Member Monday: Balanced Approach Chiropractic Care

Meet Dr. Ryan Kirkpatrick  

Dr. Ryan Kirkpatrick of Balanced Approach Chiropractic Care is excited about moving his practice from Lakeview to the thriving West Loop! Using a balanced approach to treating his patients he utilizes a wide range of chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, pain relief, and sports medicine protocols to get the unmatched results for his patients. Dr. Kirkpatrick attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and has completed a number of post-doctoral education classes in Acupuncture, Pregnancy Care, Biomechanics, Golf Swing Analysis, and Athletic Injury Care. He specializes in working with the fit and active community or those looking to get out of pain and improve their fitness and health as a whole. Come in for a free consultation anytime and to check out his 7,000 sq feet of therapy equipment to find out what he can do to help you live a healthier, happier, pain free life.


Can you tell us a little bit about your organization? What do you do?

Our mission from day 1 has been to give our patients something that they don’t often experience in healthcare these days, a one-stop shop where they can have all of their health goals addressed under one roof.  With Balanced Approach Chiropractic Care we’ve accomplished that by integrating chiropractic care, decompression therapy, physical therapy, pain relief care, acupuncture, corrective exercise, nutrition, and personal training all at one location. 

What was your inspiration for beginning this business?

I actually had always planned on going into dentistry, however, after undergrad I began having issues with my own back and neck as a dental assistant.  When the shooting pain, headaches, and numbness got to be too much I went to see a chiropractor for the first time.  Came to find out I had 3 disc herniations in my neck and an old collar bone fracture from a car accident in high school.  After only a few visits I was pain-free and completely blown away.  I enrolled in chiropractic school 3 months later and fall more in love everyday with what I do for a living.  It’s an honor to be able to help people with similar issues as I can relate to extreme, limiting pain.

What are some of the services you offer?

We always start with a thorough exam and diagnostic workup.  We also take our patients goals into consideration when working up an individualized treatment plan.  We then select the therapies that we think will work best to get to that goal.  Whether it’s simply chiropractic adjusting and trigger point work; postural corrective traction therapy and decompression therapy; or adjusting, physical therapy, acupuncture, traction, and a corrective exercise plan.  We have a large toolbox from which to draw from and select the therapies that will get our patients the best, quickest, most effective results possible.

Why did you decide to join the West Loop Community Organization?

Everyday on my way to work I’m blown away at the changing neighborhood that I am so lucky to work in and be a patron of.  I find it fascinating to watch the neighborhood grow and change.  To be involved in a group like WLCO who does so much to ensure these changes are benefiting the neighborhood is truly a special thing.  I look forward to meeting with all of the wide variety of businesses who all do so much to advance our neighborhood.

What do you like about being in the West Loop?

The food, the feeling that we’re changing and evolving, the sense of community, the people, everyone is kind and courteous and seems excited about the future of the neighborhood.  Hard to pick just one.

How do you contribute to the mantra, “Made Better” here in the West Loop?

Everything I do as a healthcare practitioner is geared toward helping people to move better, feel better, live better, and have less pain.  My goal every day is to provide my patients with the best quality healthcare experience, whether that means taking my time to deliver a fantastic chiropractic adjustment, or spend 30 minutes working on their form in a deadlift.  I think that this neighborhood attracts a very special kind of person and business, people who are used to getting the very best.  I look forward to delivering that for many years to come in the West Loop.

How can people get involved with your organization?

Give us a call at the office, send us an email, pop by the office.  Consultations are always free and there are no stupid questions.  We do a terrible job of educating the masses about health, anatomy, and physiology as a society.  One of my goals has always been to educate my patients about what’s really going on to lead to the symptoms they’re experiencing.  We’ve got tons of resources available for free on our website, on social media, and youtube page.

What sets your organization apart from other similar organizations?

We are not the quick, in-out, rack and crack chiropractic office.  Having worked in high volume offices focusing on patient centered rehab, low volume offices focused on holistic care, and everywhere in between during my residency.  I really wanted ensure we take our time to examine and assess the patients individual wants, needs, and goals and put together a comprehensive plan including a wide array of interventions to get them to that end goal.  I’m proud of how we’ve done that.

What is the next thing for your business?

Coming up in November I’ll be getting TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Golf Biomechanical Analysis Certified and we’ll be one of only a few offices in the city to integrate indoor golf swing analysis, fitness, and physical therapy all under one roof.  Really excited about this program!

Is there any other information you would like to share with us?

If you’ve ever been to the chiropractor before we offer something truly unique and different, and if you’ve never been you’re missing out.  I truly love what I do for a living and my patients can see that.  It’s the greatest honor when someone puts their trust with their health in your hands and we don’t take that lightly.  Patient education and modifying what patients are doing at home and outside my office is something that I’m very passionate about.  If you have any questions, concerns, or issues you’d like to discuss please give me a call or stop by and say hi, we’re here to help!

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