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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 Chiropractic and see how much better you feel after talking to us!

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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.
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.
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.
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 for an adjustment and see what other kinds of stretches may be able to help you.

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This week, I wanted to talk mostly about methods to handle stress and about mental illness. These two things often go hand in hand and more often than not, chronic pain compounds the issues. Personally, I can tell you that this is true for me. Stress is always present in one form or another, but when you have a large amount of stress it can physically manifest into pains which is obviously never good. Statistically, people with chronic pain suffer from mental illness in larger numbers. You begin to see rather quickly how much of a vicious cycle these three things can be.
                  While it is never easy to get rid of stress, there are some things that we can do to help alleviate some of the symptoms. For me, more creative outlets have always been what works best. Things like writing, reading, singing, and even wood working can help me clear my mind and focus on the task at hand. Perhaps a nap is what works best for you. Maybe you like to doodle or even watch a mindless television show and just relax your muscles. As long as what you are doing is healthy and not harming yourself or someone else, then there’s nothing wrong with your method. After all, every person reacts to stress differently so it makes sense that something different will help get rid of it.
                  Mental health is something that we really need to speak about more, but we unfortunately don’t often have the resources to deal with this the way we do with something like a broken bone or blood disease. Mental illness can look different in each person, much like stress, and this unfortunately makes it more difficult to treat. However, we want to impress upon everyone the importance of seeking help if you believe something is wrong. The last thing that we want to hear is that you are unhappy due to something that you cannot control, such as the way that your brain produces certain chemicals.
                  Although we can’t solve everything, we want you to know that you are always welcome in Wirth Chiropractic. We love seeing you walk through the door because we know that no matter what else is going on, we can help at least one aspect of your life. Chiropractic care can help reduce pain which can help you to feel better. Come on in and let us help you relax, at least for a little while.

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This week I want to talk about getting a balanced diet. Having a healthy eating plan is the first stepping stone to living longer and being able to enjoy it more. While staying active and exercising is an important part of your lifestyle, it is only one factor. Making sure that you eat correctly to support all of the progress you make while working out is just as important as anything else.
                  Naturally you know that I’m going to say you need to eat your fruits and vegetables. If you know it, then be sure to do it! Now that spring is starting, more fruits will be ready to harvest and therefore more affordable. Getting those five portions of each every day can sound difficult, but if you think about all of the times that you snack (or want to) and try replacing the food you normally eat with fruits, you’ll see that it’s much easier than you think!
                  Another thing that you should try in your quest to eat healthier is eating more fish. Many dieticians suggest at least two portions of fish each week, including one oily portion. This would include fish like fresh tuna, salmon, trout, and others. Fish is a great source of protein and the oily fish can help your omega-3 levels which has been shown to promote heart health. If you do start eating more fish, try to get as wide a variety as possible. Just be sure to be careful around canned fish as it can be extremely high in salt.
                  Another common tip that we hear about healthy eating is to cut down on sugar and fat. Saturated fat is the real culprit here, which can be found in things like hard cheese, cream, butter, and cakes. If you’re looking to cut sugars out of your diet, you should start by reducing your intake of soda, most fruit juices, alcohol, and even most breakfast cereals. Sugar can be sneaky, so always be sure to read the ingredients and nutrition facts on the back of your food.
                  If you want a more personal approach to your diet, come into Wirth Chiropractic for a specialized dietician plan. We can work with you to figure out what will best meet your needs while still promoting a healthy lifestyle. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel!

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Something that doesn’t seem to be spoken about enough, yet often goes hand in hand with chronic pain, is mental health. There is a large stigma against having mental health issues but we are slowly working to allow a dialogue to form between people so that we can become more open and accepting in regards to this issue. The reason we bring this up is because very often people who deal with chronic pain tend to have a higher chance of developing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. This is due not only to the heightened pain levels, but also the lack of restorative sleep that comes along with the pain.
                  For some people, the only thing that helps combat mental health issues is medication. If this is true for you, then that’s perfectly fine! We want you to understand that even though we personally don’t prescribe medicine, we still believe in the incredible things it can do when taken responsibly. Sometimes a person’s brain cannot produce enough of certain chemicals just like a diabetic’s body cannot produce insulin correctly. We would never suggest someone with diabetes to come in for chiropractic care under the pretense of them being able to stop taking insulin and so we will not do that for someone with a disorder like depression or anxiety or anything else. If medicine works for you, then at least you have found something that does and we are thrilled to see that you feel better with it.
                  With that said, we will still suggest that you come into Wirth Chiropractic for some treatment. There are literally over 100 years of practice and evidence which shows that our type of non-invasive treatments can severely help people who experience chronic pain. It has also been shown that people who experience chronic pain and then are relieved of that tend to be healthier mentally than those who are still exposed to those heightened levels. This makes a great load of sense, but sometimes people don’t always put two and two together or have tried any number of other methods to find relief and haven’t heard of chiropractic care.
                  If you are suffering from a mental health disorder, we want you to know that you are not alone and that we are not necessarily the doctors to visit for that treatment or diagnosis. However, we can help you to reduce your pain levels which may just help you to feel better mentally as well. Come in to Wirth Chiropractic today and give us a try!

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Something that some of our clients do which always seems to help is keep a journal. While some like to journal their feelings or events that happen with their loved ones, others keep a record of what happens related to their health. This is actually a wonderful idea and we always suggest this if someone seems to be suffering from something chronically. Recording each instance of symptoms can help you and your doctors identify certain issues easier and writing them down as they happen are more reliable than just your memory.
                  One suggestion that we always give is to purchase a daily organizer at a discount store, such as a dollar store. If you can find one that has a fair amount of space for each day, that is the best format for recording your symptoms. While just a few words may be helpful to mark down how often these incidents occur, it is better to be as descriptive as possible. This means that you need the extra space in order to remember exactly what was happening. It also helps to write down the time in case you have multiple episodes in a day.
                  Some people use color coding to differentiate between symptoms if they have multiple medical problems. This can also be extremely helpful in picking out what needs to be told to which doctor. Naturally this isn’t something that will work for everyone, but it is a good idea to try and see if this method is for you.
                  If you cannot find a daily planner with enough room for each day, then you may want to jot down a couple of words in it and keep a separate notebook or digital document for more details. When you are first trying to explain symptoms for a diagnosis, keeping detailed records are key and this is a great way to make sure that you won’t forget to mention anything once you get to the doctor.
                  Even for things like back pain that may not seem like they need to be recorded, we suggest trying it before you begin treatment. This means that once you start to see someone for it, like a chiropractor, you will be able to quantify how much better you feel. Come into Wirth Chiropractic today and see just how great you’ll feel once you start to get treatment.

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This week I want to talk to you about stress. Stress is one of the biggest issues that face our society today. Almost no one is immune to it. My ten-year-old nephew came home from school a few weeks ago and began talking about how stressed he was about the standardized testing that he is going to have to do soon. Although I, thankfully, don’t have to deal with those tests any longer I certainly empathized with him. It really made me think about how young stress starts and I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t stressed or worried about something. This isn’t exclusive to me, either, so I figured we could spend a little bit of time talking about some of the healthy ways to deal with stress.
                  One of the best things that I have found for myself when I’m stressed is to curl up with a nice warm drink and read. I like history and fiction the best, but whatever holds your interest will work just fine. If you don’t like to read, then perhaps an audio book or podcast will help you escape from the world for a few hours. You never know what you can learn from them either, so you might be able to surprise your friends at the next trivia night at your local haunt.
                  Another thing that I personally enjoy doing is writing. Sometimes I will write about what is concerning me at the current time, but more often than not I simply write nonsense. I’ll write about my cat or memories that I have from when I was a child. Other times I’ll look online for writing prompts and use those to occupy my mind. I may try to write a short chapter using characters from my favorite television series or even about friends and what would happen if some of them ever met. Putting yourself in a different situation through writing can really help you get away from whatever is currently preying on your mind.
                  Another thing that you can do is come into Wirth Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment. You can chat with one of our doctors and get some incredible pain relief at the same time. Stress tends to see us hold tension in certain parts of our body, so come in and make sure that it gets released!

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As someone who suffers from headaches and migraines, I am here to tell you that it is not a good time. Migraines are actually much more common than most people think, with more than 37 million people suffering from them in the United States alone. Out of these, two to three million people suffer from chronic migraines, which means they suffer from migraine symptoms at least 15 days each month for three months or more. Almost five million people state that they have at least one migraine headache a month. With statistics like these, it’s crazy to think that we don’t talk about them more.
                  Migraines do affect women more than men with 18 percent of women suffering as compared to about eight percent of men. Evidence has also been shown that migraines may be genetic as those with family history tend to be more likely to suffer from them as well. Generally, migraines will be seen more often in Caucasian people of lower income groups between the ages of 35-55, however anyone can suffer from migraines.
                  While migraines are often thought of as “bad headaches”, this is only partly true. While migraines do often cause head pain, this isn’t always the case. Light and sound sensitivity, nausea, dizziness, vision changes, and other symptoms are often seen in addition to the head pain which can be general or localized. Atypical migraines sometimes have few to none of these factors but are still important to seek medical attention for. You should always see a doctor if you are having new or extreme symptoms of any kind, including headaches as it may be a sign of a more serious issue.
                  If you suffer from migraines and headaches, there have been studies done which show that chiropractic care may be beneficial to you. The release of tension and stress from the areas around the skull and spinal cord may help to relieve pressure which can act as a trigger for these painful and sometimes disorienting episodes. Migraines and severe or chronic headaches can severely disable you if they are bad enough, so come into Wirth Chiropractic and get an adjustment to see if it offers any kind of relief. You may just be amazed at how much good it does. It will certainly help the rest of your body feel better too!

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