Are you tired of feeling stuck bent forward? Try these 3 DIY steps for relief.

When you get up out of a chair, do you feel stuck bent over?  If so, you probably have tight low back and hip flexor muscles.  Most Americans think that tight muscles are “normal” and that they just need to get used to it or pop some pills to make the discomfort go away.  The good Read More

Why I Don’t Hand Out Ice Packs…

For years I handed out an ice pack to new patients as a welcome gift.  It made sense…usually people were in pain on their first visit and everyone knows you are supposed to ice an acute injury, right? In the last six months, I stopped handing out the ice packs.  It’s not because they were Read More

10 Things NOT To Do If You Have Lower Limb Tendon Pain

For years, people have thought that you just have to “live” with tendon pain or tendinitis.  Worse yet, they endured multiple injections or even surgery with little relief — robbing them from the ability to work or do the activities they love. In recent years there has been a significant advancement in how we understand Read More

Shoveling Snow Shouldn’t Be A Pain In The Back!

Shoveling snow is not inherently dangerous.  It’s not the activity that breaks down your body — its the activity you were not prepared for that causes injury! The #1 thing you can do to prevent back, shoulder and neck injuries when clearing snow is to train your body to bend, lift, push and carry heavy Read More

My tight calves are so frustrating!

Tired of having tight calf muscles?  You’ve probably tried to stretch them, roll them on a foam roller, saw a massage therapist for deep tissue work or even had Graston Technique or cupping done on them.  Do you feel like you got anywhere?  Most people will feel some temporary relief after using these techniques and 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

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

Use Kettlebells to Become Anti-Fragile After A Back Injury

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB, FACO Chiropractic Physician in Bloomingdale, IL – Board-Certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Last weekend I attended the Strong First Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor Certification in Rosemont.  It was a class highly recommended by my colleagues and it did not disappoint.  Becoming anti-fragile and raising your Read More

Video Blog: Does my posture make me look FAT?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB, FACO Chiropractic Physician in Bloomingdale, IL – Board-Certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation A patient asked me to do a video blog about bad posture.  So here’s the result!  So many times I hear people complain about how fat they are or how their clothes don’t Read More