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!!

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 14 - Walking, Jogging and Running

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 14 - Walking, Jogging and Running

This week, I want to talk about walking, jogging, and running. With the crazy weather we have been seeing across the country this week, many of us that are atmospherically blessed may be wanting to get out there and exercise. This is especially true if we look at pictures of the areas that there is snow. I know that when I saw the blizzard that Colorado had, I wanted to go outside and bask in the sun, that’s for sure. How do we know if it is a good day to exercise, though? What kind of weather should we wait for to really get outside? Here are some things to look for.

  1. Make sure that the temperature is comfortable for you to be outside in for an extended period of time. For some people this is around sixty degrees and for others it isn’t until the thermometer hits around eighty. Whatever is comfortable for you is fine, but you should wait for that.

  2. Check for rain or humidity in the forecast. If it is supposed to be muggy, you probably would be better off waiting until tomorrow to head outside to get your exercise in. Being outside in the heavy humidity can do more damage than anything else if you are not used to it.

  3. Whether it is sunny or overcast, pay attention to the UV index. Check to see how high it is or how high it will be in a couple of hours to plan your outdoor exercise. If you are unsure how high the index is, then it is always better to be safe than sorry and put on sunscreen before you leave your house.

  4. It doesn’t matter if you are going to be outside for a couple of minutes or a couple of hours. Be sure to bring a water bottle. Have actual water in it too. This is the best thing you can use to rehydrate yourself. If you are outside exercising, you want to do this so you don’t become dizzy or develop a heat related disorder.

While exercise is something we all should strive to do as often as possible, some days we just should not go outside to do it. On these days, you can jog in place at home or even take a day off. Sometimes it’s just safer to not exercise.

Abdominal Pain Study From 2008 - Chiropractic

Abdominal Pain Study From 2008 - Chiropractic

Although chiropractic care generally focuses on the bones and muscles in the neck and spine, sometimes we see a study come forth from a scientific journal which gives us cause to think about the other things that this practice may be able to treat. Such was the case in 2008 when an Australian chiropractic journal released documentation of a study that was conducted on one patient with abdominal pain. While it should be noted that this was only one patient and there has not been another study done to my knowledge, it is always worth a thought to see what may have worked for someone.

In 2008, a study was ready which described the case of a nine year old girl who had complained of abdominal problems which were affecting her school and gymnastic lessons. She had been put on medications to relieve the discomfort, including Mylanta, which did not help the situation. The girl described the pain as “burning” in her left upper abdominal area and there was a severe increase in flatulence that was observed as well. She was tested, but they found no food intolerance or allergy that would have caused the sudden change in the girl. There was also no reported trauma which would have resulted in the pain.

For seven weeks, the girl was dealing with this before she was brought into a chiropractor who immediately began to give her full spinal adjustments. The doctor used the Activator Technique and there was reportedly an immediate relief felt by the girl. The doctor then had her come back for six more visits, during which the girl received these full spinal adjustments. After these, she was released from care and had a reported decrease in abdominal pain and other symptoms until they were finally gone.

Although it may very well be that this treatment was only helpful for this one little girl, at least that means that one less little girl is in pain. We here at DiBella Chiropractic are extremely thankful that her guardians allowed a chiropractor to try and help her with wonderful results. We are not saying that this will help with any other person who comes in with these symptoms, but we personally think it is always worth a try.

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 13 - Balance Exercise

Chiropractic Weekly Wellness Tips - Week 13 - Balance Exercise

With so many exercise tips being put out to everyone, I wanted to do a focus article. There doesn’t seem to be enough love in exercise magazines and articles for our older generations. Not everyone can lay down on the floor anymore, and if they do, not all of us can get back up again. I myself have two elderly parents who have a difficult time exercising except for walking. While walking is a wonderful way to get moving, there are other things that you can do even as you age.

Balance exercises are some of the best things for you to do as you age. As you get older, your balance naturally decreases and it becomes more and more likely that you will fall. Of course we all know that the older you are when you fall, the more devastating the injury and the more difficult it is to recover. This is because your bones are more brittle and because your equilibrium is skewed. If you stand near a wall with your hand gently brushing it while your arm is straight out and lift one leg and then the other, you can help to decrease the chance of falling and harming yourself. Just make sure that if you start to fall, you have something to grab onto and steady yourself with.

Stretching is another wonderful thing to do as you age. This will increase your range of motion and allow you to remain more independent for longer. You will also be able to move better due to this range of motion that you have developed. Simple stretches can be done while in bed in the morning, such as reaching for your toes while your legs are straight out in front of you, or lifting your arms over your head and leaning from side to side to stretch out your shoulders and back.

There are hundreds of stretches that our elderly patients can use. They will only help to improve your quality of life, so why shouldn’t you try them? If you are interested in learning more that you can do on your own, then come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment and we can show you how to stretch as well.

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