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Sleeping Issues - Chiropractors Corner

Sleeping Issues - Chiropractors Corner

If you are like other millions of Americans, you have trouble sleeping. Unfortunately, many of us just cannot get the full and restorative eight hours of sleep that we need each night. This can be due to a multitude of reasons, including medical ones. There are some reasons, however, that you may be able to fix on your own without a doctor’s help. Here are a few things that may be preventing you from sleeping the way you need to.

  1. Blue Light. Many electronic devices now come with something called a blue light filter. This is because blue light, which things like tablets, televisions, and cell phones give off, disrupt the natural circadian rhythm and keep us awake. While using these blue light filters are good, it really is best to make sure that you don’t use electronic devices or your television for at least an hour before you are ready to go to bed. Take a shower, read a book, or even just lay down and relax from your day for an hour instead and see how much better you sleep.

  2. Pillows. Pillows, although comfortable, may be the reason you aren’t getting enough sleep. Now we aren’t saying that you should throw them out, but you may need to get a different one. You should be able to sleep with only one pillow, but it needs to give the proper support. A pillow that doesn’t work for you may hold the head too high or not high enough which can cause neck and back pain, keeping you awake at night.

  3. Silence/Ambient Noise. The noise level that you have in your bedroom is often something that will keep you awake. Some people cannot sleep when there is a lot of noise and others cannot sleep if it is silent. Try a couple of different noise levels to see what works best for you. There are now websites that you can use to create your own white noise, so be sure to look into them if you do not like silence when you sleep.

Many people do have trouble sleeping, so never worry that you are alone. Come into DiBella Chiropractic and see if an adjustment could help you sleep better. If not, there are dozens of other things we can suggest that you try.

Slouching - Chiropractors Corner

Slouching - Chiropractors Corner

One of the large issues we have as Americans today is our posture. We truly do have terrible posture. Whether we are sitting in a chair at work, lounging on the couch at home, or even standing in a checkout line, our bodies slouch considerably. Slouching is when your back is not straight or your head, neck, and shoulders are bent forward. Think about how you are sitting right now reading this. Is your back straight? Are your feet flat on the floor? Are your legs both in the same position? Is your head held with your chin parallel to the floor? Are you leaning forward at all? Sadly, the answer to most of these is probably no. We normally have horrible ways of holding our bodies.

Even if you are sitting on your phone texting or scrolling through social media, your head is likely bent forward. This is why you probably often feel the need to lean your head back and maybe even crack your neck. Unfortunately, this isn’t good for you either. Cracking your neck yourself can cause considerable damage, especially over time. However, so can holding your head in a dropped position like you probably do when on your phone. Even sitting with a laptop on your lap encourages slouching. So what are some things you can do to help stop yourself from doing this?

First things first: sit with your back straight. Pretend that there is an invisible string attached to your head and it is pulling you up towards the ceiling. This will help straighten your back, neck, and shoulders. Take note of how you are now positioned in your chair. See how different that feels? For some people it may even be painful depending on how they normally sit or walk, but you should work towards this position more often. Now focus on your feet. They should both be flat on the ground with your knees bent at 90 degree angles. This is the best way for you to be sitting for an extended period of time.

If you find yourself slouching or feel the need to stretch out your neck and shoulders, come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment. While years of slouching won’t be undone in just one session, it is a great place to start. See how much better you feel after and work towards sitting straighter.

Cold Weather and Pain - Chiropractors Corner

Cold Weather and Pain - Chiropractors Corner

Now that we are into the middle of September, a lot of us are noticing the change in the weather. This means a slight chilling and more wind than we have been dealing with for the past few months. While this September may be even more severe in this than usual due to the hurricane which has recently passed through, much of fall is spent preparing for the cold winter weather which will undoubtedly follow. While I personally love the fall, I know that certain parts of me don’t. The cold weather can play havoc on those of us who have chronic conditions, and many of them are triggered by weather changes.

We talk a lot about the pain that we feel when it is raining. It is actually raining outside as I write this and I have to keep taking breaks to crack the knuckles in my hand to relieve the pressure change that occurs during this weather. My knees are also victims of the rain that has come along, but this is something that many of us find common. Although I would love to say that we don’t notice it anymore due to how common it is, we all know that isn’t true. One thing that certainly makes this type of weather worse is the temperature outside.

During the fall, many of us enjoy the changing colors and the smells that come along with them. The cooler nights and the promise of some candy no matter what age you are is something that almost everyone looks forward to. However, for those of us with conditions like Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, that excitement may be diminished by the increased pain levels we experience during this time of the year. Although not much research has been done yet into Fibromyalgia, I can attest that the cold certainly seems to make it worse. Many people who suffer from Arthritis will say the same.

I try not to let the cold weather ruin my excitement, but it can certainly put a damper on things. Try to do some light exercises and stretches to keep your joints nice and loose and come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment. Hopefully with our help you won’t even notice the fact that the weather is cooling off for any reason other than the fact that candy is starting to go on sale.

Swimming and Your Health - Part 2 - Chiropractors Corner

Swimming and Your Health - Part 2  - Chiropractors Corner

I am not sure what you’re waiting for, but you should definitely hop into a nice pool right now! Well, maybe you are in a pool now. If so, you should definitely make sure that whatever you’re reading this on is waterproof! If you haven’t been sold on getting into a pool yet, then you’re in the right place. Here are a few more reasons that swimming is great for your health!

  1. Full Body. When you get into a pool and start swimming, every part of your body is being used. Your arms and legs both help to propel you through the water, your core is used to keep your body level and straight, your back is used when you move your arms, and those problem areas begin to shrink away. Very few things are full body workouts the way that swimming is, especially given the fact that it is such a low impact sport/work out.

  2. Flexibility. Due to the workout that swimming gives you, it will naturally stretch your joints to allow for a greater range of motion. Even if you aren’t fully swimming, you can simply use the water to do some of the stretches you try to do on dry land. We are certain that after a little while you will notice that you are more flexible both in and out of the water. Who doesn’t want that?

  3. Heart Health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America according to the CDC. Thankfully, swimming is an aerobic exercise which means that it works out the heart as well as the rest of the body. This can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart related conditions which is extremely important, especially as we age. In fact, just a half hour in a pool a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as forty percent as well as reduce your blood pressure.

So what are you waiting for? Many gyms now have pools and in the summer, they are even more common to find. Even just hanging out in your community pool can help you achieve better health, so why wouldn’t you do what you could to get there? If you can’t swim, you can look online for classes. It’s never too late to learn a new skill!

Take Home Message of the Week - Good Chiropractic Care - Chiropractors Corner

Good Chiropractic  Care - Chiropractors Corner

This week, I really wanted to focus on how much good chiropractic work can be doing for our country as a whole along with you as an individual. We comment a lot about how we are non-invasive and how those who come to us can’t expect to receive pain killers and be sent home, but that doesn’t always translate to how that is helpful. In light of many things, including the health care plans that are currently being debated by the government, we wanted to remind you just how beneficial some of our treatments can be.

First, I wanted to comment on how we don’t use surgery or injections. Many of us, myself included, don’t like the idea of going under the knife. While we all know that it is sometimes unavoidable, it is always good to avoid it if we can. There are many more complications that can arise from going under anesthesia than can come from having your neck cracked. You may have a bad reaction to the medication that is injected in you and even though your doctor normally will hold you to make sure that doesn’t occur, it can still be terrifying if it does. While we certainly aren’t saying that you should never use this as an option, you may want to think about going through other possibilities first.

Secondly, I really wanted to bring up the opioid usage our country is seeing right now. Quite a few people I know have passed from overdosing and even more of those people know others who have passed from this. A large amount of people are battling many different kinds of addictions and drugs are currently one of the most dangerous kinds that we as a country are dealing with. While we know that chiropractic care won’t be able to stop drug and opioid addiction and abuse, there is always the hope that we can make even a small amount of difference.

We always want to remind you that you should talk with your general practitioner about the type of treatment you are going to seek. They should be kept up to date with what you are doing medically and this includes with chiropractic treatments. Come into DiBella Chiropractic and let us know how you want us to help you.

Magnesium and Migraines with a Side of Chiropractic Care

Magnesium and Migraines with a Side of Chiropractic Care

A great many people are what doctors refer to as “migrainers”. This is a term that simply means that you have migraines for a certain amount of time or a certain number of times every month. If you suffer from migraines, you know just how seriously they can impact your life. Like many other disorders, however, they can appear in different people in many different ways. There is no one way to have a migraine, although it does normally involve a severe headache with photosensitivity, noise sensitivity, dizziness, nausea, and possibly even spells of passing out.

A recent study was done in Iran which showed that there might be a connection between people who suffer from migraines and their magnesium levels. While this study was relatively small, with only one hundred people, there has also been other research done which shows similar results. In this study, fifty people who suffer from migraines and fifty people who have not had bloodwork done and there was a nearly .25mg/dl difference found between the two groups of people in regards to their magnesium levels. It should be mentioned that there was no difference found in the magnesium levels of people with migraines between or during their attacks.

Some headache experts have begun prescribing magnesium for those who suffer from chronic migraines in an attempt to curb the symptoms that are experienced. Migraines are no small issue when it comes to those who have them. If you or someone you love suffers from them, you will know exactly what I mean. These can also morph into different forms of migraines depending on stimuli and the symptoms may change from those listed above into even more serious ones. There are cases where people who have not had migraines for years after treatment began to have different forms of them with symptoms that they had never before experienced. This is often terrifying, as they are not used to having these issues anymore, let alone with these changed symptoms.

One good thing for you to know is that chiropractic care is often recommended for migraine sufferers. If you deal with the symptoms listed above, come into DiBella Chiropractic and we will see if we can help you get back to your normal life and habits through the use of spinal and neck adjustments.

Take Home Message of the Week - Back Pain - Chiropractors Corner

Back Pain  - Chiropractors Corner

This week we really wanted to focus on back pain. Back pain is an epidemic that affects thousands if not millions of Americans every single day. While every person’s pain is caused by a different set of circumstances, we never want to see someone suffering, especially if it can be helped. If you have back pain, especially chronic back pain, we want you to know that there may be things that you can do to relieve yourself of it. Getting rid of your back pain may just be the best thing you’ve ever been able to do for yourself.

If you are like us, then you will do just about everything possible before going into surgery. Surgery is time consuming, stressful, and often very expensive. Even things like medication may not be your favorite option. While they may help, pills often only mask the symptoms and don’t get to the root of the problem. While this is okay for something like a minor pulled muscle, it will not be much help for a severe injury or something that has pain that lasts for more than a day or two. You don’t want to take too much medication for many reasons, but what else can you do if you have a hurt back?

If you are in pain, then you should definitely come into DiBella Chiropractic. We often see a lot of people during the warmer months because we are all more active when it’s warmer. While the winter does have issues of its own, the summer sees us all enjoying ourselves which unfortunately can mean that it’s easier for us to get hurt. After all, don’t you get excited for the first few warm days? I don’t know about you, but I love going outside and walking around, maybe tossing a ball around with some friends, and doing other things around the house to spruce the place up a bit and clean it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen off of a step ladder while trying to clean on top of the cabinets and hurt my back while doing a spring cleaning type thing in my house. If this happens to you, then don’t hesitate to come into DiBella Chiropractic as soon as you can!

Swimming and Your Health - Chiropractors Corner

Swimming and Your Health  - Chiropractors Corner

Swimming can be a great way to stay cool during the summer months. It is also great to keep yourself healthy! Not only is swimming an enjoyable activity, but it is one of the best types of exercise that almost anyone can take part in. While I may be a little biased as I wistfully listen to the filter and pump of the pool outside my apartment window, I can assure you that swimming is a great way to keep yourself fit. Here are some of the reasons that swimming is such a great summer activity.

  1. Low Impact. This is arguably the best reason to get into a swimming pool pronto. Moving around in water helps to reduce the impact that your joints take, so it is softer on aging or chronically ill bodies than any other type of exercise. While running or tennis may be better for losing weight, those of us who can’t move that quick or for that long need to find something that still works out our bodies while still being gentle. That is exactly what swimming does. If you are immersed up to your neck, you are only dealing with ten percent of your body weight. Even if you aren’t comfortable with this, you can stand in waist deep water and only have to bear about fifty percent. That is great no matter what kind of exercise you are trying to do!

  2. Increased Strength. Due to the higher resistance that water provides as opposed to air, you may very well be able to improve your muscle tone by doing the same amount of work that a runner does but in a pool. Combine this with the low impact that the water provides you, and it would be almost silly not to want to climb in a pool right now! It has even shown to improve the bone strength of post-menopausal women and others, so that means almost all of your body can benefit from getting into the water.

These are only two of dozens of reasons to get into your nearest pool. While we do suggest you ask permission from whoever owns the pool first, jumping right in may be just what you need. Stick around and we may explain a few more reasons why you should get into some water before and after heading into DiBella Chiropractic.

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