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Chicago Chiropractor Talks Sitting

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Sitting

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Sitting

Sitting is the new smoking. This statement is buzz-worthy at the moment, and for good reason. The newest research is showing us how detrimental sitting actually is to our health. Read on as this Chicago Chiropractor Talks Sitting further. Continue reading

Happy Holidays From Bourdage Chiropractic

Happy Holidays From Bourdage Chiropractic

Happy Holidays

 

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! Wishing you happiness, health and ridiculous success in 2017!

Let’s work together to make sure you have the best 2017 possible. Whatever your health goals may be, feel free to discuss them with Dr. Bourdage and let’s formulate a plan to make sure you reach them!

A good goal should be specific, have a timeline, and a reward at the end of it. For example, just saying I want to lose weight in 2017 is not very motivating. But, if you were to say I want to lose 20lbs by April 1st and if I do I will reward myself with a trip to Mexico… now THAT is a goal!

I know the holidays can be a time when many people put their health on the back burner; don;t let that happen. Go into the New Year with momentum and watch 2017 be your best year yet.

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

Chicago Chiro Talks Posture

Chicago Chiro Talks Posture

In this quick video Dr. Bourdage, your local Chicago Chiro Talks Posture.

Posture is so much more than how we look. It’s how the world sees us, how our body functions, and most importantly the signals you are giving to your nervous system. Are you training your nervous system to be in a defensive state or in a growth state. Watch the video above to learn more about how posture affects your nervous system.

If you would like help with improving your posture and overall health give us a call at 773-545-9379. Dr. Bourdage loves helping people improve posture. We are located in the Sauganash neighborhood of Chicago on the Northwest side.

Selfie With The Doc

Selfie With The Doc

Selfie With The Doc

Our Selfie With The Doc competition is in full swing! Take a selfie with the doc while you are in the office and then post it on Facebook. Tag Bourdage Chiropractic and whoever receives the most likes will win a $100 gift card to Lettuce Entertain You RestaurantsContinue reading

Why Medical Doctors Think Chiropractic Doesn't Work

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

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

Chiropractic Rocks!

Sauganash Chiropractic Success

Sauganash Chiropractic Success

Here is a quick Success Story that is too good not to share. Everyday in my practice here in Chicago I get to witness stories like this…and it never gets old! Continue reading

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Exercise

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

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

 

 

Wrist Pain is not fun!

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