoms and restore full function.
Empower the patient to self treat and prevent recurrences.
Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed.
The Chiropractic Manipulation, also known as an “Adjustment” or Spinal Manipulation, has repeatedly been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. At Lakeside Chiropractic Dr. Kiper uses Motion Palpation techniques to identify hypo-mobile (stiff) joint segments that would benefit from manipulation. Hyper-mobile joint segments, such as the mid-cervical spine in most patients, are joints that typically do not need manipulation.
During an adjustment procedure the doctor will place his hands on the area to be treated and apply a gentle yet quick movement over the joint. The joint usually elicits a “pop” or “crack”, we term this an “audible release” or cavitation. This is trapped gas in fluid of the joint capsule being released from the space during an adjustment and is completely normal.
The goal of the Chiropractic Manipulation is to:
* Increase joint mobility and range of motion * Relieve pain * Reduce muscle spasm * Restore optimal joint function and stimulate the nervous system.
If you have not been adjusted before, we will discuss the risks and benefits of this remarkably SAFE procedure.
Rehabilitation is key to maintaining proper function and movement. Poor biomechanics, bad sitting posture, trauma and repetitive stress on tissue can cause physiological changes to occur over time and lead to pain and discomfort.
Patients will be guided through specific movements and exercises that they can also perform at home to restore dysfunction, stabilize hyper-mobile areas, increase range of motion in hypo-mobile areas and strengthen the body.
Chiropractic, unlike Physical Therapy, focuses on the whole body and not just one joint segment or body region. If dysfunction occurs in your foot for example, this can cause problems all the way up the kinetic chain such as the knee joint or hips. Many times pain that is felt in the extremities is actually originating from the spine or other tissue.
The Kinesio Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm. Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase nearly 25 years ago in Japan, Kinesio Taping has become the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. The proprietary method of taping uses a uniquely designed and patented tape for treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema reduction.
The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles and joints in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The first technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually give support while maintaining full range of motion, enabling the individual to participate in physical activity with functional assistance. The second technique helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow 24 hours per day. Taping also has amazing effects on post injury ecchymosis (bruising).
Rock tape is our office’s tape of choice. This hypoallergenic and extremely strong tape can be worn for up to a week even with daily showering. Ask Dr. Kiper if you could benefit from taping at your next appointment.
There are two types of myofascial release: direct and indirect. Direct myofascial release (or deep tissue work) method works on the restricted fascia. Practitioners use thumbs, knuckles, elbows, or other tools to slowly stretch the restricted fascia by applying a moderate force. Direct myofascial release seeks for changes in the myofascial structures by stretching, elongation of fascia, or mobilizing adhesive tissues. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached. The indirect method involves a gentle stretch, with only minimal pressure, which allows the fascia to “unwind” itself. The gentle traction applied to the restricted fascia will result in heat and increased blood flow in the area. This allows the body’s inherent ability for self correction to return, thus eliminating pain and restoring the optimum performance of the body.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue
Instrument assisted soft tissue is the use of special instruments to improve range of motion and decrease pain in an area of the body that may be compromised due to scar tissue and/or adhesions. This can be done passively or actively with the patient performing different movements in varying ranges of motion. Often times this procedure can cause skin redness and sensitivity that typically only lasts a short time after treatment.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Deeper needling procedures can also be performed to hypertonic muscles and trigger points.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — which flow through pathways (meridians) in your body.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Years ago scientists discovered your body has an internal chemical balance that is as unique to you as your fingerprint. Likewise, every food you eat has its own “chemical balance” – a unique set of natural or man-made chemicals.
As your body reacts differently to each and every food, the food you eat each day will enhance proper body chemistry, or disrupt the correct balance. In fact, 95% of the people that are tested show that one or more foods they regularly eat cause a toxic reaction in their body.
You might not even notice these toxic reactions. Most of them work at a cellular level, and may cause symptoms that you won’t notice right away. Or, you might not EVER make the connection that what you’re eating is actually damaging your body.
So, nutritious foods you eat (like corn, soy, egg whites, green pepper, whey, or chicken, for example) may actually act like a poison in your body. When you eat foods that form toxins in your system, those foods can cause harmful, chronic problems with your health.
Ask our office about this cost effective and potentially life changing test. For more information please see the video below.
Supplement Counseling and Sales
Pharmaceutical grade supplements that help support immunity, cellular recovery and free radical defenses. Pr-biotics to support the gut where nutrients are absorbed.
Taking low quality store-brand supplements can actually do more harm than good. Talk to Dr. Kiper about your supplement regime at your next visit.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a clinician puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Patients may receive cupping for many purposes, including to help with pain reduction, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.