What are the symptoms of whiplash?
One of the most common injuries to occur as a result of car accidents is whiplash. It’s important to remember that the symptoms of whiplash are not always immediate. In some cases, symptoms can take hours, days, or in some cases weeks to first appear. Symptoms include pain, numbness or tingling in the back, arms shoulders or hands. Whiplash patients also often complain of headaches, neck pain, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, blurry vision, dizziness and reduced ability to move the head.
Is whiplash a serious injury?
Although whiplash is often considered to be a minor injury, if left untreated whiplash can cause lifelong health problems. Spinal trauma, no matter how minor, can disturb the positioning of vertebrae and have a negative affect on the nerve tissue. It’s not uncommon for patients to leave the emergency room with a diagnosed or an un-diagnosed whiplash injury after a car collision without any further followup appointments to monitor their symptoms.
Can a Chiropractor help me with my whiplash symptoms?
Yes! Treatment for whiplash injuries can vary depending to the severity of the injuries that were sustained. Tuttle Chiropractic has specific protocols for whiplash treatment in Peoria, IL. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident large or small, call us today at (309) 693-9200 for a free consultation and see how chiropractic care can help you.
I always like to share new information that has come out about Chiropractic care and the positive results it can have. The latest article I came across is actually from the Harvard Medical School website and it doesn’t get more prestigious than that. The article focuses on Chiropractic care for pain and goes into the many different avenues that chiropractic care can help with pain. The article states “A recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash.”
It is nice to see such reputable institutions advocating Chiropractic care. I certainly see the wonderful results of Chiropractic care in Peoria, IL on a daily basis and would love to share it with as many people as possible.
Here is a link to the article:
At Tuttle Chiropractic, we see a lot of patients for Headaches. Just about everyone will be affected by headaches at some point and they can present themselves in multiple ways. Some patients report pain behind their eyes, or in a certain region of their head. Others complain of a pounding sensation inside their whole head, and some patients have even reported nausea as a result of their headache. The pain itself may be dull or sharp and may last for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
How does chiropractic care help with headaches?
We will give you a thorough examination and if your headache is found to be a chiropractic problem, we treat headaches with adjustments to dysfunctional joints in the thoracic spine and neck. When a joint doesn’t have proper motion it can irritate nerve. With headaches, the nerve irritation can be subtle and hard to tell that it is stemming from a structural problem in the neck.
What should I expect from a Chiropractic adjustment?
Adjustments to dysfunctional joints can be done in a multitude of ways. If the notion of having your neck “cracked” makes you nervous, don’t worry. We use joint mobilization techniques without the cracking and popping often associated with a chiropractic adjustment. If chronic headaches are something you suffer from, Chiropractic care could be a great option for you.
It’s that time of year again. When snow falls in bunches in Peoria we inevitably see an influx of people calling in with back pain due to shoveling snow. It’s just one of those things that has to be done. Most of the time the problems seem to come because we hurry and try to get back inside where it is nice and warm and aren’t necessarily paying attention to what we are doing.
Whenever we are bending and twisting with anything heavy we need to be very careful. Bending and twisting with a load puts a lot of pressure on the discs in the low back. Combine that with the exertion of throwing the snow off of the shovel and we put our spine under a lot of pressure and are prone to injury. Common injuries we see are aggravation of previous injuries, disc irritations, and muscle strains.
Here is a list of things to keep in mind to help you avoid injury while shoveling snow.
This information is from the ACA website:
- If you must shovel snow, be careful. Listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work.
- Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
- Shoveling can strain “de-conditioned” muscles between your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs. So, do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.
- When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don’t try to throw it. Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
- Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
- Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
- Stop if you feel chest pain, or get really tired or have shortness of breath. You may need emergency medical assistance.
- After any of these activities, if you are sore, apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.
If you do all of these things and still manage to hurt yourself we are always here to help. The sooner we can get to a problem the better. Be careful out there and let us know if we can do anything for you.
This is another success story from the incredible wellness program we offer, SHAPE Reclaimed. SHAPE Reclaimed is created to decrease total body inflammation, enhance immune-function, detox and cleanse all while reducing excess weight.
SHAPE Reclaimed is a practitioner supervised program that contains NO HCG, no shots, no magic pills, and allows and encourages you to eat REAL FOOD. Allowing you to lose weight and regain a healthy lifestyle. the following is Mary’s story in her own words. Great Job Mary!!!
Mary D from East Peoria lost a total of 52 lbs and 31.5 inches
“For several years, my body was stuck with an extra 50 pounds that I could not lose. I tried several weight loss programs and diet recommendations, without any success. I tried my best to be a healthy eater, and was always conscious of what I ate, but my body wouldn’t let go of the weight. I was desperate to get the number on the scale down, but didn’t know what would work after so many failed attempts at weight loss. And for me, what was even more frustrating, was that when my health was compromised, it made everything, even a simple daily routine, a daily struggle. Many days it was so hard to keep up my energy and my mood, but I couldn’t figure out why.
This summer I started the Shape Reclaimed Program and instantly my body responded. Though the program was strict, it was still practical, easy to follow, and produced fast results. Success was seen immediately and able to be maintained. I tell everyone that Shape Reclaimed was like the key that finally unlocked whatever in my body was holding onto the fat. The program empowered me by giving me answers and a plan that I hadn’t found anywhere else.
Within months, I lost the weight and regained the physical and mental energy I had been sorely missing for a very long time. I now have the energy to get through the day, without the fluctuations in blood sugar that made me so tired and affected my mood. I reclaimed not only my body’s shape, but my physical energy, mental focus, and my confidence. I regained an appreciation for food and health that came from the discipline and lessons learned within this program.
I am so grateful for this program! It takes the struggle and frustration out of weight loss. There is a tangible, measurable, daily success that can be seen and felt. It’s almost unbelievable to me that the weight I struggled with for YEARS was gone in a matter of MONTHS. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is begging for help with their weight and health, like I was. I thank God for the program and the people who brought me to it!”
For the third year in a row we are holding our annual Salvation Army Angel Tree here at Tuttle Chiropractic. The Salvation Army sponsors the event and all gifts go to local kids in need this Christmas season. We love this particular event because it really gives us a chance to not only give this Holiday, but give locally. We have put up a Christmas tree in the office that has little “angels” as ornaments. Each “Angel” has a small gift request from a local boy or girl with different age groups on it. There are options from newborn all the way up to 12 years old. It’s really neat because not only patients take the angels from the tree and fill the gift request, but people who have never heard of our office will come in to grab an angel and fill the gift request. The requests are not large. It’s usually in the $10-$15 range.
When the gift request is filled the gifts are brought back to the office and placed under the tree. The Salvation Army picks up the gifts and distributes them before Christmas. It’s truly amazing the response we get from this. By Christmas our entire reception area will be filled with gifts under the tree. We literally have to clear a path through the presents just so patients can walk through. It’s Awesome. It just goes to show how lucky we are to have the best, most generous patients in the world. We are so grateful to be able to do this. If you are interested in picking an angel off the tree we would be happy to help. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a patient to help. Please help us make this the best year yet for a great cause. If you would like to help, just contact the office or stop by. Here is a picture of the tree so far and an example of what the angel looks like. Have a GREAT Christmas.
Shape Reclaimed is an amazing practitioner supervised weight loss program that we use here in the office for patients that are wanting to lose weight or are have a lot of problems with chronic aches and pains from inflammatory problems such as arthritis.
There are 3 phases to the Shape Reclaimed Program. Phase 1 is a restricted calorie diet that lasts 23 days. During that time full instruction is given on what are acceptable foods and what are not, but we do have you eat real food. This phase helps train your body how to stay away from some of the foods that cause us health problems and cause us to gain weight. Specific protocols are used as well as a non HCG formula supplement is taken during this phase. We have Phase 1 patients come in to do a weekly urinalysis to make sure that their body is accepting the changes and they are losing weight in a healthy manner. Phase 1 is generally where we will see the most weight loss. It’s common for patients to have awesome weight loss results during this phase and actually stick with the phase 1 protocols longer than the initial 23 days.
Phase 2 and phase 3 are added in when a desired amount of weight has been lost or the patient feels they are ready for the transition. More and different foods are slowly added back into the diet and weight loss is maintained and general health is improved. It is not uncommon to see blood pressure normalized, Cholesterol Levels come down dramatically, and even diabetic numbers level out. We have men and women involved with Shape Reclaimed and everyone on it absolutely loves the ease of the program and the results that they get. Below is a before and after picture of Caleb G. of East Peoria. Caleb has had amazing results on the Shape Reclaimed Program.
“I lost 85 pounds with the help of Shape Reclaimed. At first it was difficult because of the lifestyle change, but after a few weeks it became easier. I had unexpected body changes (i.e.: body odor was gone, stopped snoring, great sex, increased sense of taste, less food cravings, and less wax in my ears) and I fit into clothes sizes I’ve never been able to wear. I would definitely recommend the Shape Reclaimed diet because it is a way of life for everyone and it is food that we all should be eating.”
Treatment for the bulged disc, herniated disc or slipped disc
I would say that about 80% of the cases of back and neck pain that come into my office are due to a disc problem. Disc problems can come in different forms and severities and can be caused by many different factors. The disc is itself is located between each vertebrae and acts as a shock absorber for the body. The disc can get irritated from many different factors such as:
Vertebral Misalignment causing improper function
overloading the disc (aka lifting something too heavy) repetitive stress degenerative conditions (aka arthritic conditions) lifting and twisting at the same time and many others
To put it simply, the disc a very strong jelly filled sack. (not exactly, but an easy way to describe it for the layman) When the disc gets irritated by one of the reasons listed above it will swell and pinch a nerve. The amount of swelling or irritation on the disc determines the severity of the problem. If the disc is just slightly irritated and swollen it can still cause severe back pain. If the sac breaks and the jelly starts to come out that is an even more severe problem that can also cause very severe pain. The disc can also completely rupture which is obviously and even larger problem. All of these severities of disc problems can cause pain that will make you want to drop to your knees or not even get out of bed. Many times the pain will be sharp and almost zap you if you hit it just right. Many times certain postures will feel better than others because it take pressure of the disc that is pinching a nerve.
I often hear that you shouldn’t get adjusted if you have a bulged disc. That line of thinking could not be further from the truth. This is exactly the type of problem that conservative treatment like Chiropractic care has great success treating. Proper joint function around and irritated disc is paramount in the healing process of the disc. Without proper function of the joint, frequent flare ups of the condition are often seen. At my office we are specialists at treating spinal disc problems of all severities. Chiropractic care should be the first course of action for a suspected disc problem. Only after a course of conservative Chiropractic care has been tried should more invasive procedures be considered.
In our office we have many women ask us about being adjusted during pregnancy. During pregnancy your body is obviously going through a lot of changes and with those changes come new and different aches and pains. Some common pregnancy pains that we see are low back pain, Sciatica, headaches, hip pain and round ligament pain. Getting adjusted while pregnant is not only completely safe for you and your baby it is really one of the easiest and most proactive ways to make sure your body is in proper alignment and all the changing joints in your body are functioning as well as possible.
Here is our office brochure with some good information on why to see your Chiropractor when you are pregnant.