Natural Health Center Focuses on Lifelong Wellness
Dr. Joe Glowiak, Dr. Justin Gruby, Scott Kemp, Ashley Gonzlez (front row)
ChiroMend Natural Health Center, in Glenview, is a comprehensive health clinic that helps people recover from a wide range of health conditions and injuries. They focus on identifying and treating the root cause of a problem instead of focusing on only the symptoms. Clinical Director Dr. Justin Gruby advocates strongly for preventive medicine and integrative care. “We make every effort to ensure each of our patients receive the best possible care, while instilling the development of tools necessary for them to lead long, healthy lives,” he advises.
Dr. Gruby has built a team, along with his associate Dr. Joe Glowiak and the staff at ChiroMend, with specialty training in physical rehabilitation, sports medicine, soft tissue therapies, clinical nutrition, foot orthotics and low-force chiropractic manipulation of joints and soft tissues that all contribute to the management of pain and inflammation.
They treat patients for traditional chiropractic issues like neck and low back pain, disc disease and extremity disorders, and additionally offer more advanced soft tissue therapy like gua-sha treatments, muscle stripping, trigger point therapy and Kinesiotaping. The doctors and therapists at ChiroMend have helped patients remodel scar tissue and repair muscle areas that have been problematic for decades with the right combination of techniques. “We help patients get to a place where pain, discomfort and restriction don’t dictate who they are or what they can do,” says Dr. Gruby.
ChiroMend also takes a functional medicine approach to treat a variety of conditions and restore wellness. The team studies a patient’s personal health history to learn how the condition has evolved, along with specialized lab testing to address biochemical, tissue-specific or global health problems. “Patients come to us and say that other doctors have done bloodwork that comes up normal, but we do much more comprehensive testing. We are contracted with specialty labs that check for thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, neurotransmitter levels, yeast, bacteria, parasites in the gut and inflammation levels in the blood. We look at sleep cycles and if the GI system is working properly,” says Dr. Gruby.
Nutritional therapy is used to help patients attain overall wellness. “We see patients with chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, headache syndromes, post-surgical pain, food allergies, anxiety and depression. Almost all health issues can be tied back to biochemistry, and proper nutrition is a big part of helping to restore optimal health,” says Dr. Gruby. To help patients build a solid, healthy foundation to their wellness, ChiroMend offers patient-specific nutritional programs, natural pain and inflammation control, detoxification programs, food allergy and sensitivity panels, cardiovascular risk analysis and weight management programs.
ChiroMend’s low-volume, high-service model ensures patients are well educated about their health issues and concerns and fully understand what treatment options and methods are available and recommended. “We take the time to fully understand each person as an individual and address all the factors that contribute to their health and well-being,” explains Dr. Gruby.
A new patient assessment starts with a comprehensive health history, and is also an opportunity for the team to get to know the patient. “We do a detailed assessment to see how the patient is functioning holistically. We learn about their goals for short- and long-term health and find out what is holding them back from achieving them. We then come up with a detailed care plan and outline what needs to be done first, second and third. Often, the simplest things get overlooked. People know on some level that hydration is important, but they’ve never had a doctor actually say to them that they need to drink more water and give them specific recommendations based on their condition,” says Dr. Gruby.
Many people come to ChiroMend with chronic conditions that have persisted for years. Often, it starts with an injury or illness that’s not addressed properly to begin with, and then symptoms pile up. “Someone with hip pain might be told by other doctors that they need hip replacement surgery, but simple changes like cleaning up their diet, targeted physical therapy and getting restorative sleep can make a big difference. Addressing the root cause of the pain is our goal,” says Dr. Gruby.
“We want our patients to be excited about a different kind of health model and open to trying something other than just taking medications to feel better. Back problems could also be related to weight issues. Aching feet may be a result of improper joint alignment or issues with your gait or shoes,” says Dr. Gruby. “Fatigue and pain may be related to core muscle weakness or even digestive system disorders. One symptom or condition may have more than once cause and similarly, one cause may result in a myriad of symptoms. We cover all aspects of well-being using a natural health focus.”