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

Doing Too Much

Doing Too Much

I’d like to share with you a story about a particular patient from my office that has a lot to offer and may help you too. This particular patient, let’s call him Bob, came in with an acute lower back disc injury. He was in bad shape, intense lower back pain that traveled into his leg. He was finding it difficult to do basic activities for everyday living. Simple things like getting dressed, tying his own shoes, getting up after sitting, using the toilet, and sleeping at night. To say his life was being affected by this injury is an understatement. Bob was starting to think this was going to do him in. Bob is in his mid to late twenties.

Continue reading

Quick Posture Fix

Quick Posture Fix

In the following video I show you the 3 exercises I do for a quick posture fix. I do these after I find myself sitting for long periods of time. These are great stretches for people who sit at a desk all day long, sit in a car for long time periods, or after a flight. Sitting wreaks havoc on your body and these stretches will help to correct that.

Dr. B Hates Sitting

I spend 80% of my day on my feet. I’m either adjusting patients or standing at my desk doing paperwork. This last weekend I attended a conference and found myself sitting for hours on end. My body felt terrible! At the conclusion of each day of the seminar I did these 3 stretches and I was back to normal in no time!

The three stretches are :

  1. Hip Flexor Stretch
  2. Thoracic Opening
  3. Thoracic Bridge

The thoracic bridge is my favorite, but all 3 are important.

Sitting Series

Previously, I did a series of 3 videos discussing sitting and the negative effects it can have on your health. If you did not see those videos they can be founds here:

Chicago Chiropractor Talks Sitting

 

After you try these exercises yourself, let me know how much better you feel after!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC