Clarendon Hills chiropractor makes complete adjustments
Dr. Anthony Surrusco works on the neck of patient Clint Hochstedt of Plainfield. Surrusco uses the Creating Wellness program to evaluate his patient's personal level of wellness. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 8, 2012 2:42PM
CLARENDON HILLS — When Anthony Surrusco speaks about adjustments, he’s not just talking about fixing a crick in a patient’s neck or tweak in his back.
The Clarendon Hills chiropractor is also referring to changes to a patient’s lifestyle.
Surrusco’s Clarendon Chiropractic sees about 120 to 150 patients a week. His office is a Creating Wellness Center, one of about 300 in the world, using technology to help treat patients in three dimensions: physical, biochemical, and emotional.
The nervous system, he said, filters stresses from those factors and those stresses can lead to various ailments. Surrusco calculates patients “wellness quotient,” which is like the IQ for health, he said. The technology used is called a Discovery Subluxation station, and offers a reading of the body’s internal systems in a painless way.
From there, Surrusco works with clients to figure out how to improve their wellness quotients and also to identify their health goals. Through this three-dimensional focus, he has seen patients’ blood pressure and cholesterol levels improve in addition to treating the traditional aches and pains.
“We are really seeing some tremendous change and improvement in our patients’ well being,” he said.
Surrusco’s career path began as a teenager when he suffered from terrible migraines and the chiropractor was the only one who could resolve it. He was so inspired that he wanted to do the same for others.
“If I didn’t become a professional baseball player, this is what I wanted to do with my life,” Surrusco said.
Surrusco has practiced in Clarendon Hills for about 15 years. His youngest patient was a day old and his oldest patient is 91 and he sees everyone in between.
Clarendon Chiropractic also participates in community events and health fairs at local gyms, where Clarendon Hills resident Jill Backus learned about the business.
Backus, who has been going to the clinic since April, said her orthopedic surgeon recommended she see a chiropractor for her hip pain.
She said since she started, they have kept her hip pain away. They also treated her headaches, which she thought was from work stress, but turned out it was tight neck muscles causing them.
The office is small, Backus said. Five people work there. When Backus went for the first time she felt comfortable.
“The practice is very family oriented and looking at your health overall, not just doing the adjustments,” Backus said.
Surrusco said sharing his experiences with his patients and helping patients who feel hopeless in regards to their health change their lives.
“That is so, so satisfying,” he said.