Category Archives: Chiropractic

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Posture

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Posture

Being a chiropractor is AWESOME! I get to see so much cool stuff in my office everyday that I wish I could have a video crew follow me around all day so everyone can get to see what I see everyday.

The other day a patient said to me, “I can’t slouch anymore even if I wanted to!” This is music to my ears and I thought, what a great topic for my next blog: Chicago Chiropractor talks posture. Continue reading

10 Symptoms Helped by Chiropractic

10 Symptoms Helped by Chiropractic

People seek the help of a chiropractor for many reasons. Most people associate chiropractic with pain relief, and yes chiropractic helps tremendously with pain, but it also helps with so much more! Below is a list of some of the most common issues or symptoms I see improve in my office here in Chicago through chiropractic care. Continue reading

3 Tips For Avoiding Neck Pain

3 Tips For Avoiding Neck Pain

  1. Stay connected to your posture. Most people develop neck pain because of bad posture. Check-in with yourself throughout the day. Are your shoulders back? Are you sticking your neck out to look at your computer? Have you been stuck at your computer for longer than an hour without getting up to move around? The more aware you are of your posture, the better chance you have to avoid neck pain. Added bonus: Pay attention to your posture when you are working/browsing/texting on your phone as well.
  2. Stretch what feels tight. If you feel your neck starting to tense up, do some neck stretches to help alleviate the tension. If you don’t get ahead of it, the tightness in the muscles will build and begin to cause changes that can lead to chronic, long-term changes to your spine and neck.
  3. See a Chiropractor! At my office in Chicago we have great success helping people not only feel better, but we also help prevent neck pain by addressing the underlying issues. We practice corrective chiropractic care here at Bourdage Chiropractic, which means that we are all about structure. When the body has proper structure it can function and feel it’s best!

Conclusion

Follow these 3 tips for avoiding neck pain and you will have a happier, healthier life. Give us a call at 773-545-9379 and let us help you get on the right track.

 

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

Chicago Chiropractor Talks TMJ

Chicago Chiropractor Talks TMJ

Of the many areas of the body that Chicago chiropractors are able to help, most people are surprised to learn that the jaw is on the list. It’s easy to associate back pain and neck pain with chiropractic treatment, but people who suffer from TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in Chicago can also find relief.

What Is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder refers to conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. This joint connects your jaw to your skull. The muscles and ligaments that connect to this area are very powerful and are used constantly throughout the day. When you are talking, eating, chewing gum, yawning, drinking, etc… This area of your body is very important in everyday functions.

Some common symptoms of TMJ include pain in your jaw, cheek, teeth or front of the ear when you chew or yawn, clicking noises in the jaw, an inability to open your mouth wide or having your jaw lock when you are able to open it. Some patients experience headaches, hearing issues, dizziness or earaches as part of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Causes of TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder has a long list of potential causes that your Sauganash chiropractor will explore when you book your appointment. Some of the known causes of TMJ may include jaw trauma or dislocation, physical or emotional stress, even sitting in a dentist’s chair for long periods of time with your mouth wide open. The emotional stress doesn’t end up causing TMJ on its own, but if you tend to clench your teeth as a result, this may end up causing it. Statistics show that women are four times as likely to suffer from TMJ as men.

One of the most common findings we see with people who suffer from TMJ issues are changes in the alignment of the neck bones or loss of the normal curvature in the neck, which creates postural changes that effects the TMJ joint.

Can Chiropractic Help TMJ?

Once your chiropractor confirms that you do have TMJ, you’ll be given a treatment plan based on the specifics of your situation. Our team at Bourdage Chiropractic will get to the cause of your problem, so every angle is explored before a thorough plan is created. Usually, a treatment plan for TMJ will include chiropractic adjustments, special exercises and possibly muscle work to the area involved.

If you have any of the symptoms of TMJ, schedule a consultation with a chiropractor as soon as possible. It’s also important that you follow any advice or recommendations given during that consultation and subsequent appointments. Every exercise and treatment is designed to remove the underlying cause of the problem and restore your jaw function back to normal.

At Bourdage Chiropractic in Chicago our team is here to help answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us today.

Tech Neck

Tech Neck

Tech Neck is a thing. It’s the term being applied to all the health problems and issues associated with the chronic forward head posture that people are developing due to to much time spent on their devices while in a bad posture position. Continue reading

Chiropractic and Back Pain

Chiropractic and Back Pain

Patients and Friends of Bourdage Chiropractic, please enjoy this guest post by my good friend and amazing Chiropractor, Dr. Gene Fish.

Back Pain affects 85 out of 100 people at some time in their lives and is one of the most common health concerns. In fact, the leading cause of disability for Americans under the age of 45 is back pain. The number of Americans who experience frequent back pain is in the millions.

Your back is designed to be strong and able to protect the spinal cord and nerve roots that are highly sensitive. It is also supposed to be flexible so that a wide range of motion is attainable. The anatomy consists of a combination of vertebrae, muscles, flexible tendons, and ligaments – along with highly sensitive nerves such as your sciatic nerve. When the nerves or muscles are irritated or strained, it will lead to back pain. Acute back pain generally lasts between a few days – but can last a few weeks or longer. This is typically due to a trauma. Chronic back pain can last for more than three months and the cause is typically trickier to determine. The longer the back pain persists, the weaker the back muscles can get. Weaker back muscles can also result in more pain because the muscles can’t properly support the spine structure.

The best equipped type of doctor to diagnose and treat your back pain is a chiropractor. Rather than masking pain, chiropractors will try to get to the true cause of your problem and have effective and natural solutions to fix it permanently – not merely patch it like with a pain medicine.

by,

Gene Fish D.C.

Chiropractor at Genesis Chiropractic Clinic in Horsham PA

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Exercise

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Exercise

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Exercise Here:

In my office I discuss all aspects of health with my patients. One of the most popular topics that always comes up is exercise. In this blog post I’d like to talk exercise; exercise is a broad topic and there are many different ways to exercise. It is important that before you embark on an exercise program you take into consideration your current fitness level, age, injuries and other factors that you may have to work around.

Exercise is a great way to keep your body healthy and strong. Unfortunately, as Americans we do move our bodies enough or get enough exercise. I feel this is because most people assume that to get a good workout you need to go to the gym and spend an hour each time you are there to get an effective workout. This couldn’t be further from the truth! The key is to incorporate movement into your every day life. Whether it be taking the stairs instead of the escalator, parking further from the door at the grocery store, carrying your children instead of using a stroller, etc…

If you look around there are many opportunities to create more movement in your day. Now that the weather is getting nicer it is time to get outside. I use the summer months as a chance to get out of the gym and into nature. Activities like kayaking, biking, hiking, sprinting up hills, and other things that you maybe don’t get the chance to do during other times of the year. Do something new. When you challenge your body in new ways you become stronger and healthier.

Get outside and get moving. Do something new, learn a new skill, take your kids along and make it a family affair. Let me know in the comments what new ways you have come up with this summer to move your body!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage

14 Ways to Avoid Back Pain

14 Ways to Avoid Back Pain

Back pain is the second most common reason people visit their medical doctors, behind the common cold. Unfortunately, modern medicine only can offer us medications to mask the pain and do very little to truly correct the reason why the pain is there in the first place. Here is a list of 15 things you start doing not to avoid back pain:

  1. Get adjusted! Come on, you knew this would be #1. Keeping your spine in alignment, mobile and healthy will help you to avoid back pain.
  2. Move you body — every day!
  3. Stretch — particularly your hips.
  4. Do planks — Research shows holding for 2 minutes is the sweet spot.
  5. Do side planks
  6. Don’t do Sit-ups — This exercise is hard on your lower back and there are many other ways to get your stomach stronger that are much better.
  7. Stand up straight — Posture is the window to health.
  8. Sit up straight — We sit more than ever, make sure you do it properly.
  9. Don’t sit for longer than an hour at a time — See #2
  10. Stay hydrated – Drink half of your bodyweight in ounces of water. Example: I weigh 190lbs so I drink 95 ounces of water a day.
  11. Use proper form in the gym — If you don’t know what proper form is, hire a trainer and learn.
  12. Do kettlebell swings — This is the best dynamic exercise to strengthen your back and core while opening up your hips. If you don’t know how to do these properly see #11.
  13. Don’t wear flip-flops — This provides a poor foundation and like any house with a poor foundation, it eventually will have problems.
  14. Don’t self adjust your back — It may feel good temporarily, but in the long run it creates instability. Leave the adjusting to a chiropractor. We are spine specialists.

Following these 14 tips will not only drastically lower your odds of suffering from back pain, but will overall make you a much healthier and stronger person.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

 

 

Chicago Chiropractic Office Helps Wrist Pain

Chicago Chiropractic Office Helps Wrist Pain

Many people don’t think to call the chiropractor when they are having wrist pain. Here at our Chicago Chiropractic Office we help wrist pain quite commonly. Everyone knows chiropractors are great helping with neck pain, back pain and headaches. What most people don’t know is we help with so much more!

Wrist Anatomy

The wrist is a complex structure that has many bones, muscles, ligaments and nerves associated with it. When you are having pain in your wrist, it is important to examine the wrist itself, but also critical to look at the elbow and shoulder. Many times wrist pain occurs as a result of something happening at these others joints.

I have seen many cases in my office where someone has had long standing wrist pain and they received physical therapy, injections, etc… to the wrist itself with no relief. They visit us and we start working on their elbow and shoulder and the wrist pain relieves! This is very common and the importance of checking the other joints cannot be overstated.

Common Issues

Carpal tunnel is the most well known diagnosis of the wrist. This condition is often the first thing people think of once they start having wrist pain, but this is not accurate. Carpal tunnel is characterized by pain, achiness, numbness/tingling and in severe cases, even weakness in the hand. If you do experience numbness/tingling it is in the thumb, index and middle fingers. If you are experiencing symptoms in the pinky and ring finger this is something called cubital tunnel syndrome, which is different than carpal tunnel.

Conclusion

If you are suffering from wrist pain and you are sick and tired of it interfering with your everyday activities, please give us a call so we can help get you feeling better and get your problem truly corrected!

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC