Heat Stroke - Chiropractors Corner

Heat Stroke - Chiropractors Corner

For me, the summer means swimming, good food, and spending time with friends outside. While it is not my favorite season, I can certainly understand why some people enjoy it so much. Unfortunately, not everything about the summer is all sunshine and rainbows. There are certain issues that you can develop almost exclusively in the summer. If nothing else, it is certainly much easier to see these problems during the hotter months of the year. While we hope that you never experience or see these issues, we also know how incredibly important it is for you to know the warning signs for these problems.

One of the most terrifying summer issues is heat stroke. Heat stroke is an absolutely horrifying disease and you should never mess around when you think either you or someone else is experiencing it. Heat stroke is something that you want to seek medical attention for immediately and do not second guess calling an ambulance if you think someone is having a heat stroke. Here are some of the symptoms to help you recognize what you may be looking for.

  • Nausea

  • Headache

  • Vomiting

  • Vertigo

  • Dizziness

  • Rapid Heartbeat

  • Fatigue

  • Dry Skin

  • Hot skin

  • Decreased Sweating

  • Decreased Urination

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Blood in Stool

  • Blood in Urine

  • Confusion

  • Anxiety

  • Delirium

  • Loss of Consciousness

  • Extreme Fever

  • Convulsions

The horrifying thing about heat stroke is that it can come on suddenly without much to any prior warning. If you are with someone who starts to exhibit these symptoms, call for medical attention immediately. Try and get some fluids in the person, get them to a shady and cool area, and stay with them until help arrives. Heat stroke can be, and sadly often is, fatal. Those who are older are at an increased risk of heat related illnesses and should be monitored closely when in the heat for an extended period of time.

Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we normally help out with your joints or your muscles. We do care about you as a person, though, which is why we wanted to remind you that heat can kill. While we certainly want you to have a good time during the summer, just remember that it can be dangerous. Come into our office and rest assured that we will look out for every aspect of your health.

Backpack Safety and Chiropractic Care

Backpack Safety and Chiropractic Care

Although the school year over for most people, the pain is just beginning. For many kids and teens in America, the fact of heavy backpacks is an everyday event. It is never a good deal of fun to carry around large amounts of books, but as someone who has worked both at a library and who was somewhat recently a student, I can tell you that I prefer lugging around boxes of dictionaries than I did carrying around my textbooks in a bag.

We are noticing more and more that students are complaining of back pain. When asked if they have a book bag, the answer is almost always yes. Sometimes when asked to bring them in, the students do and we find that they are difficult for us to lift, let alone walk around with. While students don’t normally have these bags on their backs all day, the amount of time for the weight they are causes enough damage. This is especially true when you factor in that so many of these kids are jostled around in the hallways due to overcrowded schools and buses. There are a couple of ways that you can help your student with their bags.

First, make sure they have a bag with two straps. Having a large amount of weight on one shoulder will only increase the amount of pain the student is in. Recommendations say that a book bag should be no heavier than ten percent of your student’s body weight. While we know that this isn’t always an option due to school restrictions, you should at least attempt to remind your child to reduce the weight if possible. Also, make sure that the straps are correctly positioned. Any bag lower than four inches under the waist will tend to pull back on the shoulders which often causes students to lean forward and can strain the muscles in their back and chest. This is especially a problem in students who are still growing. Also, make sure the straps are padded so they do not cut into the child’s skin.

Backpacks are a necessity in most schools, but they can cause quite a bit of harm. Try and talk to your student and their teachers to see if you can work out a system that doesn’t harm the child’s body.

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!

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