Movement

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Imagine waking up one morning with a frozen shoulder where you couldn't move your upper arm more than a few inches in any direction. How much would that impact your ability to do your job? How much would that affect your ability to drive your car or even to dress yourself? How much would that affect your ability to concentrate on anything other than your shoulder? Obviously, if your shoulder did not move correctly, it would have a dramatic impact on your life. Well, the same is true with movement in every part of your body. If things aren't moving the way they are supposed to move, it will have a negative impact on your ability to function at work, take care of the demands of everyday life, and even your ability to concentrate.

Many patients with severe low back pain report that their pain came on suddenly when they did something as simple as bend down to pet their cat, put on their socks, or pick up the newspaper. Just about everyone would agree that a person's body should be able to handle such simple movements. So what has happened?

In every one of these cases, the joints of the patient's body were "all locked up" -- they were barely moving at all. When the joints in one area of the body do not move the way they should, other areas of the body are forced to move more in order to compensate. This creates a significant stress on those areas that have to pick up the slack, and it soon leads to pain and inflammation. At the same time, the areas that don't have normal movement will slowly worsen as the muscles continue to tighten, the joints stick together, and the ligaments and tendons shorten. This leaves the body in a very unstable condition; if left unchecked, this process will continue until the body can hardly move at all. That is how a person comes to suffer flare-ups of pain at the slightest provocation.

Most of us have seen people who have lost most of their normal mobility: they look like bodies have been starched stiff whenever they try to move around. This is especially prevalent among the elderly. Contrary to popular belief, however, this is not an inevitable effect of aging; rather it is the inevitable effect of not maintaining the body's mobility through exercise, healthy alignment, and body mechanics. There are people in their 60s, 70s, or even older, who are stronger and more flexible than the average person in their 30s, simply because they keep themselves exercising.

Maintaining mobility is critical in order to live free from pain and disability. Maintaining good mobility is not difficult, but it does not happen on its own. Just as in developing a good posture, it is necessary that you perform specific exercises and stretches to keep your muscles, ligaments, and tendons flexible and healthy. In addition, it is necessary that all of the joints in your body are kept moving correctly as well. Although this can be achieved to a great degree through stretching, most people also find routine chiropractic adjustments to be very beneficial.

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Greater Chicago Chiropractic: By appointment only

Monday:

1:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

1:00 pm-7:00 pm

Thursday:

Closed

Friday:

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Saturday:

10:00 am-1:30 pm

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  • "Recently moved to Chicago and was looking for a new chiro, happened to stumble upon Dr Dale and happy I did! My old chiro would adjust me 2-3 times a month with really no solutions except I have scoliosis and will have to keep getting adjusted. Thankfully Dr Dale made some new discoveries and gave me some possible treatment plans! Safe to say I'll be coming back! (Not as much thankfully!) :)"
    Alex L.
  • "Dr. Dale is amazing!! He's an incredibly knowledgeable chiropractor and an extremely kind and thoughtful person, all of which is reflected in his practice. My experiences at his practice have all been great, and he went out of his way to explore a few different options with my insurance to find out what would be the least expensive. He also has an in house massage therapist, and offers muscle stimulation and heat packs too. I've recommended him to my friends and will continue to do so!"
    Courtney C.
  • "Everyone words are 100% honest! Dr. Dale is amazing! He's informative, knowledgeable, and takes time to understand the root of the problem. Amazing bedside manner, you can tell he loves what he does. He lets you know upfront the treatment plan and what he foresees moving forward."
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