Ice Vs Heat

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Ice vs Heat

One of the most common things we do when we suffer from a back or neck injury is to either go grab an Ice pack or run to the heating pad.  When asking patients during an evaluation if they have done anything for the pain generally the answer is that one or both have been tried.  What I find is that most people are never really sure which one is correct and are often told conflicting views.  That’s because it really depends on the type of injury for the correct modality.  So it is really rather hard to give an opinion on which is better for individual specific injuries I’ll give some general insight on which to use for certain types of injuries.

Ice will generally be what I recommend for a patient that has come into the office with an injury.  If you had a fall or were in an accident, inflammation can be one of the problems, so icing for 20 mins at a time can help to contain the inflammation.   If you feel like you have pinched a nerve I would again generally recommend ice over heat.  When a nerve is pinched it cause a host of other reactions from surrounding tissue.  Ice can calm down the activity.

Heat is recommended for more chronic issues such arthritic pains or daily pain.  Heat can help bring more circulation to an area to help loosen muscle that are always tight due to a degenerative condition.

Here is a good quick reference guide to follow.  Remember, If the pain is new or it is a re-aggravation of an old injury I generally want you to ice first.  If you are not sure which is best for you you can always contact us for more information.

Salvation Army “Angel Tree” at Tuttle Chiropractic in Peoria

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Peoria Angel Tree
We can’t believe it, but it’s that time of year again. For the last four years Tuttle Chiropractic has teamed with the Peoria Salvation Army for their “Angel Tree” program. The program is pretty simple and the best part is that it helps kids in the Peoria area have a great Christmas.

Each year we put up a Christmas tree in the office. In fact, Cheryl is working on it right now. The tree will be adorned with “angels”. Each “angel” has a small gift request from children of various ages around the Peoria area. The goal is to have as many angels as possible taken from the tree. The small gift requests on the “angel” are purchased and brought back to the office and placed under the tree. The Peoria Salvation Army comes and picks up the gifts a week or two before Christmas and distributes the gifts.

This has been an awesome program and we at Tuttle Chiropractic couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. We are starting the program a little earlier this year in hopes to have the best turnout yet The last two years in a row we have had so many gifts under the tree that it almost filled the entire reception area. Just goes to show we have the best, most generous patients around. You certainly don’t have to be our patient to help the cause. If you would like to help, simply come by the office at 6808 N Knoxville Ave Ste. B and grab an angel off of the tree. Thanks for helping us help so many this Christmas season.

Text Neck

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Neck Pain in Peoria

Neck Pain in Peoria

Did you know that the human head weighs approximately twelve pounds? Sometimes we forget that our neck is continuously supporting a substantial amount of weight. As we bend our necks down and forward, it increases the amount of weight we’re putting on the spine. Bending at just a fifteen-degree angle means an extra twenty-seven pounds. When your neck is at a sixty-degree angle, your spine has to hold sixty pounds of weight!

Now that smart phones and tablets have become widely popular, it’s important that we take a closer look at the effects that these devices are having on the human body. Research is coming out next month that shows that “text neck” may lead to extra wear and tear on your spine which can lead to degeneration and even surgery to correct it. In an interview with the Washington Post, The chief of spine surgery at the NY Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine explained that “text-neck” is not an epidemic. In fact, it’s extremely common. Take a look around, he says, everywhere you look people have their heads down. 

On average, users of smartphones spend anywhere from two to four hours a day slouched over, sending texts, and browsing the internet on their handheld devices. That’s up to fourteen hundred hours a year of extra stress on the spine.

Tom DiAngelis, who is the president of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Private Practice Section explained to CNN a year ago that it’s like holding your bent finger back for an hour. If you stretch out the tissue for a long time, it will get sore and inflamed, he explained. This can also cause herniated disks, pinched nerves and muscle strain. Over time – it may even decrease the natural curve of the neck.

For fifty-eight percent of smartphone owners, this is a real risk.

Last year, Michelle Collie, the doctor who is at the head of Performance Physical Therapy located in Rhode Island, explained to CNN that she began seeing patients with this type of back and neck pain about six years ago. 

Of course, bad posture can also lead to different problems. Lung capacity could be reduced by up to thirty percent. Bad posture has also been linked to headaches, heart disease and depression.

To minimize the amount of stress you’re putting on your neck, it’s important to remember to bring your phone to your eyes, and not vice versa. If you’re experiencing neck pain, call Peoria Chiropractor Justin Tuttle today for a free consultation. (309) 693-9200

Peoria Chiropractor Wins PJstar Reader’s Choice Award For Third year in a row.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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I would like to take moment to say  a sincere THANK YOU for voting Tuttle Chiropracticas the PJstar Reader’s Choice award winner for the Third year in a row.  I am both excited and humbled by the recognition. Myself and my staff truly put an effort every day into providing the best Chiropracticexperience anywhere by focusing on patient problems, valuing your time, and gettingresults in a fast and affordable manner.This is our 7th year in practice and our practice has grown mostly on word of mouth and referrals. Thank you to all of our great patients who say great things about us and allowus to help their friends and family get better with Chiropractic Care.  We, without a doubt, have the best patients around and we a so proud to be a part of your healthcare team.

Whiplash Treatment

Monday, April 13th, 2015

What are the symptoms of whiplash?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.

Chiropractic Care Study from Harvard

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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.


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Peoria Chiropractor helping with Headache Relief

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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.

Does snow shoveling cause back pain?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Chiropractor for back painIt’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.

Weight Loss Program in Peoria

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

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 anySHAPE ReClaimed Weight Loss in Peoria 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!”

Tuttle Chiropractic Supports The Salvation Army Angel Tree

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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 tree2Salvation 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.

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