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Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy is widely regarded as one of the most important and yet stressful times in a woman’s life. Although many people will only talk about the wonder of the changes a female body goes through during the pregnancy period, there are also some not so glamorous things that happen. These can include back pain, pelvic pain, hip pain, stress, migraines, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and so many more. While we aren’t meaning to put you off having children in any way, we also think that it is extremely important for women to know exactly what they can expect to go through other than the usual complaints such as swollen ankles and morning sickness.

What many people do not know is that chiropractic care is perfectly safe for you do undergo while pregnant as long as you let your chiropractor know ahead of time. This way, the doctor can change positions or force with which they adjust your muscles and joints to optimize safety and comfort for you and your baby. Pregnancy brings a lot of aches and pains, but chiropractic care offers you a safe and drug free way to deal with these discomforts so that you can rest easily in regards to the safety of your child.

Chiropractors are also able to create a dietary plan for you while you are pregnant. Pregnant women and their babies need special nutrients and cannot safely eat certain things which you may not have been aware of before. In talking to your chiropractor, you will be able to figure out just what you can safely ingest in order to have as healthy and easy a pregnancy as you can possibly make it. While there is no way for us to make every pregnancy go perfectly, we most certainly will do everything we can to keep you and your baby safe and sound.

Chiropractors can also direct you in an exercise program which will help you remain active through your pregnancy. Unless you are told to be on bed rest, it is normally good to remain as mobile as possible during this time. Although it can be rough, even simple stretches are better than nothing and you can speak about that in length here at DiBella Chiropractic. Come on in and see how much better you feel after a meeting with one of our doctors!

How Safe is Chiropractic Care for Elderly Patients?

How Safe is Chiropractic Care for Elderly Patients?

For every doctor, the main concern should always be the safety and health of their patients. Chiropractors are no different in this respect. After all, chiropractors are doctors just the same as anyone else who went through medical school. While many chiropractors gush about how safe the care is, some people are still uncertain about the facts. Thankfully, there have been multiple studies done about the low risk that chiropractic care provides to those who are treated through it. These studies run from individual practices to the National Institute of Health and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This is one of the studies that we will be talking about for this article.

The older we get, the more concerned we need to be about our continued health. While it may be simple for younger people to bounce back from injuries, this becomes less likely the older we are. If you have ever seen a teenager heal from a broken leg versus and older family member deal with a similar injury, you know exactly what I am talking about. This is why there was a study done recently regarding people who are at least sixty six years old who go into chiropractic care versus those who have general medical care done by their primary doctors.

The point of this study was to see if there was any major difference in how the elderly body reacts to medical care as opposed to chiropractic care. The results were dramatic in just about every way they could have been. It was shown that seniors who received chiropractic care as opposed to care from their primary doctors saw a seventy six percent difference in post treatment injury. The study focused on the first seven days after treatment and showed that seniors were much less likely to suffer another injury if they had undergone chiropractic care. If that isn’t a good sign about safety, I’m not sure what is.

We are all concerned about the safety and health of our elderly family members and friends, so there is no reason why doctor care should be any different. The truth is that not all treatments or doctors are created equal, so research is your best tool. Thankfully, we now have research that backs up the safety of chiropractic care for people of all ages.

Arthritis and Chiropractic Care

Arthritis and Chiropractic Care

If you are one of the millions of people in the United States who suffer from arthritis, we tip our proverbial hats to you. We know how tough it can be to have a disorder that is not only as painful as many cases of arthritis are, but also a disorder that is technically invisible. Most of the time, those who have a disorder like arthritis do not show any outward symptoms but still experience pain at an almost constant interval. However, unlike someone with a broken leg, no one else can see that you are hurting. Whether you use a cane, limp, have a walker, or try and get around without an assistive device, no one can truly know just how much pain you are in.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we understand how tiring and frustrating this can be. Chronic disorders like arthritis are often tied to mental health problems as well, due to the constant state of pain and discomfort you are in. This is something that makes us terribly sad, as there is no known cure to arthritis that we can give people to make them feel one hundred percent again. Believe us, we really wish there was.

One of the main problems with arthritis is that there are so many different kinds. While Rheumatoid is the most common, other people have arthritis without have the rheumatoid factor. These can be types such as degenerative arthritis, where certain joints have not developed correctly or have begun to erode over time. While there are some things that can be done through surgery or injections to lessen the pain that some people feel, they aren’t always effective for everyone and also may not always be covered by medical insurance.

While we are not trying to say that chiropractic care is the best thing for everyone, we want people to realize that it is certainly an option. Due to the fact that we don’t prescribe medication or injections and don’t do surgery, there is little to no risk to chiropractic care. If you have nothing to lose, why not at least give us a try? Come into DiBella Chiropractic today and see just how much it may help you.

Halloween - Chiropractors Corner

Halloween - Chiropractors Corner

Halloween is fast approaching and for many of us with children it is an exciting time. Free candy is always a good thing to have, after all. This time of the year always brings happiness to those of us who enjoy the heavy sweaters, sweatshirts, and yes, even pumpkin spice flavoring. Corn mazes and apple picking is normally on the agenda and for the more adventurous of us, so is a trip or two to a haunted house. While it has been proven that the release of chemicals in the brain when we are scared can be enjoyable, the jumping that may result from a sudden scare may not be.

A sudden jerk or jump from being scared can actually cause you quite a bit of damage. If you’ve ever suffered from one of these events, you know exactly what I mean. It can be a sharp stabbing pain or it may be a dull throb that seems to last forever. It may even be somewhere in between depending on how your body twists or reacts. This is made worse if you have a nerve or pain disorder. While we wouldn’t dream of wanting to keep you away from these incredibly fun attractions, we do want you to realize that moving the wrong way can cause you discomfort, regardless of how much fun you may be having at the time.

Thankfully, here at DiBella Chiropractic, we are used to seeing these problems. In fact, we will treat people on either side of the haunted house. It doesn’t matter if you hurt yourself because a demonic doll jumped out at you or if you walked across the floor upside down to get someone to run away, we understand that it can be just as fun to scare others as it is to be scared. There are injuries that are possible to be sustained from either side and we want to make sure that everyone is at their scariest for Halloween night itself.

Even if you don’t enjoy going to these attractions, sometimes people scare you regardless. This is especially true this time of year and there are times you never even see it coming. Well, that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Either way, head into DiBella Chiropractic today to be prepared for whatever your Halloween plans may be.

Seniors and Chiropractic Care

Seniors and Chiropractic Care

One of the things that bothers people the most is getting older. While this may be true for many reasons, one of the major complaints that we hear is the pain that is associated with ageing. I know that even though I am not a senior, I have noticed that as I start to get older my pain level has been increasing. This is especially true for people who have chronic disorders. Thankfully, there have been multiple studies done which prove that chiropractic care can help senior citizens with all of those creaky joints that start showing up as we get older.

According to a study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, nineteen people over the age of forty started complaining about balance, dizziness, and neck pain. These complaints are not odd for others in that age range and often only get worse the older we get. In fact, 7,285 people who were 75 years of age or older were interviewed for this study and had complaints about these issues as well as with walking, standing, cognitive function, pain, and more. For anyone who is reading this and is older, this is probably not news to them as getting old does often stink quite a bit.

The good news is that not everyone has to suffer due to their age. In fact, according to the study that was published the patients noticed a severe improvement in their overall health after just eight weeks of chiropractic treatment. It helped to improve their mobility, their balance, and their general pain levels. This was a wonderful finding because who doesn’t want to live with less pain?

We often hear questions about who can receive chiropractic care and want to remind you that absolutely anyone is allowed to walk through our door regardless of their medical condition. Naturally there are some things that will prevent us from working on someone, like if they need to be in a neck brace to have an injury heal. However, making sure that everyone knows that age is not an issue in providing treatment is a priority for us. Although not everyone can do all of the things they used to as they age, chiropractic care is one of those things that may just be able to help us all feel young again.

Yoga and its Benefits - Chiropractors Corner

Yoga and its Benefits - Chiropractors Corner

There is a large divide among the medical community when it comes to activities such as yoga. Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we like to think that anything that gets you moving is good. While certain things like running or jogging have been shown to improve your health, it has also been shown to create great impact upon your joints. Yoga is one of those rare things that makes you move, focuses on balance, and yet does not cause the joint problems that many other activities do. Here are a few things that yoga has been shown to have a possible effect on.

  1. Mental Health. One of the biggest things that yoga is known for is the mental health benefit. Many people who spend time doing yoga, even just an hour or so a week, report that their mental health improves drastically. This is for a few reasons and while some of them have not been scientifically tested, it has been shown that exercising releases endorphins. Endorphins help to increase those feel good chemicals in your brain which can increase the production of a balanced brain even after you stop exercising. While some people argue that yoga is not exercise, we challenge them to attempt even moderate levels and see just how easy it is. Remember, no one starts from the top so even the simple positions are huge steps in being a healthier you.
  2. Balance. As we age, it is more and more difficult to keep our balance. This is for a multitude of reasons, but many of them have been shown to be helped or even corrected by practicing yoga. It becomes dangerous for older people to do simple tasks, such as walk up and down stairs, but helping your balance may mean extended independence. Even if there is only a remote chance that yoga can help you keep your current style of living, why wouldn’t you give it a shot?

While we aren’t saying that yoga is a miracle cure, here at DiBella Chiropractic we believe in using every tool in your arsenal. If one of them happens to be yoga, then we say go for it! Come in for a spinal adjustment and talk to us about starting a yoga program if you think it is right for you.

Exercising As You Age - Chiropractors Corner

Exercising As You Age - Chiropractors Corner

Exercise becomes increasingly difficult as we get older. Our bodies start to slow down, our stamina begins to deplete, and frankly we just don’t want to do what we used to any more. Unfortunately, this is one of the most important times to make sure that you exercise, because the body is more likely to begin shutting down as we get older. Here are a few ways that you can continue exercising even as you age.

  1. Walk. Walking is great exercise for people of all ages. If you are able, getting out and walking for even fifteen minutes to half an hour each day can help keep your joints nice and limber. Walk around the block, around the mall, around the park, or even just around your home. It doesn’t matter where you walk, just as long as you attempt to stay active and make sure that you are somewhere safe while doing so.

  2. Stretch. Stretching is something that people can do no matter what age they may be. Even just standing and stretching your arms up towards the ceiling can be a good help if you don’t feel safe trying to touch your toes. You can even stretch sitting down if you want! Sit in front of the television and watch your favorite show while stretching out your arms and legs. Trust me, it can make a world of difference in how well you move.

  3. Internet Videos. If you have the space and the capability, watching videos on the internet and following them are great. You don’t even have to pay for these like you did the old VHS exercise tapes! Type “elderly exercises” into Youtube and see what comes up!

  4. Swim. Swimming is a great exercise for people who are older because it takes a lot of the weight off of your joints so you can move more freely. Try seeing if you have a gym or center in your area that has a pool that you can get a membership to so you can swim all year.

Although exercising as we get older can become more difficult, there is no reason why you should feel the need to stop. Come into DiBella Chiropractic today and we can see what other forms of exercise you may be able to do!

Common Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractors

Common Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractors

Despite many attempts, there are still many questions that circulate around chiropractic work that almost everyone asks. It is perfectly normal to want to know about any medical procedure that you may have done to you. In fact, we always encourage you to get as much information about anything medical as possible. We always find it refreshing when people question what is happening to their bodies or why they should do one thing instead of another. Here are some of the more common overarching questions that we get about chiropractic work.

  1. Is A Chiropractor Actually A Doctor? Yes. This answer is always yes. If someone is calling themselves a chiropractor but they do not have a degree, then they are not being truthful with you. A chiropractor goes to medical school just like any other MD, and then they go through even more training so that they can specialize in chiropractic care. Many chiropractors will have their degrees displayed in the office, and those that don’t most likely have no issue showing them to you upon request if you require more assurance.
  2. What Do Chiropractors Treat? Chiropractors treat a large scope of things. Normally, these will be things like headaches, neck problems, or issues with the back. A chiropractor can generally treat almost anything that is musculoskeletal. They can also help you with diet, nutrition, exercise habits, and other healthy modifications.
  3. Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe? Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of slander aimed at chiropractic treatment from many different sources which cause this question to be asked. Chiropractic treatment is as safe, if not safer, than any other form of medical treatment you could find. Due to chiropractic treatment being non-invasive and drug free, many people in the medical community believe chiropractic treatment to be one of the safest forms of treatment that can be found today.

We encourage each and every question we get here at DiBella Chiropractic, because we know just how important it is for you to be fully involved with your medical treatment. We also enjoy the ability to correct any misinformation you may have heard or read. You can rest assured that here at DiBella Chiropractic we will treat you with the utmost care and concern. Come in today and see what we can do to help improve your quality of life.

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