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Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 8 - Stretching

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 8 - Stretching

This week I want to talk to you about stretching. The spring is a time that many of us are starting to head outside of our homes now that the weather is warming up again and starting to exercise. You may want to get more active, maybe you are trying to get a “swimsuit body”, or maybe you have a friend who is dragging you along with their exercise plan. Whatever the reason may be, exercise is good for you but you should always stretch first. Stretching after is also a good idea. Here are some things you can do to get your body warmed up.

Touch Your Toes. This is the classic stretch but can be increasingly difficult as we age or become less active. Something to try is standing with your feet shoulder width apart and relax your torso so that your arms hang as low as possible naturally. Now take a deep breath and let it out like a sigh. You should notice that your hands hang a little lower now. Continue doing this until you feel a pull in the backs of your legs and hold it for a few seconds. Stand back up slowly, pretending that your spine is building itself back up one vertebrae at a time with your head being the last thing you straighten. You’ll be amazed at how much more flexible you’ll be just by doing this even three times a week.

Stretch Straight Up. Now that you’ve touched your toes, let’s go in the opposite direction. Stand again with your feet shoulder width apart and stretch your arms up over your head. Pretend that you’re grabbing at a bar that is just out of reach of your fingertips. Try going up on your toes if possible. You should feel a stretch in your arms and your chest. This will help with your circulation and will warm you up if you are cold, especially in the morning. Relax your arms back down, never dropping them suddenly. Remember to breathe through the stretches.

These are two simple stretches that almost anyone can do. Combine this with coming into DiBella Chiropractics and see how much better you feel physically in just a couple of weeks. Enjoy that warm weather and whatever bathing suit you want!

Pain During Rain

Pain During Rain

If where you are is anything like where I am, this entire past week has been cloudy and full of rain. You know the phrase “April showers bring May flowers”? Well if that is indeed true, then my entire area should be filled to the brim with beautiful and colorful flowers come next month with all of the rain and mud I have had to find my way through just in the short time April has been here. While I look forward to these lovely floras, there is a more pressing issue during April, and that is the amount of pain I have been in due to the rain.

For any of you who suffer from chronic disorders such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, you will understand exactly what I mean. Even some of my friends who do not have these issues have recently been feeling the ache that they hear me complain of so often. Today is actually the first day where we have had less than five hours of rain for a full week, so it isn’t hard to imagine that it has begun to take a toll on many of us. The humidity and pressure that accompanies rain is something that can cause pretty severe pain, and the fact that we have had thunderstorms over the past few days as well means that the warm fronts, for once, aren’t helping.

There is a reason that most people feel bad while it rains. The cold and damp weather can settle until it feels like it’s in your bones. The constant ache affects many, even if they don’t realize it. Sometimes the pain level is low enough that it doesn’t actually register, but many do still feel it. However, the more severe your disorder is or the older you get, the more pain you will likely feel.

Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to help combat this pain. Stretching is a great way to loosen up your muscles and get your joints working again. Another thing that you can do is come into DiBella Chiropractic and see just how much better you’ll feel after a spinal adjustment. Getting your joints professionally cracked will help to relieve that pressure that settles during the rain storms, so come on in and leave feeling like a brand new person!

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 7

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 7

This week I want to talk to you about stretching. The spring is a time that many of us are starting to head outside of our homes now that the weather is warming up again and starting to exercise. You may want to get more active, maybe you are trying to get a “swimsuit body”, or maybe you have a friend who is dragging you along with their exercise plan. Whatever the reason may be, exercise is good for you but you should always stretch first. Stretching after is also a good idea. Here are some things you can do to get your body warmed up.

Touch Your Toes. This is the classic stretch but can be increasingly difficult as we age or become less active. Something to try is standing with your feet shoulder width apart and relax your torso so that your arms hang as low as possible naturally. Now take a deep breath and let it out like a sigh. You should notice that your hands hang a little lower now. Continue doing this until you feel a pull in the backs of your legs and hold it for a few seconds. Stand back up slowly, pretending that your spine is building itself back up one vertebrae at a time with your head being the last thing you straighten. You’ll be amazed at how much more flexible you’ll be just by doing this even three times a week.

Stretch Straight Up. Now that you’ve touched your toes, let’s go in the opposite direction. Stand again with your feet shoulder width apart and stretch your arms up over your head. Pretend that you’re grabbing at a bar that is just out of reach of your fingertips. Try going up on your toes if possible. You should feel a stretch in your arms and your chest. This will help with your circulation and will warm you up if you are cold, especially in the morning. Relax your arms back down, never dropping them suddenly. Remember to breathe through the stretches.

These are two simple stretches that almost anyone can do. Combine this with coming into DiBella Chiropractic and see how much better you feel physically in just a couple of weeks. Enjoy that warm weather and whatever bathing suit you want!

Pain During the Night

Pain During the Night

For many of us, the nighttime is a time for rest and relaxation. After a long day of hard work, it feels good to put your feet up with some hot food and sit in front of the television to escape from the world for an hour or so. Unfortunately, some of us don’t get this full experience due to increased pain levels during the evening hours. If you suffer from a chronic disorder such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, you will know exactly what I’m talking about. How can you feel better at night and get a good sleep when everything seems to ache?

One of the first things to ask yourself about your nighttime routine is what do you eat and drink. If you drink alcohol right before trying to sleep, you will likely toss and turn quite a bit. Likewise, try to avoid heavy or spicy food before bedtime. While it may taste good going down, it will probably not be as friendly while it is trying to digest as you’re lying down.

Another thing to ask yourself is how old your mattress is. Mattresses do wear out and can become lumpy and apply pressure to different areas of the body, making them uncomfortable and causing pain. If you cannot afford a new mattress, look into a memory foam mattress pad. They are considerably cheaper and can be purchased with the aid of coupons at many retailers both in person and online.

Check to make sure that your bedroom is conducive to sleep. If rooms are too bright or warm, it can cause the body to reject sleep and may cause more pain than you were previously in. Always make sure to try and avoid using electronics right before bed as well, as the blue light generally disrupts your body’s natural sleep cycle.

Also, make sure that you have good pillows. A lot of the pain we feel at night or upon waking up is due to spinal and neck pain caused by old, lumpy, or insufficient pillows. If you have pain in other places as well, try using other pillows to cushion the contact you have with the bed. You may also want to try a heating pad.

If you have pain at night, come into DiBella Chiropractic in Gastonia and see what a neck and spine adjustment can do for you. Until then, sweet dreams!

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 6

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 6

This week, we are focusing on car accidents and the damage they can cause. One of the most important things about your life after a severe accident is your own care. This can be physical as well as mental care, as both can be heavily affected by a car crash. Those of us here at DiBella Chiropractic want to make sure that you are healthy in every way, and so here are some tips for dealing with issues after a car accident.

  1. See A Doctor! It doesn’t matter if your accident was a small fender bender or a life changing crash. You always want to see a medical professional after an accident to get a clean bill of health. This is the most important thing you can do for yourself to help your recovery.

  2. Ask For Help. If you have been seriously injured, there is nothing wrong with asking for help with things. If you are out of work or have trouble doing certain activities around the house, reach out to your friends and family to see if they can offer you support. Remember, you still need to eat and rest. Asking someone to help you cook or pick up some things at a store is not a sign of weakness. Those who love you will be more than happy to help, and this can support both your physical recovery and your mental health after an accident. Even asking a neighbor for a ride to the store can help, so don’t feel bad doing so.

  3. Utilize Your Hobbies. Keeping your mind sharp and off the trauma is something that you should focus on after a severe car accident. Doing a crossword or a search-a-word is a great way to keep your mind working without having to do much physical movement. If you have a hobby that you can partake in after a crash, this is also a good idea. There is nothing wrong with taking a little time for yourself after a traumatic event.

Those of us here at DiBella Chiropractic hope that you never need to use these tips. Unfortunately, we also know that these things do occur at a much higher rate than we like to think about. If you have been hurt, come into our office and see if a chiropractic adjustment can help to relieve the pain. We will do everything we can to get you feeling like your old self again!

Children and Chiropractic Care

Children and Chiropractic Care

One question we get very often is “Can I bring my child to you?” The answer is of course you can! Not only do we love children here at DiBella Chiropractic, but we know how incredibly important it is for kids to have the proper spinal alignment as well. Kids of all ages are always welcome to come in for an adjustment, whether they are two or one hundred and two. Having good neck and back health is something that is not confined to certain ages, especially depending upon the activity level of the person.

Kids in particular may be better candidates for chiropractic care simply for the fact that they like to wiggle around. This can cause all kinds of contortions that may end up hurting your child’s back. Bringing them in for a spinal adjustment is something that you should definitely consider. This is even more true if your child is particularly active or if they play sports. Even if they do not seem hurt, a small change in the alignment as a child can have serious effects on the adult skeleton.

Many parents worry about the process of chiropractic care and if it can damage their child’s growth. This simply is not true. If anything, having your child regularly adjusted will ensure that they grow to their full height, as the natural compression of the spine is counteracted. Chiropractic care can also help improve posture, which is something many parents struggle to teach their children.

If you are concerned about bringing your child in for a spinal adjustment, you are always welcome to bring them for a consultation. We love seeing kids come into our office and getting to know them before we help them is something that we have no trouble at all doing. Feel free to come in and ask questions about how we adjust a child’s back and neck and if it is any different than how we do yours. You may even want to have a joint appointment from now on with your child, especially once you see how much better they feel after their first adjustment!

Come on into DiBella Chiropractic and bring your kids too. We want to make sure everyone can feel the benefits of our work.

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 5

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 5

Sometimes, we just hurt. This is true any time of the day or night and it is never fun. While we are trying to go about our daily routine, it may become extremely distracting to have high levels of pain and no seeming cure. One thing that you can try is stretching either at night before you go to bed or in the morning when you wake up. Perhaps you may want to try both! Here are some ideas that you can use to stretch yourself out and hopefully hurt a little less.

  1. Touch Your Toes. The classic stretch is trying to touch your toes. If you are standing up, you want to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and relax your entire upper torso in an attempt to touch your toes. Breathe deeply and then let it out again. This will normally allow you to dip lower and stretch the backs of your legs as well as your back itself. If you are in bed or on a couch, sit with your legs straight out in front of you and reach toward your toes to achieve the same result.

  2. Arm Stretches. These may give you flashbacks to high school gym class, but they are effective. Bending your arm at the elbow and placing your hand behind your head on your upper back and gently pulling with the other can help to stretch out some of the muscles in your arm. Continue to do this until you feel a tug so you know that it is working.

  3. Neck Rolls. Rolling your neck gently is something that may be able to help pain you have there. Never try and push your neck, however, as serious damage can be done. Keep your mouth open in a natural position and slowly roll your head around to the right and the left. Always be careful with this stretch in particular.

In addition to these stretches, we suggest you come into DiBella Chiropractic. Getting a spinal adjustment can certainly help release a lot of the pent up stress and tension that you feel in your muscles and joints. While stretching can help get rid of some of it, it is always better to go to a chiropractor as well. Come on in and see how much better you can feel!

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 4

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 4

Getting the correct amount of sleep is something that is extremely important to every living creature. While it may seem like a wonderful thing that cats can sleep an average of sixteen hours a day, this would not be good for humans no matter how tempting it may be. Over sleeping is just as dangerous as not sleeping enough, and can cause your body quite a bit of damage. Here are some reasons to be cautious of sleeping too much.

  1. Medical Concerns. The human body normally only needs just so much sleep. If you are sleeping more than the recommended amount, then it may be a reason to see a doctor. Studies have been done that show that those who oversleep are more likely to have a mental health issue such as depression, or have an underlying medical disorder such as an untreated heart condition or other circulatory issue. If you are unsure why you are sleeping a lot, or constantly feel tired, head into your doctor and see if you may have another reason to be constantly lethargic.

  2. Sleep Apnea. One reason you may feel tired after waking up in the morning is because of a condition such as sleep apnea. This is a disorder which obstructs your airways at night and causes a moment of pause in the natural breathing cycle. This can cause issues with a sleeping habit and may make the sufferer feel more tired.

  3. Medication. Certain medication may make some of us feel drowsy. Generally this will be posted on the bottle, but even small things can make the effects on our sleep change. Something as simple as not eating before taking your medication or taking it at a different time may cause the additional need for sleep.

  4. Headaches. Sleeping more than eight hours a night, even on weekends or vacation, may cause head pain. Many times, our reaction to a headache is to go and lay down if possible, however this may simply be making it worse. Ask yourself if you’ve been sleeping too much and it may be causing the pain.

If you are having trouble sleeping, or are sleeping too much, come into DiBella Chiropractic and see if a spinal adjustment is just what the doctor ordered. You never know until you try.

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