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Mental Health

Greenville Chiropractor

This week I really want to talk about mental health. There have been multiple studies done which show that mental health and physical health are very connected, so here at Wirth we always try and keep our options open to help you with both. While there is no single cure to mental health issues, there are a couple of things that you can try which might help. Here are a few of them.
1. Take Some Time. Most doctors will tell you that you can beat mental health issues by getting up and getting out there, exercising, eating better, and all of the other things that many mental health issues prevent you from wanting to do. As such, we say that you shouldn't feel bad about taking some time away from everyone and everything else and just doing whatever it is that you need to do. If you need to drive somewhere and scream until you're exhausted, then go ahead. If you need to sit in your room and listen to music, you do that! As long as your activity is not hurting yourself or someone around you, you should never feel bad about taking some time to yourself.
2. Escape. Whatever this means to you, feel free to do it. If that means you need to take a day trip into the woods, go ahead. If you escape by reading corny fantasy books, you do just that. If you need to sit there and play some video games for a little while to get away from whatever is bothering you in the real world, then more power to you! Sometimes we all need a little escape.
3. Baby Steps. If your mental health has prevented you from doing things around the house and you feel overwhelmed, remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. Even if all you can manage today is washing one dish or folding a couple of clothes, then that's fine. Taking baby steps until everything is done is the perfect way of making sure that you don't have a relapse.
Although we are not mental health professionals, we do often see people who have mental health issues come through our office. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, we know that there is no shame in needing help and we will do everything we can to make you feel like yourself again.

Hurricanes and a Safe Plan

Greenville Chiropractor

Although Irma is now forecasted to hit Florida instead of North Carolina, there is still some debate as to where it will go after hitting land. While some models have it continuing west, others say that it will travel up the coast and end up hitting here anyway, albeit much lighter than it could have. Here at Wirth, we want to make sure that you have done everything you can to make sure that you are safe whether you stay here or if you go further inland to avoid any damage that may be done. Here are some tips to help you get through a hurricane safely.

1.     Stock Up. While we all know about stocking up on food and other perishables, one thing that many people forget about is medication. If you are close to needing a refill, then please by all means go out and get it before the storm hits. If something occurs which prevents you from leaving the house for a few days then it is always good to have a stock of meds that you need daily.

2.     Move Things Away From Windows. As a kid on the coast, I can remember whenever a big storm would roll in working with my mother to make sure all of our furniture was in the center of the room. This would be in case a window would break so that not everything would have glass all over it and cleanup would be much easier. In this vein, make sure that you have tarps and tape to seal off any openings that may be created due to broken windows or other debris.

3.     Have An Evac/Emergency Plan. If something turns nasty and you need to leave, make sure that you are able to do so. If that isn't an option, make sure that you have some other emergency plan ready. Be sure to include others living in your home, even your pets. We saw during Harvey that not everyone had planned for that and the pictures were truly heartbreaking.

The main thing to remember with storms like these is that preparation is key. Here at Wirth, we want to know that all of our patients are safe which is why we are writing this article. Always remember to keep your health and safety at the forefront of your mind. Everything else can be replaced if needed. You can't.

Exercising and Aging

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I want to talk about different exercises that you can do as you continue to age. As we get older, we slowly realize that there are some things that we just can't do anymore. This is true of many things, including how we keep our bodies healthy. Just because you are aging, however, does not mean that it is okay for your healthy lifestyle to fade away. Here are some low impact exercises that you can do to keep yourself fit.
1. Walk. Walking is one of the best things for you to do at any age. If you are still mobile, then walking is going to be the best workout tool in your arsenal. Even just walking for ten minutes a day can help you feel great and stay healthy.
2. Swim. Swimming and moving around in the water is a great way to exercise as you grow older. Due to the low impact that swimming has on our joints, it is wonderful for mobility and weight loss as well as cooling off during the heat of the summer.
3. Riding A Bike. Although it may seem like a lot of work, riding a bike is actually a relatively low impact exercise that has incredible health benefits. Not only does it take a good amount of energy, but it is something many people also use to reduce their weight. Cycling also helps to keep the knees and hips nice and mobile, which are both problem areas as we age.
4. Yoga and Stretching. If you have been reading these articles for any amount of time, you have probably realized I am a huge lover of stretching. Stretching is by far one of the best things that you can do for your body no matter what your mobility is. Making stretching or yoga a part of your daily routine and see how much you can benefit.
5. Garden. Getting out in the garden is great because not only does it work certain muscles, but it means you're getting some fresh air as well. Just be sure to monitor your water intake as you can easily overheat.
Just because we are getting older doesn't mean that we can just sit and let it happen. Make sure to get out there and keep yourself healthy to the best of your ability!

Staying Hydrated

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I want to talk to you about something that may seem a little boring, but is extremely important especially at this time of the year. We need to have a chat about staying properly hydrated. Hydration is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself throughout the entire year, but especially during the summer. The extra heat of these few months can make you burn through your body's supply of liquid very rapidly, which is not good considering how much we are made up of water. If you are trying to lose weight during the summer, it is especially important to remain hydrated since one of the first things that you will lose is what's called "water weight".
While the summer is known as a time to have fun and be relatively care free, it can be a rather dangerous time if you don't keep up with your health. Making sure that you are healthy should always be at the top of your priority list. While we understand that you have a great deal of responsibility, we also want to remind you that you have a responsibility to yourself and if you don't keep yourself healthy, then you can't do much to help everyone else that you know and love.
If you are in an area that gets humid and hot, you should increase your water intake during the summer months up to fifty percent. The general guideline is at least eight glasses of water a day, but every person's body is different. One good way of checking whether you are adequately hydrated or not is to check the color of your urine. While this may feel strange, it is a good way to see if you need to increase your water and liquid intake. The darker your urine, the more water you need to drink. Doctors recommend that your urine be clear, as anything darker may mean that you're dehydrated and may develop kidney issues from this.
Keeping yourself hydrated is also very important for your joints and general health. Even if you don't like drinking just water, drinking something like a sports drink or lemonade is better than nothing. Remember, soda and alcohol doesn't help you that much, so stick to the clearer liquids as much as possible. Keeping yourself healthy should be your number one goal!

Pain...Pain...Pain

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, pain was my main focus. I also wanted to highlight that physical pain isn't the only kind of pain that you should pay attention to. Mental health is very important. After all, your brain is what controls the rest of your body, so if that isn't healthy, how can you expect the rest of you to be? Never feel worried or judged that you may need to ask for help from a mental perspective. We have all been there, and there is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
While we here at Wirth can't do much of anything about mental health problems, we certainly can help with physical pain. Sometimes pain is a physical manifestation of mental health issues, but whatever the cause, we can certainly attempt to make the pain stop. This is true of any joint or muscle pain. While chiropractors have a stereotype of dealing with the neck and back, we can actually work on any part of the body as long as there is a joint. This means that arms, legs, hands, and feet are all within our realm of capabilities.
It doesn't matter what age you are, pain can strike anyone at any time. We know this is true, and we know that some disorders don't have a definite diagnosis yet. This means that we understand that just because you don't have a name to put to your pain doesn't mean you don't have it. Too often, people in the medical community disregard reports of pain if there is not an obvious reason for it. Here at Wirth, we understand that pain can sometimes be felt and not pinned down. This is common with people who suffer from certain forms of arthritis and fibromyalgia. This is especially true if they are younger, as there is a false belief that these types of disorders are for those who are older. We know that this is not always true.
If you are suffering from pain, aches, stiffness, or any other problems like these, please head into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. We will do everything within our power to make you feel better and send you home pain free. Even just a single spinal adjustment can make a huge difference, although we do recommend coming back on a regular basis. Not only will it help you, but then we get to see you more often. It's a win-win!

Back Pain

Wirth Chiropractic

This week we really wanted to focus on back pain. Back pain is an epidemic that affects thousands if not millions of Americans every single day. While every person's pain is caused by a different set of circumstances, we never want to see someone suffering, especially if it can be helped. If you have back pain, especially chronic back pain, we want you to know that there may be things that you can do to relieve yourself of it. Getting rid of your back pain may just be the best thing you've ever been able to do for yourself.
If you are like us, then you will do just about everything possible before going into surgery. Surgery is time consuming, stressful, and often very expensive. Even things like medication may not be your favorite option. While they may help, pills often only mask the symptoms and don't get to the root of the problem. While this is okay for something like a minor pulled muscle, it will not be much help for a severe injury or something that has pain that lasts for more than a day or two. You don't want to take too much medication for many reasons, but what else can you do if you have a hurt back?
If you are in pain, then you should definitely come into Wirth Chiropractic. We often see a lot of people during the warmer months because we are all more active when it's warmer. While the winter does have issues of its own, the summer sees us all enjoying ourselves which unfortunately can mean that it's easier for us to get hurt. I don't know about you, but I love going outside and walking around, maybe tossing a ball around with some friends, and doing other things around the house to spruce the place up a bit and clean it. I can't tell you how many times I've fallen off of a step ladder while trying to clean on top of the cabinets and hurt my back while doing a spring cleaning type thing in my house. If this happens to you, then don't hesitate to come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC as soon as you can!

Chiropractic Care and Concerns

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I really wanted to focus on letting you know that most concerns that you may have about going to a chiropractor are not necessary. If you are like most people, any time you are heading into a doctor's office is worrying. However, we wanted to really put some of those fears to rest for you because we are probably the least terrifying doctors you will ever meet. We are like the panda bears of the doctor world; we're just super cuddly and want you to love us.
Many people are under the impression that chiropractors are not real doctors. This is a fairly silly belief because chiropractors go through medical school just like anyone else. In fact, just like any other specialty, chiropractors go through extra medical school to get their specification just like if we were going for orthopedic surgery. The only difference is the name of our type of practice and what exactly it is that we do. We don't have to go to learn about surgery because we hope that we can solve your issue before it comes to that. We don't have to learn about medications and what mixes well with what because we hope that we can fix whatever has happened without having you take pills for the rest of your life. Even though we don't deal with scalpels or pills, we can assure you that we are still fully fledged doctors.
While we are fully understanding of any issues or concerns that you may have, we also want you to understand that we have no problem putting those fears to rest. If you are worried about something, let us know. I personally like to have my doctors talk to me while they do whatever it is they're doing. If you're like me, then let us know. If you'd rather not talk at all, let us know. We will do everything we can to make you comfortable and relaxed while we treat whatever you have come in for. Even if you are only in our office to accompany someone else, we will answer any questions you have. It really isn't a problem. We want to be open with you if you are concerned and will do all we can to make that happen. Come into Wirth and see how much better you feel after talking to us!

Exercising and Chiropractic Care

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I want to talk to you about stretching. As you may have noticed, I like to talk about how important stretching is to staying healthy. I stretch often due to having arthritis and fibromyalgia and have noticed a great improvement in my daily pain levels from the time I started stretching. When I was first diagnosed, I stopped stretching as often as I had before. When I realized I was getting worse, I began again and immediately noticed how much better I would feel throughout the day if I stretched for even ten minutes in the morning. Here are some of the stretches that I generally do.
1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Reach up towards the ceiling but don't push yourself to go higher. Slowly bend over towards your feet so that your hands are hanging down. Take a deep breath and sigh. You will notice that your hands have now reached lower. Do this a couple of times until you feel like you cannot stretch any lower. Hold this for ten seconds, then slowly roll back up, as if you were building your spine up one vertebrae at a time until your head rests back where it should be.
2. Sit with your legs out in front of you together and reach towards your feet. If you cannot touch your toes, don't worry. Keep reaching until you feel a stretch. Once you do, hold it for ten seconds and then crawl your hands back until you are sitting up again. Do this repeatedly. Over the time I spent stretching, I was able to get my hands from around my ankles until I could hook my wrists over the tops of my toes. It took me a couple of months, but it does work wonderfully.
3. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Pretend that there is a string attached to your head that is pulling you up. Bring your hands up and stretch as close to the sky as possible before pretending to grab a bar. Hold that for ten seconds and then slowly go back to your original stance
Stretching is one of the best tools that you can have to battle pain. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for an adjustment and see what other kinds of stretches may be able to help you.