...HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY...
SOUTHERLY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE TODAY...BRINGING IN SOME OF THE WARMEST TEMPERATURES WE HAVE SEE SO FAR THIS SUMMER. AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE INTO THE 90 TO 93 DEGREE RANGE. DEW POINT TEMPERATURES ARE LIKELY TO RISE INTO THE LOWER 70S WEST OF I-55...PERHAPS REACHING THE MID 70S WEST OF THE ILLINOIS RIVER. THIS WOULD RESULT IN HEAT INDEX READINGS OF 100 TO 105 DEGREES DURING THE MIDDAY AND AFTERNOON IN THAT AREA. FURTHER EAST...HEAT INDEX VALUES OF 95 TO 100 ARE MORE LIKELY.
HEAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN FOR THOSE AT RISK TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES...OR IF YOU WILL BE SPENDING PROLONGED PERIODS OF TIME OUTDOORS. REMEMBER...NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES...AS CAR INTERIORS CAN REACH LETHAL TEMPERATURES IN A MATTER OF MINUTES.
Be safe today! The National Weather Service has issued the following alert for Peoria County, Tazewell County, Woodford County, and much of the rest of Central Illinois:
Recently, there have been a few parents who have brought their infant children into our office for assessment and chiropractic treatment because the babies were not feeding well or were very fussy when feeding. It is important to stress that chiropractic care is modified for infants to ensure safety and efficacy.
Breastfeeding seems like the most natural thing in the world, but it is true that some children struggle to maintain secure latching, have especially prominent reflux symptoms, exhibit distress when turning to one side only, or have colic and other symptoms. Breastfeeding is often a learning process for both mother and child. Even though it may be difficult, breastfeeding is considered so important for baby's health that it is worth getting to the cause of why breastfeeding is difficult, rather than simply abandoning it for bottlefeeding. Bottle feeding is indeed sometimes appropriate for some families, but it should not be used merely because breastfeeding is difficult at first.
Sometimes your baby might have trouble turning her head to one side because of a simple joint problem in the neck, or because of a tightened muscle on one side, or because of a traumatic birth process. Sometimes children have difficulty latching because of a tongue-tie, neck muscle constriction, or reflux. The baby cannot tell the parent that he is in pain, but parents are always able to tell when something just isn't right.
Many of these problems can actually be addressed in the chiropractor's office. Some reflux symptoms can be treated by gently modified chiropractic adjustments to the baby's midback. Some neck joint problems can be successfully treated by very gently adjusting the baby's neck or simply applying pressure to certain areas of the body.
Chiropractors have known for decades how effective infant adjusting can be. Now, it appears that some of the evidence is being collected in the medical literature. The evidence is limited, but it points to positive results correlating chiropractic adjustments and improved breastfeeding. There are not yet enough clinical studies to (in research language) definitively show that chiropractic adjustments can help babies breastfeed better, but if you were to talk to the parents of the babies that recently visited my office, you'd hear the same thing.
I'd encourage all breastfeeding parents to read the original article. If some of the symptoms mentioned in the article apply to your family and your situation, you may want to consider having a chiropractor assess and/or treat your baby. Please also check out the positive reviews of Johnson Family Chiropractic as written by patients of our office.
Normally we don't just copy other bloggers' entries, but Debbie Adlof at CW Notes has the following interesting bulletin for Peoria residents to improve the local community:
Peoria, IL – The City of Peoria is encouraging residents to sign up for Nextdoor, a free neighborhood networking site that allows neighbors to connect on issues ranging from lost dogs and break-ins to neighborhood social events. Nextdoor is partnered with cities across the Country to encourage communication that can lead to improved neighborhood relations and overall safety. Over twenty neighborhoods within Peoria are already established on the Nextdoor site. A short video which details the benefits of Nextdoor can be viewed at the following link: http://vimeo.com/59427424/. Nextdoor was created to ensure private communication within a neighborhood. All members must verify their addresses, and all information shared on the site is accessible only to verified members of that neighborhood. Nextdoor does not share information with any third parties.
Back pain is one of those mysterious pain conditions that can come seemingly out of nowhere and prevent you from living a full life. What is back pain? Where does it come from?
Although back pain can sometimes be caused by internal organs referring their pain to the skin, or caused by direct trauma or injury, back pain usually indicates a very different type of pain altogether. This is because pain nerves can alert you to an active problem, but they can also send pain signals to the brain if the body believes that it is unstable.
Most back pain is not due to acute injury, but rather instability. If the low back does not think that it is capable of bearing the load of the body itself, it will send pain signals to the brain in order to tell the body about the problem. When the brain interprets the pain, your body will react accordingly. You might stop your motion or you might lay down, and in both cases you have relieved the back of its sudden load. The pain signals have done their job: they've alerted you to a problem.
This is why so much low back pain results from the simple act of bending over. Bending over does not cause acute injury or a ligament tear, but it does increase the load on your spinal discs and muscles by a very large amount. If the back believes itself to be unstable, then it will tell you, and you will feel back pain. This is why so many patients will say, "I was just bending over to pick up something from the floor, and it wasn't even heavy. Why do I hurt?" You hurt because your back doesn't think it's strong enough to continue.
This is why, when a patient has back pain, often nothing definitive can be seen on an X-ray or MRI. If there is no structural problem, nothing will be positively identified on imaging. Sometimes doctors will even say, "Nothing seems to be wrong." The bones are fine, the muscles are fine, the nerves are fine... but something is still wrong. Or, even worse, "You might just be imagining the pain." No, the pain is very real, and the question is: What is wrong? Answer: The perceived stability of your low back.
In this case, the best thing you can do for your back is to continue to strengthen it, and continue to use it. This advice sounds counterintuitive, because normally when we feel pain we think it's best to rest. However, we need to strengthen and stabilize unstable backs, and this requires work, effort, and normal motion.
This understanding of back pain and its origins has been around for the last twenty years or so, but it is starting to make an impression on the medical community. Fox News reports that a new book is out with much of this information, as well. I have not read the book and cannot review it, but this news article contains solid information:
Many Americans try to alleviate back pain with prescription pain medications, which can lead to dependence and other health problems. [Neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick] Roth believes taking pain medication may cause more harm than good.
Also, make sure you visit your chiropractor in Peoria, particularly if you are already susceptible to low back pain. The chiropractic adjustment can help to stabilize your back by adding proper motion to the joints in the region. If you did nothing, the back pain might go away on its own, yes, but the recurrence rate for low back pain is higher than for any other condition. It is likely that the low back pain will return, partly because the conditions that made the back unstable are still present and have not yet been resolved. Remember that the absence of pain does not mean that the condition is gone.
Your Peoria chiropractor can also advise you on the best exercises for your back, given your age and physical abilities. You don't have to go through low back pain on your own, and it certainly isn't all in your head.
As we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering all those who have died in service of our country, it's important to also recognize our family and friends from Peoria and Peoria County who have also died in defense of liberty and the American flag. Here is a link, for example, to a website that recounts all the soldiers from Peoria County who had fought in the Civil War.
And to all veterans, especially those who have been served by Johnson Family Chiropractic, we say a very heartfelt "Thank you" and wish you a happy and peaceful Memorial Day.
As we continue to embark upon a future into a world that is continually full of brand-new synthetic chemicals, it is important to continue to bear in mind that we simply don't know yet how all of these new chemicals affect our bodies. New drugs are manufactured and marketed each year. Is there any link between medications and the recent explosion in food allergies? What about the hormones present in contraceptives that are flushed into our drinking water supply every day? Does this sudden outburst of chemicals have any effect on public health?
A fascinating story from PBS, entitled "The Complicated Question of Drugs in the Water", examines current and potential problems that occur from pharmaceuticals that cannot be completely filtered by our current water treatment plants. You really should read the whole thing, but here is an excerpt:
Scientists think that the main way that the vast majority of pharmaceuticals get into the wastewater is through disposal. The vernacular for many years was to flush unwanted medications down the toilet, and many people still do that despite updated federal guidelines that now advise people to either take unused drugs to a collection site or mix them with kitty litter or coffee grounds and put them in the trash. (The only exception to this are narcotic pain relievers and other hazardous substances.) But even with these guidelines, plenty of medications still end up in sewers, wastewater treatment plants, and, to some degree, back our water supplies.
The takeaway point is to be sure to be responsible with the pharmaceutical drugs in your possession and to dispose of them properly.
Often, patients know that they feel better after a chiropractic adjustment, but it's hard to put into words why they feel better. Sometimes patients will say "I feel taller" because they are able to stand with better posture. Sometimes patients will say "I feel looser" because their muscles feel more relaxed. Sometimes patients simply say "I feel better."
The real gauge of how much better you feel after chiropractic care, though, is how much you can do. If there were activities that you could not perform before care, can you now perform them better after care? The improvement in these Activities of Daily Life (ADLs) is a wonderful benchmark for assessing how well patients respond to care.
ADLs are especially important in older patients. These patients, who tend to have Medicare as their primary insurance, also tend to have more degenerative conditions and age-related restricted range of motion than younger patients. For older patients, simple tasks can be much more difficult because of arthritic joints or subluxated spines.
The good news is that, according to a new study that examined Medicare data, chiropractic care may provide protection against further decline in ADLs when compared with medical care. This means that if an older person is receiving chiropractic care, the odds are greater that he will still be able to reach over his head without upper back or shoulder pain, or that she will be able to reach down into her garden without low back pain.
From the study:
...we observed a protective effect of chiropractic against declines in ADLs, IADLs, and declines in self-rated health. [snip]
Johnson Family Chiropractic is unique in Peoria because of our specialization in only one technique of chiropractic. There are many, many ways to analyze the human body for neural interference, subluxation, inflammation, and joint dysfunction. And there are even more ways to go about delivering a high-amplitude-low-velocity thrust, which we call the "chiropractic adjustment".
But I'm reminded every day of the excellence of the Activator Method.
The Activator Method is considered a low-force technique because the adjusting instrument uses speed, not force, to accomplish the chiropractic adjustment. This low amount of force means that even tiny babies and the elderly can benefit from the chiropractic adjustment. In fact, just this week I have treated a weeks-old baby and a 95-year-old woman with low bone density. Both of these patients were perfectly safe during treatment because of the low force of the adjustment.
When the chiropractic adjustment is being delivered, sometimes larger men will question whether or not the Activator instrument is actually forceful enough to work. Strong muscular men tend to think that a large motion or loud sound needs to accompany the adjustment, in order to be convinced that "something happened." However, when standing up after the adjustment, it becomes clear to just about everybody that something did indeed happen.
After the chiropractic adjustment, it's very common for me to hear the patient say, "I feel taller" or "I feel straighter" or "I can hold my head higher" or even just "Yes, that feels better."
Some patients do genuinely prefer other chiropractic methods and techniques, and for those individuals I am always very happy to refer them to one of my trusted chiropractic colleagues in town who can deliver the style of adjustment they prefer. For just about everyone else, the Activator Method is a fantastic, safe, and efficient method of accomplishing the chiropractic adjustment.
For your information:
Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a Safety Alert indicating that the benefits do not outweigh the risks when more than 325 mg of acetaminophen is taken per dose. This can also be interpreted to mean that if, for example, you are taking acetaminophen at home in 100 mg tablets, you should take care not to exceed the recommended dosage or the recommended time limits. Although acetaminophen has long been considered a "safe" drug, serious risks of liver failure and death do apply.
Here's an excerpt from the Safety Alert. But please, do read the whole thing.
In January 2011 FDA asked manufacturers of prescription combination drug products containing acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 mg in each tablet or capsule by January 14, 2014. FDA requested this action to protect consumers from the risk of severe liver damage which can result from taking too much acetaminophen. This category of prescription drugs combines acetaminophen with another ingredient intended to treat pain (most often an opioid), and these products are commonly prescribed to consumers for pain, such as pain from acute injuries, post-operative pain, or pain following dental procedures.