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What Kind of Education Does a Chiropractor Have?

A chiropractor is a licensed primary care doctor who is highly trained according to the latest research studies for musculoskeletal health.

In order to obtain their doctor of chiropractic degree, both Dr. Aho and Dr. Shevokas completed 4,620 educational hours at the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. Training includes physical examination procedures, radiology, patient management, physical therapy, and chiropractic treatment techniques. 

To compare educational degree requirements, Doctors of Osteopathy complete 4,665 total education hours and physical therapists complete approximately 3,870 total education hours.

Additionally, Dr. Aho has a Bachelor's degree in neurobiology and physiology from Purdue University and Dr. Shevokas has a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What is an Adjustment and How Can Chiropractic Help My Pain?

Chiropractors are licensed to treat a wide range of conditions. These conditions include sciatica, low back pain, stiff neck, shoulder pain, and headaches. The most common treatment used by chiropractors is a spinal adjustment. The term adjustment describes the treatment you receive by the chiropractor.  The goal of the adjustment is to improve the range of motion of the area being treated. The improved range of motion helps decrease pain and irritation to the area. Traditional and gentle care options are available here at Crosstown Chiropractic for individuals seeking chiropractic care in Chicago.

What is Gentle Chiropractic Care?

We see patients of all ages and health histories so a variety of treatment options is necessary.  Gentle chiropractic techniques offer treatment to a portion of these individuals that may need treatment modifications or have treatment preferences.  Low-force chiropractic is another name for gentle care which features a soft and gentle touch. For individuals who are concerned with osteoporosis, soreness, or simply do not like the idea of “popping” during chiropractic treatments, this is the ideal solution. We are able to provide gentle care chiropractic services here at Crosstown Chiropractic in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Dr. Aho and Dr. Shevokas utilize techniques to achieve beneficial treatment as gently as possible.

What is Traditional Chiropractic Treatment?

Traditional chiropractic care is often referred to as manual adjustments. Manual chiropractic therapy is the hands-on approach that most chiropractors in the United States have used for over 120 years. The original chiropractic college that specializes in this type of adjusting is Palmer College of Chiropractic where both Dr. Aho and Dr. Shevokas attended. The great thing about traditional chiropractic is that it works. The most current research for low back pain and neck pain suggests that manual therapy is a leading conservative treatment option. If you are looking for relief from pain, an increased range of motion, or reduction of muscle spasm, you are in luck. Traditional chiropractic treatment covers each of these treatment goals. 

Traditional chiropractic care is the manual therapy that many people are used to. To find out how you can benefit from traditional chiropractic treatment, give us a call at 773-961-8970 to set up an appointment. Dr. Aho and Dr. Shevokas look forward to providing you with traditional chiropractic treatment in Chicago. They are highly skilled in specialized treatments involving the traditional method of chiropractic care. This form of chiropractic care has a long-standing history of effectiveness as a potential solution for everything from sciatica to migraines. Let us help you with your chiropractic care goals with the use of traditional methods today!

Insurances We Accept:

Our office accepts insurance and we participate with many insurance plans. If you provide information about your insurance, we can provide a complementary insurance benefits check to help you determine if you have coverage. Like most doctor office visits, chiropractic care is often subject to a percent coinsurance or copay. Please contact our office if you have any questions.


  • Advocate Physican Partners
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO - Advocate Health Partners
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Alliance PPO
  • Health Allies
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NexusACO
  • Optum
  • Signature Wellness Plan
  • Stratose
  • United Healthcare

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