Spinal disc herniations can occur anywhere along the spine and can be a serious debilitating condition. A common misconception is that most disc herniations occur suddenly. On the contrary, most herniations are a slow ongoing process that eventually reach a breaking point resulting in severe insult to the disc and intense pain.

The most common symptom of disc herniation is pain that radiates down the leg, or down the arm. Associated symptoms include weakness in the extremity, numbness, and muscle spasm. If you think your pain is due to a disc herniation, it’s important to have it examined immediately as the condition can worsen over time.

At Chicago InHealth Center we have special training in examining & treating disc herniations of the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine. Although disc herniations can be a serious matter, most are easily treatable without the need for drugs or surgery. Our training allows us to quickly identify whether your symptoms are treatable with conservative care or if a more invasive approach is what you need.

Once determined, specific low grade exercises are taught to our patients to quickly reduce their pain and prevent re-occurrence of symptoms. Special instruction is given for continued treatment and pain management at home. One of the techniques used at our clinic “The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®” is quickly becoming the gold standard in treating cervical and lumbar disc herniation and most patients report a significant reduction in symptoms in 1-3 visits.

Advanced diagnostic imaging may be ordered if significant reduction in pain is not seen within 3 sessions.

Our Services

Dr. Iris Zhao
D.C., M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

Dr. Graham Pommerehn

Active Release Techniques
Proud Partner IRONMAN
Graston Technique Provider
McKenzie Method
The doctors here are wonderful. Dr Pommerehn helped me find ways to take care of my back after it had left me immobilized and unable to go to work.
Let me first start by saying that I was totally against any type of chiropractic care until I hurt my back earlier this year.  After some nudging from a coworker, I decided it was time to get help.  I searched for a Chiropractor in my area and the Chicago Whole Health Center came up.  I called immediately and spoke with Dr. Graham Pommerehn aka "Dr. Feel Good"!  I was truly surprised and overjoyed that I felt so much better after my first visit!  "Dr. Feel Good" worked his magic on me and did it with the best bedside manner I ...
Great service and great people.  I've had chronic back problems over the last 20 years and have been to a number of loop area places and Chicago Whole Health is definitely the standout.  On my first visit it was clear that their interests truly lie in resolving the issue rather than ensuring a larger number of visits (they showed me how to effectively self treat to the extent possible).  While I went there only for lower back issues, they offer a pretty expansive line of services.  I highly recommend this place to anyone.
I had broken my tailbone a few years ago and recently was having more pain around it. I thought surgery may be my only option, but decided to try chiropracticcare for the injury and I'm so glad I found this place! Dr. Pommerehn is amazing! He was very upfront and honest during our initial exam and thoroughly explained every part of the treatment plan. Given the extent of my I injury we weren't sure treatment would help, but his patience and treatment paid off!After a few weeks of intense treatment (three times a week) I have been able to manage ...
This is a great place.  Dr. Pommerehn was so good. I had lots of problems with my shoulder, which we tried therapy on to fix.  He explained everything in detail, and finally when my shoulder did not get completely better, he sent me for an MRI, which showed a tear.  He said I would might need surgery.No one could believe that a Chiropractor was helping me so much - I really appreciated the work that he did with me, and the honesty with which he treated me.I will definitely use this place again.
I have had some medical issues that I have not been able to resolve for the past few years. Having tried Western medicine and holistic methods, I decided to try out acupuncture.I was not sure where to find a good acupuncturist (other than Chinatown). I really wanted someone I could communicate my problems to and who could communicate with me so that I could understand everything. Dr. Zhao was the answer to my problems. She speaks English and some Mandarin!I had told Dr. Zhao that it was my first time to acupuncture and told her my problems.  She explained everything ...