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Dr. Ralph Kruse


Dr. Ralph A. Kruse, Jr.

Dr. Ralph Kruse is a 1990 graduate of National University of Health Sciences (National College of Chiropractic) where he earned his B.S. in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees. He is a certified instructor and practitioner of Cox® Technic Flexion-Distraction Manipulation, and holds certificates in acupuncture, physiotherapy, and kinesio taping. He earned his status as Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics and American Board of Chiropractic Consultants and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He is a member of the Homewood Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and American Pregnancy Association.

Dr. Kruse was a research clinician for the Biomechanics of Low Back Flexion Distraction Therapy study performed at National College of Chiropractic and is currently involved in the NIH granted Cervical Cox® flexion-distraction and decompression study at Loyola University Medical Center in efforts with the Palmer Research Center. He has published numerous studies documenting the clinical efficacy of this technique performed to the cervical spine for the treatment of degenerative disc disease, stenosis, disc herniations, and radiculopathy. He has also published a study documenting the success of this technique performed on a pregnant patient clinically diagnosed
with a lumbar disc herniation and resultant radiculopathy. His latest study, published in the peer reviewed Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics documented the positive effects of this procedure performed to patients after spinal surgery.

Educational Background

Crete-Monee High School,  Crete, IL
Suffolk Community College (A.A., Phi Theta Kappa)    Selden, NY
SUNY @ Stony Brook (B.S., Phi Beta Kappa)    Stony Brook, NY
National Chiropractic Post-graduate (DABCO) Lombard, IL
National College of Chiropractic (D.C., B.S.)  Lombard, IL


American Chiropractic Association
Illinois Chiropractic Society Instructor, Cox Munipliation
Clinical Researcher, Federally Funded Chiropractic Projects
American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists
American College of Chiropractic Consultants
Fellow, American Chiropractic Orthopedists
Member, American Pregnancy Association
Greater North Michigan Avenue Association
Homewood Area Chamber of Commerce Board member,
Homewood Beautification Committee
Reflections Yoga Center, Homewood, Acupuncturist

Special Honors, Degrees, Certifications

Diplomat, American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists
Diplomat, Fellow, American Chiropractic Orthopedists
Diplomat, American Board of Chiropractic Consultants
Certified Flexion-Distraction manipulation practitioner
Certified Instructor, Cox Flexion-Distraction Decompression Adjusting
Certified Acupuncturist
Phi Beta Kappa
Magna Cum Laude

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