Dangers of OTC Drugs

“Should I take Advil to reduce the inflammation so I can get better?” Every day, I get asked about over-the-counter pain and NSAID medications by patients.  For years, pill manufacturers and doctors have been advising us to just take a few pills to see if the problem goes away.  Instead of the problem going away, we Read More

New Research: Chiropractic Adjustments Are As Effective As NSAIDs without the Nasty Side Effects

New research showcased that adjustments (or spinal manipulation) were just as effective as NSAID’s at reducing pain…with NONE of the risks.  They also found a 51% decreased risk of an adverse drug event if you had been to a chiropractor in the last 12 months…coincidence? Too many people are popping Advil, Aleve and Tylenol for their Read More

Need a stronger back? Kettlebell swings can help.

The key to a pain-free spine is to train your back to withstand higher pressures than you usually experience on a day to day basis. This way you will be prepared if you happen to lift something heavy in your garage, are on your feet longer than usual or have to push a heavy cart Read More

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