How Does Your Low Back Measure Up?

Reduced back flexibility can be one of the first signs that trouble is brewing in your low back.  Most of the time, stiffness and lack of motion will occur in your spine before you start feeling pain.  If you address the flexibility problem right away, many times you can prevent the uncomfortable situation of having 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

Silly Stretches That Don’t Work: The Butterfly Stretch

Over the next few months, I am going to present a series of Silly Stretches and Silly Exercises that you will never catch me doing.  Some of them just plain old don’t work and others have a high injury risk to low benefit ratio.  For each Silly Stretch or Exercise, I’ll give you a much 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

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

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 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

I feel like I’m stuck in a vicious cycle of chronic pain.

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP Most general practice doctors, chiropractors and patients view pain very simplistically.  It’s a signal of tissue damage and inflammation and occurs in the short-term until the area heals.  If you have pain past 2-3 months, either you must keep hurting yourself or the discomfort is “all in your Read More

Give me some relief.

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP Tight neck muscles is probably one of the most common symptoms Americans complain of on a daily basis.  We blame stress, the computer, cell phones and our significant others for our neck tension, but most likely the cause is in your posture. A simple exercise called Brugger’s Relief Read More