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

Do You Run Like A Two Year Old? Advice from the Bloomingdale, IL Running Doctor

Small children seem to have built-in programming to walk and run.  Through a series of trial and error, toddlers are dashing around with perfect form without taking a class, watching a video or even reading the latest running book.  Let’s contrast that with what we would see if we had 20 random adults go for a 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

The “Core” Secret to Success

By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB Chiropractic Physician in Bloomingdale, IL – Board-Certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation In the last week, I’ve been able to topple several physical roadblocks that had been standing in my way for years.  I was able to complete a half marathon in 2 hrs 18 min (personal 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

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