The National Weather Service of Central Illinois has issued an excessive heat watch for Peoria, Peoria County, Tazewell County, Woodford County, and other surrounding counties through Saturday evening. The heat watch notes that the effects of the heat tend to worsen the longer the heat continues, so public health officials in Peoria and Central Illinois are encouraging everyone to remain well hydrated, to stay out of the sun (especially in the afternoons), to remain in air conditioned environments, and, most importantly, to check in on friends and relatives.
This is a great time to remind yourself of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
Heat cramps are the first stage of heat illness. If these symptoms are not treated, it can lead to heat exhaustion and then heat stroke.
If you suspect someone might be suffering from heat stroke or heat exhaustion, the most important thing is to begin to cool their body:
If you think a person may have heat illness or emergency:
And, as noted above, please call 911 immediately if the person does not quickly improve, if they worsen, if their temperature continues to rise, or if you suspect heatstroke.
Please remember that prevention is always the better option. Stay cool, Peoria!,
As we approach the Fourth of July here in Peoria, it's important to note that Johnson Family Chiropractic of Peoria will be closed to observe the holiday.
However, we will be open on Monday, July 3, as well as Wednesday, July 5.
Please refer to our normal operating hours for availability on those days. Thank you, and have a wonderful Fourth!
Patients often ask, if they are moving away from Peoria or travelling for an extended period of time, which chiropractors they should visit at their destinations. The first thing I always tell them is to research whether any Activator Methods chiropractors practice in the area they'll be visiting.
The simplest method for this research is to use an online tool to locate an Activator Methods chiropractor in your area. If you were to use this tool today and search for chiropractors in Peoria, IL, you will find one chiropractor in Peoria who is rated with an Advanced Profiency Rating (the highest rating for Activator Methods).
If you know that you'll be in the following four areas, however, my first recommendation would be the doctors listed below. So if you do not live in the Peoria area, please consider visiting one of these trusted colleagues:
Dr. Alan L. Johnson, Cedarburg, WI
Dr. Terry Hough, 5800 Broad St., Greendale, WI
Dr. Matthew Groves, Decatur, IL
Dr. John Daniels, Racine, WI
The greatest compliment a patient can give to his or her doctor is to spend the time to sit down and write out a recommendation for the office. With so many demands on our time these days, it's deeply appreciated whenever someone wants to spread the word about their chiropractor.
A patient in this office recently wrote the following:
My life used to be one where the main focus was on how much pain I was in. I had been to several chiropractors but always ended up stopping treatment after not really seeing improvement, and many times ended up being in more pain and laid up for days after an adjustment. I received a recommendation for Dr. Johnson and it is one of the best choices I've ever made. He is an amazing doctor, incredibly personable and actually listens to you. He's patient and explains everything very clearly and his adjustments are precise and targeted. I always leave his office feeling better then when I arrived and long term I have absolutely had improvement. I would not have the increased mobility, reduced numbness and significantly reduced pain if not for him. I would highly recommend him to anyone and everyone, from infants to the elderly. My quality of life has vastly improved and no longer am I constantly thinking about how much pain I'm in. As long as he is practicing, I will be his patient.
That's a fantastic and heartfelt testimonial, and it's extremely heartwarming! Here's hoping that all of our patients will be able to find the same benefits from chiropractic care for their own conditions.
Read all the other good things our patients have to say!
As a doctor of chiropractic, I am often asked whether e-cigarettes (also known as vapor cigarettes) are better for the body than regular cigarettes. The e-cigarettes are often thought to be safer because they contain fewer carcinogens than regular cigarettes, and can be used as a way to quit smoking altogether.
I am not personally familiar with the emerging body of research on e-cigarettes, so I have hesitated to formulate an opinion. However, an article in Dynamic Chiropractic points to a number of resources that have been produced by public health entities. I hope you will find these helpful:
The Surgeon General has an infographic webpage devoted to e-cigarettes called "Know the Risks."
The Surgeon General also has a printable fact sheet on e-cigarettes.
The American Heart Association has produced a printable fact sheet on e-cigarettes and public health.
The American Lung Assocation has a webpage devoted to e-cigarettes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) have a webpage dedicated to e-cigarettes, with links at the bottom to additional resources including a video and additional tip sheets.
There are a number of other resources available online if you search for the term "e-cigarette fact sheet", but I have not linked to them here because some of them are several years old and may not adequately reflect recent scientific findings.
Unless otherwise attributed, all content is written by Kyle Johnson, DC, of Johnson Family Chiropractic of Peoria.
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Although every effort has been made to provide an accurate description of our chiropractic care and its benefits, the information given on this website and blog is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as, medical advice for any condition.
If you have any questions regarding your condition, you should seek the help of Dr. Johnson in person, so that he may properly assess your condition.
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