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

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

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

Do you have “White Girl Butt?”

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP “White Girl Butt” (WGB) is at epidemic proportions in the American population causing flat butts, upside down butts and other posterior problems.  Not only is it affecting our namesake Caucasian females, but it’s now spreading to men and across all ethnic groups.  We have do something about this problem Read More

Would playing football without a helmet be safer?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP A recent blog post in the New York Times discussed research that showed a 30% reduction in head injuries when football players played for part of the time without helmets.  The theory is that by practicing without the protective device, the players learned how to tackle without using Read More

Ugh, my shoulder hurts! Is it my rotator cuff?

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in your body.  It’s a shallow ball and socket joint surrounded by a network tough muscles that are constantly at tension to keep it intact.  Because those muscles are constantly contracting and the area is used in almost every 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

Easy test for hip strength can predict knee pain risk

Knee and thigh pain are some of the most common complaints that we see in our pediatric and adult athletic patients, whether they run track, play softball or compete in triathalons.  Many times, patients will come in with a stack of CD’s containing MRIs, x-rays and other testing done on their leg to no avail Read More