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

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

Don’t Let Dandelions Break Your Back! How to Weed Without Pain.

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB, FACO Chiropractic Physician in Bloomingdale, IL – Board-Certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Did you know that weeding is the #1 gardening injury causing back pain in the Spring and Summer?  Don’t let those dandelions get the best of you!  Dr. Ducat takes you to her Read More

Video Blog: Does Sex Hurt Your Back, Hips or Pelvis?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB, FACO Chiropractic Physician in Bloomingdale, IL – Board-Certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation This is the first of many video blogs from Ducat Chiropractic & Sports Medicine.  I decided to focus on producing video blogs vs. text because I get so many more “clicks” on the Read More

Do back supports prevent back injuries?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB, FACO Chiropractic Physician in Bloomingdale, IL – Board-Certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Do you wear a back support or lifting belt to “protect” your back when lifting at work, in the yard or at the gym?  Most people will strap on a back support if Read More

Garden Related Back Woes

About this time every year, there’s an increase in chiropractor visits for low back pain after working in the yard or garden.  Although I’m quite happy to relieve my patient’s pain, I thought I would share some tips that reduce the pressure on your back in the garden this summer. 1.  You have hips and knees for Read More

Performance vs. Movement Proficiency

By: Erin  E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP Modern medicine has one of the worst track records when it comes to treating and managing patients with back pain.  From my experience, one of the biggest mistakes we’ve made in the last 50 years is ignoring the importance of “moving well” and just telling patients to “move Read More

What do my tight hamstrings have to do with my back pain?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP Patients must often think I’m crazy when I start working on loosening up their hamstrings when they have low back pain.  Their pain is in their back and not their thighs, right?  Well, maybe. When we evaluate a person with pain, we not only locally examine the area, Read More