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Exercise Pain Relief

Now that we are in a new year, many of us have taken to hitting the gym. New year, new me, right? Quite a few of the members of my family have done so and boy am I hearing about it on Facebook! Now don’t get me wrong, I love seeing that so many of my loved ones are attempting to get healthier. I think it’s wonderful and wish I could join them. However, I am also seeing with every post they make how much they’re hurting from their new exercise regimens. Believe me, that I do not envy them.

If you are finding yourself in quite a bit of pain due to gym activity, remember rice. Now while rice may be yummy, I don’t mean to eat. As an acronym, it is a quick way to remember how to help minor aches and pains, such as those you may feel from pushing yourself a little too hard on that bench press. It also works very well in an old (clean!) sock if you put uncooked rice in the microwave to make a hot pack. The acronym is as follows:

R Rest. You need to let your body recuperate before plunging back into working out. This is why many people have “leg day” and “arm day”. It’s a chance to let other body parts rest.

I Ice. Any swelling that you may have should be iced to bring down the inflammation.

C Compress. If there is a great deal of swelling or pain, you may want to use an ace bandage or a brace to bring down the inflammation.

E Elevate. If there is a certain part of the body that hurts and is swollen, by elevating the area you can reduce the amount of blood flow and therefore bring down the swelling. It’s good to do this while you watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix as a reward for working so hard.

The other wonderful thing you can do to help relieve your pain is come on into DiBella Chiropractic! We specialize in pain relief with no needles or pills. We use good, old-fashioned joint cracking to help release those air pockets that might be causing you discomfort. We can also help to get you on a good exercise program and the right food. We love to help, so come in and let us do what we do best!

Slip and Fall

Slip and Fall

Falling is never fun. If it is a controlled and safe fall, such as one at an amusement park while you have safety gear on it may be better, but falling accidentally is a totally different story. It can happen to anyone and at any time. While some people may be at a higher risk of falling, a simple dizzy spell due to a blood pressure drop can make anyone fall without a single warning.

Slipping is another problem that can happen to anyone. When something is wet or your shoes don’t have a good grip it becomes all too easy to slip and fall. Like a dizzy spell, it can happen to anyone and often doesn’t have a warning. Although those “Wet Floor” signs can help, they often aren’t placed until after someone has already fallen.

Falling often can cause damage even if you’ve only fallen from standing up. Imagine then falling from a height. This can also happen to anyone. Perhaps you’ve fallen down the steps in your house or into a hole that you didn’t happen to see before you stepped ahead. Falls, although common, are one of the biggest reasons for the body becoming hurt. While sometimes these falls result in something fractured or broken, other times they result in pain for some invisible reason. Sometimes a nerve has been pinched, other times a disk in the spine has been damaged, or possibly some muscles were pulled by you trying to stop your fall. Whatever the reason, these falls are never fun. The aftermath is even less fun and unfortunately the pain is more often than not a factor of trying to heal after the fall. How are you supposed to help yourself get better when you don’t even know exactly what is wrong?

Chiropractic care is one of the first things that you can and should try. If the fall damaged something in your musculoskeletal system, a chiropractic adjustment can be just what the doctor ordered- literally! Getting an adjustment can pop everything back into alignment and fix your back if you have suffered a fall. Chiropractors are specially trained in how to realign the skeleton inside your body which can help to relieve the pain from your unfortunate run-in with gravity. Call today and see if DiBella Chiropractic can help you live pain free.

Winter Slip and Falls

Winter Slip and Falls

The winter season always conjures up images of beautiful snow falls, twinkling lights, and couples ice skating on a lake. While many of these pictures seem lovely and romantic, there is a darker and not so happy side to these things. By darker, I mean the shades of black, blue, and purple that you end up with if you fall during those ice skating adventures. It doesn’t even take skating for it to happen. I don’t know about you, but I have never gone ice skating and have certainly ended up on my butt from patches of ice. Sure, some of them may have been my own fault, but that doesn’t make the impact, or the bruising, hurt any less.

Falling on ice is almost always a painful event. While some are obviously worse than others, I have never seen someone fall because of ice and gotten up only to purposefully do it again. Even those of us, myself included, who have the tendency to laugh when we get hurt don’t enjoy the sensation of falling or the pain that results despite what many people think.

Falling during the winter is naturally a lot more common than other times of the year. Even if you don’t see any ice, you may still be in danger from slippery conditions. Do you know those videos of people driving and sliding around on snow? That isn’t something that only happens to cars. Humans are just as susceptible to the snowy slide, especially if you don’t have proper footwear.

Making sure that you have appropriate shoes for the winter is as important as making sure you have good tires on your car. Make sure that you have good treads and soles and be sure that if you have on winter boots that lace up, they are laced tightly. This can help prevent your ankle moving the wrong way if you slip or fall. Never run if there is ice on the ground and always be sure to alert others if possible to patches of it.

If you do end up falling during the winter, always be sure to get checked by a doctor. Come on into DiBella Chiropractic and let us help relieve some of your pain. Although we can’t do much about bruises, we can help to make sure your joints and muscles recover quickly. Be careful out there!

Adding Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy to Standard Medical Care

Adding Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy to Standard Medical Care

In 2013, a study was done among 91 military personnel with lower back pain. While they all received basic and standard medical care in an attempt to treat their pain, half also received chiropractic care in addition. According to the study, 73 percent of those who received chiropractic care experienced moderate to substantial pain relief. This is compared to only 17 percent of those who experienced the same relief while receiving only standard medical care. They also received lower disability scores when assessed again by a doctor.

This study in the journal Spine is called “Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: Results from a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study” and was written by Dr. Goertz in 2013. It was a randomized controlled trial and all of the patients were 18 to 35 years of age. The abstract of the study makes no mention if the study was done only on males or on both genders, however the conclusion does state that the study shows chiropractic care can improve the health of those suffering from lower back pain in that age range and the difference was shown in men and women.

This study, unlike the last one highlighted in this blog, used not only the number system (one out of ten how bad is your pain), but also the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire after four weeks of treatment and therapy. The participants were screened first and were only included if they were active duty military, had been dealing with lower back pain for less than four weeks, and were excluded for things like leaving the base or being relocated within six weeks or if they were pregnant.

The patients who received chiropractic care as well as standard medical care were scheduled for up to two appointments a week with the chiropractor and were evaluated before the study with a physical exam, an exam of medical history, and any medical imaging the doctor deemed necessary. Some patients were also prescribed brief and minor massage therapy and stretching exercises for the affected area. Some also used ice and/or heat to relieve severe pain in the lower back.

For the most part, this study has shown that chiropractic care does help those dealing with back pain. If you’d like to come in and see for yourself, come on over to DiBella Chiropractic and make an informed decision.

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