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Homer Chiropractic
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Services
12261 W 159Th St.
Homer Glen, Illinois 60491
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Services
Homer Chiropractic Clinic
12261 W 159th St.
Homer Glen, Illinois 60491
Refresh Pilates and Wellness Studio
12251 W. 159th St.
Homer Glen, Illinois 60491
Comprehensive Health Care for All Ages

Family Owned and Operated Healthcare Professionals Serving the Homer Glen Area Since 1980


Homer Chiropractic Clinic

Our unique facility offers the convenience of chiropractic and physical therapy services in one location. Homer Chiropractic Clinic and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Services are jointly located in our 4,000 sq. foot office which includes a full size gym and 7 private treatment suites. Dr. Bruce Burkhart, DC and Helen Owens-Burkhart, PT, DPT established the practice in 1980 and the family tradition of quality patient care continues as they are joined by their children Dr. Brian Burkhart, DC and Stephanie Owens-Burkhart, DPT, CSCS. This is truly a family owned and operated business that continues to service our community with comprehensive healthcare.

You can expect personal, hands-on care to manage your complete health and wellness needs. In addition, we have x-ray facilities on site and doctors that are certified acupuncturists thus providing additional services under one roof. For more information or if you need to setup an appointment with one of our chiropractic professionals, please call 708-301-2255.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Services

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Services along with Refresh Pilates Studio is a family owned and operated physical therapy and wellness center committed to providing the most effective treatments and achieving the fastest results through one-on-one patient care. Co-owned by a mother/daughter physical therapy team, we are a 30 year established orthopedic practice.

We offer the highest level of physical therapy services in the greater Chicago, IL area. Whether you need to diminish arthritis pain, receive orthopedic or sports rehabilitation or you want to regain comfort for a healthier life style, our team of professionals will happily be able to assist you. We work hard to help our valued patients meet all their physical goals.
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Our areas of expertise include:
  • Manual Therapy
  • TMJ and Face Pain
  • Cranio-sacral Therapy
  • Pre- and Post-Surgical Rehab
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Sports and Work Injuries
  • Auto/Personal Injuries
Our dedicated and caring staff looks forward to working with you. For your convenience, we offer evening and weekend appointments. We also accept most insurance plans and Medicare.

Call the office of Helen Owens-Burkhart at Orthopedic Physical Therapy Services today to take that first step toward a more fulfilling life.

Refresh Pilates and Wellness Studio

Refresh Pilates and Wellness Studio is a family owned and operated establishment that is committed to providing the most effective treatments that achieve the fastest results. Owned and operated by Doctors of Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Physicians, Refresh is a unique health and wellness center. Our mission is to provide a safe, effective, and holistic environment for healthcare and fitness. We strive to guide patients toward a life with less pain, more energy, and an overall sense of well-being.
Our mission is to lead you to optimal health and wellness
Refresh Pilates and Wellness Studio offers multiple services tailored to cater to each person's physical, mental, and emotional needs.

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Tips for a Healthy Spine
A healthy spine is an often overlooked and essential part of a healthy lifestyle. People who suffer from back pain, particularly if it is long-term, are generally less healthy than those who do not. In fact, back pain costs are staggering not only financially, but also in terms of lost time from work and because of psychosocial problems that arise during the healing process associated with long-term back pain.
Unfortunately, approximately 80-90% of the population suffers from spinal pain at some point. People who are over-weight or obese, and who smoke, lift heavy objects, or had a previous episode of back pain, are more likely to experience back pain.

Because so many people suffer from spine pain, it's important for you to try to keep your spine as healthy as possible. Following simple posture, lifting and healthy lifestyle guidelines can help you keep your back in good shape.

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While following these instructions is no guarantee that you'll be free from back pain for your entire life, it can certainly help you keep your spine in good shape, making you a healthier, happier person.
The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following spinal health tips:
- When standing, keep one foot slightly in front of the other, with your keens slightly bent. This position helps to take the pressure off your low back.
- Do not stand bent forward at the waist for prolonged periods of time. The muscles in your low back become deconditioned in this position, which may lead to back pain.
- At all times, avoid twisting while lifting. Twisting is one of the most dangerous movements for your spine, especially with lifting.
- If the item is too heavy to lift, pushing it is easier on your back than pulling it. Whenever possible, use your legs, not your back or upper body, to push the item
- If you must lift a heavy item, get someone to help you.
- Keep your knees slightly higher than your hips, with your head up and back straight.
- Avoid rolling your shoulders forward (slouching).
- Try to maintain the natural curve in your low back.
Reaching and Bending
- When reaching for something above shoulder level, stand on a stool. Staining to reach such objects may not only hurt your mid-back and neck, but it can also bring on shoulder problems.
- Do NOT bend over at the waist to pick up items from the floor or a table.
- Instead, kneel down on one knee, as close as possible to the item you are lifting, with the other foot flat on the floor and pick the item up.
- Or bend at the knees, keep the item close to your body, and lift with your legs, not your back.
- When carrying objects, particularly if they are heavy, keep them as close to your body as possible.
- Carrying two small objects – one in each hand – is often easier to handle than one large one.
Healthy Diet and Exercise
- While the proverbial jury is still out, we suspect that extra weight puts undue strain on your spine. Keep within 10 lbs. of your ideal weight for a healthier back.
- “Beer belly” is likely the worst culprit, as it puts unwanted pressure on the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your low back.
- The most efficient and effective way to reduce weight is by eating a sensible diet and exercising regularly.
- Consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program, particularly if you have a health condition.
- Sleeping on your back puts approximately 50 pounds of pressure on your spine. Other positions may be better.
- Placing a pillow under your knees while lying on your back cuts the pressure on your spine roughly in half.
- Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees may also reduce the pressure on your back.
- Never sleep in a position that causes a portion of your spine to hurt. Most often, your body will tell you what position is best.
Quit Smoking
Smokers have more spine pain than nonsmokers, and they also heal more slowly when they have an episode of back pain because the chemicals in tobacco smoke restrict the flow of blood to the tissues in and around your spine.
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