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Scoliosis - Chiropractic Treatment

Scoliosis - Chiropractic Treatment

Scoliosis is one of the most common spine disorders with more than three million cases in the United States alone each year according to the Mayo Clinic. It is believed that at any given point, around three percent of adolescents have a form of scoliosis. However, just because it is common doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. Scoliosis is something that you should always watch out for in your children and even yourself if possible. Most cases develop around the time of puberty in the growth spurt that directly precedes it. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t double check for it at any age, however, especially if you are experiencing back pain without any obvious reason.

Scoliosis is defined as a sideways curvature of the spine. Except for a few situations, the majority of scoliosis cases do not have a specific known cause. While there does seem to be evidence that there may be a genetic connection, it has not been proven one way or the other. Thankfully, most cases of scoliosis are mild and may even go undiagnosed throughout the person’s entire life. In this situation, the scoliosis is normally monitored through x-rays to make sure the curvature doesn’t get worse. If it does, however, a back brace may be needed to try and correct the deformity. If the curve is severe enough, surgery may be entertained. This normally occurs only in extreme circumstances where the scoliosis is causing pain and possibly even breathing and cardiovascular issues due to the rib cage pressing against the lungs and heart because of a severe curve and/or twist in the spine.

If you think you may have scoliosis or are concerned about your child developing the disorder, call DiBella Chiropractic today. It is important to catch an issue like this early, so if you have children living with you that are around the age that puberty begins, be sure to bring them in to be monitored. We can check the spine regularly to see if any change occurs. If you have a mild case that develops, you want to make sure that it doesn’t progress further. If it does, we can talk about your options to help mitigate any damage that may be done to the spine for the future. Set up an appointment with us so that you can put your mind at rest. You can never be too careful when it comes to your back!

Why A Chiropractor?

Why A Chiropractor?

Many people have a misconception that chiropractors only crack joints but nothing can be farther from the truth. As chiropractors, yes, we do pop a lot of joints. However, there are dozens of other services we can (and do) provide as well! You need to remember that a chiropractor is a licensed doctor just like anyone else who graduated from medical school.This means that we are certified to do a bunch of things that extend beyond what you may think of when you hear the word chiropractor.

For example, your chiropractor can give you guidance about your dietary habits. If you come to us stating that you want to lose weight, we can give you some ideas of how to eat healthier to accomplish your goal weight and measurements. Although we may not have the word “dietician” on our degrees, we are still fully capable of letting you know what you should keep doing and what you should change when it comes to food.

Another thing that we are can do is create a personalized workout plan for you. One main cause of pain in your joints, especially the hips, knees, and ankles, is extra weight. While there may be other factors such as arthritis, old injuries, or nerve disorders, reducing your weight may also help to reduce the pressure that is placed upon your joints. It is true that muscle weighs more than fat, but the thing that really matters is your personal fat percentage and the measurements of your body. If you feel like you are at an unhealthy weight or have been told by your doctors that you need to lose weight, we can help you work out a system that will help you get down to a weight that you are comfortable with and that is appropriate for your height and age.

While it is true that your general practitioner can help you with your diet and exercise as well, we can also help you deal with any aches and pains that you may be having. We do this without medication or surgery, so we are the ideal people if you are uncomfortable around things like opioid painkillers. We are like the one stop shopping center of doctors if you need help with multiple things. Come into DiBella Chiropractic today and see how much of a difference we can make in your life!

Student Drivers - Gastonia Chiropractic Corner

Student Drivers - Gastonia Chiropractic Corner

I don’t know about you, but a lot of the times when I see a sticker that denotes a student driver I tend to try and stay away from them. I will either stay farther back than I usually would or I pass them as quickly as the opportunity arises. Student drivers are not used to being on the road and therefore are more likely to become overwhelmed or make devastating mistakes. After all, how many people do you know who hit their parent’s garbage cans or something similar while learning how to drive? I know I can name quite a few people in my family that didn’t exactly get off to a great start when they were first starting out.

One of the biggest issues with student drivers is that not all states require you to denote when someone is first learning. This means that people will tend to get annoyed easier and possibly even drive aggressively around the person just trying to learn how to navigate around a road. While aggressive driving is always dangerous, it is definitely worse with someone who doesn’t have the experience to counter the outburst safely. You obviously never want to have to use an evasive tactic while on the road, but it does happen. This is something you learn from years of practice, though. If you have a driver that doesn’t have a lot of experience, the result can be devastating all because someone else couldn’t have some patience for someone else on the road.

We always suggest having a sticker or magnet on your car if you have someone learning to drive in it. It might seem embarrassing, but it is better than having someone get aggressive because the person driving is a little shaky. You never know how someone else on the road is going to react, but it is better to cover all of your bases and make sure that you and those you love are protected and safe.

If you were injured in an accident that dealt with a student driver, give DiBella Chiropractic a call. While we cannot help with any legal action, we can definitely help with any pain that you might have. Car accidents are never comfortable, but we will do everything we can to help make it a little easier on you. Come in today and see how much better you'll feel!

Summer Exercises - Gastonia Chiropractor

Summer Exercises - Gastonia Chiropractor

With the weather warming up, it is no surprise that many of us are seeing more people outside on a daily basis. People want to be outside and now the weather is finally stabilizing so that it’s possible. I can tell you that in my apartment complex, people have been outside walking around and sitting on benches every day that it hasn’t rained for the past few weeks. In fact, many of them are clearly in exercise clothing so they are outside to get into shape as opposed to trying to soak up some rays. While walking is a great exercise for the summer, here are some others that you may want to try:

  1. Swimming. Swimming is a great way to exercise when it’s hot out. If you have the ability to get in a pool, we suggest you take full advantage of it! The water will help to reduce the impact that your joints take even just walking around in the shallow section, so it’s especially good for people with chronic pain disorders. Swimming also helps your core and your breath control, so put on a suit and jump in!
  2. Join Your Kids. One of the great things about summer vacation for kids is the fact that they get to spend time with their parents. Although you obviously can’t spend every second with them, it’s a great way to bond and get some exercise in. Maybe throw a ball back and forth or play tag with them. Take them to a local playground and climb the monkey bars with them. Kids are bottomless founts of energy and while you will tire out long before they do, they will keep you running for a good amount of time and help you burn a lot of calories!
  3. Sports. A lot of towns have local sports teams that you can join for a small fee. If you’ve ever wanted to play baseball or soccer or even ultimate frisbee, look for fliers or online to see if there is a group near you. It’s a great way to get active and make some friends along the way!

With all of that moving, you’re going to want to make sure you’re in good health. Come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment so you can keep moving and feel even better. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

Car Accidents - Gastonia Chiropractor

Car Accidents - Gastonia Chiropractor

With more than 222 million licensed drivers on the road in 2016, the United States definitely has a large group of people driving around on a daily basis. While this is wonderful in regards to connecting us to friends and family and even things like work and groceries, it can provide an issue when things go wrong. On average, it is estimated that over 37,000 people die on the U.S. roads every year due to car accidents. If you take into account the amount of people who are injured or involved in accidents, this number raises to over 2.3 million. There is no secret that driving a car is dangerous, after all we wait until a certain age and need to be licensed for a reason. While we naturally do everything we can to reduce our risk of being in a car accident, unfortunately they do still happen.

Regardless of the outcome of a car accident, they are never good. Even small fender benders can cause bruising, pain, and even things like whiplash. It also tends to hit your wallet pretty hard between the insurance rates and your medical bills. Even if there is no severe lasting damage done to your body, you will likely still be uncomfortable and in pain for a few days to a few weeks. This is in addition to the stress and fear response that many people have after they are in an accident. Having something like that happen can definitely shake you up, which is why it is so important to take care of yourself if you have been in a car crash of any severity. After all, you never know when something is going to show up after the impact.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping all of our patients feel their best no matter what brought them through our doors. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of severe pain that we see, but there are things that we can do to help mitigate that damage. Getting a spinal adjustment and making sure everything is sitting right is important for everyone, but especially so if there has been an impact like from a car accident. The main thing is that you are able to have your full range of motion without pain. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and see just how much of a difference we can make!

How Can We Help? - Gastonia Chiropractic Blog

How Can We Help? - Gastonia Chiropractic Blog

Many people think that chiropractors are only here to crack bones. Nothing can be farther from the truth. As chiropractors, yes, we do pop a lot of joints. However, there are dozens of other services we can provide as well! You need to remember that a chiropractor is a doctor just like anyone else who graduated from medical school. This means that we are able and certified to do a bunch of things that extend beyond what you may think of when you hear the word chiropractor.

For example, your chiropractor can give you guidance about your dietary habits. If you come to us stating that you want to lose weight, we can give you some ideas of how to eat correctly to accomplish your goal weight and measurements. Although we may not have the word “dietician” on the top of our business cards, we are still fully capable of letting you know what you should try and what you should change when it comes to food.

Another thing that we are always happy to do is create a personalized workout plan for you. One main cause of pain in the joints, especially the hips, knees, and ankles, is extra weight. While there may be other factors such as arthritis or nerve disorders, reducing your weight may also help to reduce the pressure that is placed upon your joints. It is true that muscle weighs more than fat, but the thing that really does matter is your personal fat percentage and the measurements of your body. If you feel like you are at an unhealthy weight or have been told by your doctors that you need to lose weight, we can help you work out a system that will help you get down to the appropriate weight for your height and age.

There are so many ways that we can help you beyond just cracking a couple of the bones in your back. We are dedicated to your entire body’s health and want you to know that. We will do everything we can to help you be the best you and we promise to be with you every step of the way. If you aren’t sure if we can help you with something, all you need to do is ask. Come into DiBella Chiropractic today and see how much of a difference we can make in your life!

Pain from Exercise - Gastonia Chiropractor

Pain from Exercise - Gastonia Chiropractor

Sometimes we can do something wrong even if we had the best of intentions. While this phrase is true in basically any situation in life, here at DiBella Chiropractic we deal mostly with the physical side of things. In this current correspondence, I want to talk about hurting yourself while trying to be healthy. If you’ve ever gone running or headed to the gym to work out only to find that you are extremely sore afterwards, you know exactly what I mean. You are trying to keep your body in good shape and all of a sudden you just hurt. Believe me, you are not alone. I recently hurt my ankle trying to work out, so I really sympathize with anyone else going through this right now. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to help.

When you have a hurt joint, you likely don’t want to do anything. Sometimes that is exactly what the doctor ordered, so to speak. Depending on the injury, you may just need a day or two to recuperate. Lying in bed and watching television may be exactly what you need to do. Just make sure that a habit doesn’t develop, otherwise you will be right back where you started before you were exercising.

Another thing that you may want to do is take a nice warm shower or bath. This can help to loosen up any muscles that may have tightened in order to protect the injury. Stay in there for a while with the hot water hitting the affected area and see if it helps. If water isn’t an option, or if you are just don’t want to take another shower, you can try a heating pad to recreate this feeling. You may even want a heated massaging unit, but be careful with those as they can sometimes cause further damage to an injury.

If you ask me, your best option to recover from an injury that you sustained during exercise is to come into DiBella Chiropractic for an adjustment. A simple manipulation of your back or other joints can have you feeling like new in no time. You may even get rid of pain that you didn’t notice you were carrying with you. Come in today and see what we can do for you. You might be amazed at how much of a difference it makes for you!

Wet Winters and Weather Related Pain - Chiropractic Corner

Wet Winters and Weather Related Pain - Chiropractic Corner

I have never been the biggest fan of winter. I have always found that while snow is pretty, it never stays that way for long. This is especially true when I need to shovel multiple inches of it. One thing that I dislike more and more the older I get is the rain that we see when it isn’t cold enough to snow. While I don’t mind being outside in a light mist, it rarely seems to work out that way. On New Year’s Eve, I was driving to a friend’s house and almost had to pull over because the rain was so severe. The worst is when you realize that you should be glad that it isn’t snow but you still miss the sun. Not only does it make you feel ungrateful, but it is also painful.

The combination of wet and cold is never pleasant. This is especially true when it comes over an extended period of time. This year, my area has seen more rain than snow but that still doesn’t mean it has been pleasant. While I am glad that I haven’t been trapped inside because of blizzard conditions like I was last year, it seems like the rain makes you just as miserable sometimes. It also isn’t fun when you can’t open your windows due to the rain (because those are the days that seem to be decently warm) or find that there is a leak somewhere and need to rush to fix it before it freezes again. If you’re already in some pain due to the weather, moving around a lot is the last thing that you want to do. I know all I ever want to do in the winter is curl up under some blankets and sleep.

If you find that you are experiencing some pain that is likely weather related, come into DiBella Chiropractic. We understand just how uncomfortable this time of year can be for people with chronic conditions and it normally doesn’t get better until the weather starts to warm back up. We can help you set up a plan to deal with the aches and pains at home as well as regular appointments for chiropractic care to help combat any other issues. Just because the weather outside is miserable most days doesn’t mean you have to be. Come and get the treatment you deserve today and feel worlds better tomorrow!

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