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Chiropractic for a Herniated Disc

Have you been diagnosed with a herniated disc? Have you ever wondered if chiropractic for a herniated disc can help? The answer is a resounding yes! I’d like to share a success story from our office at Bourdage Chiropractic to help prove my point.

Betty came to our office after suffering with symptoms from her herniated disc for about 6 weeks. She was having lower back pain which was radiating into her left hip and leg all the way down to her knee. She rated the pain as a 9/10 on the pain scale and was visibly uncomfortable in all positions. Walking was with a limp, she could not sit still longer than 4-5 minutes and hadn’t slept a full night through since the pain began. To say she was suffering was an understatement. She was miserable!

Before coming into our office she did see her medical doctor who prescribed pain killers, a heavy nerve blocking medication and recommended she schedule a back surgery. Betty scheduled her surgery but it was for 2 months out. In the meantime, she decided to come to our office to see if she could at least get some relief before the surgery. She could not live like this for another 2 months!

Chiropractic to the Rescue

After reviewing her history and performing a thorough exam we were ready to start helping Betty with her herniated disc. Our treatments consisted of Flexion and Distraction, which is a technique to decompress the spinal discs in the lower back, spinal adjustments, some soft tissue work on the muscles around the spine and advice for how to be as comfortable as possible for everyday activities. After Betty’s first adjustment she reported an immediate reduction in pain by about 10%. That may not sound like much, but for someone to have any reduction in pain after so long of suffering brings hope! Hope is an important part of the healing process.

After one month of treatment Betty began decreasing her medications with her doctor’s approval and was walking normally! The pain in her leg had turned from sharp, burning pain to a dull ache or soreness! Her Doctor still recommended she have surgery even though she was improving. I advised her to wait, we still have another month until the surgery anyways, let’s see what happens.

2 weeks after we had that conversation, and 6 weeks after starting chiropractic in our office she cancelled her surgery appointment. She was doing so much better and functioning in her everyday life normally! Some would say it seemed like a miracle, but the truth is, it’s chiropractic. The human body knows how to heal itself, sometimes it just needs some help to optimize that healing.

What about you?

If you are suffering from a herniated disc, or if a loved one is, have you considered chiropractic care? There are times when surgery is needed, but many times it is not. If you have been told you need surgery, have you had a second opinion? If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call or text us at 773-545-9379.

Or, click here: https://bourdagechiropractic.com/appointment-request/ to request an appointment:

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage

Lincolnwood Chiropractor

Hollow Holds for Core

Hollow Holds for Core

Hollow holds for core are one of the best exercises you can do to protect your spine. Check out this video for a demonstration:

A good test of core strength is if you can hold this position for one minute. Like I stated in the video, if you cannot hold this for one minute, take your time building up to it. 20 second holds will quickly turn into 40 second holds. One minute will not be far behind.

You will notice while you do this exercise, your lower back will want to come off of the ground. Fight that urge as best as you can. This exercise gets its benefit from you keeping your lower back firmly planted into the ground. When done properly you will feel you whole body shaking and that is good. The shaking is your muscles becoming stronger. If you feel pain or discomfort in your lower back while you do this exercise, please stop and discuss with me during your next chiropractic appointment.

Injury Proof

The benefits of a strong core are numerous. A strong core not only helps you look good for bathing suit season, but it also helps to create better posture, have less pain, and prevent future injury. Many of the injuries I see in my chiropractic office here in Chicago are because of weak core musculature.

The core is much more than just the abdomen muscles. The core is truly the integration of the body as a whole. How your body is all tied together. The core helps connect the upper body to the lower body so it can all work in unison. A strong united body comes from a strong core.

Hollow holds for core, give them a try and reap the benefits of developing a rock solid foundation!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage

chiropractic is natural

Chiropractic is Natural

Why so many people are drawn to chiropractic is because chiropractic is natural. Chiropractors don’t add or subtract from your body. We work with you in your current state. We help you to improve your health by optimizing your structure.

The body’s structure dictates how it functions. If you have poor structure in the form of bad posture, tension, arthritis, poor walking pattern and/or subluxations in your spinal column you will not be at 100% health.

You want 100% health don’t you? I find most everyone answers yes to this question. Health is the new wealth. If you do not have your health, does it really matter how much wealth you have?

Do you maintain your car? Do you change your oil regularly? If your tires are worn out and winter is coming, wouldn’t you change your tires? Do you flush the fluids, change the spark plugs, etc…? Why do you do these things? The answer as you know is to extend the useful life of their automobile. Do you maintain your body as good as you do your car? Do you perform body maintenance at all?

Chiropractic is such an easy and effective way to keep your body running at it’s peak. It is one of the simplest things you can add into your routine that will pay dividens over the years.

Chiropractic is natural, safe, effective and a cost-effective way to optimize your health!

If you have questions about chiropractic and how you can best start incorporating this great service into your health improvement schedule, please give us a call or email and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

Click https://bourdagechiropractic.com/appointment-request/ to request an appointment.

what's that cracking noise?

What’s that cracking noise?

What’s that cracking noise? Does it hurt?

These are two of the most common questions people ask me when they begin chiropractic care in our office. Let’s dive into these two questions.

  1. What is that cracking noise when I get adjusted? The most simple answer is that it is a release of air pressure. When you have a spinal joint that is not moving freely like it is designed to, air can get trapped within the joint space. When we apply a specific, chiropractic adjustment to that joint it creates more movement and releases the trapped air. Not all adjustments, and not all people will experience cracking. The sound is not a sign of a positive result. What is most important during and after an adjustment is that there is more movement and better positioning. This is the sign of a successful adjustment.
  2. Does it hurt? Again the short answer here is no, it does not hurt. Most often it actually feels really good to have an adjustment. You can see a lot of videos of people being adjusted on TikTok and other various social media platforms. If you have never been adjusted they may look painful to see. Once you experience an adjustment for yourself you will see how great they actually feel.

Do you have any other questions that we can answer for you? If so please feel free to email me at Drbourdage@bourdagechiropractic or give us a call at 773-545-9379.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

Crawl for Core

Crawl For Core

One of my favorite exercises to improve your overall health, strength and fitness is crawling. Crawl for core strength and stability. For most adults it has been decades since you have been on all 4’s crawling around. If you watch how babies and kids move, they are pliable, nimble and agile. The can spend extended time in a deep squat, they can fall down and bounce right back up, and they crawl around on the ground. All of these movements are natural human movements that we should continue to perform even into adulthood.

Benefits

When performing the crawling exercise, not only are you engaging your full body musculature, you are also firing neurons in your brain. The cross crawl pattern of moving your opposite extremities at the same time has been shown in numerous studies to be beneficial to the brain. Patients that suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia have been shown to have positive effects of practicing cross crawl exercises. Anytime we can find exercises that benefit both brain and body…I’m a fan.

I use crawling mostly as a warm up before my other workouts. I set a timer for 5 minutes and try to keep crawling for that whole time. Beware, it takes time to work yourself up to a 5 minute crawl. If you are not ready for that yet, start small. I recommend crawl for one minute, rest for 2 minutes. Repeat 3-5 times. Sometimes, if I am not working out or if it’s a rest day, I will still get down on all 4’s and crawl. I feel so much better physically after I crawl for core, and it also wakes me up. I always feel more alert after.

There is no shortage of ways to incorporate crawling into your routine. Please give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Your Chicago Chiropractor,

Dr. Steven Bourdage DC

Will Chiropractic Make Me Taller

Will Chiropractic Make Me Taller

Have you ever heard an older individual say “I’ve lost an inch since I was younger.”? Or maybe you are one of these people who has lost some height as you have gotten older? Let’s first talk about why this happens and then we will discuss what you can do about it. And then most importantly, answer the question ‘Will Chiropractic Make Me Taller?’ Continue reading

5 People who need a Chiropractor

5 People who need a Chiropractor

Do you have a spine? The answer is yes, everyone with a spine needs a chiropractor in their life, this also includes animal by the way. BUT, here is a a list of 5 people who need a chiropractor and it should be non debate-able.

1) Parents, particularly new moms. Being a parent is the most challenging work on the planet. It’s emotionally, mentally and physically exhausting. Especially for moms. For new moms it is difficult. New moms are sleep deprived, nursing, and carrying around baby carriers all day. If you are a parent, please come get adjusted. You most likely don’t even realize how bad you actually feel because you are just trying to get through the day. Let’s get the stress off your body, increase your energy and get you back to being super parent!

2) Students. When you are spending hours upon hours looking at a textbook or computer screen all day, you are going to have problems. Neck pain, headaches, fatigue, shoulder pain and poor posture come from being a full-time student. Studying is great for your brain, but not great for your body. Students of all ages love chiropractic and feel so much better after adjustments. Feeling better leads to performing better!

3) Desk Jockeys. Do you spend most of your day seated at a desk? If so see #2 above. It’s the same situation. We are not designed to sit as long as we do. The average American desk worker spends 13 hours a day sitting!! That hurts just to think about! Sitting creates low back pain, neck pain, hip pain and sciatica. Chiropractic can help with all of those and then some.

4) Athletes. If you want to keep yourself in the game and performing at your best you need a chiropractor in your life. When you do get injured, if you have been well adjusted we can get you through injuries pretty quick. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, get adjusted!

5) Physical Laborers. Talk about a physically demanding job! I see people in my office that lift furniture, boxes, steel pipes and other objects all day long. Then they are bending over into spaces not designed for humans or holding camera equipment on their backs and the list goes on and on. And if you have a physically demanding job chiropractic care will help you maintain longevity in that career. I have a patient who has been an iron worker for 20 years and has been receiving chiropractic adjustments for half of that time. He says he has coworkers who are in and out of the job all the time because of injuries or they have to take an early retirement. This will not be the case for this particular patient because he is PRO ACTIVE!

Conclusion

Everyone who wants to be healthy and strong needs a chiropractor. These are the 5 types of people who need a chiropractor the most, based on what I have seen with my patients over the last 12 years in practice. If you fall into one of these categories and you need help, please call me at 773-545-9379.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Steven Bourdage

Healing is a Connection

Healing is a Connection

Have you ever went into a Doctors office and felt extremely uncomfortable even while just sitting in the waiting room? Maybe you didn’t even get a “Hello” from the staff? It’s really unfortunate but medicine is performed in an environment that is not very healing. Most of the time when you walk in to a doctors office the first words you hear are “I need your ID and insurance card”. The whole process can be very un-nerving. For healing to take place, a connection is needed. Healing is a connection.

Bourdage Chiropractic

At my office we strive and excel at making your experience much different. We are grateful and appreciative you chose our office. I understand that healing comes from trust and confidence in not only your doctor, but in their staff as well. We treat everyone like family.

When you are sick, injured or in pain I understand that is a scary experience. Getting help or relief should be the opposite of scary. It should be warm, welcoming, and relaxed.

If you have not been to our office, or if you have been putting of getting care because you are scared or have had a bad experience in another Doctor’s office, rest assured you will find our office much different. Give me a call at 773-545-9379 and let’s get you back on the road to better health.

Dr. Steven Bourdage

Let’s Talk Muscles

Let’s Talk Muscles

As people age there are certain muscles that tend to lose strength and others that tend to get tight. We see this consistently in people that do not exercise. Being that we see this pattern consistently, it makes sense that we should be proactive in addressing this. If we can work on strengthening the muscles that get weak and keep the muscles that get tight flexible, we can then in turn slow down aging. 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