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Types of Arthritis and Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

Types of Arthritis and Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

Very often, we will hear someone say that they suffer from arthritis. Even most medical forms ask if someone has been diagnosed with arthritis. However, arthritis is not just one disease. In fact, there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis forms that someone can be diagnosed with. The umbrella term of arthritis is generally used to refer to a joint disease that causes pain in varying degrees. Any person can have arthritis regardless of age, gender, race, or other identifying factor. It is, however, more often found in older women specifically. Arthritis can cause swelling, pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go, but they often become worse as someone ages. It can even cause permanent disability and the changes that occur in the joints may even be visible to the naked eye. While we cannot go over every kind of arthritis, we will touch upon the most common types.

  1. Degenerative Arthritis. This is when the cartilage in your joints, that is the cushioning substance in between your bones, begins to break down and wear away. This means that bone is rubbing against bone and can cause swelling, stiffness, and pain. This can be caused by excess weight, family history, previous injury, or any combination of the three.
  2. Inflammatory Arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis is what occurs when your immune system goes off the rails and begins to attack your joints. It can also damage organs, eyes, and other parts of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common kind and may be tested through bloodwork. It is believed that family history and environmental factors can cause inflammatory arthritis.
  3. Infectious Arthritis. Sometimes a virus can be introduced to our bodies that causes arthritis or arthritis-like symptoms. Things like salmonella, certain sexually transmitted diseases, Hepatitis C, and other disorders may cause this. Generally, quick treatment with antibiotics will clear this up, but it can become chronic. Sometimes Lyme’s Disease can result in these symptoms as well.
  4. Metabolic Arthritis. This is caused when uric acid builds up in the joints and forms sharp crystals that cause severe pain. There are some treatments, but these symptoms often come and go for life.

If you are someone who suffers from arthritis, come into DiBella Chiropractic and see just how much better you can feel after chiropractic care. It just may change your life!

Headaches, Migraines and Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

Headaches, Migraines and Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

In our country, more than 37 million people are migraine sufferers. About five million people experience at least one migraine attack each month. The most often occur in females  who are between 35 and 55 years of age. However, anyone can suffer from migraines regardless of race, age, or gender. Family history also plays a large role in your migraine susceptibility. These are often debilitating and the majority of people have had to miss work, school, or family events due to the symptoms caused by migraines.
    It is often thought that migraines are just “really bad headaches”, but that isn’t necessarily true. While headaches can be particularly painful, most migraine sufferers also complain of sensitivity to light and sound as well as touch and smells, blurred vision or other vision changes, nausea and vomiting, numbness or weakness in the body, pins and needles, uncontrollable twitching, dizziness, fainting, and many more. Often, those who have migraines are not able to take medication for it or decide not to for the simple fact that it doesn’t work.
    Having many friends and family who suffer from migraines, as well as having them myself, I can tell you that there is a large difference between a particularly bad headache and a migraine. Most of the time when I get a migraine it feels like what most people would describe as a horrid hangover. It hurts to open or close my eyes and the nausea is there no matter what I do. I get dizzy sitting up, but laying down also results in the room spinning. On these types of days, there isn’t much that I can safely do around my own home, let alone going out. Getting into a car is not an option even in the passenger seat and I would never dream of driving with that sort of symptom list.
    If you suffer from migraines and have not found something to help your symptoms, try coming into DiBella Chiropractic. Studies have been done which show that chiropractic care can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines and their symptoms. We understand how debilitating they can be, so come in when you can and hopefully we can do something to help you get back to your normal routine and maybe even make it better!

General Health Tips - Gastonia Chiropractor

General Health Tips - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I really want to focus on general health tips. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the winter season we tend to forget just how easy it can be to work towards being a little healthier. These are a few things that you may want to make an active attempt to remember in order to keep yourself feeling fresh and bright.

  1. Drink More Water. One of the biggest problems that we face is dehydration. While warmer drinks may be nice during the winter, remember that water is the best thing to put into your body. It can help to increase your immune system as well, so be sure to drink as much as you can during these colder months.
  2. Go To Bed Early. With it getting darker earlier at this time of the year, this may be a bit easier to do. Try going to bed even ten minutes earlier than you normally do in order to get a good night’s rest. You won’t be able to do much of anything if you are constantly tired, so sleeping well during the night is important.
  3. Get Off Electronics. This one is much more difficult as many of our jobs require us to sit in front of a computer screen for at least eight hours a day. However, spending a little less time staring at the television or your phone when you get home may help your health. Blue light which is emitted from electronics has shown to mess up your natural sleep cycle, so try reading a book or getting outside instead of scrolling through Facebook.
  4. Save Some Money. This one is the hardest on the list and we know that. Sometimes this simply isn’t possible, but if you can save any amount of money it can help your health. Money is one of the main sources of stress, especially around this time of the year. If you can work to save a little bit each month, it may seriously help your mental health.

    It is easy to let your health go off to the side with all of the other concerns we have in our lives, but you can’t help anyone else if you don’t help yourself. Make sure that you take care of your own health so that you can continue to be the awesome person you are.

Excercise Can Be Fun - Gastonia Chiropractor

Excercise Can Be Fun - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I want to talk about fun things you can do to exercise and get your body moving. While we normally don’t think of exercise as something fun, it doesn’t have to be a burden. In fact, there are tons of ways to have a great time while also doing something that is great for you. Here are a couple of ideas to get you up and exercising.

  1. Dance. As I write this, one of my neighbors is playing very loud Celtic music and although I haven’t the foggiest idea how to correctly dance to this, it makes me want to get up and move! I have always felt like Celtic music has an incredibly infectious beat and enjoy simply walking or riding my bike while listening to it, but why stop there? Get up, dance a little crazy, act like a fool, and get your heart rate up! There’s nothing wrong with having a bit of fun because some music sounds great.

  2. Walking. Walking doesn’t have to be dull or feel like a chore for it to be exercise. If you enjoy nature, find a trail that you can walk around and look at the animals from. Go to a zoo and spend the day walking around looking at your favorite creatures. Even going to the mall and spending the day shopping is exercise as long as you are up and walking, so why not use that as a reason to get those cute things you had been looking at online?

  3. Gaming. Certain systems that you can play games on encourage you to get up and moving. Systems like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox with Kinect are both great ways to get yourself excited to exercise. There are dance games, fighting games, sports game, and even virtual or augmented reality games which require you to move around in order to play. Find the kind of game that works for you and have a fun day of it!

Just a little bit of exercise every day is enough to add years to your life and take them off your body. If you want other ways to exercise, come into DiBella Chiropractic in Gastonia and we can work out a system or exercise regimen for you to follow in order to get to a healthier and better you!

Sleep Help - Gastonia Chiropractor

Sleep Help - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I want to talk to you about sleep. I don’t know about you, but sleep and I do not have a very good relationship. This is not uncommon for adults with chronic disorders or even people who lead hectic and stressful lives. Even kids are now showing signs of poor sleeping habits. While some studies say that it is because of electronics, others say it is because of the high level of pressure that is being placed upon them by schooling habits at such a young age. Whatever the reason may be for a lack of sleep, we can all agree that it kind of stinks. Here are a few ways that you can try to get to sleep and stay that way.

1. Get The Right Pillow. One problem that many of us have is an insufficient pillow. This can increase neck pain and back pain which will keep us tossing and turning all night until we find a comfortable position, which is reliably about five minutes before our alarm goes off to get into work the next day. Try to find a pillow that keeps your head parallel to the bed instead of too low or too high.

2. Cool It Down. Many people like to sleep in a cooler room, and they just may be onto something. Scientists say that having a bedroom that is somewhere around sixty five degrees is optimal, although other estimates say that sixty eight or seventy is where you want the thermostat. Either way, find what works for you and see if cooling down the temperature can help you stay asleep.

3. Tune Out. If you’re like me, this will be the most difficult step. I like to sleep with the television on, but scientists say that this is not a good habit to be in. Turning off all electronics including the television and the cell phone is a good way to make sure that you get to sleep and stay that way, as electronics give off blue light which disrupts the natural human circadian rhythm.

Another thing that keeps many people awake is pain. If this is your problem, then come into DiBella Chiropractic in Gastonia and see if a spinal adjustment can help you feel better when it is time to lie down. Just make sure you get home before you try and fall asleep!

Pros and Cons of Shoveling Snow - Gastonia Chiropractor

Pros and Cons of Shoveling Snow - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the first things many of us think of when we hear the word winter is snow. While snow can be beautiful and calming to look at, there is also a darker side of that white stuff. This is mostly shown when we need to shovel it. Shoveling is, unfortunately, a necessary evil, however there are two sides to every story. Here are some of the good and bad things about this mandatory activity.

One of the main pros of shoveling is that it gets the snow out of certain areas. This means that your driveway, walkways, and stairs are now free of snow. This makes them much safer, especially if you couple shoveling with salting the area once the snow is gone. Making sure that the area is no longer slippery is something that is always appreciated by all who need to use it. This may be friends, family, and even post office workers.

Another good thing about shoveling is that it gets you exercise. The winter makes a lot of us less willing to go outside and work out, but shoveling means you need to work. You are walking around which helps work your leg muscles, you are likely bending over or crouching down so your core gets some work, and you are lifting heavy snow so your arms also get a workout. It is cold outside while you shovel, so there isn’t a concern about overheating either. While dehydration is a concern, it won’t occur as easily as it would if it were summer weather outside.

However, there are also bad sides to having to shovel. First and foremost is the danger. Shoveling can be painful if you are shoveling wrong. As I said, you’re lifting heavy snow and if you are doing it incorrectly, you could be putting a lot of stress onto your back. It also takes quite a bit of energy, so if you are older or have other medical conditions, you need to be careful with how much you do at a time.

If you want to be safer while shoveling, there are specially designed shovels that you can purchase. While a bit more expensive, they will help in regards to the pressure on your joints. No matter what kind of shovel you use, we suggest coming into DiBella Chiropractic to have your back adjusted after any type of heavy snow activity such as shoveling. Only once it is safe to drive, of course!

Car Accidents - Gastonia Chiropractic Services

Car Accidents - Gastonia Chiropractic Services

It is more uncommon for a person to have never gotten into a car accident than it is for them to have been in one. While we hope that your biggest experience with a car crash is nothing more than a fender bender, we know that this is wishful thinking. Car accidents kill far too many people every year and although we can’t do anything to prevent this, we certainly will do all we can to make sure that you recover from it well.

Car accidents seem to happen more during the holiday season. Perhaps we just hear about them more because it is always so upsetting when someone is killed or seriously hurt around this time of the year. Whatever the truth is, the fact remains that between the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, people drinking to celebrate the New Year and then driving, and just the normal accidents can really take a toll on some of us. These types of accidents are often the most upsetting and they can affect a person’s mental health as well as their physical health. Both of these are very important and can be severely impacted around this time of the year even without a car accident to contend with.

If you are out driving, please do all you can to be safe. Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings, that you have the right tires, that you don’t try to drive through snow and ice if you don’t have to, and that someone always knows where you are going and when you should be there by. Far too often we hear stories about people who were in car accidents that ended up more hurt because no one knew that they were missing. Please don’t let yourself become one of those stories that makes everyone cry. Always be proactive and preemptive in your treatment of these types of situations.

If you have been in a car accident, then come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment and see what else we can do to help you get back to your old self. It may take a while depending upon the injury, but nothing will make us happier during the holiday season than seeing you come in and feel better.

Stiff and Sore in the Mornings - Chiropractors Corner - Gastonia

Stiff and Sore in the Mornings - Chiropractors Corner - Gastonia

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have noticed that recently you’ve been waking up more and more sore. Your joints don’t quite want to move the way they normally do and your back is likely killing you when you get up in the morning. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been spending some extra time in bed each morning just stretching and trying to build up the motivation to get out of bed because I know it’s going to hurt. It really is a very upsetting situation when you know you need to get up to feed your pet or use the bathroom but at the same time you know all it will do is cause you pain.

If this sounds like what you’ve been going through lately, you certainly aren’t alone. There may be a multitude of reasons for this, though, so unfortunately we can’t offer you a quick fix. It may be something as simple as you needing a new pillow or it may be something serious that has started to develop in your bones and joints. Only a doctor can tell, so get into your primary care doctor and let them know what’s going on.

If you generally wake up with a bit of soreness but notice that it has been getting worse lately, you may not need to be alarmed. Many people with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia say that their symptoms seem to get worse in the winter. Once that temperature goes down, their pain levels go up and there doesn’t seem to be anything to combat this fact. You can turn the heat on, but obviously no one wants to sweat in their sleep so make sure that you find a temperature that is comfortable for you. This can also reduce your tossing and turning which may be another contributing factor to your pain when you wake up in the morning.

If you are stiff and sore when you first wake up and, like me, want nothing more than to lay there until you feel better, then come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment and see just how much it may be able to help. You never know what can change your life, but you can be sure that this is a great place to start!

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