Seniors and Chiropractic Care

Seniors and Chiropractic Care

One of the things that bothers people the most is getting older. While this may be true for many reasons, one of the major complaints that we hear is the pain that is associated with ageing. I know that even though I am not a senior, I have noticed that as I start to get older my pain level has been increasing. This is especially true for people who have chronic disorders. Thankfully, there have been multiple studies done which prove that chiropractic care can help senior citizens with all of those creaky joints that start showing up as we get older.

According to a study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, nineteen people over the age of forty started complaining about balance, dizziness, and neck pain. These complaints are not odd for others in that age range and often only get worse the older we get. In fact, 7,285 people who were 75 years of age or older were interviewed for this study and had complaints about these issues as well as with walking, standing, cognitive function, pain, and more. For anyone who is reading this and is older, this is probably not news to them as getting old does often stink quite a bit.

The good news is that not everyone has to suffer due to their age. In fact, according to the study that was published the patients noticed a severe improvement in their overall health after just eight weeks of chiropractic treatment. It helped to improve their mobility, their balance, and their general pain levels. This was a wonderful finding because who doesn’t want to live with less pain?

We often hear questions about who can receive chiropractic care and want to remind you that absolutely anyone is allowed to walk through our door regardless of their medical condition. Naturally there are some things that will prevent us from working on someone, like if they need to be in a neck brace to have an injury heal. However, making sure that everyone knows that age is not an issue in providing treatment is a priority for us. Although not everyone can do all of the things they used to as they age, chiropractic care is one of those things that may just be able to help us all feel young again.

Yoga and its Benefits - Chiropractors Corner

Yoga and its Benefits - Chiropractors Corner

There is a large divide among the medical community when it comes to activities such as yoga. Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we like to think that anything that gets you moving is good. While certain things like running or jogging have been shown to improve your health, it has also been shown to create great impact upon your joints. Yoga is one of those rare things that makes you move, focuses on balance, and yet does not cause the joint problems that many other activities do. Here are a few things that yoga has been shown to have a possible effect on.

  1. Mental Health. One of the biggest things that yoga is known for is the mental health benefit. Many people who spend time doing yoga, even just an hour or so a week, report that their mental health improves drastically. This is for a few reasons and while some of them have not been scientifically tested, it has been shown that exercising releases endorphins. Endorphins help to increase those feel good chemicals in your brain which can increase the production of a balanced brain even after you stop exercising. While some people argue that yoga is not exercise, we challenge them to attempt even moderate levels and see just how easy it is. Remember, no one starts from the top so even the simple positions are huge steps in being a healthier you.
  2. Balance. As we age, it is more and more difficult to keep our balance. This is for a multitude of reasons, but many of them have been shown to be helped or even corrected by practicing yoga. It becomes dangerous for older people to do simple tasks, such as walk up and down stairs, but helping your balance may mean extended independence. Even if there is only a remote chance that yoga can help you keep your current style of living, why wouldn’t you give it a shot?

While we aren’t saying that yoga is a miracle cure, here at DiBella Chiropractic we believe in using every tool in your arsenal. If one of them happens to be yoga, then we say go for it! Come in for a spinal adjustment and talk to us about starting a yoga program if you think it is right for you.

Exercising As You Age - Chiropractors Corner

Exercising As You Age - Chiropractors Corner

Exercise becomes increasingly difficult as we get older. Our bodies start to slow down, our stamina begins to deplete, and frankly we just don’t want to do what we used to any more. Unfortunately, this is one of the most important times to make sure that you exercise, because the body is more likely to begin shutting down as we get older. Here are a few ways that you can continue exercising even as you age.

  1. Walk. Walking is great exercise for people of all ages. If you are able, getting out and walking for even fifteen minutes to half an hour each day can help keep your joints nice and limber. Walk around the block, around the mall, around the park, or even just around your home. It doesn’t matter where you walk, just as long as you attempt to stay active and make sure that you are somewhere safe while doing so.

  2. Stretch. Stretching is something that people can do no matter what age they may be. Even just standing and stretching your arms up towards the ceiling can be a good help if you don’t feel safe trying to touch your toes. You can even stretch sitting down if you want! Sit in front of the television and watch your favorite show while stretching out your arms and legs. Trust me, it can make a world of difference in how well you move.

  3. Internet Videos. If you have the space and the capability, watching videos on the internet and following them are great. You don’t even have to pay for these like you did the old VHS exercise tapes! Type “elderly exercises” into Youtube and see what comes up!

  4. Swim. Swimming is a great exercise for people who are older because it takes a lot of the weight off of your joints so you can move more freely. Try seeing if you have a gym or center in your area that has a pool that you can get a membership to so you can swim all year.

Although exercising as we get older can become more difficult, there is no reason why you should feel the need to stop. Come into DiBella Chiropractic today and we can see what other forms of exercise you may be able to do!

Common Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractors

Common Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractors

Despite many attempts, there are still many questions that circulate around chiropractic work that almost everyone asks. It is perfectly normal to want to know about any medical procedure that you may have done to you. In fact, we always encourage you to get as much information about anything medical as possible. We always find it refreshing when people question what is happening to their bodies or why they should do one thing instead of another. Here are some of the more common overarching questions that we get about chiropractic work.

  1. Is A Chiropractor Actually A Doctor? Yes. This answer is always yes. If someone is calling themselves a chiropractor but they do not have a degree, then they are not being truthful with you. A chiropractor goes to medical school just like any other MD, and then they go through even more training so that they can specialize in chiropractic care. Many chiropractors will have their degrees displayed in the office, and those that don’t most likely have no issue showing them to you upon request if you require more assurance.
  2. What Do Chiropractors Treat? Chiropractors treat a large scope of things. Normally, these will be things like headaches, neck problems, or issues with the back. A chiropractor can generally treat almost anything that is musculoskeletal. They can also help you with diet, nutrition, exercise habits, and other healthy modifications.
  3. Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe? Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of slander aimed at chiropractic treatment from many different sources which cause this question to be asked. Chiropractic treatment is as safe, if not safer, than any other form of medical treatment you could find. Due to chiropractic treatment being non-invasive and drug free, many people in the medical community believe chiropractic treatment to be one of the safest forms of treatment that can be found today.

We encourage each and every question we get here at DiBella Chiropractic, because we know just how important it is for you to be fully involved with your medical treatment. We also enjoy the ability to correct any misinformation you may have heard or read. You can rest assured that here at DiBella Chiropractic we will treat you with the utmost care and concern. Come in today and see what we can do to help improve your quality of life.

Sleeping Issues - Chiropractors Corner

Sleeping Issues - Chiropractors Corner

If you are like other millions of Americans, you have trouble sleeping. Unfortunately, many of us just cannot get the full and restorative eight hours of sleep that we need each night. This can be due to a multitude of reasons, including medical ones. There are some reasons, however, that you may be able to fix on your own without a doctor’s help. Here are a few things that may be preventing you from sleeping the way you need to.

  1. Blue Light. Many electronic devices now come with something called a blue light filter. This is because blue light, which things like tablets, televisions, and cell phones give off, disrupt the natural circadian rhythm and keep us awake. While using these blue light filters are good, it really is best to make sure that you don’t use electronic devices or your television for at least an hour before you are ready to go to bed. Take a shower, read a book, or even just lay down and relax from your day for an hour instead and see how much better you sleep.

  2. Pillows. Pillows, although comfortable, may be the reason you aren’t getting enough sleep. Now we aren’t saying that you should throw them out, but you may need to get a different one. You should be able to sleep with only one pillow, but it needs to give the proper support. A pillow that doesn’t work for you may hold the head too high or not high enough which can cause neck and back pain, keeping you awake at night.

  3. Silence/Ambient Noise. The noise level that you have in your bedroom is often something that will keep you awake. Some people cannot sleep when there is a lot of noise and others cannot sleep if it is silent. Try a couple of different noise levels to see what works best for you. There are now websites that you can use to create your own white noise, so be sure to look into them if you do not like silence when you sleep.

Many people do have trouble sleeping, so never worry that you are alone. Come into DiBella Chiropractic and see if an adjustment could help you sleep better. If not, there are dozens of other things we can suggest that you try.

Slouching - Chiropractors Corner

Slouching - Chiropractors Corner

One of the large issues we have as Americans today is our posture. We truly do have terrible posture. Whether we are sitting in a chair at work, lounging on the couch at home, or even standing in a checkout line, our bodies slouch considerably. Slouching is when your back is not straight or your head, neck, and shoulders are bent forward. Think about how you are sitting right now reading this. Is your back straight? Are your feet flat on the floor? Are your legs both in the same position? Is your head held with your chin parallel to the floor? Are you leaning forward at all? Sadly, the answer to most of these is probably no. We normally have horrible ways of holding our bodies.

Even if you are sitting on your phone texting or scrolling through social media, your head is likely bent forward. This is why you probably often feel the need to lean your head back and maybe even crack your neck. Unfortunately, this isn’t good for you either. Cracking your neck yourself can cause considerable damage, especially over time. However, so can holding your head in a dropped position like you probably do when on your phone. Even sitting with a laptop on your lap encourages slouching. So what are some things you can do to help stop yourself from doing this?

First things first: sit with your back straight. Pretend that there is an invisible string attached to your head and it is pulling you up towards the ceiling. This will help straighten your back, neck, and shoulders. Take note of how you are now positioned in your chair. See how different that feels? For some people it may even be painful depending on how they normally sit or walk, but you should work towards this position more often. Now focus on your feet. They should both be flat on the ground with your knees bent at 90 degree angles. This is the best way for you to be sitting for an extended period of time.

If you find yourself slouching or feel the need to stretch out your neck and shoulders, come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment. While years of slouching won’t be undone in just one session, it is a great place to start. See how much better you feel after and work towards sitting straighter.

Cold Weather and Pain - Chiropractors Corner

Cold Weather and Pain - Chiropractors Corner

Now that we are into the middle of September, a lot of us are noticing the change in the weather. This means a slight chilling and more wind than we have been dealing with for the past few months. While this September may be even more severe in this than usual due to the hurricane which has recently passed through, much of fall is spent preparing for the cold winter weather which will undoubtedly follow. While I personally love the fall, I know that certain parts of me don’t. The cold weather can play havoc on those of us who have chronic conditions, and many of them are triggered by weather changes.

We talk a lot about the pain that we feel when it is raining. It is actually raining outside as I write this and I have to keep taking breaks to crack the knuckles in my hand to relieve the pressure change that occurs during this weather. My knees are also victims of the rain that has come along, but this is something that many of us find common. Although I would love to say that we don’t notice it anymore due to how common it is, we all know that isn’t true. One thing that certainly makes this type of weather worse is the temperature outside.

During the fall, many of us enjoy the changing colors and the smells that come along with them. The cooler nights and the promise of some candy no matter what age you are is something that almost everyone looks forward to. However, for those of us with conditions like Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, that excitement may be diminished by the increased pain levels we experience during this time of the year. Although not much research has been done yet into Fibromyalgia, I can attest that the cold certainly seems to make it worse. Many people who suffer from Arthritis will say the same.

I try not to let the cold weather ruin my excitement, but it can certainly put a damper on things. Try to do some light exercises and stretches to keep your joints nice and loose and come into DiBella Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment. Hopefully with our help you won’t even notice the fact that the weather is cooling off for any reason other than the fact that candy is starting to go on sale.

Swimming and Your Health - Part 2 - Chiropractors Corner

Swimming and Your Health - Part 2  - Chiropractors Corner

I am not sure what you’re waiting for, but you should definitely hop into a nice pool right now! Well, maybe you are in a pool now. If so, you should definitely make sure that whatever you’re reading this on is waterproof! If you haven’t been sold on getting into a pool yet, then you’re in the right place. Here are a few more reasons that swimming is great for your health!

  1. Full Body. When you get into a pool and start swimming, every part of your body is being used. Your arms and legs both help to propel you through the water, your core is used to keep your body level and straight, your back is used when you move your arms, and those problem areas begin to shrink away. Very few things are full body workouts the way that swimming is, especially given the fact that it is such a low impact sport/work out.

  2. Flexibility. Due to the workout that swimming gives you, it will naturally stretch your joints to allow for a greater range of motion. Even if you aren’t fully swimming, you can simply use the water to do some of the stretches you try to do on dry land. We are certain that after a little while you will notice that you are more flexible both in and out of the water. Who doesn’t want that?

  3. Heart Health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America according to the CDC. Thankfully, swimming is an aerobic exercise which means that it works out the heart as well as the rest of the body. This can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart related conditions which is extremely important, especially as we age. In fact, just a half hour in a pool a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as forty percent as well as reduce your blood pressure.

So what are you waiting for? Many gyms now have pools and in the summer, they are even more common to find. Even just hanging out in your community pool can help you achieve better health, so why wouldn’t you do what you could to get there? If you can’t swim, you can look online for classes. It’s never too late to learn a new skill!

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