Common Summer Sports Injuries

Summer is almost here! Warmer weather means spending more time outdoors. More time outdoors means the start of summer sports and other activities. Baseball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and golf are just a few of the many summer sports that will keep people active over the coming months. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a casual sports enthusiast, now is the time to get outside and have some fun.

But greater levels of activity typically translate to an increased chance of injury. If you don’t stretch properly before beginning, or you practice improper technique while playing, then you increase your chance of injury even more. Let’s take a look at some of the most common summer sports injuries and how chiropractic can help.

  • Sprains. A sprain occurs when you stretch a ligament beyond its limits, sometimes to the point of tearing. This is common in sports with lots of quick movement and footwork. If you were to land crooked on your feet, then you may suffer an unnatural turn of your ankle, causing a sprain.
  • Fractures. Bones are quite sturdy, but they can fracture and break if enough force is applied. This type of injury is not uncommon in contact sports or similar activities with high forces at play.
  • Rotator Cuff. Your rotator cuff keeps your arm in your shoulder socket. It allows free movement and a wide range of motion, but even it can be stretched beyond its limits.
  • Elbow. Excessive forceful use of the elbow joint (as in sports such as golf or tennis) can result in inflammation in the joints and tendons.
  • Knee. Whether walking, running, or jumping, your knees bear the brunt of your movement. Your full weight, combined with the impact of repetitively hitting the ground, can cause long-term damage to the joint over time.
  • Traumatic Impact. Those who engage in contact sports, both on land in the water, are particular susceptible to traumatic injuries on impact. This includes brain injuries (such as concussion or contusion) as well as dislocated joints.

DiBella Chiropractic Center is here to make sure you have a fun and safe summer. Chiropractic care can help keep your body in prime condition, allowing you to make the most of the warm weather and all the sports that come along with it. If you’ve suffered an injury, schedule an appointment with us here at DiBella Chiropractic Center. We take great pleasure in helping our patients recover from injuries such as sprains, strains, overexertion, and concussion. Contact us today to learn more!

Stay Healthy This Summer: Tips From a Chiropractor

The weather is getting warmer, and that can only mean one thing: Summer is quickly approaching! It’s time to shake off the winter blues and get ready for an active and vibrant season. But before jumping into the deep end, it’s important that patients know how to keep themselves healthy. North Carolina summers can be pretty intense. While the heat and the sun are good things to enjoy, overdoing it can lead to other problems. Read on for a list of tips and tricks for keeping you and your family healthy this summer.

  • Exercise. Summer is the perfect time to get outside and be more active. There are plenty of warm-weather sports and activities to participate in. Whether it’s jogging on the track or swimming laps in the pool, the options are endless. Get your heart rate up and keep yourself limber to stay healthy over the summer.
  • Stay Hydrated. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body, especially in extremely warm weather. Be sure to drink lots of water, and invest in a canteen or water bottle so you can carry your drink with you on the go.
  • Keep Cool. Summer heat means that you run the risk of getting overheated if you’re not careful. Exercise and activity are important, but be sure to monitor your physical status and take frequent breaks, especially if you’re outdoors. Furthermore, wear removable layers to prevent heat from getting trapped next to your skin.
  • Wear Supportive Shoes. This might sound like it’s coming out of left field, but the truth is that your shoes play a critical role in your posture and, by extension, your overall health. It’s essential that your feet have the support they need to keep your spine standing straight and tall. While flip-flops may be the summer fashion, consider something equally breathable but more supportive.
  • De-stress. Summer is a time to relax and unwind. You must make time to de-stress and take advantage of everything summer has to offer. Holding stress in your body can have negative effects on everything from your nervous system to your musculoskeletal system.

Whether you have active concerns or you just want to keep your body in tip-top shape for the summer, we encourage you to visit our chiropractic offices. Our team here at DiBella Chiropractic Center would be glad to meet with you and get started. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

What Are Hip Adjustments, and How Can They Help My Life?

According to a study published in 2020, the prevalence of hip pain in the general population hovers around 10% and increases with age. This may not sound like a lot, but it can be quite bothersome for those who suffer from it. Your hips are essential to every function, including sitting, standing, walking, running, jumping, climbing, and practically every other physical activity imaginable. Hence, those suffering from hip pain typically experience a severely decreased quality of life.

When people think of chiropractic, typically the first things that come to mind have to do with the spine, back, and neck. While chiropractic care does treat these areas, there are other ways that we can help our patients. For example, hip adjustments are a great way to maintain your body’s natural alignment and keep it running in tip-top shape. But what exactly are hip adjustments? What should you expect during your appointment, and what benefits can you expect as a result?

First, let’s discuss some common causes for hip pain. While your spine is responsible for holding your head and torso upright, your hips bear the brunt of your weight and the force behind it. If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis or tendinitis, or you have suffered an injury that caused a fracture or muscle strain in the hip, then you may find it difficult to put your weight on it. You may walk crooked or limp to ease the pain in your hip.

To begin treatment, a chiropractor will typically ask you to fill out paperwork detailing your medical history and the reason for your visit. This is followed by an x-ray, so that you and the physician can get an idea of what and where the problem is. X-rays are also a great way to track progress over time. A chiropractor may prescribe stretches or other secondary therapies before the actual adjustment. During an adjustment, the patient lies on the table as the chiropractor gently manipulates the skeleton back into proper alignment. It’s not unusual to hear a pop or crack as tension is released and your body realigns itself.

If you’re suffering from hip pain, don’t wait any longer. You can take the first step toward treatment today! Contact our offices and schedule an appointment with us here at DiBella Chiropractic Center. Let us help you live your life to the fullest, pain free.

What Is a Diowave Laser & How Can It Help Me?

Spinal manipulations and adjustments are among the most well-known therapies offered by chiropractors. But most chiropractors offer a range of supplemental therapies and exercises that promote health and healing. Here at DiBella Chiropractic Center, we try to do the same. For example, we proudly practice laser therapy with the Diowave Laser for patients that need pain relief. Although less common and not as familiar to chiropractic patients, laser therapy can be a very effective treatment for chronic pain, disorders, and injuries.

Pain is a common occurrence all across America. According to the National Library of Medicine, back pain alone will affect roughly 80% of the population at some point in their lives. That’s not including people who suffer from accident injuries or chronic pain in their arms, legs, muscles, and joints. For those that are in need of relief, the Diowave Laser is a viable alternative to drugs or invasive surgeries. Let’s take a closer look.

The Diowave Laser is a class IV laser that offers a safe, pain-free treatment option for chiropractic patients. Unlike drugs and prescription medication, laser therapy addresses the root of the problem, rather than simply masking or blocking the pain. The Diowave uses photobiomodulation to stimulate cell restoration and tissue repair on a molecular level. Research has shown that injuries treated with a laser heal faster, and it strengthens the body’s immune response. Treatments take place over several sessions for just a few minutes at a time. Due to the nature of the laser, there are no harmful side effects, and many patients begin seeing results after the first or second treatments.

So, how can the Diowave Laser help you? If you’re suffering from pain and inflammation in your muscles, joints, or skin, then you may benefit from regular laser therapy. Common treatable conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, muscle spasms, contusions, and even skin burns. Because it stimulates your body’s natural healing processes, laser therapy is surprisingly versatile and very effective in reducing pain and inflammation.

If you are interested in our supplemental Diowave Laser therapy, Contact us! We welcome any questions or concerns, and we can go over the treatment process in more detail. Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or a recent accident injury, you can find relief through chiropractic care. Reach out and schedule a consultation today!


Had a Bad Night’s Sleep? How Chiropractic Care Can Help Improve Your Rest and Recovery at Night

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, about 70 million people per year across the country suffer from some kind of sleep disorder. That’s roughly 21% of the U.S. population. There are plenty of tools and techniques available to those who struggle to get a restful sleep. But maybe you’ve tried all the tips and tricks: exercise, sleep masks, schedule changes, blue-light limitation, etc. What else is there to do?

DiBella Chiropractic Center is here to offer an alternative solution. Quality rest is essential to daily function, and lack of sleep can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Chiropractic can help you reclaim your sleep time and take back your life. But how exactly can we help? Let’s dive a little deeper into the link between chiropractic care and better, healthier rest.

First, chiropractors are the ideal physicians to evaluate your sleeping habits and recommend changes that would improve your rest. Something as simple as your sleep position could cause shifts in your skeleton, leading to discomfort and restlessness. You may even be recommended a special mattress or pillow that conforms to your body and the way you sleep.

Second, chiropractic adjustments do wonders for pain and discomfort in your body. Many people have trouble falling asleep because of soreness in their neck, shoulders, back, or legs. A chiropractor can help alleviate symptoms and restore alignment to your vertebrae with gentle spinal manipulations. This will improve day-to-day function, as well as promoting healthy sleep.

Finally, stress and anxiety are particularly burdensome when trying to fall asleep. Surely most people can relate to lying awake at night, your brain still spinning a hundred miles an hour, unable to switch it off. In fact, many sleep disorders are linked to an overactive nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments are the ideal way of treating stress and anxiety, eliminating tension in muscles, and promoting relaxation.

If you’re suffering from poor-quality sleep, we encourage you to seek treatment at your local chiropractor. Here at DiBella Chiropractic Center, we work closely with our patients to achieve their goals and promote healthier rest. Our office is located in Gastonia, NC. Contact us to schedule a consultation, or swing by our offices today. We look forward to helping you get back into a restful sleep schedule!


Chiropractic vs. A Doctor: Saving Medicare Millions

Scoliosis: Symptoms & Causes

According to statistics presented by the National Library of Medicine, roughly 80% of people around the world have been or will be affected by back pain. This percentage far exceeds even the most serious conditions, making it one of the most common ailments in the United States and the world at large. When a person is experiencing pain, typically their first instinct is to go to the doctor’s office for a check-up. Better to be safe than sorry.

But what if there was another alternative? A doctor’s office is well-equipped to evaluate overall health and wellness, but there are other specialists who are better equipped to diagnose and treat localized pain. Plus, an appointment with a general practitioner may cost almost double the amount charged for a visit to a specialist like a chiropractor. Chiropractors are especially helpful for patients who are experiencing debilitating pain or weakness due to misalignment of the spine.

When it comes to cost, chiropractic care is much cheaper than a visit to your doctor’s office. A single chiropractor appointment may start as low as $30 without insurance, depending on the treatments and tests that are performed. A general practitioner will charge roughly $80 or more for a single visit. Those who qualify for Medicare are covered under Part B (medical insurance) of the plan. In these cases, the patient pays 20% of the final medical bill. This coverage includes both doctor’s visits and chiropractic appointments, though Medicare will not pay for anything beyond the cost of spinal manipulation.

According to The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, replacing a visit to the doctor with a visit to the chiropractor when experiencing back pain could save Medicare $83.5 million annually. It makes perfect sense when you consider the facts: chiropractors are cheap, efficient, and they have a specific skillset built around comprehensive knowledge of the spine. For the 80% of the world’s population that is suffering from back pain, chiropractic will save them money while offering relief from symptoms. Not only that, but a cheaper copay means that the federal government is saving money on Medicare as well.

Next time you are experiencing headaches, fatigue, dizziness, or pain, consider visiting a chiropractor. If you’re looking for a practice to call home, we invite you to join us here at DiBella Chiropractic Center. Contact us today, or drop by our offices located in Gastonia, NC. We look forward to serving you!


Chiropractic Treatment for Digestive Issues

Scoliosis: Symptoms & Causes

As chiropractic becomes a more well-known and widespread practice, people have begun to learn of its many benefits. Chiropractic is a holistic practice that focuses on the health and wellness of your body as a whole, including how the various parts and systems interact with one another. When new patients begin their treatment, it’s not uncommon for them to already possess a basic understanding of how your spine affects your body, most notably when it comes to pain, headaches, energy, and immunity.

There is, however, one major benefit that many people overlook. According to the National Institutes of Health, 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive diseases. Chiropractic is an excellent treatment option when it comes to digestive health. How can that be? What makes chiropractic such an effective method when it comes to issues of the stomach and the gut? Read on for a deep dive on the subject.

To understand how the digestive system could be impacted by spinal misalignment, you must understand how your body communicates with itself. Your brain is the command center, sending electrical signals that help you respond to both internal and external stimuli. This is where the spinal cord comes in. Housed inside the protective sheath of the vertebrae, your spinal cord manages and transfers these signals from the brain to the rest of the body.

Your spine is remarkably strong and flexible, but it’s not immune to injury. Sometimes the vertebrae that make up your spinal column shift and move in a process or state known as “subluxation.” This may cause the discs to pinch and compress the nerves inside, cutting off the proper flow of electrical information. Pinched nerves in the spine are the leading cause of pain, headaches, and unoptimized bodily functions, including digestion. When your digestive tract is not operating at maximum efficiency, this dysfunction may lead to a number of symptoms. Everything from gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) to substance intolerances to general pain and discomfort in the abdominal region can be traced back to the digestive system.

Chiropractors are specially trained in the practice of realigning the vertebrae of the spine through gentle, unobtrusive adjustments. Through a series of adjustments and spinal stretches and exercises, a patient struggling with digestive health can treat their subluxation and be restored to full health. Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we treat patients with digestive health issues all the time. We invite you to contact us with any questions you may have. Say goodbye to abdominal cramps and heartburn, and schedule a consultation with us today!


Scoliosis: Symptoms & Causes

Scoliosis: Symptoms & Causes

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we care about your spine. We know that your overall health, including immune system and digestive health, hinges on the safety and effectiveness of your spinal cord. The spinal cord transfers signals from your brain to the rest of the body. But what if your spinal cord is not able to function properly? What if the spine is crooked or misaligned, pinching the nerves of the spinal cord and preventing proper flow?

The truth is, this is a common problem in most adults. Over time your vertebrae will shift and move slightly, even after regular activities such as sitting, standing, and exercising. But some individuals have a chronic condition known as scoliosis. Scoliosis is an unnatural curvature of the spine in which the vertebrae bend to the side. The good news is that scoliosis is typically fairly mild, though it can worsen with age. Read on for a summary of symptoms, causes, and how chiropractic can help.

First, how do you know if you or someone close to you has scoliosis? It’s typically diagnosed as an adolescent, but it could go unnoticed until later in life. In this case, the symptoms would grow increasingly prevalent if left unchecked. Let’s take a look at some common symptoms now:

  • Shoulders and/or hips are uneven when sitting or standing in a relaxed posture
  • Posture curves slightly to the right or the left
  • Numbness, weakness, or pain in back, legs, and feet
  • Difficulty breathing

There are a number of potential causes for this condition. Have a look at the list below:

  • Birth defects or structural abnormalities
  • Severe direct injury to the spine
  • Invasive surgery as an infant
  • Neuromuscular conditions, including muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy

If you are undiagnosed but have any of the symptoms listed above, consult your physician to discuss options. One of the things you can do for yourself is schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. A chiropractor performs gentle, non-invasive adjustments on a patient’s spine to alleviate symptoms and promote overall health. Chiropractic cannot promise to fully straighten a spine affected by scoliosis, but there have been reports of significant improvement when it comes to overall curvature, symptoms, and quality of life.

If you’re suffering from scoliosis or scoliotic symptoms, schedule an appointment with a doctor here at DiBella Chiropractic. We would love to walk you through the benefits of chiropractic care and discuss a treatment plan. Contact us and get started today!


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