Dr. Bradley Backhaus
Acupuncturist, Corrective Exercise Specialist
Joined Progressive Chiropractic in 2014
A patient-centered approach to healthcare is at the core of Dr. Bradley Backhaus’ practice philosophy. Through a detailed history, physical examination, and patient feedback, Dr. Backhaus tailors a patient’s treatment plan to fit their unique goals. Using a broad range of treatment options including chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, massage, and physical therapy, he is able to not only treat a patient’s symptoms, but more importantly address the underlying cause of their condition.
Dr. Backhaus treats patients of all ages, from infants to elderly, and works with other medical specialists when co-management and/or referrals are needed.
Dr. Backhaus attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with a specific focus on Radiologic Technology. Upon completion of his clinical internship, he worked in the medical imaging department at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. During his four years at the hospital, he gained experience in X-Ray, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology working in the Emergency, Intensive Care, and Surgical departments. Throughout his radiology career, he gained an appreciation for the treatments hospitals could offer, but also became keenly aware of the need to improve the quality of patient care by providing complementary and alternative treatment options, wellness and preventative care, and self-treatment advice.
In an effort to provide that kind of quality patient care, Dr. Backhaus obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Illinois. There he learned the value of patient education and evidence-based medicine as part of a treatment plan. While completing his doctorate degree, he attended continuing education seminars, worked part-time in the Admissions department, and wrote a weekly natural health blog which was featured on the university web site. He was an active member of the Motion Palpation Club and Student American Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Backhaus completed his chiropractic internship at the NUHS Whole Health Center in Chicago’s South Loop. He also completed a rotation at the Chicago Salvation Army Clinic, which is a center for people struggling with substance abuse. During his internship, he earned his Acupuncture certification from NUHS and also earned his Corrective Exercise Specialist certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Committed to life-long learning, Dr. Backhaus attends continuing education seminars to expand his knowledge, skills, and expertise. He is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association and the Illinois Chiropractic Society.
Community involvement activities include volunteering for the Ride for AIDS Chicago, Chicago Marathon, and other races where he provided onsite treatment to the athletes. He has also given his time and financial support to the Howard Brown Health Center and Human Rights Campaign. Dr. Backhaus has also delivered a variety of community health presentations and is available to speak on a wide range of health and wellness topics.
In his free time, Dr. Backhaus enjoys biking, running, reading, gardening, and is a passionate film enthusiast.