This week, I wanted to focus on different studies that have been done over the past decade that show that chiropractic care does indeed help some people. While not everyone believes in chiropractic care, there is also no proof that shows it as "fake science" or "witch doctor stuff" as I have seen it referred to as. Naturally, we believe that chiropractic care is real care, otherwise we would not suggest it to you. We wouldn't have spent so much time and money going through medical school if we weren't sure that it worked and could be used to benefit everyone.
The first study I read to review this week was one from 2008 in Australia. Now, 2008 in science years is quite old, but I found this to be a fascinating account. My family has a trend I suppose where we will develop issues that the doctors cannot figure out the cause of. Due to this, I felt a kinship to this nine year old who had complained of a burning stomach pain for almost two months and had been given different medications to help, which none of them did. While we aren't entirely sure what caused this pain, we know that after the chiropractic treatment she began to feel better. At the end of the day, isn't that what really matters?
The second study I read was one very dear to me. All of the women in my family have had problems breastfeeding their children and have felt very guilty for that. Part of me wonders if some of these issues may have been helped by chiropractic care in the same way that it allowed the four week old infant to feed from her mother. We are constantly told that all children should be breastfed, and I think that it is wonderful that chiropractic care allowed this to occur for this child.
While most scientific studies are double blind and need a large sample size, this is difficult to accomplish in chiropractic care. This is for a multitude of reasons, however the main thing to remember is there is nothing wrong with trying this out. If it worked for these two little girls and improved their quality of life, then why shouldn't you give it a shot as well?
Now that we are in a new year, many of us have taken to hitting the gym. New year, new me, right? Quite a few of the members of my family have done so and boy am I hearing about it on Facebook! Now don't get me wrong, I love seeing that so many of my loved ones are attempting to get healthier. I think it's wonderful and wish I could join them. However, I am also seeing with every post they make how much they're hurting from their new exercise regimens. Believe me, that I do not envy them.
If you are finding yourself in quite a bit of pain due to gym activity, remember rice. Now while rice may be yummy, I don't mean to eat. As an acronym, it is a quick way to remember how to help minor aches and pains, such as those you may feel from pushing yourself a little too hard on that bench press. It also works very well in an old (clean!) sock if you put uncooked rice in the microwave to make a hot pack. The acronym is as follows:
R Rest. You need to let your body recuperate before plunging back into working out. This is why many people have "leg day" and "arm day". It's a chance to let other body parts rest.
I Ice. Any swelling that you may have should be iced to bring down the inflammation.
C Compress. If there is a great deal of swelling or pain, you may want to use an ace bandage or a brace to bring down the inflammation.
E Elevate. If there is a certain part of the body that hurts and is swollen, by elevating the area you can reduce the amount of blood flow and therefore bring down the swelling. It's good to do this while you watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix as a reward for working so hard.
The other wonderful thing you can do to help relieve your pain is come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC! We specialize in pain relief with no needles or pills. We use good, old-fashioned joint cracking to help release those air pockets that might be causing you discomfort. We can also help to get you on a good exercise program and the right food. We love to help, so come in and let us do what we do best!
Welcome to January! January really is a beautiful month, although the weather can be far from predictable. I mean, some weather stations are calling for as much as three feet of snow in Hawaii over the next few days! That's absolutely incredible to me, and I certainly think it falls under the category of unpredictable weather. I have a friend from the northeast area of the country stationed in the Army over there right now, so I will have to update you all on the final count where he is. Although truth be told, he isn't too excited about the taste of home.
This week, I really wanted to touch on the pain that can occur around this time of year. As someone who suffers from both Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia, believe me when I said I feel your pain. If you suffer from any chronic disorder which can be made worse by the cold, I fully understand how much pain you may be in. For the past few days, I have been in a severe amount of pain because the cold has begun to set in where I live and I regretfully had an issue with my normal medication. If you have been dealing with widespread chronic pain, you are not alone. Even as I type this, one of my common fibromyalgia pressure points is aching. Please know that even though it may seem like no one can know what you're going through with these disorders, some of us understand. Although everyone's reaction is different, we understand enough to empathize on a higher level than many others. You are never alone with your disorder.
Here at Wirth, we want you to know that we are always an option. If you suffer from a disorder which causes pain, you never need to hesitate to come on in and see if a spinal adjustment can help you feel better. We want you to feel better and so we will do everything in our power to make sure that you are being helped. We can give you ideas on how to improve your living habits, your sleeping habits, and even your eating habits, although you may not want to take them for the next month. Whatever your pain may be, we will do our best to make sure that it goes away. Come in today and see how much we can help you!
This week I really wanted to focus on sleep and how important it is to each and every one of us. Now, I love sleep. Really, I do. You wouldn't know it though, considering I never seem to get enough of it. This is due to many reasons, one of them being chronic pain. You see, people who have chronic pain conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia often get fewer hours of sleep than is recommended each night and that can cause irritability, anxiety, depression, and a whole slew of other issues. This is why making sure that you get enough sleep is so important.
First, make sure that your room is nice and dark. If possible, try to use your bedroom only for sleeping as well. It helps to train your brain into going to sleep faster if you don't use this area for anything else. Having black out curtains on the windows help a lot of people who are light sensitive when it comes to sleeping. It is also important to make sure that you don't have your television on or use your cell phone or computer for too long before you are trying to sleep. These electronics produce a type of blue light that naturally keeps us awake. Try to shut everything down about an hour before you want to go to bed so that you can do your nightly routine.
Another good practice to get into is watching what you eat and drink around bedtime. If you are drinking caffeine or anything carbonated, you are more likely to stay up. The same is true with many things that you eat. Have a couple of glasses of water before you go to bed, or some milk if you aren't too fond of drinking plain water. You can decide whether you want to warm up the milk or not, but sometimes it's nice to get that cozy feeling every now and then.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we want to make sure that you get a good night's rest. If you are unsure about what else you can do, come in for a spinal adjustment and a chat so we can see if any changes need to be made to your nightly routine. After all, sleep should be something you look forward to!
This week, I really wanted to focus on chronic, invisible disorders. Issues such as arthritis and fibromyalgia effect more people than many of us realize. You never know just how much pain someone sitting next to you on the bus or grabbing their groceries from the section across from you is feeling. While I don't want this article to turn into one saying that we need to have compassion for everyone, it is meant to remind you that invisible disorders are every bit as real as something you can see. No one has pain that is less valid simply because you can't see what is causing it.
Fibromyalgia is something that still has quite a bit of pushback from people, even in the medical community. It was just recently admitted into the book of diagnosable disorders and unfortunately not everyone agrees that it even exists. For those of us who live with it or know someone else who does, it is very much a real problem and can be enough to incapacitate a person whether they are doing all they can to take care of the symptoms or not. It really is a serious disorder and should always be taken seriously. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, don't worry about coming into Wirth because we know just how severely it can affect you.
Arthritis is one of those disorders that people accept as a fact of life. This becomes more and more true the older you get. The truth is, however, that arthritis does not only show up in the elderly. People of any age can be diagnosed with arthritis and it is just as serious at any point in your life. Although it is more common than fibromyalgia, the end result of both disorders is relatively similar. The sufferer lives in varying levels of pain, and this is something that we want to help.
If you suffer from a chronic disorder, especially an invisible one, we want to remind you that what you feel is valid. We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with these issues and want you to know that you don't have to do this alone. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and we will do all we can to reduce your pain levels. Just make sure to give us feedback as to how the treatments make you feel!
Sleeping is one of those mysterious things that humans do that scientists can’t fully figure out. While most studies say that we should be able to get away with little to no sleep if we take certain supplements, the same studies say that it just can’t happen for some reason. The human body isn’t meant to go for long without sleep and even those of us who can last for longer on shorter sleep schedules will still fall victim to a nap attack sooner or later. So what can you do to make sure that your sleep is as restorative as you can make it?
One of the important things for you to do before going to bed is to make sure that your sleeping accommodations are a comfortable temperature. Most scientists suggest making it a little cooler in your bedroom than you may like while you are awake because our bodies don’t need to work so hard during sleep. This means that the cooler temperatures can help put you into a state of relaxation and trick your body into conserving energy. This means you are less likely to sweat and wake up all sticky and gross like you would in the summer. This is much easier to do at this time of the year, but just make sure you don’t make it too cold or you’ll start shivering!
Another thing that you can do is make sure that your mattress and pillows are all effective. I can remember staying at my grandmother’s and sleeping on a mattress that had no more stuffing so I could always feel the springs no matter where I laid down. This is the kind of thing you want to avoid. If your pillow is too flat or your mattress is too lumpy, it may be time to start looking into a new one. Mattresses may be expensive, but they are something you need to have a good start to each day.
Something else that you can do to help your sleep habit is come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Studies have been done which show that a spinal adjustment may help with sleeping problems that are due to pain. Try it out for a month and see how much of a difference we can make in your life.
This week I wanted to talk to you about ways to exercise in the winter. We all gain those couple of extra pesky pounds and often we don't want to go out and do anything about it because it's so cold. Trust me, I am right there with you. There are a few things that you can do that don't really feel like exercise, though, that can be really fun to do around the holidays. Here are a few of them.
1. Take A Walk. One of the best things about this time of the year is all of the decorations that different homes and businesses have up. Even if you don't want to walk around outside, you can go to a local mall or similar indoor area and check out what they have up. I normally like to walk around the malls just because there are so many kids all dressed up to meet Santa and they're so cute. It is also a great way to find that perfect gift for that hard to buy for person on your list!
2. Dance With Family. Having your family and friends over for the holidays can be stressful, so why not put on some music and dance? If you aren't good at freestyling, you may want to get a couple of video games that allow you to dance along with them and make a friendly competition out of it!
3. Go Out To Shop. Now that shopping can be done online, I hardly seem to get out of my house some days. During the holidays, however, I force myself to get out of the house and walk around instead of clicking away on my computer to find the perfect gift. While some things do require the internet due to the lack of stock near you, it is always better to go out and get the things you can. After all, it saves on those pesky shipping and handling charges!
Exercising during the winter is something that none of us really want to do but is also one of those really important things. While you're out, come on by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see how much better you'll feel after an appointment with us!
This week I really wanted to focus on walking. Walking is one of the best exercises that you can do at any age. If you are able to walk, it really is something you should take at least a half hour out of your day to do every day if possible. Getting into the habit of getting up and out of the house every day to get some fresh air is also a good thing for you to do. There are a few things that you need to remember before you go out for a long walk, though. Here are some of them.
1. Proper Shoes. If you do not have the proper footwear to walk for an extended period of time each day, you may be doing more damage to your body than you would be by just sitting at home watching television. Having a good pair of walking shoes is imperative if you are trying to exercise. If you are unsure about what is a good walking shoe, then ask your doctor or go into your local store and ask for a recommendation.
2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings. It is extremely important that you make sure that you stay safe while you are walking. If you need to cross any streets, be sure that you look both ways and stay alert while you do so. It is also always better to walk with someone else for safety reasons. If someone seems suspicious, then always trust your gut and leave to a safe place as quickly as you can. Always make sure to have your cell phone on you in case of emergencies as well. Keep an eye on the ground while you walk as well, you never know when you'll find a hole of some sort that could cause some serious damage.
Walking is one of the best low impact exercises that you can do to help your body stay healthy. If you are able to get up and walk around, even just for a little bit every day, we really suggest doing so. You never know, you may be able to work your way up to a half hour every day with some determination and work. Come into Wirth Chiropractic today and we can help set up an exercise plan that works for you.