Blog Archive

The myths around cervical curvature Sep 16th, 2019

We’ve talked about it in blog posts before: Chiropractors love to nit pick the curves of the spine.  In particular, your neck typically has a lordotic curve, which is just a fancy way of saying the opening of the “C” curve should point backwards.  For decades, this curve had been...

To Adjust or not to adjust? Sep 11th, 2019

It's always fun to see people respond when I tell them I'm a chiropractor.  Some state they "Love" or "Believe in" their chiropractic.  Others politely get very quiet, and others still go on to tell a tale of a bad experience or just state they think it's all quackery. But,...

Anatomy is overrated. Aug 19th, 2019

Unfortunately, we are rarely the first doctor people see for their aches and pains. That means most patients that walk in the door have already consulted a professional about their problem. That means they’ve already heard at least one opinion on why they’re having the problem. Here are some of...

Don’t fall for the traditional chiropractic treatment plan. Aug 15th, 2019

The treatment plan.   It’s a crucial part to recovery from any injury in a managed care setting. Some insurance plans will not provide any reimbursement without having one written and on file.  So, why are we devoting an entire blog post to the potential perils of the “traditional chiropractic...

What is the Mckenzie Method? Jul 27th, 2019

If you've followed our social media or blog, you've probably saw us write about the "McKenzie Method," "Mechanical Diagnosis and therapy," or "MDT." You've probably thought to yourself "What the heck is that?" If you want to know what the McKenzie institute says, you can go here. In our own...

Insurance Billing Jul 18th, 2019

Insurance is confusing.  Reading an invoice from a chiropractor shouldn’t be.  We’re here to help with that problem today so that when you receive a bill from our West Loop office, you can go over it and understand what it means. First, it’s important to understand how claims are sent...

What to expect on your first visit Jul 18th, 2019

If you’re reading this, you’re probably injured.  I’m sorry, that sucks.  What sucks more is that our healthcare and insurance systems make getting better from injury way too complicated.  We’re here to help, and we’re not your average chiropractor. Or physical therapist. Chiropractors and physical therapists sell you a plan...

Health insurance for chiropractic Jul 17th, 2019

The first question patients may ask when they call into our office is usually “Do you accept my insurance?”  With the affordable care act, everyone is required to have health insurance, so most people want to take advantage of a service for which they are already paying. In our office,...

Health Insurance definitions Jul 17th, 2019

PPO - Preferred Provider Organization - An insurance plan that has a network of doctors that allows patients to freely choose which doctors they want to see. This allows greater freedom when making appointments, particularly with specialist doctors. You can even see doctors out of this network, but often times...

Red Flags of a questionable chiropractor May 15th, 2019

So, you're thinking of visiting a chiropractor.  I would guess you want to find a really good chiropractor.  Maybe even the best chiropractor.  I'm sure you've heard a range of stories about chiropractors and whether or not they are helpful. One friend may say "My chiropractor saved my life" while...

Why Do we use the McKenzie method?` Apr 26th, 2019

1. It’s Patient centered Patient centered care has become a bit of a buzzword in healthcare lately, but MDT does more than pay lip service.  A cornerstone of the MDT assessment and treatment process is self care, or teaching the patient what they can do to take care of themselves....

Mechanical Pain Apr 12th, 2019

Let's finally answer the big question: What is mechanical pain?  We talked about the 5 ways to irritate a nerve. Compression, Tension, Chemical (inflammation), Thermal, and Behavioral. In its simplest terms, mechanical pain is anything that comes from those first two types of irritation: Compression or Tension. A physical, or...

Pain Mar 24th, 2019

So, we want to understand back and neck pain.  But what is pain? In its simplest terms, Pain is nothing more than a signal to your brain from a nerve ending somewhere in the body. In a properly functioning nervous system, this signal only gets sent when an outside stimulus...

Welcome to the Blog Mar 12th, 2019

We’re officially blogging!  I’m new to this, so bear with me. My name is Dr. Todd Peterson. I’m a chiropractor by trade, but in practice I try to be more of a teacher to help people understand and eliminate pain. I think the way to be the best chiropractor is...