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Holiday Pains - Chiropractors Corner - Gastonia

Holiday Pains - Chiropractors Corner - Gastonia

I don’t know about you, but the closer to the holidays it gets the more I seem to hurt. Between lugging a tree in and out of my house, getting up and down from the ladder to decorate it, all of the cooking and cleaning that needs to be done, I start getting sore just thinking about it. Seriously, my back is hurting just from typing that and knowing I have to do it all soon. Don’t get me wrong, I do love this time of the year, but it can seriously be a pain in the neck!

Something that you should always do around the holidays is stretch. I know, I know, I constantly say that stretching helps, but it really does! After all, you’re going to be a lot more active around this time of the year than you usually are. Pulling things out of the oven, picking up your younger family members, moving everything around in your house, running around to get those last minute gifts, and everything else that you need to do can really take a toll on your body. Stretching and getting your muscles nice and loose can help to make sure that you don’t hurt yourself on any of those lifts when you have to carry all of your wonderful presents to and from your door.

Another thing that you should do around this time of the year is make sure that you get enough sleep. This is hard, I know, but you want those visions of sugarplums to last for a full eight hours. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will probably wake up sore and that’s never good when you have so much other work that you need to do before your in-laws show up. After all, you know who won’t show up if you’re still awake late into the night.

If you are still sore, as you probably are, then feel free to come into DiBella Chiropractics. We can help adjust your spine, neck, and whatever else may be hurting you. We can give you tips on how to get a better rest at night and how to optimize your exercise routine to make sure those extra pounds are kept to a minimum. Come on in and see just how much of a change we can help you make!

Holiday Diets - Chiropractors Corner

Holiday Diets - Chiropractors Corner

Don’t scroll past, I’m not saying you need to put down that pie! When I say holiday diet, I don’t mean you need to go on one when all of this delicious food is out. If I said that I would be just about the biggest hypocrite on the face of this earth. When I say diet, I mean it in the sense of what we shouldn’t eat too much of or maybe not at all. But just this once, I’m going to say that you should take it as more of a suggestion than an actual rule.

None of us like to hear that D**t word around this time of the year. I know that I’ve already put on a few extra pounds from Thanksgiving that will only be added to in a couple of weeks. The holidays are notorious for causing people to gain weight, which is one of the reasons that the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose some of it again. I get it though, who can resist all of those incredible cookies that Aunt Marge only makes this one time a year or that pie that you swear never smelled so good?

As with anything in life, everything is fine in moderation. Granted this time of year isn’t really known for moderation, but as long as you don’t go too overboard with the intake it really isn’t going to be too bad for most of you. Having that self-control is key, though. If you know where I can find some extra, please let me know because I don’t know how I’m going to get through this month without eating an entire tray of cookies just by myself. The entire month tends to feel like a cheat day, but that can quickly become dangerous. Trust me, I’ve been there.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we can help you with a nutrition plan to get you through the holidays with minimal damage done. While you’re here, get a spinal adjustment and see just how much better you will feel after. If you can’t make it in before you find the dessert table, then we can help you set up an exercise routine for the New Year. Either way, we can’t wait to see you!

Wearing High Heels - Chiropractors Corner

Wearing High Heels - Chiropractors Corner

If you are a female and are in the workplace, chances are you are expected to dress a certain way. While this may not be an issue if you work in a hands-on sort of profession like machinery, it can pose some trouble to you if you are in a more traditionally female role. Most businesses have a dress code of one form or another and unfortunately some of these require wearing high heeled shoes. This is mostly common in the media or in high end businesses like elite banking. The issue is, that dress code may be damaging your body.

Wearing heels was originally meant for royalty and not the common folk. This is because the heels and platforms that were worn were extremely impractical for walking in, which royalty did not need to do. In fact, at one point it was illegal for anyone who was not royalty or in the royal court to wear heels. So if it was so impractical, why did they become such a fashion staple for women?

It turns out that men originally wore heels for the most part, but when women began to attempt to look more masculine they began adopting the sign of royal footwear and slowly changed it to be able to walk in them with greater ease. This does not, however, mean that it is easy to navigate around in these shoes. While some people can do all sorts of things and run around in high heels all day, the fact still remains that it is not actually good for your feet and by extension the rest of your body to do so.

If you are in a business where it is expected that you wear heels and there is no other option, we suggest carrying around a pair of sneakers or flats with arch support which you can change out of when you are expected to wear the high heels. While this is not optimal, spending as little time in them as possible should be your goal. If you are concerned that wearing heels may have done some damage to your back and legs, come into DiBella Chiropractic for an examination and adjustment. There is no reason why you shouldn’t do all you can to minimize any damage done. After all, you only get one body to go through life with.

Immune Systems and Chiropractic Health

Immune Systems and Chiropractic Health

Every day, doctors are learning more and more new things about just how truly beneficial chiropractic treatment is. While most people have at least heard how much it can help with back and neck pain, a few studies that have been done recently also how that it may help to prevent us from getting sick. While we aren’t saying that you should throw all other methods of keeping yourself healthy out of the window, it may be worth it to come into DiBella Chiropractic for a chiropractic adjustment if you are prone to illness like so many others.

Antioxidant is a word that has been used increasingly over the last few years, but not all of us know quite what it means. Put simply, antioxidants are things in our bodies that help to protect us from getting sick. They can help protect against everything from the common cold to cancer. While antioxidants can occur in our bodies naturally, the things that we do and the foods that we eat also play a part in how effective our bodies react to illnesses. You may have noticed recently that certain foods such as yogurts or other fruit based things have begun boasting that they are full of antioxidants. It turns out that chiropractic care may be as well.

There has been talk for quite a while that chiropractic care may have an impact on how our bodies react to different things like germs and bacteria. Recently, more and more research has been coming out which seems to prove that those of us who thought we saw a connection between the two are right. While not everyone will be completely healthy once they begin chiropractic care, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t at least worth a shot if you find yourself calling in sick quite often due to a bit of a bug.

Chiropractic care in regards to your immune system is a great way to try and keep kids and those of us who deal with them and the public nice and healthy. Children pass around germs like candy and those who work in places where we interact with a lot of people are also at a high risk for illness. Come into DiBella Chiropractic for chiropractic care and see just how much of a difference it can make for your immune system.

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.

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