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Silly Stretches That Don’t Work: The Butterfly Stretch

Over the next few months, I am going to present a series of Silly Stretches and Silly Exercises that you will never catch me doing.  Some of them just plain old don’t work and others have a high injury risk to low benefit ratio.  For each Silly Stretch or Exercise, I’ll give you a much Read More

Do I breathe the “right” way?

The diaphragm is the largest muscle of your core.  If it has become lazy or you’ve had surgery or pregnancy that has affected it’s function, you’ll start to see other symptoms creep up like neck pain, shoulder pain, diastasis recti (split abs), urinary incontinence or even back pain.  Although all of these conditions are treatable Read More

Why is the core so important?

Almost all of my patients who present to my office with spinal pain, pelvic floor dysfunction or diastasis recti have a problem with their core.  This is because your core is much more than just your abdominal muscles, it describes the support system of the abdominal cavity and includes your diaphragm, abdominal muscles, back muscles Read More

Upper Back and Shoulder Pain? Try this at home test and stretch!

Did you know that in any given month, 1 out of 4 adults suffers from neck, upper back or shoulder pain?  I’m guessing these statistics are going to be going up in the next few years as we collectively spend more time at the computer, doing tasks with our arms in front of our bodies Read More

My back pain and sciatica is so much worse after sitting on the couch. What is happening?

Research has discovered that the majority of low back pain and sciatica is due to irritation of the discs between the vertebrae of the lumbar spine (low back). Even if you do not have disc bulges or herniations, there can be referred pain in your back or legs coming from irritation of the center of Read More

My neck hurts. What pillow should I use and how should I sleep? – Chiropractor Bloomingdale IL

Many people with neck pain complain that their neck hurts at night, they can’t find a comfortable pillow or that they wake up with stiffness along the neck and shoulders.  You should be spending at least 8 hrs a day resting your head on a pillow.  It only makes sense that you should put your neck Read More

How to get to the floor when you have back pain – Bloomingdale, IL Chiropractor

You have back pain.  What do you do if you drop your sock on the floor?  All of your back pain exercises require you to get on the floor too.  How in the world are you supposed to get there if you’re  in incredible pain or even have sciatica? Most back pain is made worse Read More

Tight Wrists or Hands? Try these at home stretches.

Many people find it difficult to extend their wrists to get into a push up position or feel like their hands are tight after working at the computer or gripping the bar at the gym.  Although they may think this is normal or part of the aging process, it’s not!  Wrist and hand muscle tightness Read More

Understanding Chronic Pain in 5 Minutes or Less

Know someone with chronic pain? Share this video with them and refer them to a chiropractic physician knowledgeable about how to diagnose and treat chronic pain without medication. If they live near Bloomingdale, Dr. Ducat is happy to assist. They can call us at 224-653-8094 or email Dr Ducat at drerin@ducatchiropractic.com.

Are Your Tight Feet Causing Your Pain?

***Check out the Video Below for At-Home Stretches*** Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been helping a lot of patients work on their foot flexibility.  Most of those patients didn’t have foot pain, but the tightness in the muscles of their feet were preventing them from having a firm foundation with the ground, resulting Read More