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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!

Pros and Cons of Shoveling Snow - Gastonia Chiropractor

Pros and Cons of Shoveling Snow - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the first things many of us think of when we hear the word winter is snow. While snow can be beautiful and calming to look at, there is also a darker side of that white stuff. This is mostly shown when we need to shovel it. Shoveling is, unfortunately, a necessary evil, however there are two sides to every story. Here are some of the good and bad things about this mandatory activity.

One of the main pros of shoveling is that it gets the snow out of certain areas. This means that your driveway, walkways, and stairs are now free of snow. This makes them much safer, especially if you couple shoveling with salting the area once the snow is gone. Making sure that the area is no longer slippery is something that is always appreciated by all who need to use it. This may be friends, family, and even post office workers.

Another good thing about shoveling is that it gets you exercise. The winter makes a lot of us less willing to go outside and work out, but shoveling means you need to work. You are walking around which helps work your leg muscles, you are likely bending over or crouching down so your core gets some work, and you are lifting heavy snow so your arms also get a workout. It is cold outside while you shovel, so there isn’t a concern about overheating either. While dehydration is a concern, it won’t occur as easily as it would if it were summer weather outside.

However, there are also bad sides to having to shovel. First and foremost is the danger. Shoveling can be painful if you are shoveling wrong. As I said, you’re lifting heavy snow and if you are doing it incorrectly, you could be putting a lot of stress onto your back. It also takes quite a bit of energy, so if you are older or have other medical conditions, you need to be careful with how much you do at a time.

If you want to be safer while shoveling, there are specially designed shovels that you can purchase. While a bit more expensive, they will help in regards to the pressure on your joints. No matter what kind of shovel you use, we suggest coming into DiBella Chiropractic to have your back adjusted after any type of heavy snow activity such as shoveling. Only once it is safe to drive, of course!

Car Accidents - Gastonia Chiropractic Services

Car Accidents - Gastonia Chiropractic Services

It is more uncommon for a person to have never gotten into a car accident than it is for them to have been in one. While we hope that your biggest experience with a car crash is nothing more than a fender bender, we know that this is wishful thinking. Car accidents kill far too many people every year and although we can’t do anything to prevent this, we certainly will do all we can to make sure that you recover from it well.

Car accidents seem to happen more during the holiday season. Perhaps we just hear about them more because it is always so upsetting when someone is killed or seriously hurt around this time of the year. Whatever the truth is, the fact remains that between the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, people drinking to celebrate the New Year and then driving, and just the normal accidents can really take a toll on some of us. These types of accidents are often the most upsetting and they can affect a person’s mental health as well as their physical health. Both of these are very important and can be severely impacted around this time of the year even without a car accident to contend with.

If you are out driving, please do all you can to be safe. Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings, that you have the right tires, that you don’t try to drive through snow and ice if you don’t have to, and that someone always knows where you are going and when you should be there by. Far too often we hear stories about people who were in car accidents that ended up more hurt because no one knew that they were missing. Please don’t let yourself become one of those stories that makes everyone cry. Always be proactive and preemptive in your treatment of these types of situations.

If you have been in a car accident, then come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment and see what else we can do to help you get back to your old self. It may take a while depending upon the injury, but nothing will make us happier during the holiday season than seeing you come in and feel better.

Stiff and Sore in the Mornings - Chiropractors Corner - Gastonia

Stiff and Sore in the Mornings - Chiropractors Corner - Gastonia

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have noticed that recently you’ve been waking up more and more sore. Your joints don’t quite want to move the way they normally do and your back is likely killing you when you get up in the morning. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been spending some extra time in bed each morning just stretching and trying to build up the motivation to get out of bed because I know it’s going to hurt. It really is a very upsetting situation when you know you need to get up to feed your pet or use the bathroom but at the same time you know all it will do is cause you pain.

If this sounds like what you’ve been going through lately, you certainly aren’t alone. There may be a multitude of reasons for this, though, so unfortunately we can’t offer you a quick fix. It may be something as simple as you needing a new pillow or it may be something serious that has started to develop in your bones and joints. Only a doctor can tell, so get into your primary care doctor and let them know what’s going on.

If you generally wake up with a bit of soreness but notice that it has been getting worse lately, you may not need to be alarmed. Many people with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia say that their symptoms seem to get worse in the winter. Once that temperature goes down, their pain levels go up and there doesn’t seem to be anything to combat this fact. You can turn the heat on, but obviously no one wants to sweat in their sleep so make sure that you find a temperature that is comfortable for you. This can also reduce your tossing and turning which may be another contributing factor to your pain when you wake up in the morning.

If you are stiff and sore when you first wake up and, like me, want nothing more than to lay there until you feel better, then come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment and see just how much it may be able to help. You never know what can change your life, but you can be sure that this is a great place to start!

Holiday Pains - Chiropractors Corner - Gastonia

Holiday Pains - Chiropractors Corner - Gastonia

I don’t know about you, but the closer to the holidays it gets the more I seem to hurt. Between lugging a tree in and out of my house, getting up and down from the ladder to decorate it, all of the cooking and cleaning that needs to be done, I start getting sore just thinking about it. Seriously, my back is hurting just from typing that and knowing I have to do it all soon. Don’t get me wrong, I do love this time of the year, but it can seriously be a pain in the neck!

Something that you should always do around the holidays is stretch. I know, I know, I constantly say that stretching helps, but it really does! After all, you’re going to be a lot more active around this time of the year than you usually are. Pulling things out of the oven, picking up your younger family members, moving everything around in your house, running around to get those last minute gifts, and everything else that you need to do can really take a toll on your body. Stretching and getting your muscles nice and loose can help to make sure that you don’t hurt yourself on any of those lifts when you have to carry all of your wonderful presents to and from your door.

Another thing that you should do around this time of the year is make sure that you get enough sleep. This is hard, I know, but you want those visions of sugarplums to last for a full eight hours. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will probably wake up sore and that’s never good when you have so much other work that you need to do before your in-laws show up. After all, you know who won’t show up if you’re still awake late into the night.

If you are still sore, as you probably are, then feel free to come into DiBella Chiropractics. We can help adjust your spine, neck, and whatever else may be hurting you. We can give you tips on how to get a better rest at night and how to optimize your exercise routine to make sure those extra pounds are kept to a minimum. Come on in and see just how much of a change we can help you make!

Holiday Diets - Chiropractors Corner

Holiday Diets - Chiropractors Corner

Don’t scroll past, I’m not saying you need to put down that pie! When I say holiday diet, I don’t mean you need to go on one when all of this delicious food is out. If I said that I would be just about the biggest hypocrite on the face of this earth. When I say diet, I mean it in the sense of what we shouldn’t eat too much of or maybe not at all. But just this once, I’m going to say that you should take it as more of a suggestion than an actual rule.

None of us like to hear that D**t word around this time of the year. I know that I’ve already put on a few extra pounds from Thanksgiving that will only be added to in a couple of weeks. The holidays are notorious for causing people to gain weight, which is one of the reasons that the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose some of it again. I get it though, who can resist all of those incredible cookies that Aunt Marge only makes this one time a year or that pie that you swear never smelled so good?

As with anything in life, everything is fine in moderation. Granted this time of year isn’t really known for moderation, but as long as you don’t go too overboard with the intake it really isn’t going to be too bad for most of you. Having that self-control is key, though. If you know where I can find some extra, please let me know because I don’t know how I’m going to get through this month without eating an entire tray of cookies just by myself. The entire month tends to feel like a cheat day, but that can quickly become dangerous. Trust me, I’ve been there.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we can help you with a nutrition plan to get you through the holidays with minimal damage done. While you’re here, get a spinal adjustment and see just how much better you will feel after. If you can’t make it in before you find the dessert table, then we can help you set up an exercise routine for the New Year. Either way, we can’t wait to see you!

Wearing High Heels - Chiropractors Corner

Wearing High Heels - Chiropractors Corner

If you are a female and are in the workplace, chances are you are expected to dress a certain way. While this may not be an issue if you work in a hands-on sort of profession like machinery, it can pose some trouble to you if you are in a more traditionally female role. Most businesses have a dress code of one form or another and unfortunately some of these require wearing high heeled shoes. This is mostly common in the media or in high end businesses like elite banking. The issue is, that dress code may be damaging your body.

Wearing heels was originally meant for royalty and not the common folk. This is because the heels and platforms that were worn were extremely impractical for walking in, which royalty did not need to do. In fact, at one point it was illegal for anyone who was not royalty or in the royal court to wear heels. So if it was so impractical, why did they become such a fashion staple for women?

It turns out that men originally wore heels for the most part, but when women began to attempt to look more masculine they began adopting the sign of royal footwear and slowly changed it to be able to walk in them with greater ease. This does not, however, mean that it is easy to navigate around in these shoes. While some people can do all sorts of things and run around in high heels all day, the fact still remains that it is not actually good for your feet and by extension the rest of your body to do so.

If you are in a business where it is expected that you wear heels and there is no other option, we suggest carrying around a pair of sneakers or flats with arch support which you can change out of when you are expected to wear the high heels. While this is not optimal, spending as little time in them as possible should be your goal. If you are concerned that wearing heels may have done some damage to your back and legs, come into DiBella Chiropractic for an examination and adjustment. There is no reason why you shouldn’t do all you can to minimize any damage done. After all, you only get one body to go through life with.

Immune Systems and Chiropractic Health

Immune Systems and Chiropractic Health

Every day, doctors are learning more and more new things about just how truly beneficial chiropractic treatment is. While most people have at least heard how much it can help with back and neck pain, a few studies that have been done recently also how that it may help to prevent us from getting sick. While we aren’t saying that you should throw all other methods of keeping yourself healthy out of the window, it may be worth it to come into DiBella Chiropractic for a chiropractic adjustment if you are prone to illness like so many others.

Antioxidant is a word that has been used increasingly over the last few years, but not all of us know quite what it means. Put simply, antioxidants are things in our bodies that help to protect us from getting sick. They can help protect against everything from the common cold to cancer. While antioxidants can occur in our bodies naturally, the things that we do and the foods that we eat also play a part in how effective our bodies react to illnesses. You may have noticed recently that certain foods such as yogurts or other fruit based things have begun boasting that they are full of antioxidants. It turns out that chiropractic care may be as well.

There has been talk for quite a while that chiropractic care may have an impact on how our bodies react to different things like germs and bacteria. Recently, more and more research has been coming out which seems to prove that those of us who thought we saw a connection between the two are right. While not everyone will be completely healthy once they begin chiropractic care, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t at least worth a shot if you find yourself calling in sick quite often due to a bit of a bug.

Chiropractic care in regards to your immune system is a great way to try and keep kids and those of us who deal with them and the public nice and healthy. Children pass around germs like candy and those who work in places where we interact with a lot of people are also at a high risk for illness. Come into DiBella Chiropractic for chiropractic care and see just how much of a difference it can make for your immune system.

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