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

Silly Exercises That Don’t Work: The Sit Up

The mainstay for most fitness programs, the sit up is one of the most widely used exercises to strengthen the core.  Research over the last 10 or so years have shown that this exercise is not very effective at building core strength and is linked to increasing your risk of low back pain.  Still not 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

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

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

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

Why We Are Different

A recent article in the New York Times reported that opioid addicts are turning to taking mass quantities of Imodium-AD because it can give a cheap high when they don’t have access to pain pills or heroin on the street market.  You can buy 500 pills of this anti-diarrheal medication over the counter for $5, and if you 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