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When To See A Chiropractor - Gastonia Chiropractic info

When To See A Chiropractor - Gastonia Chiropractic info

We often hear people ask when they should finally go and see a chiropractor. This question always confuses us because we want you to come in whenever you want! Obviously we need you to make an appointment first, but we would love to see you walk through our doors.

“But I’m not injured!” we hear.

“That doesn’t matter!” is always our response. You don’t have to be hurt or even in pain to come into a chiropractor. While most people do wait until something is physically bothering them, this is not a rule that chiropractors have. We will give anyone an adjustment, not just people who actively have back and neck pain. In fact, it has been shown that having adjustments and other regular chiropractic care can help keep you healthy even in the face of an injury because your body isn’t holding onto all the tension that you naturally accumulate. Think of it as preliminary treatment!

If you have been injured and are interested in looking into chiropractic care, ask your general doctor if you are cleared to have chiropractic treatment. It is always best to catch an injury quickly and chiropractic care is no different in this respect. It is much easier to help someone heal than to undo years of poor healing. If you are able to get to a chiropractor quickly after you are hurt, that is ideal. However, even that isn’t the only time to go.

If you have never been to a chiropractor before but have an old injury that still bugs you now and then, come on in. It is never too late to see if chiropractic care will help you. Granted, it may take a little longer to see any improvement on an older injury, but we still encourage you to try. After all, you never know if something will help you unless you try.
The bottom line is there has never been a better time for you to see a chiropractor than right now! Come on in regardless of injury or pain and you may just be amazed at how much better you feel. You may not have realized how much tension you were holding in your body until you feel it released. Let us help you realize just how great you can feel in your own body. Make your appointment with DiBella Chiropractic today!

Car Accidents - Chiropractic Care in Gastonia

Car Accidents - Chiropractic Care in Gastonia

Car accidents are the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-29 and nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes around the world each year. This means that there are, on average, 3,287 deaths a day from car crashes alone. That is a terrifying statistic if you ask me. What is even more concerning is that this is only talking about deaths. It is estimated that a further 20-50 million are injured or disabled every single year. This means that your chances of being in a car accident are extremely high throughout your entire life. Even if you aren’t driving, you are still at risk for one. As an example, I was in three before I was of a legal age to drive.

Car accidents can be severely disabling, both physically and mentally. You often hear of people who were in severe accidents being afraid to get back in a car or back behind the wheel. It isn’t hard to understand why, either, when you see some of the pictures of what was left of some of these cars. While we cannot help too much with the psychological aspect of the crash, here at DiBella Chiropractic we certainly will do all we can to help your body recover after an accident.

These accidents can absolutely ravage someone’s body depending on the severity of the impact. You never truly know the extent of the injuries until you are either seen by a doctor or you start to live with the difference. This may be an impact to your ability to work or continue a hobby that you love as well. While a hospital trip is going to be your best bet immediately, you may end up having to go through years of physical therapy and other treatments in order to get back to how you were, if that’s at all possible.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we understand just how devastating a car crash can be. We see it all the time and are dedicated to making sure that your transition through healing is as painless and quick as possible. If you have been in an accident, come into our office and see just how much we can help you through your journey. You have our promise that you won’t be turned away from healing. You never know until you try, so it’s more than worth it to come to DiBella Chiropractic!

Sports Injuries - Gastonia Chiropractic Minute

Sports Injuries - Gastonia Chiropractic Minute

Sports are rather dangerous when you think about it. Looking at American football, it isn’t hard to see why this may be the case. Not only do you have a bunch of guys tackling each other, there has been medical proof that the concussing that often occurs can not only have a physical effect on someone, but a mental and psychological one as well. Watch any soccer game and you will likely see someone rolling around on the ground because they were kicked, stepped on, or even just cramping up. There are hundreds of hours of footage online of severe sports injuries as well, ranging from broken legs to slashed necks.
While some of these injuries are easily treated, others can take a while to heal. Even if you didn’t catch the wrong side of an ice skate to the face, you may very well be in pain from something that happened while you were running or playing a game of basketball with some friends. It doesn’t have to be physically noticeable in order to be a sports injury either. Think of things like shin splints or torn muscles and you can understand just how dangerous playing sports can be. Now don’t get us wrong, we don’t want to discourage anyone from going out there and being active. However, we see all too often that people get hurt and don’t go to the doctor in time to have something properly cared for and rehabilitated in the right way. This is something we want to help to change.
Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we have seen first hand just how impactful a sports injury can be to someone, especially if they are active. The down time can really be upsetting for someone who leads an active life style. While going to your normal doctor or even a specialist is a great idea, you may want to consider coming into a chiropractor as well to see just how much of a difference it makes in your recovery.
If you have been hurt while playing a sport, make an appointment today for DiBella Chiropractic and you may just be surprised at how much better you feel after some chiropractic care. With non-invasive and drug free treatment, we can have you back up and running around like nothing happened in no time. Give it a shot and see just how much chiropractic care can affect your life!

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!

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