The Opioid Epidemic and Chiropractic Care

The Opioid Epidemic and Chiropractic Care

As many of you are probably well aware, the country is in the grasp of a horrible opioid use epidemic. This covers both prescription drug abuse and the abuse of many illegal drugs. This is threatening the lives of not only those who use these drugs, but many of the first responders and even funeral workers who come to collect the bodies of those who have been taken by it. There was recently a case in Ohio where an officer found some white powder on his uniform after handling a body and brushed it off thinking nothing of it. He then ended up having to receive four shots of Narcan before being fully stabilized due to the drug absorbing through his hand and causing him to overdose.

This is a horrifying time and I personally do not think I know anyone who has not been affected in one way or another by this terrible addiction sweeping the country. This is one of the reasons that Chiropractors think that their work is so incredibly important and I have to concur. In a society that has been giving out pain killers almost like candy, those doctors who use other techniques to help their patients deal with pain seem to be more important now than ever.

While we are not saying that chiropractors are better than other kinds of doctors, we cannot ignore that prescription drug abuse is something that has ruined many people’s lives. Not only does addiction harm the person who needs the substance, but those who love them as well. It has been documented that even when doctors refuse to refill scripts, patients will find another way to deal with the pain. I know that’s what happened to one of my loved ones, although thankfully he is now in recovery.

Chiropractic care is often looked down on as “new age” medicine because we don’t use pills. However, in the light of this epidemic that is taking over so many lives, we can’t help but wonder if maybe this is what some people need. Many are in pain, both mentally and physically, and chiropractic care has been shown to be a positive influence for those problems. If you or a loved one suffers from opioid addiction, please seek help. You may also want to come in and try chiropractic care to help stop some of that physical pain along with addiction therapy. You owe it to yourself and those you love.

Slippery When Wet - Chiropractors Corner

Slippery When Wet - Chiropractors Corner

Falling down is almost never fun. Although I have a bad habit of laughing like crazy when I fall, it isn’t because I am having fun doing it. I generally laugh as a way to either deal with pain or because I know I probably looked like a ridiculous flailing octopus as I fell. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fall too often anymore but I certainly used to trip over the air when I was younger. There didn’t even need to be anything slippery. Thankfully now I at least like to think that I’ve gotten a little more careful.

Generally when we think of falling because of weather conditions, we think of snow and ice. Sometimes, however, this may be why we fall. We are lulled into a false sense of security by the lack of white precipitation on the ground. The warmer temperatures make us think that there is nothing out to get us that is invisible on the ground. Well, that is exactly what those slippery little things want you to think. The truth is, you can very easily fall despite the warmth for the simple reason that water is still wet.

When it is raining or has recently stopped doing so, most surfaces will be at least a little slippery. This is why most stores will have “Wet Floor” signs up at the entrances during a rain storm. They know as well as I do that water of any kind can make you lose your footing. This is especially true on flat surfaces such as tile, wood, or metal. Those metal plates that you sometimes have to walk across if you are in a parking lot or crossing the street can be extremely mean to you. Trust me, I have seen more people be taken down by them than by elevators. Yes, I have been taken down as well.

My point is that whenever it is wet outside, in whatever form, you need to be careful. If you are walking around outside, make sure that you have appropriate footwear for the weather and always make sure that you have someone with you if you are prone to falling. If you have fallen, come into DiBella Chiropractic and see if we can help with the pain you are now feeling. We can’t guarantee that it won’t happen again, though.

Gardening Outside and Not Getting Hurt - Chiropractors Corner

Gardening Outside and Not Getting Hurt - Chiropractors Corner

While gardening is a great way to spend quite a few hours in the spring and summer, there is always a chance that you can end up hurting. How many times have you planted some flowers and then gone to stand up only to feel a pull in your lower back from being in the same position for so long? I know that it’s happened to me. Here are a couple of things that you can do to help prevent that pain after spending a day making your home look more lovely.

  1. Stretch. I am a stretch pusher. I will admit that very freely. Stretching is one of the most important things that you can do to help your body with most things. Make sure that you breathe deeply and stretch your back and legs before you get down to business. Try to touch your toes and reach up towards the sky. Slowly twist at the torso and move your neck around so that you loosen your body up.

  2. Use Padding. One thing that helps a lot of people is kneeling on some sort of pad. They sell those in almost any hardware or garden store, but you can also use an old piece of foam to rest your knees on. While this will make your knees a little higher, it is also better for them to not be on the hard ground for extended periods of time. Knee pain is one of the most common types of joint pain in our country, so anything that you can do to prevent it will be good.

  3. Take Breaks. I know that I don’t like doing this once I get into a rhythm, but taking breaks is extremely important. Perhaps try to do this every three or four bulbs or every row. This will give you a great reason to stand up, stretch again, and take a drink or two. Keeping hydrated is a great way to prevent muscle cramping which will also mean that you will be less likely to hurt after a day in the garden.

Gardening is a great load of fun for many people, but pain certainly is not. If you are hurting, come into DiBella Chiropractic and let us give you a spinal adjustment so that you can get back to feeling better quickly.

Chiropractics Non-Invasive Treatment Means No Knives!

Chiropractics Non-Invasive Treatment Means No Knives!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been pretty scared about going under the knife. I have personally only had surgery a couple of times, but each time has terrified me. It’s not that I didn’t have faith in my doctors or surgeons, I just don’t like the idea of someone cutting into me with a sharpened knife and taking something out. I am not a fan of needles, even though I am a regular blood donor, and I am even less of a fan of not having control of my body while under the appropriate medications needed for surgery. If you are anything like me, then chiropractic care may just be what you’ve been looking for your whole life.

Chiropractic care does not believe in using surgery or shots as a first resort for any injury. While there are obviously some exceptions, we will try to deal with almost any injury dealing with your muscular-skeletal system without any type of invasive procedure or medication. I will write a disclaimer though, if you come into our office with a broken bone, we will send you right to the E.R. Trust me, I’ve seen someone walk into a chiropractic office and ask if they could fix their broken arm. That is something you need to go to the hospital for.

If you are not too keen on getting a shot of painkillers or getting opened up for something, however, we are your ideal stop. We will do everything we can to make sure that your pain is taken care of. We know how much it stinks to be in constant pain, especially in an area like the back or neck. This means that we will use all kinds of manipulation techniques on those areas to put them back into place in an attempt to make the pain go away.

If you are concerned or have other questions about what we can do to help you, come on into DiBella Chiropractic and see what we have to say in a consultation. We want you to feel better about your life and your body, and that’s difficult if you are in constant pain. Let us see what we can do to better your quality of life, and you can thank us later for the fact that you won’t have any scars to show for it.


Exercising Outdoors With Your Children - Chiropractors Corner

Chiropractors Corner Exercising Outdoors With Your Children

If you have kids, then you know how active and how much energy they normally have. Let me tell you, I have two nephews and they tire me out! While it can be tempting to tell them to go outside and play while you sit in the shade and read a book while keeping an eye on them, it is always good to get some exercise with them as well. Here are a couple of things you can do with your kids outdoors over the summer.

  1. Ride A Bike. Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage for many children. This is especially true when you finally take the training wheels off and they can ride around either with you, their siblings, or their friends. It can be great fun and is wonderful exercise. While teaching your children how to ride, why don’t you break out your own bike and show them how it’s done? Just make sure that you are on pretty smooth ground. If they are too young to ride themselves, you can get ride along trailers so they can enjoy the outside while you get some exercise.

  2. Walk or Jog. Going for a walk with your children is a great way to spend time together and exercise at the same time. You may want to walk down to the local park they enjoy or walk over to a friend’s house for a playdate while you get to talk to someone who can use more than two syllable words and is potty trained. If your child is still in a stroller, there are jogging strollers available. If you don’t want to deal with that hassle, you may want to look into a baby sling or a strap on baby carrier. These can both be great tools for a parent who needs both hands free.

Getting outside and getting your kid to exercise is something that is extremely important. They need the fresh air and everyone can benefit from getting a little exercise in. It’s also a great way to bond with your child, as you can talk and laugh and play all the while. Come on into DiBella Chiropractic and get an adjustment for both you and your child so that you know you’re both feeling great!

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 17 - Posture

Chiropractic Posture

This week I want to talk to you about posture. Here in America, we have terrible posture. This is not an attack on anyone, but as a whole our societal habits generally mean that our posture is not conducive to a healthy back. This is for many different reasons including our chairs, the weight we carry around in backpacks as students, and weaker muscles. Here are some tips on how to consciously alter your posture to make it better.

  1. Sit Correctly. If possible, it is always better to have your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest if they do not reach. It is also important not to cross your legs at any point, be it the knee or the ankle. Do your best to keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your chair. Do not sit with your knees above your hips, as this automatically pushes out your lower back. Relax your shoulders. Do your best to keep your forearms parallel to the ground if they need to be elevated. Also, don’t sit in the same position for too long. If possible, get up and walk around a little.

  2. Stand Properly. If you are standing, your weight should be evenly distributed with the majority of it on the balls of your feet. You should stand with your feet about shoulder width apart and make sure that your knees are slightly bent. You never want to lock your knees. Stand up straight, as if there was a metal rod in your back. Keep your shoulders back and your head level. Your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Tuck your stomach in and make sure that your arms are hanging naturally.

  3. Lying Down Properly. You should always sleep with a pillow to keep your head cradled. Also, avoid sleeping on your stomach too much. If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees. If you sleep on your side, keep one between your knees.

Correcting your posture may very well end up helping a great deal of the back pain that you live with from day to day. In addition to this, come into DiBella Chiropractic for added pain relief. You deserve to be able to live without being in constant pain!

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 16 - Swimming Pool

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 16 - Swimming Pool

This week, I want to talk to you about swimming and pools and how much it can help you. Now that the weather is warming up, you may start to seek ways to cool down in the heat. One of the best ways to do this is in a pool. If you have access to one, you may start to see more benefits than just lowering your temperature on those hot days. Here are a few ways that pools and swimming can help your body if you use them correctly.

  • Relaxation. Pools often are used as a symbol of calm and tranquil summer days. Whether you are floating on a tube in a pool or reading a book with your feet in, pools really can help you relax. I was in my pool a couple of days ago and actually fell asleep as I was floating around because the soft rocking of the tube mixed with the warmth of the sun lulled me. If you think this may happen to you, just make sure you’re wearing a good amount of sunscreen.
  • Exercise. Swimming is wonderful exercise for people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. While we don’t expect everyone to turn into an Olympic swimmer, we do suggest doing a couple of laps every day that you can in an attempt to build up your leg, arm, and core muscles. Even if you can’t swim for whatever reason, you will be able to benefit from being in a pool. There are aerobics that you can do in water and even just walking around can help you. Due to the buoyancy, your joints will not receive the same impact as they would if you were exercising on hard ground, so this is especially good for those with arthritis or who are overweight.
  • Fun. Let’s face it, being in a pool is fun! Call a couple of friends over and get into the pool and just play around. Have a water ball toss game. Play water tag. Just get out there and exercise!

While we know that not all of you will have access to a pool, we do want to remind you that many local gyms likely have them. If you are starting a new exercise regiment, the pool may be the perfect place for you to start!

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 15 - Hydration

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 15 - Hydration

This week, I want to talk to you about hydration and how important it is. Now that summer is just about upon us, keeping yourself and your loved ones hydrated is an extremely important task. Dehydration can strike with very little prior warning, especially in those that are extremely young or those who are quite a bit older. Here are some of the symptoms to look out for in regards to dehydration for those of all ages.

  1. Extreme Thirst

  2. Dark Urine

  3. Less Frequent Urination

  4. Headache

  5. Fatigue

  6. Confusion

  7. Listlessness

  8. Irritability

  9. Dry Mouth and Tongue


In Children

  1. No Tears While Crying

  2. No Wet Diapers In Over 3-4 Hours

  3. Sunken Eyes and Cheeks

  4. Sunken Soft Spot on Skull

  5. Fever

The reasons for dehydration are almost as numerous as the symptoms. It may be caused by the obvious or not drinking enough water. This can happen to most of us, especially if we are working outside on a particularly warm day. However, there are times that you need to keep fluids in your body that you may not think about. These include when you are sick with a fever, if you have been sweating more than usual such as with a new workout routine, if you have been urinating more than usual which can be a sign of another medical issue such as diabetes or pregnancy, or if you have had diarrhea. If you or a loved one have been experiencing any of these problems, remind them or yourself to drink more water to replenish the body’s natural store.

Dehydration is an extremely serious problem. It can cause many different issues. Some of these include:

  1. Heat Disorders. Problems such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion are no joke and can come on suddenly if you are outside and not drinking enough water.

  2. Low Blood Volume (Hypovolemic) Shock. This is potentially life threatening and occurs when your blood volume is low along with your blood pressure and oxygen levels.

  3. Seizures. Electrolytes help to keep your body running normally, and if they are out of balance you may experience a seizure.

  4. Kidney and Urinary Disorders. Frequent dehydration can cause kidney infections, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections along with other issues.

Please remember to drink lots of water this summer!!

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