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.
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.
You can not and should not depend on your health insurance to keep you healthy. Health insurance has nothing to do with health. A good comparison would be to compare health insurance to life insurance. Life insurance has nothing to do with keeping you alive. Continue reading →
Why Medical Doctors Think Chiropractic Doesn’t Work
This is a very important topic I am going to write about today. This still comes up occasionally in our office, but in reality not that much anymore. I have more medical doctors as patients now than I ever have in 11 years of practice. After having discussions with them and thinking about this topic, I have answers as to why medical doctors think chiropractic doesn’t work. Continue reading →
Back pain Chicago 2017 is what we will be discussing today. What does that even mean, you may be thinking?
Back pain is the 2 reason people visit a doctor, second only to the common cold. Research shows that 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain in their lives to a degree where they will miss work. The trend I am noticing in my Chicago office is that the numbers are on the rise. In today’s day and age people are busier, more stressed and less physically active than ever before. All of these factors, along with many others contribute to back pain and degradation of overall health.
Back pain is not always associated with an acute injury like most people think. Back pain usually builds over the years. It begins with dysfunction in the muscles and spine that the person is not usually aware of. Or, sometimes they are aware of some twinges, but chose to ignore those signs. What ends up happening is eventually a small stress or activity will then be the ‘straw that breaks the camels back’ so to speak. I hear stories like this all the time. “I slept funny and now I can’t move”, “I bent over to pick up a pencil and couldn’t stand back up”, or my favorite, “I sneezed and my back went out”. These are just a few examples of the stories I hear and it’s easy to see how someone may thing this offending activity caused their back pain, but in reality the issues most likely started a long time ago.
What to Do?
The best course of action to take is to be Proactive as opposed to reactive! Don’t wait for a crisis and don’t ignore the small signs and symptoms your body may be giving you. The small things lead to the big things.
If you are in pain or if you are looking for prevention, come see us! I have been helping people stay healthy, strong and active since 2006!
Sciatica and Chiropractic go hand in hand with each other. Sciatica is the most common condition that brings people into my office here in Chicago.
If you are suffering from sciatica, or know someone who is, then you know how debilitating and crippling it can be. We have amazing success with sciatica, it responds really well to what we do here in my office.
What I want to talk about is the amount of time people suffer with sciatica before they finally decide to seek treatment. Many times when people first come in to my office with sciatica I will ask them “How long have you had this?” The answers are always 5 years, 10 years, or forever! It varies, but it is always a REALLY LONG TIME! Why are you waiting so long? I get it. Most people think it will go away on its own, but if you’ve had it for YEARS, guess what? It’s time to get some help!
I challenge you, if you have sciatica, come to our office in Sauganash or go see your local Chiropractor if you are not in Chicago. We have had amazing success with Sciatica and you no longer have to suffer. We can help you get back to the things you want to enjoy in life. More exercise, more movement, sitting, sleeping and all types of everyday activities can be normal again!
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 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.
We are 14 days into our plank challenge, and my tip for this week is: Don’t watch the clock.
As the time of our planks is now building to a minute and over, you may find yourself staring at the clock counting down the seconds until you finish. There is nothing wrong with this, but by doing this it will seem like the plank is never ending.
In the video above I share my secret of what I focus on so I don’t watch the clock. I also share with you a strategy that one of my patients shared with me which you may find helpful as well.
If you have any tips you would like to share with your fellow plankers in this challenge let us know below.
This has been a lot of fun so far. I am truly enjoying the videos and pictures that are being sent in. People are doing their planks in hotel rooms, at work, outside in the sun, on top of tables, and many other places. It really has been a lot of fun to see all the pictures and videos coming in.
We are all winning! We are all getting stronger and healthier because of this challenge. Let’s keep it up!
During the month of June we are hosting a chiropractic plank challenge. Sign-up in our office and of you complete the challenge you will be entered into a raffle to win a Fitbit! If you follow the plan you should be able to hold a 5 minute plank by the end of June. That is some SERIOUS core strength! Watch this video and get more info when you are in the office next!
Stay tuned for more details and information as we get closer to June!