Do You Run Like A Two Year Old? Advice from the Bloomingdale, IL Running Doctor

Small children seem to have built-in programming to walk and run.  Through a series of trial and error, toddlers are dashing around with perfect form without taking a class, watching a video or even reading the latest running book.  Let’s contrast that with what we would see if we had 20 random adults go for a 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

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

The “Core” Secret to Success

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB Chiropractic Physician in Bloomingdale, IL – Board-Certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation In the last week, I’ve been able to topple several physical roadblocks that had been standing in my way for years.  I was able to complete a half marathon in 2 hrs 18 min (personal Read More

Dynamic Warm Up For Better Flexibility

Flexibility is important for everyone, especially in the shoulders, middle back, hips and ankles.  Check out the following videos to learn how to do a few basic dynamic warm up exercises that can improve your mobility without static stretching. Walking Single Leg Deadlift Side Lunge Warm Up  Hip Flexor Warm Up  Eccentric Piriformis Warm Up

Is low Vitamin D keeping you from staying active?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP Did you know that vitamin D is vital for energy, muscle health, brain power and cancer prevention?  If you are low on your vitamin D, it can cause a variety of symptoms including increased muscle pain and general fatigue, which can keep you from maintaining your exercise program or Read More

Can your grip strength predict your risk for heart disease?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP Did you know your grip strength indicates more than your ability to open jars of peanut butter? As part of the international Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study, researchers measured grip strength in nearly 140,000 adults in 17 countries and followed their health for an average of four Read More

A Joint By Joint Recipe for Success

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP How many people do you know that are constantly stretching their low backs and hamstrings?  What about necks or shoulder blades?  Do they ever seem to “win the battle” and fix the area after stretching?  Are they stuck in a “stretch cycle” that only gives them temporary relief Read More