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Chiropractic Success with Vertigo

Chiropractic success with vertigo is high in our office here in Lincolnwood. I’ve written about this topic in the past, follow this Link to my previous blog post about vertigo. I am writing about this again because I had a really fun case that I’d like to tell you about.

A new patient came to our office recently, let’s call him Jack. Jack has been suffering from vertigo for the past 9 years! He has seen every specialist you can imagine. A primary doctor, a neurologist, an EENT doctor, physical therapist, acupuncturist, massage therapist, headache specialist medical doctor, and on and on. He saw so many people he couldn’t even remember all of them. Jack had MRI’s, CT scans, nerve tests and so much more. The conclusion was that they had tried everything, and he was going to have to live with his vertigo.

He was in tears as he described all of this to me. His symptoms were so bad that he had to plan his driving routes based on places to pull over because the dizziness was so frequent and intense, he was unable to complete a full commute without pulling over. To say the vertigo was affecting his life in a negative way is an understatement.

Chiropractic and Vertigo

The first thing we did for Jack once he was in our office was an exam and X-rays. He stated during all of his doctor visits, tests and exams, not one person ever thought to look at his neck. In chiropractic we realize that a lot of what happens in our head is related to the structure and function of the cervical spine, which is the neck. Upon examination and X-rays I found there was degenerative disc disease, a decrease in normal range of motion and a lot of tension and tightness.

I explained to Jack that my job as his chiropractor is to correct the issues I found in his neck. I couldn’t gurantee him it would fix his vertigo, but in previous similar cases I’ve found that by improving the health of people’s neck and spine, it has helped with their vertigo. We did an adjustment on that visit and he scheduled a follow-up appointment.

On Jack’s follow-up I knew something was different as soon as I saw him. He was smiling…a large happy smile! (Always a good sign). Jack told me that his vertigo was not gone, but it was way less frequent and much less intense! I was so happy to hear this even after only one adjustment.

Stories like this is why I love what I do! I actually quite enjoy when people come to the chiropractor as a last resort. After trying everything to fix their problems they think well, I have nothing to lose let’s try this chiropractic stuff. I like to tell people in this situation, I hope we are your last stop! And most of the time…we are! Get to the root cause of people’s problems and they feel and function so much better! Chiropractic success with vertigo is high in our office. Other ‘complicated’ and chronic conditions respond well to chiropractic as well.

If you are suffering from vertigo and would like to see if chiropractic can help you, please click the link to schedule an appointment.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

Do you have a short leg?

Have you been feeling off balance lately? Do you have lower back pain? Do you have a short leg?

I always look at my patients legs/feet when they are laying on the adjusting table. I learn a lot about what is going on with a person’s spine from observing their legs.

When one leg is shorter than the other, like the picture on the left, it tells me there is something going on with the person’s spine that needs to be addressed. This patient you see in the picture has been suffering from lower back pain for the past 3 months with no relief.

I discovered he needed an adjustment at L5 which is the very bottom of his spine right above the sacrum. After I adjusted his back I took the picture on the right. You can see how much more balance this created in his body and spine.

What Causes a short leg?

This question is not so simple to answer. The short answer is that it is usually many different factors. Things like poor posture, habitual leg crossing, a fall on the tailbone, a lower extremity injury that changes how you walk, muscle spasms, sciatica, or even a tight muscle or neck injury can do it.

The key is to have a trained chiropractor examine your spine to determine why this condition presents itself and then more importantly, correct that issue.

Very rarely is the shorter leg due to one leg being anatomically shorter than the other. It is most commonly a neuromuscular issue causing this problem.

If you are feeling out of balance or if you have noticed one pant leg doesn’t line up with the other one (common things people tell me in my office) then it’s time to get it checked out!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steve Bourdage DC

5 Tips for Optimal Health

There is so much information out there about what’s best for your health. Trends will come and go, but there are foundations which everyone should practice. Like building a house, having these foundations in place will give you a solid start. Here are my 5 tips for optimal health.

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Be Intentional About Your Health

It’s a brand-new year and with a new start many people are making health goals right now. It’s great to have health goals. The problem is statistics show most people do not stick to them. This blog is not about helping you stick to your goals. I can’t help you stick to your goals. That has to come from within yourself. I’d like to introduce you to a different mindset to help you. Continue reading

Pain Sucks

Pain Sucks

I’m sure we can all agree that Pain sucks! Pain exists for a reason. Pain is the body’s way of telling you to pay attention because something is wrong. What normally happens is people ignore their pain, thinking that it will just go away. Sometimes it does just go away, and sometimes not. Either way, you need to correct the underlying problem that is causing the pain. This will ensure it does not become a chronic issue. Continue reading

Lincolnwood is Home

Lincolnwood is Home

It has been 8 weeks since we moved to our new location at 6443 N Cicero Ave in Lincolnwood. Lincolnwood is home! It has been such a great experience here in the new office. The feedback from patients has been great and everyone is feeling right at home.

Ia gain wanted to thank everyone for their patience during this transition. We will be having another transition here in the office in 2 weeks. Don’t worry, we are not moving again!! Our office software which handles all of our scheduling, insurance billing and payment processing is changing. We do not anticipate any issues during this transitions, but if any do arise please be patient with us. The most important thing you can do that would help us is to ensure all of your information is up to date with Elisha. Make sure we have the correct insurance information, your address, email address and cell phone number.

Why the Change?

We are striving to make our office more papeless and environmental friendly. You will notice that we will no longer have sign in sheets, you will now be checking-in on an ipad at the front desk each time you come in. We will now be able to communicate directly with you via text message. There are a lot of great changes with this new software and I am sure you will love it just as much as we do!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you and Be Well!

Dr. B

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

Health Insurance Has Nothing to do With Health

Health Insurance Has Nothing to do With Health

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

3 Things You Must Do After an Adjustment

3 Things You Must Do After an Adjustment

May 23, 2016


I love Adjustments

I love Adjustments

I love delivering a specific chiropractic adjustment to someone who is in need of one. There are 3 things you must do after an adjustment. Continue reading