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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!

Valentine's Day and Snacking - Gastonia Chiropractor

Valentine's Day and Snacking - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I want to talk about snacking. I don’t know about you, but February always sees me getting the munchies. With Valentine’s Day coming up, it is especially difficult to avoid the siren call of chocolate covered coconut bars and nougat. Sometimes I think I’ll wake up in a sea of wrappers with how absent-mindedly I tend to munch. I really don’t know how it happens, it’s almost like they breed in my house. So what are some things that you can eat when you get that urge to binge on candy?

  1. Nuts. Nuts are a great snack, just so long as you’re not allergic to them! My personal favorites are cashews and pistachios, but obviously you should eat what ones you like. They’re a great source of protein and are super simple to eat when you’re in that munchy mood. Try getting a blend and seeing what ones you enjoy the most. Just do your best to not get ones that are too salted, as that can add calories.
  2. Dried Fruit. While fruit normally seems like a great snack, it isn’t always available or particularly nutritious due to the amount of natural sugar. Dried fruit makes it much easier to get your fix even if it’s out of season and can generally be a healthier alternative than the full-size version.
  3. Vegetables. Obviously, veggies are going to be on a list of healthy foods. Try different kinds, like cucumbers, radishes, carrots, and celery. Try cutting out the additions like salad dressing or dips and you can make it even more nutritious!
  4. Hard Boiled Egg. Although this option isn’t exactly vegan friendly, a hard-boiled egg can be a super healthy quick snack. You can prepare them days ahead of time and grab one in the morning before heading out the door. Add a little bit of pepper for some flavor if you find it to be too bland.

While not all of these snacks will be as tasty as a chocolate covered everything bar, they are infinitely better for you. Remember, everything is fine in moderation but if you find yourself needing a snack, try reaching for the can of cashews before the box of Valentine’s Day candy.

Back Pain from Exercise - Gastonia Chiropractor

Back Pain from Exercise - Gastonia Chiropractor

Sometimes even with the best of intentions we can do something wrong. While this is true of basically any subject in life, here at DiBella Chiropractic  we really only deal with the physical aspects of things. What I’m talking about is hurting yourself while trying to be healthy. If you’ve ever gone running or working on strength training only to find that you have a sore back afterwards, you know exactly what I mean. You are trying to keep your body in good shape and form and all of a sudden you feel betrayed. I mean, you’re trying to help your body and this is how it repays you? Well luckily there are some things that you can do.

When you have a hurt back, you don’t want to do anything. Sometimes that is exactly what needs to happen. At times, depending on the injury, you may just need a day or two to recover. Lying in bed and watching television may be just what the doctor ordered. Just make sure that a habit of this doesn’t develop, otherwise you will be right back where you started.

Another thing that you may want to do is take a nice warm shower or bath. This can help to loosen up your muscles in your back 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 this helps. If water isn’t an option, or if you are just tired of taking showers, you can try a heating pad to simulate this feeling. You may even want a heated massager, but be careful with those as they can sometimes further damage an injury depending upon what it is.

If you ask me, your best option to recover from a back injury that you sustained during exercise is to come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment. A simple manipulation of your back can have you feeling like new in no time. You may even get rid of pain that you didn’t even know you were carrying with you. Come on in today and see what we can do for you. Just do us a favor and don’t stop exercising completely, okay?

Types of Arthritis and Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

Types of Arthritis and Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

Very often, we will hear someone say that they suffer from arthritis. Even most medical forms ask if someone has been diagnosed with arthritis. However, arthritis is not just one disease. In fact, there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis forms that someone can be diagnosed with. The umbrella term of arthritis is generally used to refer to a joint disease that causes pain in varying degrees. Any person can have arthritis regardless of age, gender, race, or other identifying factor. It is, however, more often found in older women specifically. Arthritis can cause swelling, pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go, but they often become worse as someone ages. It can even cause permanent disability and the changes that occur in the joints may even be visible to the naked eye. While we cannot go over every kind of arthritis, we will touch upon the most common types.

  1. Degenerative Arthritis. This is when the cartilage in your joints, that is the cushioning substance in between your bones, begins to break down and wear away. This means that bone is rubbing against bone and can cause swelling, stiffness, and pain. This can be caused by excess weight, family history, previous injury, or any combination of the three.
  2. Inflammatory Arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis is what occurs when your immune system goes off the rails and begins to attack your joints. It can also damage organs, eyes, and other parts of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common kind and may be tested through bloodwork. It is believed that family history and environmental factors can cause inflammatory arthritis.
  3. Infectious Arthritis. Sometimes a virus can be introduced to our bodies that causes arthritis or arthritis-like symptoms. Things like salmonella, certain sexually transmitted diseases, Hepatitis C, and other disorders may cause this. Generally, quick treatment with antibiotics will clear this up, but it can become chronic. Sometimes Lyme’s Disease can result in these symptoms as well.
  4. Metabolic Arthritis. This is caused when uric acid builds up in the joints and forms sharp crystals that cause severe pain. There are some treatments, but these symptoms often come and go for life.

If you are someone who suffers from arthritis, come into DiBella Chiropractic and see just how much better you can feel after chiropractic care. It just may change your life!

Headaches, Migraines and Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

Headaches, Migraines and Chiropractic Care - Gastonia Chiropractor

In our country, more than 37 million people are migraine sufferers. About five million people experience at least one migraine attack each month. The most often occur in females  who are between 35 and 55 years of age. However, anyone can suffer from migraines regardless of race, age, or gender. Family history also plays a large role in your migraine susceptibility. These are often debilitating and the majority of people have had to miss work, school, or family events due to the symptoms caused by migraines.
    It is often thought that migraines are just “really bad headaches”, but that isn’t necessarily true. While headaches can be particularly painful, most migraine sufferers also complain of sensitivity to light and sound as well as touch and smells, blurred vision or other vision changes, nausea and vomiting, numbness or weakness in the body, pins and needles, uncontrollable twitching, dizziness, fainting, and many more. Often, those who have migraines are not able to take medication for it or decide not to for the simple fact that it doesn’t work.
    Having many friends and family who suffer from migraines, as well as having them myself, I can tell you that there is a large difference between a particularly bad headache and a migraine. Most of the time when I get a migraine it feels like what most people would describe as a horrid hangover. It hurts to open or close my eyes and the nausea is there no matter what I do. I get dizzy sitting up, but laying down also results in the room spinning. On these types of days, there isn’t much that I can safely do around my own home, let alone going out. Getting into a car is not an option even in the passenger seat and I would never dream of driving with that sort of symptom list.
    If you suffer from migraines and have not found something to help your symptoms, try coming into DiBella Chiropractic. Studies have been done which show that chiropractic care can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines and their symptoms. We understand how debilitating they can be, so come in when you can and hopefully we can do something to help you get back to your normal routine and maybe even make it better!

General Health Tips - Gastonia Chiropractor

General Health Tips - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I really want to focus on general health tips. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the winter season we tend to forget just how easy it can be to work towards being a little healthier. These are a few things that you may want to make an active attempt to remember in order to keep yourself feeling fresh and bright.

  1. Drink More Water. One of the biggest problems that we face is dehydration. While warmer drinks may be nice during the winter, remember that water is the best thing to put into your body. It can help to increase your immune system as well, so be sure to drink as much as you can during these colder months.
  2. Go To Bed Early. With it getting darker earlier at this time of the year, this may be a bit easier to do. Try going to bed even ten minutes earlier than you normally do in order to get a good night’s rest. You won’t be able to do much of anything if you are constantly tired, so sleeping well during the night is important.
  3. Get Off Electronics. This one is much more difficult as many of our jobs require us to sit in front of a computer screen for at least eight hours a day. However, spending a little less time staring at the television or your phone when you get home may help your health. Blue light which is emitted from electronics has shown to mess up your natural sleep cycle, so try reading a book or getting outside instead of scrolling through Facebook.
  4. Save Some Money. This one is the hardest on the list and we know that. Sometimes this simply isn’t possible, but if you can save any amount of money it can help your health. Money is one of the main sources of stress, especially around this time of the year. If you can work to save a little bit each month, it may seriously help your mental health.

    It is easy to let your health go off to the side with all of the other concerns we have in our lives, but you can’t help anyone else if you don’t help yourself. Make sure that you take care of your own health so that you can continue to be the awesome person you are.

Excercise Can Be Fun - Gastonia Chiropractor

Excercise Can Be Fun - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I want to talk about fun things you can do to exercise and get your body moving. While we normally don’t think of exercise as something fun, it doesn’t have to be a burden. In fact, there are tons of ways to have a great time while also doing something that is great for you. Here are a couple of ideas to get you up and exercising.

  1. Dance. As I write this, one of my neighbors is playing very loud Celtic music and although I haven’t the foggiest idea how to correctly dance to this, it makes me want to get up and move! I have always felt like Celtic music has an incredibly infectious beat and enjoy simply walking or riding my bike while listening to it, but why stop there? Get up, dance a little crazy, act like a fool, and get your heart rate up! There’s nothing wrong with having a bit of fun because some music sounds great.

  2. Walking. Walking doesn’t have to be dull or feel like a chore for it to be exercise. If you enjoy nature, find a trail that you can walk around and look at the animals from. Go to a zoo and spend the day walking around looking at your favorite creatures. Even going to the mall and spending the day shopping is exercise as long as you are up and walking, so why not use that as a reason to get those cute things you had been looking at online?

  3. Gaming. Certain systems that you can play games on encourage you to get up and moving. Systems like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox with Kinect are both great ways to get yourself excited to exercise. There are dance games, fighting games, sports game, and even virtual or augmented reality games which require you to move around in order to play. Find the kind of game that works for you and have a fun day of it!

Just a little bit of exercise every day is enough to add years to your life and take them off your body. If you want other ways to exercise, come into DiBella Chiropractic in Gastonia and we can work out a system or exercise regimen for you to follow in order to get to a healthier and better you!

Sleep Help - Gastonia Chiropractor

Sleep Help - Gastonia Chiropractor

This week I want to talk to you about sleep. I don’t know about you, but sleep and I do not have a very good relationship. This is not uncommon for adults with chronic disorders or even people who lead hectic and stressful lives. Even kids are now showing signs of poor sleeping habits. While some studies say that it is because of electronics, others say it is because of the high level of pressure that is being placed upon them by schooling habits at such a young age. Whatever the reason may be for a lack of sleep, we can all agree that it kind of stinks. Here are a few ways that you can try to get to sleep and stay that way.

1. Get The Right Pillow. One problem that many of us have is an insufficient pillow. This can increase neck pain and back pain which will keep us tossing and turning all night until we find a comfortable position, which is reliably about five minutes before our alarm goes off to get into work the next day. Try to find a pillow that keeps your head parallel to the bed instead of too low or too high.

2. Cool It Down. Many people like to sleep in a cooler room, and they just may be onto something. Scientists say that having a bedroom that is somewhere around sixty five degrees is optimal, although other estimates say that sixty eight or seventy is where you want the thermostat. Either way, find what works for you and see if cooling down the temperature can help you stay asleep.

3. Tune Out. If you’re like me, this will be the most difficult step. I like to sleep with the television on, but scientists say that this is not a good habit to be in. Turning off all electronics including the television and the cell phone is a good way to make sure that you get to sleep and stay that way, as electronics give off blue light which disrupts the natural human circadian rhythm.

Another thing that keeps many people awake is pain. If this is your problem, then come into DiBella Chiropractic in Gastonia and see if a spinal adjustment can help you feel better when it is time to lie down. Just make sure you get home before you try and fall asleep!

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