Naperville business owner Jim Nichols says Dr. William Bojak is not your typical chiropractor.
“He spends a lot more time than anyone else I have seen,” Nichols said. “When I first saw him, I was in a lot of pain, and within three months, I had none whatsoever.”
Others have noticed Bojak’s skills, too. He recently was chosen one of Chicago’s outstanding chiropractors for 2014 by Chicago Magazine and Five Star Professionals. The two organizations partnered to find the best chiropractors in the Chicago area.
“It feels good to be nominated by someone and recognized for what you do after all these years,” said Bojak, 54, a long-time resident, who has logged almost three decades of serving patients.
Bojak was chosen after being nominated and evaluated using additional research criteria, which included a review of his licensure and investigation into any complaint history.
Bojak grew up in Chicago and first came to Naperville in 1979 to attend North Central College. From there, he completed his professional studies at the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard and soon began his practice at 229 W. Ogden Ave., where he has worked since 1985.
Bojak said he was an athlete throughout his youth.
“I came to North Central because I was going to play football there and received some academic incentives, and I would watch the chiropractor who was working with the teams, and what he did and how he did it, and it turned me on to the profession,” Bojak said. “We had the same person the whole time I was at school, and he was new at it back then. But I watched how he grew, and it seemed like a good profession to me.”
Bojak stresses that his work is not about using drugs or chemicals but rather to “enhance health and take the pressure off injuries through physical therapy and working with the mechanics of the area.”
“Our work allows injuries to heal better and to make the area as strong as possible afterwards,” he said. “You see the pros working with trainers each day sometimes three or four times, and there are techniques that have proven to be effective.”
During the course of his practice, Bojak says the three most common problems involve back and sciatica, neck pain and migraines. The latter, he said, are sometimes caused by physical strains, which act as triggers that launch headaches and can sometimes be alleviated by treating the neck problems that precede them.
“There are things that can initiate the cycle, and we always look at other things in the body that can eventually cause the headaches that force people to have to just lie down and close their eyes,” he said.
Nichols, 41, who operates Crosstown Restaurant, said he became a patient of Bojak in the past year, and finally found relief from back and arthritic issues after being treated unsuccessfully by three other chiropractors.
“He uses electrical stimulation and traction techniques, and I find the adjustments last a whole lot longer.”
Nichols said he believes one of the misconceptions people have about treating physical and muscular issues is believing that “someone who practices internal medicine will help.”
“A chiropractor knows the skeletal and muscular systems and understands how they work,” he said. “I’ve been to some other highly rated doctors and never felt as good as I do now after working with Dr. Bojak.”
One of the highlights of Bojak’s career was in the mid-1990s at a ladies’ pro golf tournament at White Eagle.
“I had the good fortune of being selected to be the chiropractor for the Chicago Open and had the opportunity to work on the back of a legend Walter Payton,” Bojak said. “It’s something I hold close due to the fact that I am a Bears fan and season ticket holder, and Walter was ‘the man’ — a truly great guy.”
He said Naperville is a great place to help others.
“I like to treat people like people and not like cattle or commodities,” he said. “Living and working here in Naperville has certainly been a part of that. Everyone in this town has a great attitude and works together socially as well as by doing a lot of volunteering.
“When you grew up in a city of 3 million and you live now in a town of maybe 150,000, it still seems to be a reasonable size — even though there were 22,000 when I first came here.”