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Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care

Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care - Part 1

Many people come to us asking what a Chiropractor really is. Due to stigma around our work from both within and outside the medical community, a great deal of people do not know much about who Chiropractors are, what we do, and how we can help you. Thankfully for you, we understand that some of those people that we may be able to help don’t know enough about us to take the leap of coming in. That’s why we’re explaining some of the frequently asked questions that we get as a Chiropractic service.

Are Chiropractors Doctors? Yes, we certainly are! Like any other person who you would trust to look after your wellbeing, we have gone to medical school and graduated with a degree. In fact, many chiropractors go back for additional training in this specific field. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have a medical degree and many of us have them framed and hanging in our office. Others will be more than happy to show you their degrees if you ask. Don’t worry, though, we have all the same basic training as any other medical professional you may meet.

What Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat? This is always a fun question for us to get. While it’s automatic for us to want to say that we treat “all the things”, this isn’t quite true. We do, however, treat more things than many other specialists. Most specialists focus on one specific body part to treat. This may be the knees, it may be eyes, nose, and throat, it could be any number of things that a specific doctor specializes in. A chiropractor, however, treats the entire body. We focus on the muscular-skeletal system throughout the entire body. This means we can treat anything regarding your muscles and your joints from your top vertebrae to your last toe.

Is This Covered By My Insurance? While each insurance policy is different, most do cover chiropractic services at least partially. Contact your provider to check, though. Also, make sure that the office you plan to go to takes your insurance before you get a surprise bill.

If this article has not answered your questions, never fear! We will be periodically addressing other concerns that we have heard along the way. For a quick answer, come on into DiBella Chiropractic and see us in action!

The Versatile Chiropractor

The Versatile Chiropractor

This week I really wanted to focus on the basics of chiropractic care. Very often, we forget that chiropractic care isn’t just going in once a week, having our neck cracked, and walking out again. The truth is, chiropractors are in fact trained doctors. Just because they don’t perform brain surgery or try different medications until they find one that works for you doesn’t mean that they aren’t every bit as important as all of your other doctors. In fact, chiropractors are some of the most versatile doctors that medical school can produce. This is because they can work on just about any part of the body and on someone of any age. While some chiropractors do focus on one type of demographic or area of the skeleton, the fact remains that they can all work on basically anyone. If your body can support a chiropractic adjustment, then a chiropractor can help you.

The other reason chiropractors are so versatile is because they aren’t only able to perform spinal manipulations. Since they go through medical school like any other doctor, they understand the basics like the rest. Just because their specialty is in the muscles and bones, it doesn’t mean that they don’t know anything about the rest of the body as well. Chiropractors can give you advice on how to improve your lifestyle, they can tell you the best way for you to exercise, and can give you pointers on how to eat better to accomplish your goals.

As someone who has been going to a chiropractor since around the age of seven or eight, I can attest to the wonderful work that they can do. There have been times where I have had to stop going for extended periods of time and believe me when I say the difference is extremely noticeable. The aches and pains that you feel are heavily lessened when you are able to make regular trips to a chiropractor. Your joints will certainly thank you for making sure that they are appropriately cared for, I know mine always are. If you are on the fence about having an adjustment, head into DiBella Chiropractic and see what everyone else has to say. You certainly won’t regret it!

Are You Stiff and Sore in the Morning?

Are You Stiff and Sore in the Morning?

If you are like many other Americans living around the country, you very well may wake up stiff and sore in the morning. Perhaps it goes away throughout the day, but it may stick with you. It is never comfortable to feel stiff when you try doing anything. Unfortunately, there is no way another person can know if you are feeling stiff or sore. Even if you tell someone about your discomfort, they will not truly know the extent of your pain. Sometimes you aren’t even believed, which can be extremely infuriating. There are many reasons why you may feel sore, but here are the most likely reasons.

  1. Muscle Knot. A knot in the muscle can cause extreme soreness and discomfort. Knots can technically form anywhere you have muscle, however the shoulders and back are the most common area to find them. Although there are not actual knots involved, it certainly feels like there is a bump under the skin similar to one. These are contractions in the muscles that are similar to a spasm.

  2. Arthritis/Fibromyalgia. Arthritis is one of the biggest reasons why people wake up stiff. This can depend on what kind of arthritis, how far it has progressed, and even things like what elevation you live at or what the weather is like. If you wake up in pain most days, think about seeing a rheumatologist and ask your normal doctor if you may be suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia.

  3. Slept Wrong. If you don’t wake up in pain most days, or even if you do, it may be something as simple as the way you are sleeping. Try getting a new pillow, or maybe even a new mattress. See if you can get comfortable in a different position. You may want to set up a webcam overnight so you can see if you twist into any odd positions in your sleep.

  4. Stress. When we sleep, we are not technically in control of our bodies. Although we think of ourselves as relaxing at night, this isn’t always the case. Some people move all night and this is especially true if you are stressed. You may tense your body all night without knowledge or it may simply be the stress you feel manifesting itself physically.

If you come into DiBella Chiropractic today, we can help you get rid of some of that stiffness and soreness. We may even be able to give you an idea of what is causing it. Come and see what we can do to make your life pain free.

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 3

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 3

Getting out from under the covers is one of the hardest fights to win. The blankets have accepted you as one of their own and you certainly don’t want to hurt their feelings by leaving, right? Well, unfortunately for most of us, we do need to get up out of bed and go to work or drive someone to school or get food together and go on with our daily lives as if our bed wasn’t calling to us longingly as we closed the door behind ourselves. If you’re anything like me, you’ll need a few of these tips to help you deal with mornings better.

  1. Get Enough Sleep. This is the one that we see over and over. The problem is, this isn’t always possible. Many of us have work obligations, family obligations, or sometimes even pets that won’t let us sleep for more than an hour at a time. The correct amount of sleep is extremely important, though, and you need to do your best to get it. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to a doctor about what options you may have to help you get those extra “Z”s that you’re missing out on.

  2. Unplug. While those last few twitter updates may be hilarious, it has been shown that blue light which emits from most electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle. This means that you either need to find something which cuts down on blue light or spend about an hour before bed not looking at electronic screens. Try getting your lunch together for the next day, laying your clothes out, or reading a good paper copy of a book.

  3. Stay Awake. If you wake up a few minutes before your alarm, it can be tempting to close your eyes and try to get a few extra minutes. This, however, is not a good idea. If you woke up spontaneously, that means that you were in a light sleep cycle and falling back asleep may make it more difficult to get up.

Mornings are terrible and I dislike them as much as, if not more than, the next person. However, most of us don’t have the luxury of waking up at our leisure and lying in bed for hours. Follow these steps so you can retire early and do just that.

Weather Change Pain

Weather Change Pain

As I sit here and write this article, I feel a large amount of both sympathy and empathy for many of you reading this. That is because it is raining here and my knee is throbbing in pain. I have felt this storm coming for a couple of days now and I’m not sure which was worse, before the storm or now. Due to the fact that I suffer from a form of arthritis, I can use my body like a barometer that honestly is more accurate than the one that is hanging outside. I am sure, dear reader, that many of you feel the same when these storms hit.

Feeling pain when it is raining or snowing is not an uncommon complaint for many people, especially if you suffer from certain chronic joint disorders. Believe me, you are not imagining it. This has been a complaint of many people for as far back as anyone can find. Although we don’t have a full answer, the leading idea as to the reason for this is that when it rains, when the barometric pressure drops, it can cause swelling of the muscles and tissues around a joint. This is specifically found in joints that have arthritis, as something in the disease makes the tissue more sensitive to these atmospheric changes.

Unfortunately, there is no way to stop this internal weatherman from alerting you to the fact of a storm days in advance. However, if you are in pain you can try elevating the joint, resting, icing the area, or using a brace. Small amounts of over the counter medicines are good for this kind of pain as well. If the pain is severe, talk to your doctor and see what other options you may have.

If the basic tricks don’t work to relieve your pain, try coming into DiBella Chiropractic. Chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce the amount of pain felt due to chronic disorders such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. We can work on just about any joint in your body, not just your back. If the main focus of the pain is in your knee or your foot, that’s no worry. Head on in and see how much better you’ll feel when you aren’t a walking five day forecast!

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 2

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 2

This week, I wanted to focus on pain that could have occurred during winter. Unfortunately, there are a lot of different ways that winter can be harmful, despite the beauty that many associate with this season. Here are some pain relieving tips that you can use to combat the wintertime blues and welcome in the spring.

  1. Stretching. Yes, I am still suggesting stretching. I will never stop suggesting stretching. Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles and helps to create a better range of motion for you. This means you are less likely to fall, more likely to stay warm and alert, and you will be more flexible. There is literally no downside to stretching that I have ever experienced as long as you respect your own limits.

  2. Dress Appropriately. If it is cold out, please do your best to stay warm. Use layers and make sure that you don’t go outside without gloves, hats, scarves, or the like on. Even if you are female and like to wear dresses (or need to for some reason), you can either wear leggings with some kind of insulation underneath or change when you get to your destination.

  3. Stay Hydrated. Because it is cold out, many of us forget to keep drinking as much as we would during the hot days of summer. However, you still need to stay hydrated to keep your muscles from cramping and to keep your body running how it should.

  4. Take A Warm Bath. If you don’t like or can’t take a bath, a shower will work as well. Letting warm water soothe your muscles can help relieve pain and loosen up any knots or muscle cramps that you may be experiencing. If you’re feeling a little stressed, you may want to look into aromatherapy as well, as many scents can help to relax you even while you’re bathing.

  5. Take Vitamin D. In the winter, we are less likely to get the appropriate amount of vitamin D from the sun, so talk to your doctor and see if a supplement is the right choice for you.

Winter can be a brutal time when it comes to pain and our mental health. Always speak to your family doctor about any concerns you may have. You are always welcome at DiBella Chiropractic as well, so come on in and see how much an adjustment can help!

Car Accident Injuries

Car Accident Injuries

Being in a car accident is something that none of us ever want to experience. Unfortunately, it is believed that the average driver will be in at least three accidents during their driving lifetime. While most of these accidents will be small so called “fender benders”, sometimes the crash can leave lasting damage. While it is scary to think about, these lasting problems can change your life. Some of the possibilities are explained below, because it never hurts to be prepared for what the future may hold.

Head injuries are unfortunately common in the result of a car accident. These can range anywhere from a minor headache to severe swelling of the brain which can lead to coma or death. Very often, the jarring or jerking sensation that is felt from the impact will cause the driver’s head (along with the heads of any passengers) to quickly move forward and back again. This can cause anyone involved to strike their heads on the steering wheel, the dashboard, and the head rest. This can lead to concussions, and in more severe cases, vision or hearing loss and more extreme medical conditions.

Neck injuries are also rather common when a person is in a car crash. These happen for many of the same reasons that head injuries do. The sudden and harsh motion of quickly having your neck thrust forward and then back into its natural position can cause the most common injury after a car accident. This is known as whiplash. This can cause muscular damage as well as tendon and ligament swelling. Naturally, the extent of the severity of whiplash depends on both the intensity of the crash and the health of the person involved before the accident. General pain and swelling around the neck is also common after a car crash. It has been reported that vocal cord paralysis can occur as well, however some doctors believe that this can be a psychosomatic, or psychogenic, response to the physical trauma.

While a chiropractor cannot help all of these issues, people have reported that seeking chiropractic help after a car crash can help significantly with the pain. If you have recently been in an accident and are cleared to do so by your main doctor, come into DiBella Chiropractic and see just how much we can help you recover.

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 1

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - 2017 - Week 1

One of the biggest reasons we all hear, or give as the case may be, for not exercising or eating healthy is a lack of time. We all lead such busy lives and hardly seem to have a minute to ourselves between work, home, and whatever else may be needed of us. If you have a full time job, you understand how difficult it may be to get in some daily exercise. Here are some quick tips you may be able to use to help yourself stay healthy at work.

  1. Smoke Breaks. We all know that smoking is bad for us. Unfortunately, it is an addiction and so simply quitting isn’t as much of an option as some think it is. If you are trying to quit, there are numbers you can call or programs you can work with to help you along. We highly recommend you trying to quit. Now what do you do with your smoke break time? Instead of having a cigarette, try standing outside and simply breathing the fresh air. Perhaps take a walk around the block if possible and safe. If you are already working to quit or have quit, good for you! We are proud of your hard work!

  2. Stretch. Even if you sit at a desk all day, there are some things you can do to help keep yourself in shape. Leg exercises such as raising and holding them for a certain amount of time can help. If you are on the phone often, you can stand and do certain exercises as well. This may include standing on your toes for a short time and lowering back to your heels again. Find a couple of stretches that work for you and your location while you are working.

  3. Workplace Wellness Groups. Some of us don’t really want to have groups of people all working out together, and that’s fine. Just because you have a group at work doesn’t mean you have to work together. Perhaps have small contests throughout the month either in a group or just individuals as to who works out the most. For example, most of us have pedometers on our phones, or can easily get them. Maybe offer a free lunch for whoever walks the most in a month.

There are hundreds of ways to keep yourself healthy at work. These are only a few. Find what works best for your work environment and stick to it. Come on in and tell us here at Dibella Chiropractic what you find most effective.

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