Introducing Dr. Todd Peterson

Dr. Todd Peterson, Chiropractor, Mckenzie method

Welcome to our blog! This video introduces Dr. Todd Peterson, the owner and clinical director of Axial Spine & Wellness. Watch this video to learn more about how Dr. Todd came to be a chiropractor, chose to practice in the West Loop of Chicago, and why he combines the Mckenzie method, chiropractic adjustments, and other therapy options like myofascial release, and dry needling to get his patients the best outcomes for their back & body pains!


Dr. Todd Peterson, DC, Cert MDT. Dr. Todd Peterson Dr. Todd Peterson is a chiropractor and certified provider for Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT, aka the McKenzie Method). Dr. Peterson played football at the University of Nebraska, where he was a 4 year letter winner and Academic All American. He briefly played professional football in 2009 before returning to Chiropractic School in 2010. He earned his doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree from National University of Health Sciences in 2013, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors.

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