Blogs

Headaches - Gastonia Chiropractor

When you have a headache, you just want to be able to shut down for the day. It can feel nearly impossible to go through your day with the same excitement and energy that you normally exude when you are suffering from any kind of pain. It is exhausting to try and work through any pain, but especially when it is centered in your head. One of the worst things about headaches is that there are so many different kinds and causes. What works to get you relief one day may not help the next. If your headache is caused by exhaustion, you may be able to just take a nap and wake up feeling better. If you have a headache that seems to be aggravated by sound, you can sit and rest in a quiet room for a few hours. If, however, it is stress based, these things may not help at all. While you might not automatically know how to fight the pain, headaches don't have to take over your whole life.

The worst part about a headache is how long they seem to stay. When you have a bad headache, it often feels like it's never going to go away. You can get a headache from just about anything, too. One can occur when sitting in the same position for too long or not drinking enough water. While a rogue headache now and then can be disruptive, when you deal with them frequently, something needs to be done to help you through the day.

Headaches are one of the most commonly treated issues here at DiBella Chiropractic. We know how badly they can set you back in your schedule and how frustrating it is, especially when they are frequent. Don't feel like you have to get through the pain on your own, we know how common these issues are without treatment. Thankfully, chiropractic care has been shown to help relieve headaches of all kinds.

If you suffer from chronic headaches, give us a call. We know it can be difficult to find the time, but it is important to invest in yourself and your health, so come in and see what a difference chiropractic care can make. We can help you combat your headaches without medication, which is a great help for many people. We understand that headaches could be things you're experiencing at work or throughout your busy schedule, but we know that we can make you feel better and back to your old self. Call and schedule your first appointment today!

Acupuncture - Gastonia Chiropractor

Even though many of us know the basics of what acupuncture is, few people have actually had any experience with it. It is a treatment that has been used for centuries that originated in China and has a large base of people who swear by it. It is meant to help balance the flow of energy through the body by helping to open pathways to “chi”, which is the life force that everyone has according to the belief. This is done by inserting needles into specific spots on the body in an effort to clear the meridians (those are what the pathways practitioners believe you to have are called) and allow your energy to flow correctly once again.

There is a different view as to what acupuncture does and why it seems to work. Many people believe that the reason acupuncture works is because you are hitting certain points in the body such as nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. It may also help to boost the painkillers that your body naturally creates. This is why it is often suggested when you have pain in specific spots, such as tooth pain, headaches, back and neck pain, and menstrual cramps. It has also been suggested for things like nausea after surgery or chemotherapy, arthritis, fibromyalgia, respiratory problems, and even labor pain.

As with any type of medical treatment, it is important that you find someone who is certified to do the treatment. Due to the fact that you are using needles, it is important that they be sterile and the majority of people will now use disposable, single-use needles to ensure the sharpness and cleanliness. Even still, there are some reasons why you shouldn’t undergo acupuncture. If you have a pacemaker or bleeding disorder, or if you are taking blood thinners, you should talk to your doctor first. If you are pregnant you should also be careful, as there is evidence that some acupuncture treatments may cause premature delivery.

If you are interested in talking more about acupuncture, call DiBella Chiropractic today. We are open to many different treatments just as long as they are safe and helpful. The main thing at the end of the day is you and your health and comfort. If you are unsure about acupuncture or any other kinds of treatment that you may have heard about, come in and talk to the doctor. It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask and you never know if you will find the thing that makes you feel great!

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome seems to be more common today, but that doesn't mean that it's any better to deal with. Carpal Tunnel is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling that travels from the arm, down through the hand. It happens when one of the main nerves that travels through the center of the wrist, the median nerve, is compressed or pinched at the wrist joint. It gets worse over time if it is left untreated, so early diagnosis is key. If caught early enough, carpal tunnel can be treated with a simple wrist brace, a lack of certain motions, and careful hand positions. However, if it is not addressed and the activity causing the pressure on the nerve is continued, the damage will only continue to worsen. It can quickly reach a point where surgery is required to reduce the pain and relieve the pressure causing the damage to the nerve.

There are a few reasons why there seems to be such an increase in carpal tunnel syndrome diagnoses lately. The most common belief is that people are spending more time on computers. Typing on a keyboard lends itself to a certain position of the hands and wrist, which causes an increase in pressure on the median nerve. Some people try to use cushions under the wrist on both their keyboards and mouse pads in an attempt to combat this. Although this won't completely prevent carpal tunnel, it can only help to keep prolonged pressure off of your wrists. Keeping your wrists elevated slightly is a good way to reduce the damage to the nerve. While there are other factors that can increase your chance of getting carpal tunnel, such as family history and other health conditions, anything you can do to mitigate your risk is worth the effort.

If you have been experiencing any sort of numbness, tingling, burning, or hand and wrist pain, especially centralized in your thumb or middle fingers, give DiBella Chiropractic a call right away. If you are experiencing any weakness or pain that travels up your arm and into your shoulder, let us know when you call to set up your appointment. We will do our best to get you into our office quickly and see if your symptoms are due to carpal tunnel. If they are, we can work with you to deal with your pain without jumping to medication or surgery, so call us today!

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Although most people understand that sciatica is a word that refers to pain, it seems like very few people actually know exactly what sciatica truly is. It can definitely be difficult to keep track of all of the different types of pain that you can have, even when you only focus on one specific type. Sciatica, however, is a fairly common issue that a lot of people suffer from. So what is sciatica and what do you need to watch for if you think you have it?

The term sciatica comes from the sciatic nerve, which travels from your lower back to your hips, buttocks, and down both legs. When you have any amount or type of pain that travels along this nerve for any reason, it falls under the label of sciatica. There can be any number of reasons for the pain, but it is most commonly due to a herniated disk, bone spurs, or a narrowing of the spine. These three issues may be fairly common, but that doesn’t mean they are pleasant to deal with. In fact, the pain from sciatica can be, and often is, completely debilitating. The swelling and numbness that comes with it is concerning enough. You should always take the first sign of symptoms seriously and seek medical assistance immediately before it gets worse.

The symptoms of sciatica seem straightforward, but they can be confusing when experiencing them. People often experience pain which radiates down their leg from the spine, but they may also experience numbness, muscle weakness, or tingling in the leg. People may only have one of those symptoms in one area of the leg, and a different symptom in a different spot. The pain may feel like anything from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing pain, a burning sensation, or even an electrical shock. It may feel more intense if you sit for extended periods of time, if you stand for too long, or if you spasm, like with a strong cough or sneeze. These widely varying symptoms are why you need to go to a doctor if you suspect you have sciatica.

If you think you are suffering from sciatica, call DiBella Chiropractic. Surgery is rarely needed, but you definitely need medical assistance. If your back hurts, you should have a professional look at it. Come in, and see how much better we can make you feel today!

Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most common injuries we see after someone is in a car accident is whiplash. I'm sure by now we all know whiplash is bad, but what exactly is it? What kind of treatment do you need to receive for it? There are dozens of questions that people have about whiplash, and they don't often get asked until after someone has already been diagnosed. While we obviously don't want you to end up diagnosed with whiplash, we always think it is a good idea to be familiar with the signs and symptoms, so here is a brief overview of the disorder:

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sharp, fast head movement front to back that resembles the movement of a whip. This usually occurs as the result of a car accident, but is also sometimes seen in abuse cases and sports injuries. Often, a case of whiplash will result in the victim having neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. It can, however, also include loss of movement, tingling or numbness, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, irritability, trouble focusing, memory issues, depression, tenderness, tinnitus, and sleep difficulties just to name a few. While it is always important to see a doctor after a car crash, it is even more important to do so if you suddenly develop even a single one of these symptoms so that you can get the proper treatment and documentation for whatever you may need it for.

Most people who develop whiplash can often self-treat it until it gets better within a few weeks, but you always want to double check that any pain you feel isn’t from something like muscle damage or a fracture. It is especially important to seek medical attention if you have had whiplash before, are older, or have a pre-existing condition that can be aggravated by a condition like whiplash. It is different for every person, so it is always a good idea to get checked by a doctor just in case you have more risk factors and don't even know it.

Receiving chiropractic care after a car accident is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. If you were hurt in a crash, you need to come into DiBella and let us help you with your pain. Getting the proper care is important, so we will do everything we can to get you back to normal. Call us today and see what a difference it makes!

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Although most people know that sciatica generally means a lot of pain at the point, it seems like few people actually know exactly what sciatica really is. With so many different pain conditions that any one person can develop, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Even just the difference between acute and chronic pain can seem to blur, and this is especially true when it comes to pain that you experience with your back and neck. So what is sciatica and what do you need to watch for if you think you have it?

The term sciatica is based off of the sciatic nerve, which goes from your lower back to your hips, buttocks, and down both legs. When you have any pain that travels along this nerve for any reason, it falls under the umbrella term of sciatica. There can be any number of things that cause this pain, but it is most commonly due to a herniated disk, bone spurs, or a narrowing of the spine. These three issues may be fairly common, but that doesn’t mean they aren't painful. In fact, the pain from sciatica can be, and often is, completely debilitating. The swelling and numbness that accompanies it is concerning enough that you should always take the first sign of symptoms seriously and seek medical assistance immediately to catch it before it gets worse.

The symptoms of sciatica are straightforward, yet can be confusing at the same time. People often experience pain which radiates down their leg from the spine, but they may also experience numbness, muscle weakness, or tingling in the leg. People may have one of those symptoms in one spot of the leg, and a different symptom in a different area. The pain can feel like anything from a mild ache to sharp, shooting pain, a burning sensation, or even an electrical shock. It may feel more intense if you sit for extended periods of time, if you stand for too long, or if your body spasms, as if with a strong cough or sneeze. These widely varying symptoms are why you need to go to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

If you suspect you may be suffering from sciatica, call DiBella Chiropractic. Surgery is rarely needed, but you do need medical confirmation. If your back hurts, you need to have a professional look at it. Come in and see how much better we can make you feel!

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is reportedly becoming more common, but that doesn't mean that it's any less painful. Carpal Tunnel is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling from the arm down through the hand. It happens when the median nerve, which is one of the main nerves that travels through the center of the wrist to the hand, is compressed or pinched at the wrist joint. It gets worse over time if it is left untreated, so early diagnosis is key. If caught early enough, carpal tunnel can be treated with a simple wrist brace and a lack of certain movements and careful hand positions. However, if it is not addressed and the activity causing the tension on the nerve to occur is continued, the damage will only continue to get worse. It often reaches a point where surgery is needed to reduce the pain and relieve the pressure that is harming the nerve.

There are a few theories as to why there is such an increase in carpal tunnel syndrome diagnoses. The most common is that people are spending more time on computers. Typing on a keyboard requires a certain position of the hands and wrist, which lends itself to an increase in pressure on the median nerve. Some people try to use cushions under the wrist on both their keyboards and mouse pads in an attempt to remedy this. Although this isn't a magic cure for preventing carpal tunnel, it certainly doesn't hurt to keeping prolonged pressure off of your wrists. Keeping your wrists elevated slightly is a good way to reduce the impact on the nerve. While there are other factors that can increase your chance of getting carpal tunnel, such as family history and other health conditions, anything you can do to reduce your risk is worth trying.

If you have been experiencing any sort of numbness, tingling, burning, or hand and wrist pain, especially centralized in your thumb or middle fingers, give DiBella Chiropractic a call right away. If you are also experiencing any weakness or pain that travels up your arm and into your shoulder, let us know when you set up your appointment. We will do our best to get you into our office quickly and see if you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel. We will do our best to help you feel better without the need for surgery or medication, so give us a call today!

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most exhausting issues to deal with when it comes to your body is back pain. Back pain can be from any number of problems and take any number of forms, but it doesn't matter if the pain is acute or chronic. The fact remains that it is still terrible to deal with. The problem with back pain is that if your back hurts, nothing you do will feel good. Walking, sitting, standing, lifting something, and even just bending down to pet your dog can be enough to throw your back out. There normally isn't anything you can do to fix it except wait, either. While there may be some ice or heat packs that you can use to reduce the pain temporarily, backs are famously difficult to nurse back to health on your own.

If your back pain was caused by something like a car accident, it can be even more difficult to rehabilitate. There is often extensive damage but it doesn’t always show up immediately; it may take a few months or sometimes even years. These types of injuries often begin with acute pain that morphs into a chronic problem that then stays with a person for the rest of their life. You naturally want to start treating these issues as soon as you can, but that unfortunately isn’t always an option depending on issues such as insurance, scheduling problems, and even your own perception of pain. If you have the option, however, you should always be checked out by a doctor after any sort of serious impact to make sure that all damage done was temporary.

Your spine is one of the most delicate areas of your body. It is so important to everything you do that you really have no choice but to be proactive with your spine's health. Even if you don’t feel like the pain is severe, you should still see a chiropractor regularly for an adjustment. It is imperative that you take care of your back starting now so that you can continue to enjoy yourself as you age.

When it comes to injuries such as car accidents, backs are often one of the most affected areas. If you were in a crash, give DiBella Chiropractic a call today and see how much of a difference a few appointments can make for you. You only have good things to gain!

Page 2 of 18