“It should never take more than one or two visits to see at least some positive results, and usually not much more than that to fix most things,” explains Dr. Peter McManus, founder of Peter McManus, DC Chiropractic. Dr. McManus’s interest in how the body works and his profession began after suffering from a lower back injury in Little League. When two years of medical advice and treatment weren’t able to address his condition, he finally made it to a chiropractic office and got his life back—in one visit.
Dr. McManus has been practicing Chiropractic for over 20 years: 17 in Boston, where he received a Doctorate in Chiropractic at Palmer Chiropractic College, and now in Chicago. Since graduating, he has been through a postdoctorate neurology program and continuing education focusing on trauma treatment, standards of practice, gait analysis (study of human motion), rehabilitation, and several other topics relevant to general practice. He has lectured to the Attorney General’s office in Massachusetts, been affiliated with a major Boston university’s health clinic, worked with rehabilitation departments of hospitals in Boston, and taken part in teaching medical residents as part of their orthopedics rotations.
“I practice a very updated version of a traditional chiropractic technique that is about 60-70 years old,” he says. “It is a no-nonsense approach and it works. The more I study, the more I see it is validated by current research.”
His personal practice is not concerned with acupuncture, homeopathy, or massage (though he stresses rehabilitation exercises and usually employs them). “I want to be the best chiropractor I can be and know the best medical physician, acupuncturist, physical therapist, and massage therapist,” he says. “One should not be a Jack-of-all-trades in healthcare; it is a very bad idea that doesn’t serve the patient.” However, he is adamant that he fully supports other forms of healing and is happy to lead his patients in a different direction if he sees that Chiropractic isn’t the best or most appropriate fix for their issue.
Dr. McManus moved to Chicago three years ago and opened an office in Lincoln Park that also offers acupuncture, massage, and rehabilitation. He recently opened a second office at Level Office’s 73 W. Monroe location because he found many of his clients were commuting from downtown to Lincoln Park after work, and he wanted to make it more convenient for them.
“It’s great working out of Level Office. I love the start-up energy and find it so interesting that everyone does something different,” he says. Many of Level’s clients have quickly learned to appreciate Peter and find it convenient to stop by his office before work, during lunch, or after a long day for a session. He has hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Loop, and is currently offering a charity initiative: When any Level client schedules an appointment, he will donate ten percent of the normal collected fees for those services to a charity of their choice (through the end of 2015).
What once provided Dr. McManus with relief from a back injury has become his passion. It gave him his life back, and he urges everyone to be educated about all of their options before they treat any issue they may be experiencing. “The most important thing is finding the right hammer for the right nail,” he says.
Dr. McManus is happy to discuss any issues you may have, and you can be assured that he will get you to the right type of therapist, whether it is himself or another specialty. “I see my professional role as being here to help people, whatever that looks like. It is no more complicated than that.”