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Let's Talk About Your Diet - Gastonia Chiropractic Care

Let's Talk About Your Diet - Gastonia Chiropractic Care

This week I want to talk about diet. I don’t think anyone really likes that word, but it is something that is important for us to think about if we want to lead a healthy lifestyle. Now I will be the first to say that I do not eat as healthily as I should. I just had chicken nuggets for dinner, for goodness sake. However, there are a few things that I do always try to do in order to be as healthy as I can.

  1. Fruits and Veggies. While I am not a huge fan of most vegetables, the ones that I do like I know how to prepare in many different ways. There are hundreds of ways to use certain veggies, especially broccoli and cauliflower. In fact, there are even ways that you can replace certain carb foods with cauliflower such as pizza crust. While it may seem odd, I think it is always worth a try. Fruits are also important to get a good amount of, but be careful. Too much can be an issue as well due to the natural sugar that most fruits have.
  2. Carb Limits. This is one of my biggest problems. I love pasta and bread, especially if there is garlic on either. Carbs, however, do slow down your metabolism and are difficult to work off. This is one of the most important food groups to limit your intake of and make sure that you control your portions. This becomes increasingly true depending on what you put on the carbs. For example, if you like mac and cheese the way I do you need to be especially careful. Dairy can be difficult as well.
  3. Sweets. We all know that we should limit our intake of sweet foods, but it can be so difficult. I am a personal fan of Oreos and they are often my downfall. However, I have to try and make sure that I don’t eat an entire sleeve in one sitting. Unfortunately I’ve done it and I know I’m not alone.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we are dedicated to making sure that you lead a healthy lifestyle in every aspect possible. This includes your diet. Come in today and we can talk about what you currently eat and hopefully draw up a plan of foods that will satisfy both your tastes and your health.

Stretching - Gastonia Chiropractor

Stretching - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I want to talk to you about stretching. If you have been following our blog for a while, you know that we are huge fans of stretching and other low impact ways of keeping yourself healthy. Here are a few stretches that you can try when you first wake up or right before you go to bed.

  1. Toe Touch. This is one of the most common stretches that you will find. Even if you can’t touch your toes, it is something that is more than worth trying. Sit with your legs flat against the bed and your back against the headboard so that your body forms a 90 degree angle. From there, lift up your arms so they are parallel to your legs. Now lean forward at the waist until you feel a slight tug in the backs of your thighs. Hold this position for about ten seconds and slowly go back until your back is against the headboard once again. You can change this one up by sliding your hands along your legs or even bending one leg to the side while you stretch the other and then switching. You may just find that before long you are actually able to touch your toes where you weren’t able before.
  2. Leg Lifts. Leg lifts are simultaneously one of the easiest and one of the hardest stretches to do. Lay flat on the bed on your back and simply pick your legs up while keeping them straight. This sounds easy, but it can and will take a lot of strength. Hold this for five seconds before gently lowering your legs again. Eventually you will be able to hold them for an extended period of time. You can also try this while lying on your side and picking up one leg at a time and holding it. It will cause some aches, but the result will definitely be worth it.

Stretching is one of the best exercises you can have in your arsenal because almost anyone can do it in almost any location. While stretching shouldn’t be the only exercise you get, it is certainly a great place to start. Come into DiBella Chiropractic to see what other stretches you may be interested in doing and see if it helps reduce your pain levels in the process!

Headaches and Migraines - Gastonia Chiropractic Care

Headaches and Migraines - Gastonia Chiropractic Care

As someone who suffers from headaches and migraines, I am here to tell you that it is not a good time. Migraines are actually much more common than most people think, with more than 37 million people suffering from them in the United States alone. Out of these, two to three million people suffer from chronic migraines, which means they suffer from migraine symptoms at least 15 days each month for three months or more. Almost five million people state that they have at least one migraine headache a month. With statistics like these, it’s crazy to think that we don’t talk about them more.

Migraines do affect women more than men with 18 percent of women suffering as compared to about eight percent of men. Evidence has also been shown that migraines may be genetic as those with family history tend to be more likely to suffer from them as well. Generally, migraines will be seen more often in Caucasian people of lower income groups between the ages of 35-55, however anyone can suffer from migraines.

While migraines are often thought of as “bad headaches”, this is only partly true. While migraines do often cause head pain, this isn’t always the case. Light and sound sensitivity, nausea, dizziness, vision changes, and other symptoms are often seen in addition to the head pain which can be general or localized. Atypical migraines sometimes have few to none of these factors but are still important to seek medical attention for. You should always see a doctor if you are having new or extreme symptoms of any kind, including headaches as it may be a sign of a more serious issue.

If you suffer from migraines and headaches, there have been studies done which show that chiropractic care may be beneficial to you. The release of tension and stress from the areas around the skull and spinal cord may help to relieve pressure which can act as a trigger for these painful and sometimes disorienting episodes. Migraines and severe or chronic headaches can severely disable you if they are bad enough, so come into DiBella Chiropractic and get an adjustment to see if it offers any kind of relief. You may just be amazed at how much good it does. It will certainly help the rest of your body feel better too!

General Health - Gastonia Chiropractor

General Health - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week, general health is the name of the game. We focus a lot on specific topics within the healthcare umbrella, but we rarely seem to talk about generalized health tips. It can be a bit of a pain to live a truly healthy lifestyle, but with some small adjustments, it can certainly be done. Here are a few things to work on in order to start feeling better about your lifestyle choices.

  1. Get More Sleep. I know, this one is easier said than done. Sleeping the suggested eight hours every night may not be possible for some people due to work, pain, or even having a newborn. However, every bit of sleep that you can get is going to help you. Sleep not only helps your focus, but it also assists your short-term memory, immune system, and even you pain levels. Try exercising a little before bed, finding a mattress and pillows that properly support your body, and turning off your electronics before you try to lay down.
  2. Keep Active. Exercising is one of the most important things that you can do to keep your body healthy. Stretching out, building up muscle mass, and keeping your joints working can help you more than you may realize until you start moving around. We hear people all the time who say that they didn’t know how much better they could feel and wish that they had started exercising sooner. Give it a try and see how much it helps you!
  3. Eat Healthy. All of the exercise in the world can only do so much if you aren’t eating to support your habits. Cutting back on a lot of junk may be difficult, but it is more than worth it when you realize how much better you feel without those chemicals and preservatives being pumped through your body. Start small and try air-popped popcorn or oven-baked potato chips before you work your way up to some super healthy super foods.


Although chiropractors generally deal with joints and pain, the medical degree that hangs in our offices means that we can also give advice for exercise, diet, and other health related issues. While you’re here for a spinal adjustment, ask about what you can change to be a healthier you. You never know great you can feel until you try!

Chronic Pain and Exercise - Gastonia Chiropractor

Chronic Pain and Exercise - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I really wanted to focus on the correlation between chronic pain and exercise. While you may be sitting there thinking it’s easy for me to tell you to exercise despite being in pain through a computer screen, I want you to know that I’m in the same situation. As someone who suffers from two chronic pain conditions, I know exactly how difficult it is to get out of bed some days through the pain. Forget exercising, some days I really just want to be able to get out of bed so I can shower! While this is the reality for so many of us, there does have to be something said for the things that exercise can do for the body.

It has been proven time and time again that exercise can do wonders for basically anyone who gets up and moves around. The brain’s reaction to exercise is often quite incredible. Not only does it release chemicals that can help with pain management, but it also releases endorphins that can help boost your mental health as well as the difference that it makes in your physical health.

Many people who live with chronic pain disorders develop mental health issues as well. These often include depression and anxiety and can create a cycle of pain that is difficult for people to come out of. This is especially true if their specific chronic pain disorder was caused by a specific incident like a car accident or a terrible fall. Even work-related injuries can cause these issues. Although mental health issues generally make it more difficult to exercise as well, most doctors are agreed that getting up and moving even just a little each day can help to improve someone’s mental state just as much as their physical body. After all, mental health is still health so we want to find any way possible to help treat it.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we understand how difficult exercising can be for some people. This is why we will sit with you and work out personalized plans for you to follow. We have dozens of different methods for you to try, and we will do all we can to find the one that works the best. We can also provide chiropractic care to help you manage your pain. Let us help you feel like your old self again!

Weather Affects Our Bodies - Gastonia Chiropractor

Weather Affects Our Bodies - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week has seen a lot of rain in the area. This can cause all kinds of havoc both with our moods and our bodies. Here are some ideas to keep everything healthy while we deal with the less than ideal weather that is ahead of us.
1. Stretch. This is especially true in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to bed. If possible, try stretching out as many of your muscles as you can to get them working and nice and limber. Try doing toe touches in bed and rotate your torso left and right to get the muscles in your back nice and warm to face the day ahead.
2. Crack. Your joints may seem stiffer throughout the days when there is a large amount of rain that is coming in. Although your parents probably told you not to crack your knuckles, it has been shown that releasing those pockets of air between your bones actually helps your skeletal system. The buildup of air and acid is something that can contribute to arthritic pain and releasing this by “cracking” the joint actually can help to relieve the pain.
3. Warm Drinks and Air. There’s an allure to curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. While it may be more season appropriate to have a cup of hot cider, whatever your drink of choice is may actually be helping you. When we are cold, we curl up tightly and keep tension in our muscles and joints. The heat from your favorite drink warms you from the inside out and can help to relax those areas where you’re holding all that tension. If you have a fireplace in your house, burning a log or two will also help to get the dampness out of the air and should help to relieve some of the pain you are feeling due to the rain.
    As always, another thing that can help you is to come down to DiBella Chiropractic and get an adjustment from our skilled doctors. Although you may be able to crack your knuckles, things like your neck and back are more delicate and should be handled by a professional. Come down, get out of the rain, and see one of our chiropractors to help get you through this drizzly, rainy week.

What Exercise Can Do - Gastonia Chiropractor

What Exercise Can Do - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I really want to talk to you about exercise. The winter is (hopefully) winding down and soon we will be out of the excuses that keep us from exercising. Well, I know that I at least use the cold as a reason not to go outside and walk. If you are like me and never really want to move much during the winter, then here are some good exercises that you can use to warm yourself up while you wait for those temperatures to climb.
1. Hot Yoga. While normal yoga is fine as well, hot yoga may be more enjoyable during the winter. Hot yoga is performed under hot and humid conditions. It is thought that the more you sweat, the more water weight you can lose. While some studies have shown there isn’t much difference between the different forms of yoga, we can all agree that some heat is always nice when it’s super cold outside. Just be sure to have some layers so that you can go back outside without getting sick!
2. Join A Gym. Although you may prefer being outside when you exercise, it isn’t always possible depending on other medical conditions such as asthma. Find a gym near you that can fit your needs and register for the few coldest months in order to keep your exercise momentum going without freezing your fingers off. You may even find something you like doing while inside.
3. Layer Your Clothing. If you still really want to be outside to exercise, be sure that you are dressing for the part. Layer your clothing and be sure to change out of them and shower as soon as you get back home. Also, make sure you know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia so you know how much may be too much for your body.
If you are not sure how to exercise in the winter, come on into DiBella Chiropractic. Not only can we help you with those aches and pains that you may get at this time of the year, but we can help to draw up a personalized exercise plan that can keep you on track to a healthier you. Head in today and see just how much of a difference a chiropractor can make in your life!

Exercise to Make Your Body Work Better -Gastonia Chiropractor

Exercise to Make Your Body Work Better -Gastonia Chiropractor

This week, I want to talk to you about exercise. Different medical conditions, or even just age, can make it more difficult to move around which often means that you won’t want to get out just to exercise. However, it has been scientifically proven that exercise can help keep your body working better with almost no exception. Here are a few gentle exercises that you can try if you are still a little unsteady when it comes to moving around.

  1. Walking. This is the basis to almost any cardio exercise. Although there are some that you can do while sitting or if you are wheelchair bound, if you are able to walk around, you definitely should. Walking is a great way to keep your joints nice and loose with minimal impact or need for expensive machinery. You can even do this indoors during bad weather if you prefer.
  2. Swimming. If you have access to a pool, you should use this to its fullest potential. Swimming and other water sports, like water aerobics, can be even better for you than walking if you have joint issues. This is because the water helps to take pressure off of your joints and allows for much easier movement than you would normally have with the normal gravitational pull that your body experiences on dry land.
  3. Strength Training. Strength training doesn’t need to be difficult or involve big machines. In fact, even picking up common household objects can be effective. If you have boxes or reusable bags that you can fill with things, this is a great way to build up muscle mass at your own pace. Increase the weight in these objects until you need to move up to something bigger. You can even do wall push-ups by bracing yourself against the wall while standing and doing push-ups. Even if you aren’t able to transfer this ability to the floor, it is a great place to start.

If you are unsure how to start exercising, or want to know some better methods for your specific situation, come into DiBella Chiropractic and we can work up a personalized exercise plan for you. While you’re here, try a spinal manipulation and see if that helps you move around easier. You never know how much a small thing like this can help until you try it!

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