Author Archives: Dr. Bourdage

Chiropractor Talks Bowel Movements

Chiropractor Talks Bowel Movements

Let’s talk about poop. You may think its weird that a chiropractor talks bowel movements, but it actually comes up often in my office. In particular, I have two stories I’d like to share with you. One is about a 3 month old baby and the other is about a man in his fifties. Both stories involve poop so follow along with me.

Chiropractic and Babies

Earlier this month a mother brought in her 3 month old baby because the baby was having a lot of gas and was only having a bowel movement once every five days. After some questioning I learned this mother was already doing an AWESOME job. The baby was still nursing, the mom had been doing belly massages for the baby, the mom even changed her diet to see if it would help the baby and still no changes. I examined the baby and found some areas of the spine that did not have the movement they should. I did some very light, specific adjustments and sent them on their way. The next week when they returned the mom informed me the baby had 3 bowel movements in one week! That is a huge improvement! No on should only be pooping once every five days, especially a 3 month old baby. I am continuing to work with this wonderful family to get the baby fully back to 100%.

Chiropractic and Older Men

A man I’ve been adjusting for many years who is in overall good health came in complaining of not having a bowel movement in 4 days along with some mild low back pain which was a new complaint for him. After I examined him I found subluxations in his middle to lower spine. I adjusted those areas which do send nerves to the stomach. We had a great adjustment which resulted in a lot of spinal movement. That movement took pressure off the nerves allowing his stomach and digestive organs to work normally.

Later in the day he emailed to say 20 minutes after he left he was on the toilet pooping!

Conclusion

I am not telling you these stories to make myself sound like a hero. The truth is far from that. I’m just the guide in these stories. The two individuals healed themselves once we removed the interference to their bodies. The human body is designed to work perfectly and in a healthy way. When there is interference to these systems in the form of subluxations (spinal mis-alignments) the body does not work as it is designed.

If you need help pooping you should get checked by a chiropractor and see if your prob;em may be spinal in nature. If you are in Chicago or Lincolnwood give me a call at 773.545.9379

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

 

Lincolnwood Chiropractor

Lincolnwood Chiropractor

It is official! Our office is officially located in Lincolnwood now and I am a Lincolnwood Chiropractor! All that really means is that the great service you have been receiving 4 blocks south in Sauganash is now being offered in Lincolnwood.

Thank you for all of your patience during this time as we were packing up the old office and also as we have been settling into the new office. The first thing you will notice when you come into our new space is the layout and the energy is much different. We now have an open layout office which allows for shorter wait times for you! I have always prided myself on having an office that sees patients on time at their scheduled time.

Location

We are still on Cicero Ave, 4 blocks North of our old location. Our new address is 6443 N Cicero Ave which is just north of Devon.

We have been open a full week now and have seen a lot of our patients for adjustments in this time! If you haven’t been in to the new space yet, come on in and take a look. I’d love to show you around!

Yours in Health,

 

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

 

We Are Moving

We Are Moving

I am excited to announce that we are moving ! We are moving 4 blocks north. From 6015 N Cicero Ave to 6443 N Cicero Ave. We are on the same side of the street as we currently are. The biggest difference is we will now have PARKING!

We have been at our current space in Sauganash since 2008. We will now be located in Lincolnwood, IL. I look forward to still serving Sauganash, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Skokie and the surrounding neighborhoods in Chicago.

As our buildout progresses and we have an exact date of when we will begin seeing patients in the new office I will keep you posted. Please watch us on Social media, in-office announcements, and our email newsletter for future updates!

Thank you for entrusting us at Bourdage Chiropractic with your health. I look forward to continuing to serve you in our new, updated office space in Lincolnwood.

I hope you will love it as much as we do!

How to Bend Properly

How to Bend Properly

Bending over to lift something up is one of the most common causes of a lower back injury. It can happen while peroforming a heavy deadlift in the gym, while picking up one of your kids, or even just trying to get your favorite pair of jeans out of the bottom drawer. However it happens, it is important to be more mindful of how you move your body. See the video below for a visual and description of How to Bend Properly.  Continue reading

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Health

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Health

In the video below, this Chicago Chiropractor Talks Health. Ask anyone, “how do you get healthy?” The most common responses are eat better and exercise. Yes, these are important factors in health, but there is so much more to being healthy. Continue reading

Inflammation and Health

Inflammation and Health

One of the secrets to having better health is to control the inflammation levels in your body. If you are curious to know more about Inflammation and health please read on.

Many of the diseases of aging are associated with inflammation. Arthritis, cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and alzheimers to name a few. All of these nasty conditions and more have a link to high levels of inflammation in the body. A recent study showed that taking MRI’s of people without back pain revealed that 80% of people have a bulging disc in their lower spine, but have no symptoms. How come then some people have a bulging disc and have debilitating pain? It has to do with the levels of inflammation in the body. Keeping these levels down will help you to live longer, healthier, happier and more pain free.

Here are my top 4 ways to keep inflammation levels down.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Misalignments in the spine called subluxations lead to negative changes in the body. Negative changes are interpreted to be stress by the body. Long term chronic stress means your body is less sensitive to cortisol (an antinflammatory hormone). This leads to more inflammation and less health.

Healthy Diet

Diet plays a large role when it comes to inflammation and health. Diets high in sugar, simple carbohydrates and alcohol all promote inflammation. By working to eliminate these items you can lower levels of inflammation immediately!

Supplementation

There are supplmenets which help to lower inflammation naturally. OTC and prescription meds can lower inflammation, think advil, but are not recommended for long-term use. Even OTC medications have negative side effects. Natural antiinflammatories are just as effective, if not more so with no side effects. Ginger, curcumin and tumeric are very powerful. My favorite product and what I take everyday can be found here.

Breathe

Oxygen helps to control inflammation. The most essential structure for humans to survive, and most of us walk around without ever taking a deep breath. Take a minute or ten and just breathe deeply into your belly. Make this a regular, daily routine and you will notice less aches and pains and more energy immediately.

Conclusion

Control your inflammation levels with these 4 techniques above and you will enjoy much better health. You will feel better, have more energy and ward off the diseases of aging. I do all four of these and if I fall off track with even one of them, after a week I FEEL the difference in my body. Give it a try and let me know your results in the comments.

 

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

Surgeon

Surgery? No Thanks!

Surgery? No Thanks!

I attended a recent workshop by a local Orthopedic surgeon. It was a very informative session. The topic discussed was new procedures for the knee and shoulder joints. The procedures he discussed are new, non-surgical alternatives for people who are still having pain after trying natural methods to heal first. This was a great workshop because most surgeons like to do surgery. This was a surgeon discussing ways to help people avoid surgery. Modern medicine has realized that people want less invasive and more natural methods to healing. People are more educated than ever and they realize that just numbing something or cutting it out is not going to fix the problem!

This blog post is going to be about something the orthopedic surgeon said that I will never forget. He said, “The system is set up so that all roads lead to surgery.” He went on to explain that if you enter the medical system with a pain, the protocol is to prescribe muscle relaxers, pain killers or anti-inflammatories. Or in most cases, some combination of 2 or 3 of these. If this does not help someone to feel better then you continue the medications and start physical therapy. He said this is where the issues begin. Not because of physical therapy, but because of physical therapy while on medications. Taking these medications which interfere with your pain perception, your tissues are not in their normal states. Now you are doing these exercises that can be causing further damage, but you can’t feel it! The pain is there as a protective mechanism. If you can’t feel the pain you may be working beyond the limits that you should be. Therefore, this leads to more problems. If this fails, this is when you end up on the surgeon’s table.

Chiropractic

I am writing about this because chiropractic offers a different route. We embrace the pain. We figure out why you are having pain and then work to correct that, not just merely cover it up. If you are looking to avoid surgery and get healthier without the use of medications, I am here for you!

 

Have you gone down this route that has led to surgery? Would you do it again? I’d love to hear more about it in the comments below.

Elbow Pain Relief

Elbow Pain Relief

Elbow pain relief has become a very common reason people are seeking Chiropractic care. In my office, most cases of elbow pain are directly related to cell phone and tablet usage. The position our hand, wrist and elbow are in while using these devices creates problems. Continue reading