Dr. Nolan Clausen and Dr. Whitney Haase are the co-owners and chiropractors at Midwest Movement, a new chiropractic and functional rehab clinic opening this month in Elkhorn. They will also be treating patients out of the new Activ8 gym a few days each week.

Nolan and Whitney both graduated from Cleveland University-Kansas City with their Doctorate of Chiropractic degree last spring. They have a passion for movement and exercise and are excited to bring a fresh perspective on chiropractic care to Omaha. Their training from the Prague School of Rehabilitation has equipped them with the most up-to-date strategies for assessing and treating dysfunctional movement in everyone from elite-level athletes, to postpartum moms, to young children. Nolan and Whitney share a functional approach to chiropractic care and believe the human body was made for movement, so their treatment focuses on patient empowerment and active rehab.

Dr. Whitney and Dr. Nolan are excited to be a part of the A8 family!

Whitney has specialized in treating pelvic floor and abdominal dysfunction, especially in pregnant and postpartum women, and she is the only certified BirthFit Professional in the Omaha metro. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with honors and her B.S. in psychology. During her time in Lincoln, she developed a passion for long distance road racing and trail running, and has since become an expert in gait and running-related injuries.

Nolan has specialized in assessing and treating golf and baseball athletes, and he is Titleist Performance Institute and OnBaseU certified. He also is a Certified Functional Strength and Conditioning coach and is passionate about helping people become and stay active. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he played football and basketball all four years.

Treatments & Services

A variety of techniques to get you out of pain and back to what you love doing!

Chiropractic manipulation or otherwise know as an adjustment is used to restore motion to joints in the spine or other areas of the body that have reduced movement. The providers at Midwest Movement determine which joints can benefit from manipulation through palpation, or by taking the joints through their ranges of motion and feeling which areas aren’t moving appropriately. Following manipulation, most patients report increased mobility and decreased pain and tightness.

ART is a hands-on soft tissue technique used to treat sore, tight, and overused muscles. ART can increase mobility of muscles and fascia, improve blood flow, and provide neurological input to reduce pain and increase range of motion.

Dry needling is a technique used to release trigger points in muscles, improve blood flow to involved areas, and decrease pain. Unlike acupuncture, which involves placing thin needles in the outer layer of the skin for a prolonged time to alter the body’s energy flow (qi), dry needling involves inserting a similarly thin needle into a muscle’s trigger point until it releases, which is typically for only a few seconds. 

IASTM is a technique that can be used in several ways to to decrease pain and improve function. Depending on IASTM’s application, it can increase neurological input to the brain, accelerate the natural healing process, and reduce swelling following an injury. This treatment uses a stainless steel tool rather than the provider’s hands and can increase mobility, improve blood flow, and decrease pain to improve motion throughout the body.

Cupping is a technique used to treat sore muscles, nerve entrapments, and other conditions. Midwest Movement uses silicone cups which are suctioned on the skin over the affected areas. This increases blood flow to the area which can accelerate recovery, decrease muscle tightness, and help release “stuck” nerves. While most other myofascial treatments use compression, cupping uses decompressive force for treatment.  

Kinesiology tape provides sensory feedback, assists with lymphatic movement, and offers mild pain relief to the patient when they are not in the office. Unlike standard athletic tape, kinesiology tape is flexible and moves with the patient so that it adds sensory stimulation to the skin without limiting range of motion. Other applications of kinesiology tape can provide more structural stability for active patients when indicated.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a hands-on rehab approach used to improve motor control, strength, and stability. Functional stabilization is needed for safe movements, and when people are able to stabilize their bodies correctly, they stay pain and injury free. DNS is based on developmental kinesiology, the scientific study of how babies learn to move and grow, and these stabilizing principles can be effectively applied with infants, children, adults, and elite level athletes. It is used for rehabilitation following injury as well as optimizing movement quality and efficiency to prevent injury and maximize sports performance. DNS goes hand in hand with manipulation, myofascial release, and dry needling, and MDT because poor movement patterns often lead to tight muscles and pain.

McKenzie or MDT is an assessment and treatment protocol utilizing repetitive movements to treat disc pathologies and other joint limitations. In applicable cases, the provider will assess the patient to determine the patient’s directional preference, and the patient is then instructed to perform repetitive movements to decrease and/or prevent symptoms.

Selective functional movement assessment (SFMA) is utilized by the providers at Midwest Movement to assess motions and movement patterns throughout the body to gain a better understanding of the patient’s condition. This assessment helps to highlight each patient’s underlying problem areas, which allows the providers to direct interventions to maximize patient outcome. Midwest Movement implements the SFMA with every patient because we believe if providers aren’t using a thorough assessment, then they’re just guessing at treatment.

Functional movement screen (FMS) is used for athletes and patients to screen for potential injury risks during sport or exercise. It is similar to the SFMA but involves more advanced movement patterns, like those required during sports and exercise. 

BirthFit is a modern approach to women’s health, used to prepare women as they transition through the prenatal and postpartum periods. This approach focuses on strengthening and empowering women through movement and exercise. BirthFit applies the principles of DNS to help women with common conditions related to birth, like diastasis rectus abdominis, incontinence, pelvic pain, and much more. Schedule with Dr. Whitney for your BirthFit  evaluation!

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is a world-class physical screen for golfers who want to improve their golf game or have pain during their swing. The screen allows the clinician to treat the physical limitations that could be hindering the player’s performance or causing pain. All of the top golf pros in the PGA have a TPI-certified member on their team. Schedule with Dr. Nolan for your TPI evaluation!

OnBaseU is a world-class physical screen that is currently being used by MLB teams to assess their players’ swings, improve performance, and keep them out of pain. The screen allows the clinician to treat the physical limitations that could be hindering the players performance or causing them pain. Schedule with Dr. Nolan for your OnBaseU evaluation!

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