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Customized Therapeutic Exercises

Spinal adjustments are the primary focus when it comes to chiropractic care. But the time between adjustments (and even the therapies beyond adjustments themselves) can be just as important in the long run. Therapeutic exercises are an essential part of any chiropractic regimen, and most chiropractors will recommend a series of exercises designed for you and your needs. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to your health, so personalization can actually make spinal correction faster and more effective.

So, what are therapeutic exercises? What do they look like in practice, and what can they do for you on your chiropractic journey? Let’s take a look and answer some of these questions now.

First, therapeutic exercises are designed to complement the adjustment process. While adjustments correct and realign the vertebrae of the spinal column, an exercise plan will ensure that you are fortifying your body in areas that require it. This is especially useful for patients who are experiencing frequent pain, stiffness, or decrease in range of motion. Exercises typically fall into larger categories of emphasis, including balance and mobility, strength and endurance, and flexibility.

What are some advantages of therapeutic exercises? Beyond those mentioned above, there are several ways that you could benefit from a personalized exercise plan:

  • Deeper, more restful sleep
  • Increased energy levels
  • Mood improvement and stability
  • Decreased risk of serious health conditions

When recommending a customized therapeutic exercise plan, chiropractors look at a patient’s medical history and perform a physical evaluation to determine areas of strength and weakness. This includes mobility, coordination, and range of motion. After the initial evaluation, a chiropractor will pull from their extensive knowledge of stretches and exercises to organize a plan designed specifically for their patient.

Maybe you have sciatica, and therapeutic exercises can alleviate symptoms and straighten the curve. Perhaps you have weak posture, and exercises will help strengthen the muscles that keep your spine upright. Or maybe you have limited range of motion in your legs, arms, or torso and need to perform stretches to keep yourself limber. Whatever the circumstances, ask your chiropractor about a personalized therapeutic exercise routine. They will be more than happy to provide relief and further your treatment between adjustments.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor to call home, we welcome you to join us here at DiBella Chiropractic Center in Gastonia, NC. We would love to help you get started on your path to wellness, and we can supplement your treatment with an exercise plan tailored to your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

 

pain after taking down holiday decorations

The holiday season is behind us, and those festive lights and decorations are coming down. These decorations often require lots of bending and lifting and climbing. If you’re not careful, all this unusually strenuous activity can be harmful to your body, particularly your neck, back, and shoulders. So, how can you keep yourself healthy and free of injury through it all? Let’s take a look at some common ailments that are a result of putting away holiday decorations.

First, back and neck strains. When lifting heavy things such as boxes or large decorative items, it can be easy to throw your back out and damage your spine. Plant your feet shoulder width apart, squat and bend slightly at the waist, then lift with your legs. This will ensure that your back is not exposed to excess strain, which could lead to a herniated disc.

Second, one that could cause severe injury, falls. Some lights and decorations require a ladder to reach high places. Whether it’s indoors or outside, it's important to have the ladder firmly situated on the ground, and have the assistance of someone to hold the base of the ladder. We also see injury from falls due to toys and decorations on the ground that cause a hazard. 

Third, injuries sustained due to fatigue and lack of rest. The holidays, while a festive and empowering time of year, can also be a source of stress. This stress wears on your body and can make you more injury-prone and sore. Remember to pace yourself and get plenty of rest. If you’re on a deadline, map out a schedule ahead of time and plan to accomplish a bit every day. Trying to get everything done in a single day or weekend is unproductive and unsafe.

Finally, consider wearing a back brace while decorating for the holidays. This reinforcement will help to support your spine and improve overall posture. Combined with proper lifting techniques, a back brace will ensure your safety and wellbeing, even when moving heavy items around the house.

These injuries are unfortunately common during the holiday season. If you’ve suffered an injury to the spine and you’re in pain, consider scheduling an appointment with us here at DiBella Chiropractic Center. Swing by our Gastonia office today or give us a call and get yourself on the path to healing!

sports injury

The temperature is dropping, the leaves are falling from the trees, and everyone is settling in to root for their favorite sports teams. Whether you’re an active participant on the field or you just prefer to watch, another sports season is upon us! Like any strenuous physical activity, it’s important to understand and accept the risks before engaging.

No matter the sport, whether it’s football, basketball, soccer, or golf, there is always a risk of injury. Some are more severe than others, especially when it comes to contact sports. But one of the more common (and less-frequently addressed) ailments is a pinched nerve. Anyone can suffer from a pinched nerve, but the high physical strain of active sports can exacerbate the issue and cause more frequent bouts of pain.

What causes pinched nerves? Not surprisingly, the condition is precisely what it sounds like. A pinched nerve occurs when your nerve is compressed by the surrounding bone, muscle, or other tissues. This may happen as a result of displacement or inflammation, both of which can occur when participating in physically demanding activities such as sports. Consider the repetitive motion of swinging a golf club, or the constant violent jostling that happens regularly in tackle football. These things can easily cause a pinched nerve.

Now that we know the root cause, we’ll turn our attention to symptoms. How do you know if you’re suffering from pinched nerve? Let’s take a look at some of the most common symptoms that manifest as a result of a pinched nerve:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness or loss of sensation
  • Muscle weakness

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, then you might have a pinched nerve. If the symptoms last for more than a few days, seek medical help to find relief.

How are pinched nerves treated? Often, patience and rest are the two most important factors in the recovery process. But chiropractic care can expedite the process and provide you with an opportunity to prevent further injury. Non-invasive chiropractic adjustments will relieve the pressure on your spine and bring it back to proper alignment. This is especially critical for those who engage in frequent intense physical activity, such as athletes.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a pinched nerve, try chiropractic first. We would love to have you here at DiBella Chiropractic Center. Contact us or swing by our offices in Gastonia to make an appointment today!

winter sports

For those that strive to maintain a year-round active lifestyle, winter is the perfect time to get in some exercise and participate in a variety of unique sports. There are so many exciting opportunities that simply aren’t always available in the warm summer months. From skiing and snowboarding to figure skating and curling, the possibilities are virtually endless. But a word of caution to winter athletes: although you may be surrounded by a thick blanket of snow (or artificial snow), injuries can and do still occur with alarming frequency. Read on for a list of common sports injuries to avoid this winter.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury. Among the most common injuries that occur when participating in winter sports is the traumatic brain injury (TBI). Perhaps the best and most well-known example of a TBI is a concussion, although there are many different types.
  • Sprains & Fractures. During the winter time, even walking can be treacherous on the frozen ground. High-speed and high-skill events only add to the risk of a turned ankle or a broken bone.
  • Skier’s Thumb. Skiers rely on their hands to grip the ski poles and keep their balance. This constant tension can put strain on the soft ligament connecting your thumb and your palm. In extreme cases, a slip can even tear or puncture the tissue.
  • Knee Injury When one falls to the ground, they’re most likely to try and catch themselves and lend not heir knee. Your kneecap is very fragile and sensitive to sudden impact. A bad fall could shatter or dislocate the knee, if not properly protected.
  • Dislocated Bones. Some winter sports involve the potential for falls or collisions (snowboarding, hockey, etc.) A high-velocity impact can jolt the skeleton, causing bones to move and shift out of their proper place.
  • Spinal Injury. Much like a dislocated shoulder or knee, the spine is vulnerable to violent impact or strain. The vertebrae that make up your spine can buckle and shift out of alignment, leading to pain and long-term health problems.

There are several things you can do to prevent serious injury: take breaks, stay in shape, never attempt anything alone, and keep an eye on the weather to avoid getting caught in a blizzard. Of course, accidents happen. If you’ve suffered an injury, we welcome you to come in for a consultation here at DiBella Chiropractic. Chiropractic care focuses on holistic health and can correct spinal misalignments resulting from sports injuries. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, stay safe out there!

cost-effective therapy

Is chiropractic safe? Is it effective? How exactly does it work? What kinds of pains and ailments can be cured under chiropractic care? These are the kinds of things many patients want to know when first getting to know the practice. But there’s another question that’s just as important and often sits at the forefront of a person’s mind: What about cost? Is chiropractic care cost-effective, especially in comparison to other medical treatments available? Is it even worth it in the long run to try chiropractic first? These are fair questions, so let’s take a closer look and address them individually.

First of all, let’s get a baseline for comparison by looking at the cost of a single chiropractic session. Depending on your insurance coverage (and many plans do include chiropractic care), an appointment can set you back anywhere from $30 to several hundred dollars. Keep in mind that many chiropractic offices offer a free consultation to get acquainted with the physician and get a feel for the state of your spine. During this time, the chiropractor will typically walk you through what they do, how they do it, and what kinds of therapies you would need to be in optimal health.

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, they often prescribe a set of unobtrusive therapies, in addition to the manual spinal adjustment. As you begin treatment, you will go to the office 3-5 times per week. This number decreases in frequency as you continue in your journey. Eventually, you may decide to go just once per month for maintenance therapy and readjustment.

That may seem like a lot, but consider the one major difference between chiropractic and other medical treatments: Chiropractic focuses on correcting the root of the problem (spinal misalignment) while medical treatment is often simply a temporary fix. Even surgeries, which can cost thousands of dollars, are intrusive and unnecessary when you consider the cheaper and less-intrusive alternative. Chiropractic can have you feeling better naturally, with no medication and no surgeries. In fact, you may even find yourself feeling more alive and more energized than ever before.

So, is chiropractic cost-effective? Is it worth it in the long run? Absolutely! Invest in yourself and your health today. Find a chiropractor near you and schedule a consultation to get started, or visit us here at DiBella Chiropractic Center in Gastonia. We’d love to have you!

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