Our Approach

Our approach is unique because our goal is to determine WHY you have developed arthritis in your knee, tendinitis in your elbow, a disc that has herniated, and so on. Rather than simply treating the site of pain, we seek to find the alignment and faulty movement mechanics that are causing excessive stress on painful tissues, increasing injury risk and reducing athletic performance.

Quite often, the REAL problem is in a different area than where you are experiencing symptoms. You may recall the old song, “The foot bone is connected to the leg bone, the leg bone is connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone…”  This song helps us understand the concept of regional interdependence, which explains how seemingly unrelated impairments in a remote anatomical region may contribute to, or be associated with, the patient’s primary complaint.

So what does this mean for a person struggling with ongoing knee pain, for example? Well, one must look not only at the knee, but also the foot, hip and elsewhere for the alignment or movement dysfunction that is driving the knee condition. If there is a problem with the foot or hip, in terms of alignment, or movement mechanics, compensation will have to occur at the knee. It is often the area where compensation occurs that becomes the site of complaint.

Having a good understanding of how the alignment and movement of certain areas of the body are dependent on the alignment and movement of other areas, we have a unique way of assessing the entire body as a whole, not just its individual parts.

Our treatment approach is similar to “rebooting” a computer that isn’t working properly. 

We use an advanced chiropractic method to restore posture and spine alignment called Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP). We also use a relatively new, ground-breaking treatment and exercise approach called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to retrain the brain to move and stabilize the joints properly. Utilizing the combination of CBP and DNS, we are realigning your body’s hardware (bones and joints) and at the same time “upgrading” your software (brain and nervous system). 

What is CBP?

We are the only clinic in Arlington Heights and the Chicago area having advanced certifications in both Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).  

What is DNS?

Our exercise approach is to find movement “errors” where your body is not maintaining proper “form” (alignment) during any given movement. Then, we bring these errors to your attention and show you how to move properly once again. In the beginning, we simply work on “retraining your brain” to ingrain new movement patterns that are safer and less stressful on your muscles, tendons and joints. Once your new movements are established, we begin adding strength, power, endurance, and performance to help you build a stronger, stable and more resilient body.

In summary, restoring alignment and faulty movement mechanics is what we do. Our goal is to find alignment and movement dysfunctions that you have acquired due to pain, compensation, and injury. Once we uncover the dysfunction, treatment is geared to restore alignment and movement by reprogramming your nervous system, a process known as neuroplasticity. In essence, we design a treatment, movement and exercise program to restore alignment, stability, and strength in your body so you can live the most active lifestyle you deserve.

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