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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!

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor Take Home Message

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor Take Home Message

This week I wanted to talk to you about back pain. Back pain is something that around 84% of adults suffer from on a regular basis. This means that there is a pretty good chance that at least one person reading this lives with some form of back pain and here at DiBella Chiropractic we think that this is at least one person too many. We hate when people are in pain, it’s why we do what we do in the first place. This is why we wanted to give you some tips about how to deal with and lessen your back pain. These methods include:

  1. Ice and Heat. Using ice packs and heating pads can save you a lot of pain and misery when it comes to pain and things beyond your control. Ice helps to reduce inflammation if your pain is a nerve issue while the heat helps to relax your muscles if it is a muscular problem. You may even want to alternate between the two to get the best effect.
  2. Stretching. Stretching is a great way to work out those little spots that tend to develop in your overused (or underused) muscles. Look up some simple stretches that you can do at home and see how much of a difference it makes. You may even want to start doing them on a daily basis to prevent the pain coming back.
  3. Correcting Your Posture. Sitting at a computer or lounging on the couch for hours at a time can really mess with your back if you aren’t sitting correctly. Always try to make an effort to correct your posture if you are sitting down by making sure your feet are flat on the floor and your chin is parallel to it. Do your best to make sure your shoulders are level as well, as leaning can cause a vast amount of pain if done over a long period of time. Try unclenching your jaw as well and see how much this helps the rest of your posture.

Back pain is often considered a fact of life, but it shouldn’t have to be. In fact, here at DiBella Chiropractic we want to do all we can to make sure that you never feel back pain again. Come in for a spinal adjustment and see how much it can help you.

Truth Behind Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

Truth Behind Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week, I wanted to focus again on studies that have been done which show the truth behind chiropractic care. We read two wonderful articles about what chiropractic care can do for two completely different kinds of disorders, but both are chronic and can be life altering. In fact, both have the capability to keep the sufferer inside for most of their lives. Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we never want you to feel like you need to stay home and we will do everything we can to get you healthy again. Here is a recap of what we learned this week.

The first article was about Crohn’s Disease and other similar disorders. As I said, I have grown up with most of my family suffering from these and was amazed to hear about the study of over fifty patients who were used to find a strong link between these digestive disorders and chiropractic care. It was found that most people who have Crohn’s Disease or something like it have misalignments in their lower backs and it was postulated that this may be a cause and effect situation, as those who received treatment for those issues in their spines showed decreased symptoms of the disorder.

The second article was about a seven year old boy who suffered from allergies and asthma as well as chronic colds that were so severe he had to make monthly trips to the doctor, would miss at least a day or two of school every month, and had to take two medications every day plus his nebulizer. I don’t know about you, but getting my ten year old nephews to take medication when they’re sick is difficult enough, but this boy had been diagnosed at five months and had been suffering ever since. However, through chiropractic care, he was able to stop his need for the medication within two weeks and didn’t need to miss a day of school due to sickness all year with continued treatment.

Once again, I read these studies in awe. I may know just how much chiropractic care can change someone’s life, but sometimes I forget just how different those lives are. Someone who is five months old and suffering, and continues to suffer for years, until they finally find the thing that helps is saddening. I am simply so happy that they were able to find what worked for them through chiropractic care.

Pain Due to Weather Change - Gastonia Chiropractic Care

Pain Due to Weather Change - Gastonia Chiropractic Care

If you have a chronic disorder such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, you are probably someone who heavily dislikes this time of year. The constant shifting in weather patterns can play absolute havoc with your joints. Any time a storm is coming, you likely will be able to feel it in one spot or another. The pain that you feel is made worse by the fact that it is cold and it can leave you in a pitiful ball of soreness and anger. Oh, is that just me? Well, either way, I think we can all agree that this time of the year is not really much fun.

Having the difference in atmospheric pressure does more than just create fronts that show up in different colors on a screen. These changes can and do physically affect humans, whether they realize it or not. Some people get a stuffy nose when there is a certain type of pressure. Some people get more lethargic. Some of us end up in pain because of it. I know, it really isn’t fair, but unfortunately there isn’t much that we can do to stop it.

When you are in pain because of the changing weather, there isn’t much you can do to prevent it. One good thing to try is exercising, even though you most likely won’t want to move at all. Try something small, like stretching or walking around inside your home. You don’t need to do anything crazy to try and help the pain in your joints, even the smallest bit helps.

If exercising isn’t possible, you may want to try something like a heating pad to help your muscles to relax. You can make your own if you don’t have one by filling a sock with uncooked rice and placing it in the microwave for a few seconds. Applying it to the spot which you have pain may help to relieve some of the ache due to the weather.
Another way that you can help yourself relieve the pain you feel due to the change in weather is by coming into DiBella Chiropractic. The pain is caused by the pressure in your joints changing as well, so if you get an adjustment, it stands to reason that you will feel much better. Let us help you through this weather change!

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