Retired Army Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris credits chiropractic care with saving his life.
Last month, Staff Sgt. Harris was featured in the Illinois-based The State Journal Register with his story of war wounds and injuries, his long path of surgeries and suffering, his dark journey with opioid medications, and his eventual recovery thanks to chiropractic care.
Here is his story in his own words:
October has been declared as Chiropractic Health Care Month in Illinois by Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. October has traditionally been considered to be the "birthday" of chiropractic, since the first modern chiropractic adjustment was delivered during October, 1895. Chiropractic now has a special place in the lives of people in Illinois and Peoria, as statistics show that about 2 million people in Illinois seek chiropractic care each year.
Here's the proclamation itself:
Well, all the children in Peoria are back to school. And, hopefully, not back to... back pain!
Children lug around pounds worth of books, papers, lunches, and other materials to and from school, and all that weight can cause back pain if their backpacks are not used properly. Here's a quick video from healthierillinois.com on backpack fitting and use:
This is prime gardening season in Peoria and the Central Illinois area: not only is my home garden producing fruits and vegetables like crazy, but the weeds are also out of control. That means more hours outside, hunched over, or crawling between the rows. Ask any gardener and they'll tell you just how satisfying the work is, but it can be pretty rough on the back, arms, and knees after a while.
Fortunately, there are right ways and wrong ways to do just about every activity, and gardening is no different. Here's some information that every Peoria gardener should know.
Via the American Chiropractic Association, here are some fabulous tips for getting ready for gardening (click on the image for a larger version):
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!,
Unless otherwise attributed, all content is written by Kyle Johnson, DC, of Johnson Family Chiropractic of Peoria.
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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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